Organic Practices

beeinpageGrade A Gardens has been a Certified Organic Vegetable Farm since 2010.

We do not use genetically modified organisms (GMOS) and our crops are grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers or pesticides.

The USDA National Organic Program ( NOP ) defines organic as follows:

Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation. Before a product can be labeled “organic,” a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified, too.

Our water comes from an on-farm well, and we use drip irrigation to conserve water. We also utilize cover crops and proper crop rotations to help reduce our weed and pest pressure.  We have two beehives on the farm and are looking to increase the amount of hives in 2014!