Our Methods |  Produce | Eggs

Production Methods: Produce

If you have any questions or concerns about the way our food is produced, please contact marissa@sandhollerfarm.com.

We are not a certified organic farm. Organic certification is a legal term for producers who meet certain government standards. While we support the use of this designation, it can be difficult for small producers to meet the requirements. This does not mean that small producers don’t use organic methods, instead it is the record keeping and expenses of certification that prevent many from getting the official seal.

We do not use chemical pesticides or fertilizers on the farm. We strive to meet or exceed all regulations of organic certification. Additionally, we feel that being a small producer, we need to be able to “act on our feet” when a problem occurs and we do need a product that may not qualify as organic but we feel is safe for our customers. For instance, Dawn Dish soap is not organic but a solution of this sprayed on an aphid infestation may just save an entire crop. And your produce will be squeaky clean too! :)

We believe that building the health of the soil will lead to a healthy garden that won’t require chemical inputs. We focus on feeding the soil and make our own compost onsite using goat and chicken manure as well as waste from the kitchen and garden. A diverse environment also allows for natural checks and balances to prevent some pests as an overpopulation will generally lead to nature providing a counter population of a predator. Our garden is home to many perennial plants which allow beneficial insects to live there throughout the year.

What does 'organic' mean?

I think it is also important for people to become more aware of what ‘organic’ truly means. The USDA certifies farms that follow certain rules. But do you know what those rules are? A great blog was written by Christie Cox for Scientific American that discusses some of the issues involved with large scale organic farming, amongst them, the use of organic pesticides. We actually strive to be pesticide-free, above and beyond what is called for in organic certification. However, as stated earlier, this can be impractical. We do the best we can!

Large scale operations may still essentially be factory farms, simply following the letter of the law and not the spirit in which the organic movement was founded.