Organic In Conversion
After a thorough review of the farm’s processes and procedures during an on-site audit, our initial application for certification has been approved. The complete organic certification process for a new producer can take up to three years. With a long road ahead, we are pleased to have completed the first step which will now allow produce grown at the farm to be labelled and marketed as “Organic In Conversion.” The certification body will continue to follow the farm’s progress until full certification is achieved.
Compliance to organic standards goes well beyond prohibiting the use of pesticides. All inputs to the land must be closely monitored and documented to ensure that end-to-end processes are free of any potential contaminants. This includes sourcing seeds and seedlings from organic certified producers with plans to eventually grow our own in a supervised environment. Worm farms have also been set up to encourage the production of our own organic fertilizer which is not only extremely rich in nutrients but also reduces our environmental waste.
As with any crop, pests and disease can often threaten the health and yield of a harvest. To overcome these obstacles, our team at the farm have had to implement creative solutions to help the produce thrive through methods free of harsh chemicals which also protect the integrity of the plant and its surroundings. One method includes supporting the local habitat of natural predators to ensure that pests are removed in a natural and responsible manner while fostering the food chain. Stay tuned to see what other projects our team has in store.