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Caption: Sunil Patel Sifts Compost, Credit: Emily Reddy
Image by: Emily Reddy 
Sunil Patel Sifts Compost 

Selling Organics in a Tough Economy

From: WPSU-FM
Length: 05:29

Local organic growers say, despite their higher prices, customers are staying pretty loyal in this tough economy. Visits to a local farm and a sustainable agriculture conference tell the story.

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When times are tough, people look for places to cut back.  At the grocery store, for example, a consumer might decide not to pay that extra dollar a pound for organic peppers.  But local organic growers say customers are staying pretty loyal to local organic food.  WPSU's Emily Reddy reports.

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When times are tough, people look for places to cut back.  At the grocery store, for example, a consumer might decide not to pay that extra dollar a pound for organic peppers.  But local organic growers say customers are staying pretty loyal to local organic food.  WPSU's Emily Reddy reports.

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When times are tough, people look for places to cut back. At the grocery store, for example, a consumer might decide not to pay that extra dollar a pound for organic peppers. But local organic growers say customers are staying pretty loyal to local organic food. WPSU's Emily Reddy reports.

ON TAPE:
[sifter noise]
Sunil Patel is sifting compost in an unheated outbuilding near a snow-covered garden plot.
I usually just move it back and forth and do a shake like this. (:09)
Patel is making an organic potting soil…to start plants in the greenhouse for the coming season. He’s the head farmer at Greenmore Gardens, outside of State College.
It was started two years ago as a small CSA. (:04)
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Which means what it sounds like. CSA farms sell produce directly to community members, called shareholders. You pay a lump sum before the...
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