We have news! Clark Farm recently became certified by the REAL Organic Project, an organization which seeks to promote higher standards for organic food production. In recent years, the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) has changed their definition of 'organic' by allowing large-scale certification of vegetables and berries grown hydroponically -- without any soil at all. The USDA NOP has also started to allow industrial confinement operations, which often provide animals zero access to soil, to become certified organic as well.
The REAL Organic Project seeks to ensure that farms adhere to standards more in line with the ideals of the organic movement when it first emerged, standards that were centered primarily around the importance of soil health. It insists on strict standards around soil health and quality, access to fresh pasture for livestock, the quality of (or absence of) inputs for pest and w**d control, among other things. The REAL Organic Project is also fundamentally concerned with the treatment of farm workers, an aspect of this work which has been largely left out of the organic movement to date.
While we will still maintain our national organic certification, we’re excited to have joined this movement of farms and farmers who are demanding that higher standards of growing practices be upheld both in the field and through certification. If you're interested in learning more, visit www.realorganicproject.org or check out @realorganicproject.
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