about the growers coming soon...
Are you organic certified? The question is often asked. Because
OGS felt that while organic certification is great, it only covers
a portion of what is important to us when we decide to work with
a grower. We believe that the best food comes from producers who
have excellent growing and social practices. In order for a farmer
to receive a Food Alliance certification, one must meet certification
standards for the following:
Use a range of natural pest controls, such as beneficial
insects, careful weather monitoring and scouting
Use the least toxic pesticides when natural methods don't
Improve soil by natural methods, such as crop rotation
and cover crops;
Protect clean drinking water and fish habitat by providing
buffer zones in riparian areas
Provide wildlife habitat and encouraging residency by growing
some year round vegetative cover for shelter and food
Take into consideration quality of life issues for their
farm workers and their communities when making daily farm management
Continually improve their farming practices to make them
more environmentally sound, socially just and economically viable.
At OGS, we believe that the way you treat your staff, animals,
and community is just as important as the way you till your land.
To learn more about Food Alliance go to www.foodalliance.org