The Cleanest Line
Dave Chapman

Dave Chapman

Dave Chapman is the owner of Long Wind Farm in East Thetford, Vermont, which specializes in certified organic greenhouse tomatoes grown in soil. In January 2014, Dave and fellow Vermont farmer David Miskell started an online petition asking the USDA to keep organic in the soil and they have continued the campaign at Dave believes hydroponic farming has a place in society, but without the benefits of living soil it shouldn’t be labeled organic. “God bless ‘em—it’s still growing, and it’s still hard work. But I say label it accordingly and market it as such. Call it hydroponic and be proud of it.”


Three generations of organic advocates: Anais Beddard, a 29 year-old farmer who runs Lady Moon Farms; Eliot Coleman, the 78-year-old pioneer who helped the USDA write its first report on organic farming 37 years ago; and 92-year-old Emily Dale who attributes her long life and health to eating organic food. Photo courtesy of Keep the Soil in Organic

The Night They Drove Organic Down

Nov 20, 2017 November 20, 2017

Looking back on the USDA meeting in Jacksonville, I am left with anger, grief and a sense of urgency that we keep moving forward. The meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) was an historical turning point for the National Organic Program (NOP). Read More