How Our Farm Protects Against Pests

Information about our farming practices involving pesticides

Over the past couple of years we have been asked more and more by our customers if our farm is organic and if we use pesticides. Please know we are always happy to answer these types of questions and especially encourage them.  Being educated about where your food is grown and how it is processed should be a high priority to us all.  We hope the following information helps provide you with the answers you are seeking. 

First, our farm is not certified organic.  The definition of organically grown food is food grown and processed using no synthetic fertilizers or pesticides.  Pesticides derived from natural sources can be used in producing organically grown food.  *In some cases, synthetic pesticides can be utilized in organic farming if a non-synthetic pesticide is deemed ineffective. 

So what is a pesticide and why have we chosen to use some synthetic pesticides and fertilizers in our own farming practices?  A pesticide is a chemical used to prevent, destroy, or repel pests.  Pests can be insects, mice and other animals, weeds, fungi, or microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses.  We choose to use synthetic and non-synthetic pesticides in our type of farming for many reasons.  We have found that the use of both types keeps us and our consumers safe, are economical, help us maintain nutrient rich soil while at the same time keep us from using an abundant amount of man power, fuel emissions, and costly reapplication rates.  Please know that we are not for or against organic farming.  We just know that it is not the right fit for our farming operation.  

Our approach to farming does utilize traditional sustainable practices that ensure a product with superior quality along with the utmost safety to our consumers in mind.  We practice Integrated Pest Management (IPM) on our farm in order to preserve sustainable agriculture for our generation and generations to come. 

Some might ask, what is Integrated Pest Management?  Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices.  IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment by the most economical means.

We also feel that it is important for our consumers to know that Jarod, who is one of the owners of the farm and lives on the property, earned his pesticide applicator’s license back in 2005.  He has attended conventions, private classes and seminars to learn about the most safe and effective methods to prevent and treat diseases that may damage our crops. His knowledge base and certification has to be kept up to date on a yearly basis.  All products used on our farm are approved by the FDA and are always applied in compliance with local, state, and federal laws.

Some folks have inquired about the specific names of the pesticides that we apply to our crops.  It is our policy not to disclose these specific names.  Through years of knowledge and expertise we have developed a dynamic IPM plan that effectively treats fungi, weeds, and insects that we consider proprietary.  

Please know that we do take into consideration the certain cases of consumer allergies or intolerances to products that we may use.  Jarod would be more than happy to address these concerns on a private individual basis when necessary.

In closing, please remember that we personally live steps away from the fields where we all enjoy the tastes of nature’s bounty.  Our family’s safety in consuming the fruit and the proximity to the fields we apply pesticides to is our highest priority. We take pride in safely passing these practices along to you and your family as well.

 

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