Certification Change March 2016
Our farm has been certified as organic for over 20 years. We believe that in order for people to be healthy, the soil, plants and animals from which they sustain their life must also be healthy. Working to nourish the soil, allowing animals to express their uniqueness and eat what they were created to eat, avoiding all use of chemical fertilizer, GMO's, anti-biotics, herbicides, insecticides and pesticides is the way that we farm. This is still what we believe in and our farming practices are not changing but as of this year we have decided to not continue certifying as organic for the following reasons:
1 - We believe the "organic certification" system has become dominated by large agribusiness looking for the niche organic market but whose interest do not lie in producing a healthy ecosystem for all.
2 - We find that with increasing government involvement in the certification process, which involves regulations required for exporting organic products, the bureaucracy and documentation required by a small diversified family farm is prohibitive.
3- We feel the organic certification system no longer fits well with the small diversified family farm that direct markets the majority of their products.
On the positive side we are now certified as "Certified Naturally Grown". We have found this grass roots movement fits with our ideals of producing the highest quality food, with an emphasis on transparency and trust and direct relationships with our consumers. Certified Naturally Grown requires compliance with the organic standards and utilizes peer reviewed inspections. Please find further information here and in particular check out their FAQ page. We would be interested to hear from you, our customers, what you think about this certification change and would be glad to talk further with any of you who have concerns about this decision.