Our Growing Practices
We are USDA Certified Organic through Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO). We grow without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or fungicides. We are focused on regenerative growing practices that utilize healthy crop diversity, crop rotations, and use of cover crops that build soil organic matter and restore degraded soil biodiversity. These practices help us to grow more nutritious crops, along with keeping our local watershed healthy. The 260 preserved acres that surround us provide a healthy influx of pollinators, beneficial insects, and wildlife that help us to manage the farm as part of the ecosystem it exists in, rather than trying to create a system that minimizes biodiversity for the benefit of the farmer.
Our mission is to align with regenerative farming practices that are key solutions in achieving food sovereignty and restoring climate stability.
Why Certified Organic?
Our decision to become certified grew out of the concerns of our customers. Over the last couple of years, we felt our customers becoming weary of ambiguous terms in the marketplace being applied to growing practices that have limited integrity. We feel that the added assurance of certification goes a long way in establishing trust in our growing practices.
What does Certified Organic Mean?
Certified Organic growers have to submit a growing plan that is reviewed annually by an approved certifying agency to make sure that all aspects of the plan are in compliance with the organic standards set forth by The National Organic Program. Our operation is inspected annually to confirm that the plan is being properly implemented. From seed to sale, our process is inspected to make sure that our practices are not depleting soil or harming the environment. Adherence to the standards results in products that we feel are safer for the health of our customers, our family, our employees, and our surrounding community.
All produce is harvested, packed and stored using GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) guidelines. We are fully committed to maintaining high standards of quality and sanitation so you can feel safe about your food.