Organic Production: West vs East
A recent article on our Amy's plant in Southern Oregon expanding put forward the
fact that the decision to expand on the West Coast rather than use the closed Sara Lee plant they bought in South Carolina to originally use was based on availability of organic vegetables in the West, even though the majority of their customers are in the East.
Who knew? Is the East Coast bereft of available land, or are the farmers just more entrenched in their ways?
There big complaints were different tomatoes and onions. South Carolina's climate and day length variation during the year differ from Oregon's. You cannot grow the same tomatoes and onions in South Carolina that you can grow in New England or Michigan let alone California and Oregon. This has nothing to do with organic growing although I suspect that the heat and humidity in South Carolina would complicate organic factory farming of the type that is relatively common in California. These people did not do their homework very well.
From the Great Plains eastward organic farming tends to be on a smaller scale with orientation toward local markets. One might argue that this is more in the original spirit of organic farming.