In 1992 the Organic Trade Association assigned September as National Organic Harvest Month. The purpose of the month long event is to raise awareness and highlight organic agriculture and growing products in the industry. September is also considered a great time for consumers and harvesters to enjoy the bounty of an organic harvest.
Events and attractions take place all over the country, however sometimes events may not be near you. Fortunately you can celebrate National Organic Harvest month at local businesses and in your own home in different ways.
National Organic Harvest Month Tip #1: Visit a farmers market.
September is a great month for harvesting crops. Consequently, farmers markets will be in full swing across the country. Farmers markets are a great way to get wonderful produce at a fair price. Furthermore, they helps the local economy by keeping money within the community. Last but not least, farmers markets help reduce fossil fuels because the produce does not have to travel very far.
National Organic Harvest Month Tip #2: Start and urban garden.
Just because you may live in an urban area does not mean you cannot grow your own food. Thanks to a rise in urban gardening, even Manhattan roof tops are being converted into organic gardens. Simply find any organic seeds from your local Home Depot or Seeds of Change. Then plant them in a container and put them either in the backyard, on the porch, on the balcony, even on the roof. Growing your own food is an easy and healthy way to keep your taste buds entertained.
National Organic Harvest Month Tip #3: Take organic cooking classes.
Many Whole Foods Market stores offers cooking classes, tastings, demonstration dinners, and workshops led by chefs, authors, and in store experts. They are a great way to learn how to make healthy and tasty meals for you and your family.
National Organic Harvest Month Tip #4: Buy organic cotton.
Buying organic cotton can be a quick and easy way to celebrate National Organic Harvest Month. Much has been documented on the harmful ways that conventional cotton is grown and harvested; as a result the demand for organic cotton is on the rise. You can buy anything from T-shirts to bedding with the assurance that who have minimized your exposure to harmful toxins.
National Organic Harvest Month Tip #5: Relax with organic goods.
Indulge yourself with a bath of organic oils, eat some organic chocolate, or have some organic alcohol. However you choose to unwind there are organic products for the occasion.
For more information about National Organic Harvest Month visit the Organic Trade Association.
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