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What is Organic?

What is Organic?

Organic farming uses farm practices to build the ecological systems in the soil. Synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, genetically modified organisms, plant growth regulators and livestock feed additives are all prohibited. These practices aid in eliminating chemicals from the food system, water and environment as well as building soil microbes and organisms. Soil structure and fertility are increased with the use of composted manure and green manure cover crops. Rotating crops help build soil structure as well as interrupt the cycle of pests and diseases. Weeds controlled by mechanical means, are also disrupted by rotating crops.

Some use the term natural and compare it to organic. Don’t confuse the term “natural” with "organic". For organic certification, an inspection & audit is done on our farm annually by Ecocert (a Certificaton Body accredited by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency - CFIA) to verify that we adhere to the organic regulations. Monitoring and enforcement of organic regulations are the responsibility of the CFIA. The Organic Products Regulations, made under the authority of the Canadian Agricultural Products Act, define specific requirements for organic products labelled as organic. These requirements are periodically revised to improve the farm environment and to coincide with the international standards and markets.


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