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Organic Farming is based on agricultural practices involving crop rotation, soil fertility and natural pest controls. It's a trend that's become very popular since the early 2000s. Organic Farming uses methods that preserve the environment and avoid almost all synthetic materials.

For Marvin Baker, organic farming is a practice he believes in. For many, it's a safe and healthy option for people looking for produce that hasn't been touched by pesticides or chemicals.

“That hobby turned into suddenly friends and family wanted produce. We built it up a little bit, and by 2005 it became a commercial entity,” says Baker.

North Star Farms is a certified organic operation in Carpio. What started as a small hobby for Baker, has grown into a successful business in its 10th year.

“Consumers want to put a face to a product. If I sell you an onion, you're going to know where that onion came from. You can come out here and see me dig those onions if you like,” says Baker.

North Dakota may be covered in thousand-acres farms, but Baker enjoys his small 4 acre plot of land. Which he says gives him a more hands on experience.

“You're closer to the product. In fact, when I was mowing grass last night, I drove by and I'm looking at the celery as I was going by to make sure it was coming up okay, and back over to the onions I was looking at those. So, you're closer to the land with a small acreage,” says Baker.

At North Star Farms, it's about growing what consumers want. Baker plants everything from onions, to garlic and raspberries. He has even planted peanuts in past years. Baker is always trying something different, sometimes they may fail, and sometimes those trials are successful.

For Baker it's not just about growing more and more produce, it's about growing in his farming knowledge.

“The passion is in the education of knowing about this stuff, and knowing that I have satisfied customers,” says Baker.

Baker will be selling his North Star Farm produce this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the North Prairie Farmer's market in Minot.

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