As the Veganic (Vegan Organic or Stockfree Organic) movement continues to grow, many online resources have become available for new and experienced gardeners and farmers who are interested in these sustainable and ethical growing methods.
Gentle World (a site I am proud to write for) is one of these online resources and has a growing wealth of information for beginning veganic growers. There are also three main informative sites that I would recommend to any new or experienced vegan organic grower.]
These sites house a multitude of resources for stockfree, vegan organic and veganic farming and gardening, along with advice from experts in the field.
To learn more about the ethical and environmental reasons for making your garden animal-input free read:
Disclaimer: Please note that I may not endorse all the contents of these sites or organizations linked to in articles or resource lists.
Next: Vegan Organic Network (link and mission)
Vegan Organic Network (VON) :
Mission (Aims) as per: veganorganic.net
“Vegan-organics is any system of cultivation that avoids artificial chemicals and sprays, livestock manures and animal remains from slaughter houses. Alternatively, fertility is maintained by vegetable compost, green manures, crop rotation, mulches, and any other method that is sustainable, ecologically viable and not dependent upon animal exploitation. This will ensure long term fertility, and wholesome food for this and future generations.
Vegan-organics is but one aspect of a dynamic culture. Our commitment is to peace and justice for people, animals and the environment in a sustainable balance. To achieve this we must change our lifestyles and introduce a philosophy which will continue to maintain our unique planet. We are motivated by our awareness of the great unease in society that we are moving towards a world that can no longer sustain life in the natural way it has always evolved.
The aims of the Vegan Organic Network are:
• To specify the methods and standards for stockfree organic growing and to enable growers to become certified using these standards. • To establish a Demonstration, Education and Research Centre. • To encourage vegan-organic cultivation on a small scale as well as farm scale growing.
Veganic Agriculture Network (VAN):
Mission Statement, as per: www.goveganic.net:
“The Veganic Agriculture Network is a new movement in North America to promote the production of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and cereals without the use of artificial substances nor the use of animal products. We promote sustainable, low-impact, plant-based farming and gardening.
Following the lead of the Vegan Organic Network, which has promoted plant-based agriculture in Europe since 1996, we aim to bring more information about these techniques and principles to a North American audience.
Our mission is to:
- Connect people who are interested in veganic agriculture so they can share knowledge and ideas.
-We created a yahoo group to facilitate discussion.
-Support farmers and gardeners who are changing to veganic methods, and publicize options for certification.
-Make the wider population aware of the possibility to grow veganically.
-Explain the global context of veganic agriculture, in relation to the environment, food, and animal protection.”
Stockfree Organic Services:
About, as per: www.stockfreeorganic.net
“Welcoming questions from farmers and growers who are already stockfree, or are considering converting to this method. We have a panel of experienced farmers and growers who will be pleased to answer questions and discuss any issues that you would like to raise.
We aim to provide articles that provide a cross section of the pros and cons of growing in different countries, climates and soil types; in protected and open environments and both field and market garden scale.
We welcome your articles, photos and suggestions.
To think about:
We need to rethink the way in which we produce food, recognize its ecological implications, and adopt a more earth-friendly approach. Climate change is almost universally accepted as being caused by the release, through human activities, of greenhouse gases (GHG) into the atmosphere. Only professional deniers, funded by the fossil fuel lobby, and blinkered politicians, still doubt the science and mounting evidence of the human contribution to climate change. The earth’s current period of development has been coined the ‘anthropocene’ – a time when virtually all planetary ecosystems are being affected by, and in many cases seriously degraded by human activity.”
For more information about why Stockfree Organic farming is important, click here.