Well look no further, Beiler Family farm has it covered!
Our cornmeal comes from local PA farmer Mike Esh.
His cornmeal is made from open pollinated, chemical free corn!
What does open pollinated mean?
Open-pollination is when pollination occurs by insects, birds, wind, humans, or other natural mechanisms.
Why is open pollination important?
When pollen is free to flow between plants, these open-pollinated plants are more genetically diverse.
Why is genetic diversity among plants important?
More diversity allows for the plants to adapt to local growing conditions and climate year-to-year.
Choosing open-pollinated varieties conserves the genetic diversity of plants and prevents the loss of unique varieties.
By choosing open-pollinated and heirloom varieties we can conserve biodiversity, in our food system.
Why do we want biodiversity in our food system?
Biodiversity in food and agriculture refers to all the plants, animals, insects, and microorganisms that support food production.
They all work together to that keep soils fertile, pollinate plants, purify water and air, keep fish and trees healthy, and fight crop and livestock pests and diseases.
Crops that are biodiverse also have higher amounts of nutrients and are more climate resistant than crops from commercial hybridized high yield seeds.
In order to take care of the future of our food, we need to take care of the biodiversity in our food system...and on our planet!
Once the intricate balance of biodiversity is lost, it cannot be recovered. For this reason, it is important to do what we can to support the farmers who are passionate about farming in a way that supports biodiversity.
Farmer Mike Esh and Farmer Jonas Beiler are two farmers
who practice biodiverse and regenerative agriculture!
By supporting them you are also supporting biodiversity in our food system.