FAQ #1: Organic practices on currants
"Are your currents are raised using organic methods?
"We are not certified organic. It’s actually quite difficult to get certification for small family type farms. The good news is that Currants are pretty disease and insect resistant and the only thing I’ve had to use to date is some weed control which controls unwanted plants which compete for the natural nutrients the currant bushes need. When needed, we use Glyphosphate for this purpose which is a long chain fatty acid with toxicity equal to that of hand soap. It basically kills any weed or plant on which it’s applied so there is no residue in the soil, the wanted plants or their fruit (currant bushes in this case). It actually kills the unwanted plants by simply blocking the natural protein production generated from the sun and the plant starves. It’s not residual so nothing is left behind to reside in the soil or wash into streams. If one has to do battle with weeds again next year it simply has to be applied again. There is a fungus that’s been showing up in the spring on the plants and as of this writing, I’ve been successful in controlling it by pruning out the affected branches. Interestingly enough, this disease is not only not harmful to people, it actually stimulates the development of more antioxidants in the plant to help fight off the disease. These are the same antioxidants that we use to fight off diseases in our bodies so ironically, plants that have this disease have healthier berries!"