The Amish Farmers Reinventing Organic Agriculture

The Amish Farmers Reinventing Organic Agriculture
August 26, 2016 Sybil Skinner

By studying the immune systems of plants, they’ve developed a technique that eliminates the need for chemicals.

A group of Amish farmers is re-inventing organic agriculture. By studying the immune system of plants, they have developed a technique that restores natural balance and eliminates the need for agrichemicals. 18 year old John Kempf is the unlikely founder of Advancing Eco Agriculture, a consulting firm established in 2006 to promote science-intensive organic agriculture. No chemicals. Higher quality crops. Bigger yields.

“Instead of trying to grow crops that are healthy with fungicides and pesticides, I started to grow crops that are healthy with nutrition.”

Samuel Zook, one of Kempf’s earliest converts, has a farm in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Zook is practicing Advancing Eco Agriculture. He has converted his mind set on farming and has stared using a new way of solving the problem of insects. Now Zook says “Let’s figure out what this plant wants and provide it.” By looking at the plants he has learned to read the signs of what they need. For example, the asymmetry on the leave indicates zinc deficiency. Spots indicate a phosphorus deficiency. And, the rippling of the leaf usually indicates excess nitrogen.

Before starting with the method of Advancing Eco Agriculture, Zook said “I barely noticed the leaves at all. I just planted and sprayed. Now, it’s much more fun.”



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