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Welcome to Oona’s farm! On her farm, she has chickens for eggs and cows to produce milk. Just a few years ago she decided to convert her farm to organic. Let’s go on a journey to find out how she did it!

Do you know how organic food at the supermarket is produced from a packet of seeds at the farm? Here we will go on a journey from the farm to your fork!

The hen and the eggs

These are Oona’s chickens, and they lay organic eggs. What does Oona do to ensure the eggs are organic?

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Illustration: Hens in the front of an organic farm on a green field Hens on an organic farm roam around and live on feed grown with only natural inputs. Their beaks are not trimmed and their wings are not clipped. They often live in small groups with other hens and lay eggs in comfortable surroundings. Organic farmers follow special rules to ensure that the hens live as happily and as healthily as possible.
Illustration: One hen in the hen house sitting on straw The eggs are collected by the farmer. Sometimes the farmer sells the eggs straight from his or her farm or at a nearby market with other farmers. And sometimes he or she sells them to a company that sells them to supermarkets and restaurants.
Illustration: Eggs are cleaned and put in cartons labeled with the organic farming logo Before organic eggs are sold, they are cleaned and put in cartons with logos or texts explaining where, how and by whom they were produced. The eggs might also become one of many other organic ingredients in products such as pasta, or sweets, which will also be labelled with the same logos and texts.
Illustration: A father and his son are in the supermarket shopping groceries, selecting organic food such as the eggs When your family and others choose to buy eggs or products with those special logos or texts, you will know all about how the farmer followed those special rules and how the hen that laid the eggs lived happily and healthily. Then you can look forward to a delicious and high quality meal!

The cow and the milk

Oona’s cows are organic dairy cows.
Do you know what makes milk organic?

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Illustration: Green fields with cowsCows on an organic farm are not permanently tied up or kept away from the green fields in which they feed on natural pasture. The farmers keeping these cows follow rules to ensure they are kept completely comfortable and provide fresh, high quality milk.
Illustration: Milking plant with fours cows being milked, and a farmerFarmers and their staff regularly collect this milk and send it to special dairy companies that bottle it or use it to create fresh and delicious dairy products such as cheeses, yoghurts, creams and ice cream.
Illustration: Milk in bottles on a assembly line. The organic farming logo is displayed on a bottle logoWhen organic milk is filled in bottles or turned into other dairy products, a special logo or text is placed on them, containing information about where, how and by whom the goods were produced. These goods are then sold at places such as special organic stores, supermarkets and restaurants and cafes.
Illustration: A family is having dinner together, along with the milk several organic products and food are on the tableWhen families like yours buy milk and other dairy products with those special logos or texts, they know all about how the farmer followed those special rules and the cow’s comfortable and healthy life. They can think about this while eating delicious yoghurt, healthy bowls of cereal and more!

 

“How I converted my farm to organic”

Discover from this family in Irelandmpeg-4v(25 MB) Choose translations of the previous link  how they made their farm organic.

How is it that milk can be organic?

Do you have any idea how milk is organic? Find out from the farmer himselfmpeg-4v(25 MB) Choose translations of the previous link !

Games

How good is your memory? Play the organic farming memory game!swf(306 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Julia and Steven

Follow the adventures of Julia and Steven in this comic bookpdf(4 MB) Choose translations of the previous link , and learn about organic produce along the way!