why organic?

According the USDA, organic crops and livestock are ...

Required to meet USDA organic regulations.

Produced without genetic engineering, ionizing radiation, or sewage sludge.

Managed such that natural resources and biodiversity is conserved.

Regulated by National List of Allowed and Prohibited 

Substances

Overseen by USDA National Organic Program-

authorized certifying agent

Organic Crop Production Practices

Trowel and Soil

SOIL QUALITY

Maintained with natural means. No sewage sludge or biosolids.

Removing Weeds

PESTS, WEEDS, DISEASES

Relies on prevention, avoidance, monitoring, and suppression. Approved pesticides are a last resort.

New Growth

SEEDS/PLANTING STOCK

Must be organic. Not genetically modified or treated with prohibited substances. 

Organic Carrots

IDENTITY & INTEGRITY

Producers required to maintain identity and integrity of organic crops.

Barley Fields

CROP ROTATION

Naturally manages issues with soil, insects & farm biodiversity. Required by USDA organic regulations.

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OVERSIGHT

Overseen & regulated by USDA. Products must be certified by USDA-accredited certifying agent.

Organic Livestock Production Practices

Chicken

CONDITIONS, FACILITIES

Living areas to encourage and natural behavior. Access to outdoors, shade, shelter, space for exercise, fresh air, clean drinking water, direct sunlight.

Goat Eating

ORGANIC FEED

Certified organic feed. Any pastures, forages, and plant-based bedding accessible must be certified organic.

Farmer

ANIMAL HEALTH

Relies on prevention. Well adapted breeds. Use of balanced nutrition, exercise, low stress. Vaccinations but no antibiotics or growth hormones. 

Organic Eggs

ANIMAL ORIGIN

Must be raised organically since last third of gestation. Birds used for poultry or eggs can be from any source, raised organically from 2nd day of life.

Cattle in Pasture

GRAZING

Animals that graze must have access to pasture during grazing season. Cannot be continuously confined. 

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OVERSIGHT

Overseen & regulated by USDA. Products must be certified by organic by USDA-accredited certifying agent.