Nature’s Organic Haven uses sustainable farming practices on our elderberry farm. As stewards of the land, we are dedicated to protecting and preserving our environment for the future. We are constantly looking for ways to minimize energy and water, while being mindful of crop yields and soil health.
Sustainable agriculture isn’t just a passing trend for us, it is who we are and what we do. We strongly believe in doing the right thing for you and the planet. We are committed to minimizing our footprint. We strive to raise the bar for sustainable farming and the organic industry – as well as help it grow.
Our sustainability farming practices are evolving, but some highlights include:
- Manage soil through an effective cover crop program
- Implemented drip irrigation to use less water than sprinkler or furrow irrigation
- Compost elderberry stems and work back into soil as a nutritional amendment
We take a holistic approach to our farming system, by applying good agricultural practices like the use of cover crops and pollinator habitat development. We are pursuing this approach even further by building programs that can help educate the next generation of farmers.
Our organic farm, Nature’s Organic Haven, was started in 2012 with 2,500 elderberry plants, adding an additional 5,000 plants in early 2013, and another 5000 plants in 2014. Phyllis Hannan, the founder of Natures Organic Haven, soon applied for organic certification, which was approved September 30th, 2012, making her entire farm USDA certified organic.
What makes a farm organic certified?
The USDA Organic seal assures consumers that the department of agriculture’s guidelines and standards for organic farming methods and production were followed. In order for a farm to be certified organic it must have not had any non-organic materials applied to it for the past three years. Organic-certified farms must have an organic system plan and records that verify compliance with that plan. Being certified assures the consumer they are getting an organic product.
USDA certified organic foods are grown and processed according to federal guidelines addressing; soil quality, pest and weed control, and use of additives. Organic farmers rely on natural substances and physical, mechanical, or biologically based farming methods.
Organic certification requires that farmers document their processes and are inspected every year. Organic on-site inspections account for every component of the operation, including, plant sources, soil conditions, crop health, weed and pest management, water systems, inputs, and record-keeping.
The USDA Organic seal also ensures that non GMO (genetically modified) seeds have not been used.
We have applied for non GMO verification and are waiting for approval.
Our philosophy of sustainable agriculture centers around food, people and the planet to make the world a better place for all.