Uproot Farm is in transition to organic. Because our land was previously in conventional production we are working towards organic certification, a process that takes three years. Uproot Farm was slated for certification in June of 2013, but we will be expanding into additional acreage in 2013 that must be transitioned as well. This pushes back our certification date to 2016.
However, our farming practices meet (or exceed) all of the requirements of the USDA National Organic Program, so you can trust that your vegetables are grown in a healthful and environmentally responsible way.
In 2013 we will have only 5 of our 30 acres in vegetable production and each field gets planted to a cover crop at some point in the season, either before or after the vegetables. Through the cover crops and compost applications, our goal is to rebuild the soil after years of conventional production. With the additional 20 acres we will begin renting in 2013, we will be able to keep more than half of our land in cover crops each year, giving it a chance to rest and rebuild.