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HURON COUNTY, OH – High School Student Farms Sustainably

January 18, 2010

Sustainable Agriculture is often a term reserved for universities or used by organizations to explain their relationship to an expanding agricultural industry; an industry edging ever-closer to a polarized practice: farming with or without chemicals. For most conventional farmers using chemicals to fertilize the soil, manage weeds, develop chemical resistant seed strains and to stabilize yields is an everyday way of life. But for some, the everyday use of chemicals on the farm is seen as a way to reduce life and propagate a false sense of safety.

Racheal Pitsinger, 16, alongside her father Rick Pitsinger are developing their own system of sustainable farming. Racheal, who holds a second degree black belt and is active throughout high school programs, disagrees with the claim that chemicals are necessary to “feed the world” and sees their everyday application as harming the wildlife.

In this weeks podcast of “On The Wire” listen to Racheal and her father, Rick, discuss how they got started farming, the methods they adapted to farm organically and how sustainable farming has given Racheal the chance to become financially viable while protecting the environment.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. tortoise permalink
    January 18, 2010 8:55 am

    Wow! She’s only 16?

    That’s awesome! We’ll be anxious to see her at the Sandusky Farmers Market this year – and I hope more young adults pick up on this.

  2. Sandusky Resident permalink
    January 18, 2010 11:55 pm

    Just listened to the podcast… sounds like an excellent opportunity to help employ our teenagers and get them out of these dead end service jobs.

    Buy a CSA share and help our kids get through college – now thats something to invest in. If they can get the colleges to charge a reasonable price for education we’d be on our way.

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