Though we have always followed the organic standards, we're pleased to announce that our three-year transition period has been completed, and all of our products are now certified organic!
The certification really changes nothing about our practices -- that transition period was due to an application of synthetic nitrogen fertilizer before we bought the property, or we would have been certified from the start -- but it is a useful tool for quickly and simply communicating those practices to customers, especially in environments like the co-ops where we aren't present to answer questions in person.
In addition, by becoming certified, we're adding one more to the quantifiable number of farms that use organic practices. In much the same way that buying organic products sends a message to food producers and manufacturers, becoming certified organic sends a message to policy makers, researchers, and those who fund them that organic farming is important. We hope that as more people buy organic food and more farms become organically certified, the institutions that support agriculture will begin to spend more of their resources on creating and improving systems, seeds, equipment, financing, and regulation that is appropriate and useful for organic farms.
So, look for more of our products at the co-op with the shiny Vermont Organic Farmers logo alongside our own!
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