I have traveled to verdant areas of the country where the land sprouts red barns housing livestock and ancient well-oiled tractors. The farmers are sturdy, the roosters are colorful and all seems quite organic and pastoral. I have visited many such hardy salt-of- the-earth folk. I have trudged their furrows and bumped along in their four-by-fours, speaking about the price of broccoli and the forewarning of an early frost. Many do pledge to be organic, but when pressed, a few say that they are “beyond” and need not be certified—too much trouble, expense… and the paperwork, OY! Let’s be friendly and let thy neighborly-trust be our guide.
Organic certification isn’t an easy process, but indeed it guarantees that the organic regulations are being followed with verification, inspection, and yes, record keeping. Let’s take a dive into the sometimes-murky waters of certification. Continue reading “Organic Certification: Why is it Important?”