The Northeast Farming Association of New York, or NOFA, recently held their second annual luncheon at Midtown's Gustavenos restaurant, under the 59th Street Bridge, and landed Christie Brinkley for a host.
"NOFA supports us. You know, they're there for us," says Brinkley. "A lot of farms have decided, 'Well, you know,we can make huge profits by dumping huge loads of chemicals all over everything and bringing it into the marketplace.' But these farmers have said, 'No, that's not good for us. That's not good for our environment and we want to do the right thing.'"
Luncheon attendee Shelley Rogers made a film about the organic movement called "What's Organic About Organic?"
"It's really about farmers on the ground who are facing challenges every day to get food on our table," says Rogers.
She says city dwellers can experience the organic life, since fruits and vegetables are grown in the Big Apple and sold to farmers markets throughout the city.
"No synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, no [genetically modified organisms], no sewage sludge on our crops is really a positive thing for the environment and a positive thing for our farm workers," says Rogers.
Scott Chaskey, the president of NOFA New York, says organic food helps out the population.
"It has to do with taking good care of the soil so that ultimately the health from that good soil will be transferred into good food and it will produce healthy people," says Chaskey.
Brinkley says the benefits of organic gardening are evident in New York City.
"We are in a crisis and supporting organics really is a big step," says Brinkley. "I mean, it really makes a huge impact on our environment. You know, the cities have big farmers' markets and they're really fun to go to."
Brinkley says that organic food can literally begin at home.
"Out on the fire escape you can even have your own little pots, with little tomatoes growing and fresh basil," she says.
By: George Whipple