As of July, 2015 all of our fields are now USDA Certified Organic. Since we started farming in 2010 we have gone above and beyond the NOP guidelines. We do not spray any chemicals, even those approved for organic use. Instead we use extensive crop rotations, cultural controls, biocontrol methods like releasing parasitoid wasps to control cabbage moths, and selection of more disease resistant varieties of vegetables. We do not plant into plastic because we would rather hoe than add waste to the landfill each year.
Since we began the transition process back in 2011 to become certified organic we have worked closely with MOSA. Each spring an agent comes to our farm to inspect our fields, growing structures, and our records to renew our certification. We have an Open Door Policy for all of our members and all of the records and a tour of our fields are available at any time. For more information on our certifying agent you can go to their website.
In 2013 we became members of FairShare CSA Coalition. FairShare is a wonderful organization that helps member farms not only reach a larger market, but also provides us with the ability to help low-income members by being able to process SNAP benefits and QUEST cards. FairShare requires its members to maintain organic certification as a way to ensure the quality of the products offered by member farms. FairShare provides us with the awesome resource of fellow farmers to bounce ideas off of and to gain new insight into all aspects of farming.