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How An Organic Farm Runs


– We grow about eight
to 10 major vegetables, and they look like any
of the other things that you would see
in any supermarket. You can’t necessarily tell if a vegetable’s organic or
not just by looking at it. (electronic music) – Hi, my name is Sean Chen,
and this is xConnect northwest, connecting you to the experts, and today I’m joining
with Brad Jaeckel, the manager of WSU Eggert
Family Organic Farm. So how does your produce compare to the ones in the supermarket? – [Brad] Well, our produce
is, in a lot of ways, really similar. I mean you
would see the same types of vegetables that we grow in large commercial
grocery stores. Most of the
vegetables that we do end up in the
Moscow Food Co-ops, so their grocery store has a
smaller produce department, as well as the deli, so both of those departments
end up using our product. – [Han] So, what would
you say if people, like a motivation for
people to buy some organic farm material (mumbles)
compared to a supermarket? – Yeah, one of the biggest
things that we hear from people wanting to
buy organic is concerns about the environment,
so they’re interested in how the food is grown. What are the conditions that
are involved in growing, whatever it is, fruits
vegetables, animals, grains. People are really interested
in knowing the farm, where those things are grown, how that farm produces those. What kind of things do they do? How do we irrigate? What sort of
fertilizers do we use? So people, honestly, really get involved with
knowing quite a bit about how things are grown these days. – [Han] Is there like a
significant price difference between like organic or like things you buy
from a supermarket? – There can be. It depends on the type
of vegetable, honestly. We do look around at
other supermarkets, and see kinda how
our prices line up, and the thing about our farm
is that we’re fairly small, so we don’t produce vegetables
on a large enough scale to wholesale at some of
kinda the same price point that a larger farm would be. So, a store like the Co-op
is a really good fit for us ’cause it’s smaller. They’re able to pay us
actually a higher price for our product, especially
because it is organic, and that works out well for us. And the consumers, there’s not
sometimes as big a difference as you might think between
organic and conventional. – Thanks for joining us today. If you want to watch more
future videos you can watch it on the Northwest Public
Broadcasting Facebook page. (electronic music)

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