Our Farming operations started out in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, not far from the city of Pittsburgh. We started out with just a small market garden in Kirwan Heights, Collier Township, and then grew to 30 acres of leased land, also in Collier Township. Now our operation has moved, two hours North of the Pittsburgh Area, to Richmond Township, Crawford County on 85 acres of land that has been in my Wife's family since 1940. Of that 85 acres, approx. 25 acres are tillable, and the remaining 60 is wooded. We use the forest land for lumber, firewood and agroforestry crops.
Organic simply means . . . farming in a way that improves the health of the soil and the surrounding environment, without synthetic or chemical inputs. Similar to the way your Great-Great Grandparents may have done it.
The Organic "NO NOs:" No Herbicides, No Synthetic Pesticides, No Fungicides, No Synthetic Fertilizers, No Sewage Sludge and No Treated or Genetically Engineered Seeds. Also, Organically Grown seeds are required.
To become certified, one must follow the new federal organic rules, and must have an absence of all those above listed "NO NOs" for a minimum of three years.
Our farm is certified organic by OCIA International and we meet all the standards of the new USDA Organic Law.