Episode 121. Transitioning from Conventional to Organic Farming

In this podcast, Justin Duncan, agriculture specialist at NCAT’s Southwest Regional Office in San Antonio, Texas, has a conversation with Lois Kim, Vice President of Public Relations and On-Farm Research Coordinator for Plantation Produce Company (PPC) Farms in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas.

In this episode, you’ll hear how PPC Farms is transitioning its 1,500-acre operation from conventional to organic farming.  Lois talks about some of the new practices they have adopted, such as the use of cover crops, companion planting, crop rotation, and the many benefits these practices bring.

It’s worth pointing out that there are melons that Lois refers to as “weeds” in the podcast.  These are cucumis melo that self-selected in Texas cotton fields and are now found all across south and east Texas.  They are affectionately known as “smell melons.”

For more information on this topic, you can contact Justin Duncan directly at justind@ncat.org.

ATTRA Resources:

Farmscaping to Enhance Biological Control

Guide for Organic Crop Producers

Cover Crop Options for Hot and Humid Areas

Cover Crop (340) in Organic Systems

Nutrient Management Plan (590) for Organic Systems

Organic Crop Production Overview

Organic Specialty Crop Production In Texas: A Grower’s Handbook

Tip Sheet: Crop Rotation in Organic Farming Systems

Companion Planting & Botanical Pesticides: Concepts & Resources

Other Resources:

Plantation Produce Company (PPC) Farms

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