Tony's vision for the future is a thriving southeastern organic food system that incorporates a direct cultural and culinary link between the mainland and our Caribbean neighbors. Inclusive in this is a farmer based organic seed system that provides high quality regionally adapted seeds to our farmers and gardeners.
He envisions a truly sustainable food system where the relationships with the Earth and each other are strong and the distances are short.
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Earthwise Organics, LLC is the business under which Tony Kleese manages projects that support the development of an organic food system that celebrates the abundance and culture of the Southeastern U.S. and the Caribbean. That sounds so good you can almost taste it, but what does it really mean?
Organic, at least in a legal sense in the US, is defined by the US Department of Agriculture's National Organic Program as "a production system that is managed to respond to site specific conditions by integrating cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity". From a marketing standpoint it is a green label that allows organic farmers and consumers to connect.
Defining a food system can be challenging as it covers a wide spectrum of inputs, activities, infrastructure and organizations. During his years at the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Tony worked with fellow board members and staff to define the various components of a food system:
Tony has been actively involved in the development of local and organic food systems since 1989, as a farmer, educator, and activist. Some highlights include: