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Organic farming mission

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OAK CENTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Here's a question for those of you with vegetable gardens.  Do you do it as a hobby or a lifestyle?  For one area farmer he's making his push for organic farming by leading by example.

Much more than a hobby, Steven Schwen uses his farm to live off the land...and uses his store off Hwy. 63 to make a living.  He and his family are preparing for this years harvest.. However, to Schwen it's a harvest that is much more than just the food we eat.  "Part of that give back to the land and try to develop more local economies," said Schwen.

Schwen is on a mission.

"Grow things organically in balance with nature to help protect both people's health and the environment of the plant," he said.

National issues such a the recall vote for governor Scott Walker or the DOW Jones having the largest one-day increase in years, do not even compare, to the cause Schwen fights for in Oak Center Minnesota.

"It's probably one of the most important issues we face," said Schwen.  "More than all of the rest of the stuff. Y'know the stuff you see on the headlines of the news. Basically, underneath, we are not living sustainably on this planet."

In other words... "Leaving our camp site in better condition than when we found it," he said.

Aside from his shop in Oak Center you can also find Steven at the Rochester Farmer's Market.

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