The Soil Association promotes organic farming, advocating for buying organic products, supporting local farmers, and sharing stories about the benefits of organic practices
September is an exciting time filled with many changes, moving from summer into autumn, from holidays into the new school year, and it is the perfect opportunity to learn about organic September and how you can make changes for the better.
What is organic September?
It’s a campaign that was established by the Soil Association. “Organic September is a key moment for organic businesses to raise awareness of the benefits of organic and the incredible efforts organic brands, farms and business make to support nature, wildlife and protect the planet.”
2023 marks 50 years since the beginning of organic certification, so this year has lots to celebrate about over the coming month. This autumn the campaign is raising awareness of farming and food and how it sits within the climate emergency.
What does organic mean?
The Soil Association have a fantastic video on YouTube that sums it up. But for those who like to read it the ye olde classic way: organic, in a nutshell, is a holistic and environmentally conscious approach to farming and food production.
Synthetic pesticides, genetically modified organisms, and artificial fertilizers are strictly off-limits with organic food production. Instead, organic farmers use the natural rhythm of the earth, harnessing the power of compost, crop rotation, and beneficial insects to grow the crops and help the surrounding earth thrive.
Organic foods are healthier because they don’t have synthetic chemical residues. Organic farming also locks away more carbon in the soil, which fights climate change.
How can I help?
Taking part in Organic September is a wonderful way to support the organic movement and give back to the environment and your well-being. Throughout the month, commit to buying (or growing your own where possible) organic products like fruits, vegetables, dairy, and more, ensuring they bear the organic certification label. Explore local farmers’ markets to support nearby organic growers and take the time to educate yourself about the benefits of organic farming, such as improved soil health and biodiversity.
The soil association also have a platform where certified organic and forestry heroes can share their stories, because spreading the word of your work is more important than ever. We also have a form you can fill out to share your story too, if you’re an organic farmer in County Durham or a resident, or even a community group, who has a story to share, get in touch and we would love to share your experience and showcase your work.