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Central Ind. farmers turn to organic growing

Several farmers in the area surrounding Kokomo are turning to organic farming.

Some of them say they're making the switch for personal health reasons. Others say they like selling their produce face-to-face at local farmers' markets.

Chemical-free produce accounted for about 4% of U.S. food sales in 2011. But the organic food sector grew by $2.5 billion that same year.

Jay Martin says he started growing his own crops after he decided the food he was eating was contributing to his high blood pressure. Now, he and his wife Gena run a company that sells beef from grass-fed cattle and produce from their 30-acre farm about 16 miles west of Kokomo.



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