Residential Organic Garden Program

Reasons to grow you own food:

The ROGP can help you grow you own food.

Reasons to join the Residential Organic Garden Program (ROGP):

  1. To have beautiful gardens and fresh vegetables
  2. Food that is free of pesticides, non organic fertilizers, and GMO’s (No Roundup, No Miracle-Gro)
  3. Healthy food for families and friends
  4. Trading and sharing program of fruits and vegetables
  5. Save money on grocery bills
  6. Healthy wildlife and back yard
  7. Learning experience for the entire family


What is Roundup?

Roundup is the brand name of a systemic, broad-spectrum herbcide produced by the U.S. company Monsanto and contains the active ingredient glyphosate. Glyphosate is the most used herbicide in the USA, and Roundup is the number one selling herbicide worldwide since at least 1980.  As of 2009 the Roundup line of products represents about half of Monsanto's yearly revenue.The main active ingredient of roundup is the isopropylamine salt of glyphosate. Another important ingredient of Roundup is the surfactant POEA (Polyethoxylated amine) known for its toxicity in wildlife, it increases herbicide penetration in plant cells.Monsanto also produces seeds which grow into plants genetically engineered (The Future of Food) to be tolerant to glyphosate which are known as Roundup Ready crops. The genes contained in these seeds are patented. Such crops allow farmers to use glyphosate as a post-emergence herbicide against most broadleaf and cereal weeds. Soy was the first Roundup Ready Crop (The World According to Monsanto) and was produced at Monsanto's Agracetus Campus located in Middleton, Wisconsin.

GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms)

  • Genetically modified (GM) foods are foods derived from genetically modified organisms. Genetically modified organisms have had specific changes introduced into their DNA by genetic egineering, unlike similar food organisms which have been modified from their wild ancestors through selective breeding (plant breeding and animal breeding) or mutation breeding. GM foods were first put on the market in the early 1990s. Typically, genetically modified foods are transgenic plant products: soybean, corn, canola, and cotton seed oil, but animal products have been developed as well.

How to Avoid Genetically-Manipulated (GMO) Food Ingredients

In North America, all soy that is labeled "organic soy" is guaranteed to not be genetically-manipulated and not be treated with herbicides. Look for soy products and ingredients (e.g., tofu, tempeh, miso, soy sauce, soy milk, etc.) which are organic. All other soy ingredients are almost always genetically-manipulated and herbicide-treated. The same is true for canola, corn, dairy products and potatoes. Look for organic corn, potato and dairy ingredients at your local health food store. Check the ingredients labels carefully. It may be best to avoid canola altogether because it is rarely organic and is usually chemically-treated as detailed by world expert, Udo Erasmus. Outside of Europe and Asia it may not be possible at this time to avoid genetically-manipulated ingredients 100% of the time, but it is a good idea to avoid them when possible. The List of Companies Pledging to Remove GMO Ingredients is another very useful resource.