Uproot Farm is in transition to organic and we are slated for Organic Certification in June of 2015. Because our land was previously in conventional production we are working towards organic certification, a process that takes three years. Uproot was scheduled for certification in June of 2013, but we expanded into additional acreage that must be transitioned as well. This pushed back our certification date to 2015.
However, our farming practices meet (and 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; It’s the only way we know how to grow!
In 2015 we will have only 7 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 began renting in 2013, we are able to keep more than half of our land in cover crops each year, giving it a chance to rest and rebuild, and to provide for a diverse ecology on the farm. Additionally, we raise pastured chickens and rely on their manure for a portion of our fertility needs.