Going Back to Basics
You might find yourself asking, why should I buy organic? At Kalona Organics, we like to think of organics in terms of creating simple, delicious products that are good for you. The small family farmers we work with do not use chemicals, chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides. In fact, many of the Amish and Mennonite farms that produce Kalona Organics products have never been touched by chemicals and fertilizers. The result: high quality products that have exceptional taste and are better for you.
We also support the organic movement by working with local and regional farmers. By bringing small farmers’ products to local markets, we use less fuel in the distribution process and more of the money from the sale goes back to the farms and into the community.
The truth is that some organics companies are interested in producing trendy organic products. Not Kalona Organics. We are 100 percent focused on finding products that create a different type of excitement—the excitement our customers feel when they discover superior products produced the way nature intended. Now that’s something to cheer about.
Supporting Sustainable Farming Practices
Kalona Organics also supports sustainable farming practices. The Kalona Organics family—from our yogurt and cheese makers to our produce and dairy farmers and everyone in-between—is focused on preserving the land for future generations. Together, we are working to sustain and improve the health and vitality of the entire farm environment: soil, water, air, plants, animals, and people.
There are many ways our farmers do this, but one example is Bob Lominska. Now retired from teaching, Lominska and his son, Avery, produce fruits and vegetables on five acres of their land. In 2003, Lominska also became part owner of Central Soyfoods, which produces a handcrafted, artisan tofu that Kalona Organics helps market. Interestingly enough, Lominska does not produce soybeans, but rather is a consumer of Central Soyfoods by-products. “As an organic grower I needed nutrients for my land. I found that I could use the okara, a high-fiber, high-protein by-product of soymilk and tofu production, as a clean and high quality fertilizer for my crops. Instead of okara going to the landfill, which is what would happen, I use it to grow organic vegetables. It really makes me feel good to see that cycle at work.”
By working with small farmers such as Lominska, Kalona Organics can promote the very best sustainable practices.