What Does "Organic" Mean?
Organic means something different to a wide majority of people. The US government decided to take control of the term organic, and it is now against the law to make an organic claim without certification by a regulatory body. This means when you see the sign saying "USDA Organic" or "Certified Organic," a regulatory (third party) agency has come to the farm and inspected it, as well as viewed all the farm's financial records. An organic farm must adhere to a very strict set of requirements in order to be approved.
But this does not always mean that the food is completely organic! Big business lobbies hard to make it easier for them to use the claim organic, and sometimes they win. It is always best to know your farmer, and to read the labels carefully.
We are no longer a certified organic farm, but have chosen to be a Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) farm. CNG follows the same guidelines as USDA Certified Organic, but there is less paperwork involved and, instead of being inspected by a government regulator, the farm is inspected by another CNG farmer.
For more information about the Certified Naturally Grown program, visit their website.