Q&A focuses on organic struggles, opportunities

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The going was tough in the early years of organic farming, when growing crops with unconventional methods drew odd looks from the neighbors and raised questions with no known answers.
A panel of farmers who weathered that storm and stayed true to their convictions say awareness of the benefits associated with organic farming has grown significantly in recent years, though in their eyes so much more could and should be done to shift food production from a modern-day chemical approach to a healthier, more sustainable model.
“I’ve probably received more calls in the last two years than I’ve received in the 20 years previous,” said Bob Quinn, an organic farmer from Montana and one of four panel members featured in a question-and-answer session July 14 at The Ivy.

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