Organic implies raising plants using no chemicals, but it is much more than simply avoidance. Best Practices for organic growing involve the use of sustainable means - systems which result in meeting needs of the moment without causing harm or jeopardizing future needs.  Simple. And complex.
     Buzz words such as ”green”, “organic” and “sustainable” are important reminders that something is changing on our lands. The many related topics are becoming part of the oft repeated story. And for good reason!
     Water conservation is now a global eye-opening topic; pollution is ever-more an obvious concern; energy issue solutions are clearly vital, biodiversity is now viewed as indispensable; living with the benefits more natural surrounding is gaining appreciation and value; and good tasting, wholesome food has become, to many, essential.
      As an organic grower (vegetables, herbs and flowers), I have come to understand the importance of caring for our life-supporting systems as well as the financial sensibility of reducing water, pesticides and herbicides. fertilizers and fuel consumption. 
Going Native is an intimately related topic. The more we use plants which thrive naturally in our local environments, the less we have to work at growing them. They require less supplementary water (irrigation), incur lower transportation costs (shipments of supporting materials and the produce itself), support the wildlife that evolved with them (synergy), naturally absorb more rainwater (e.g., meadow grasses create tough, deep root systems which use more runoff), and happily, contribute to beautiful landscapes (oh the color of fall natives!) 
Intensive Growing means yielding more high-quality produce out of any soil.
This entails applying growing methods such as crop rotation, cluster planting and selecting  compatible plant partners and communities. It also means paying close attention to the health of the soil, restoring it via permaculture methods to replenish nutrition and moisture - and monitoring it for depletions. Reaping more from the available soil also helps with the preservation of diversity, especially if open pollinated seeds are used and calorie and carbon efficient plants selected. The soil further benefits from the use of compost for enrichment and the reuse and recycling assets of supplying irrigation in passive ways such as cistern and rain barrel catchment, ponds using gravity to transport downhill and efficient drip watering systems. 
Microclimates transform seemingly spent land into arable spaces by taking advantage of natural environmental characteristics or altering the space to create a desirable characteristic(s). An example of this would be the installation of a row of trees as a windbreaker, designed to limit the impact of blowing winds, enabling crops once too sensitive to that wind to thrive.

So far, numerous vegetables and herbs grown readily in New Jersey have been thriving on my acre “garden” -- with rave reviews in the taste tests! Flowers too!Distribution facilities will be coming soon for selected restaurants and markets.