Old Crowe Farm is pleased to announce that after rigorous review the farm has received 100% Organic Certification on its primary production acreage. Quality Certification Services (QCS) awarded Organic Certification under the US National Organic Program 7 CFR Part 205 on November 7, 2014. It takes a minimum of three years for farms to receive Organic Certification. Farmers are required to carefully document all inputs including seeds, soil amendments and supplies as well as follow particular land management practices, and they are subjected to inspections and regular review.
The land has been farmed without pesticides or herbicides for more than 11 years since the farm was purchased, and we applied for Organic Certification Status for a only portion of the farm, its primary production acreage. We are pleased to have received this formal certification and understand that the public sees this designation as an important identifier of pesticide- and herbicide-free food. We, however, go even further beyond the USDA organic standards and have for many years farmed without even some of the allowable inputs by the National Organic Program. This is important to us from a health and land stewardship perspective.
Old Crowe Farm encourages consumers to not only look for the Organic Certification label but to also investigate deeper when making buying decisions. Increasingly consumers are looking for not only chemical-free food, but food that has been produced with minimal negative impacts on the environment. Knowing how food is produced, including being able to talk directly with farmers, is the best way for people to buy food that is GMO-free and has been grown or raised in the most sustainable manner. We have spent considerable time researching growing practices and carefully selecting crops to grow and sell. Other consumer benefits in buying organic certified products help limit exposure to chemicals and toxic substances while at the same time supporting growers who are good stewards of the land.
Farmers Jim and Jacqueline Moyer own and operate the Old Crowe Farm. Visitors to the Old Crowe Farm walk the farm, talk to the Moyers, and see the food being grown. According to Jacqueline, “Organic Certification is part of our overall farm plan. We encourage consumers to talk to us and ask questions to find out more about local sourced, seasonal, sustainable products.”