|Kansas Organic Farmer Jake Geiger at Family Monument in Robinson|
When Jake Geiger’s ancestors planted and harvested crops in Central Europe, they probably used many of the same techniques he does today. They would have rotated crops, used livestock manure as fertilizer and outsmarted pests without synthetic pesticides.
|American British White Cattle in foreground of Rotational Fields Planted in Clover and Alfalfa|
At Alba Ranch, Geiger grows corn and soybeans like most of his neighbors. He also rotates the fields with other crops like wheat, oats, rye, barley, alfalfa, clover and three types of sorghum. Cattle and horses take turns grazing various pastures, and they eat organically grown ground ear corn. The large extended family produces all of their own pork, poultry and dairy for themselves. There’s space for growing the family’s vegetables as well as a market garden. They save seeds for planting next year’s crops. “Right now there’s strong demand for wholesome food,” said Geiger, who sells wheat to neighbors running a successful bakery.