Food MythBusters -- Food Hero: Kristin Carbone

Uploaded by RealFoodMediaProject on 24.10.2012

I never thought I would be a farmer.
Three years ago, I did in an apprenticeship with a local organic farmer,
and now I run Radix Farm.
I use natural growing methods following organic standards to grow a diverse
array of vegetables -- over 45 different kinds and varieties.
I lease three acres from a larger farm that does industrial corn-soy production.
I keep a buffer zone between my farm and the corn-soy.
If the herbicide sprayed on that part of the farm gets onto my vegetables,
they'll die, just like that.
Most of the farming in the Chesapeake Bay is large monoculture crops of corn and soy.

They're spraying from a lot of synthetic herbicides and fertilizer
and it affects the soil quality
and it ruins the biodiversity of the land.
Instead of pesticides,
I use a lot of different things -- row cover is one, just put it over the crops,
and it keeps the pests out.
I grow
a diverse landscape of
flowers and diverse crops so that I'm encouraging beneficial insects to be in
my farm and they can take care of the bad insects.
When people say you can't grow large amounts of food --
without chemicals -- I say you definitely can. I'm on only about an acre or two
and I'm feeding
well over two hundred people,
fifteen- to twenty-thousand pounds of vegetables each year.
Overtime using organic practices,
the soil quality improves so that you can grow more
and become more efficient and increase your yield.
In the three years that I've been on this land, I've already noticed
the soil quality is improving bit-by-bit,
things are starting to fall into balance.
Through farmer training programs in the region more people are not only wanting
to learn about farming, but they're staying committed to farming
and they're really getting out there and doing it.
It's so inspiring to see the growing movement of new farmers in this region.
I get more out of one acre to feed a family then industrial
monoculture farming can. With the growth of sustainable farms in the region,
we are able to feed more and more people,
more efficiently and it's more nutritious food.
I sell directly to families in DC through a CSA program.
I'm able to provide
the majority of vegetable needs for the families in the CSA.
What I love about being
part of this movement of sustainable farmers in the Chesapeake region is
revitalizing the environment
and bringing fresh healthy nutritious food right to people's plates.
My name is Kristin Carbone
and I am a farmer.