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An Organic Farmer's Lexicon

acre An area measuring 43,560 square feet.

amendment A natural substance added to the soil to improve, or “amend,” it.

compost Decaying plant or vegetable material used as a natural plant fertilizer.

crop rotation Alternating crops planted in the same ground from year to year to protect the soil's quality.

guano Droppings from animals, usually seabirds and bats, used as organic fertilizer.

manure The droppings of plant-eating animals, such as cows and horses, added to the soil to improve plant growth.

oilseed crops The name given to crops used in producing cooking oils, such as canola, soybeans, and sunflower seeds.

organic Relating to food or the production of food grown using all-natural plant or animal substances.

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