This week in our news feed this article appeared about a new certification for farms called Regenerative Organic Certified (ROC) standard. This is exciting for us, because so many people want to buy into sustainably raised food, yet many people are unlike you and don’t know their farmer. This new certification will provide a means for eaters in choosing to purchase sustainable food at the grocery store!!! We at MHO haven’t yet found the time to read the regulations, but we certainly believe we should be following standards for regenerative agriculture. We do feel that with the incorporation of animals into our production mix, we are able to build our soils using compost made from the farm. This process is an ecological way in building our soil fertility by not having fertilizers shipped to the farm. As this certification becomes main stream, we hope that our grocery stores will seek out foods that are certified ROC so that you’ll be able to vote with your dollars for sustainably raised food when you aren’t buying directly from the farmer.
We know from experience it is more expensive for the farmer to implement ROC production practices, so weâ€™ve been asking ourselves if the consumer would pay a higher price for their food? In our wildest dreams, we can imagine that once the millennial generation are our legislators, theyâ€™ll implement policies that divert subsidies from farms producing commodity crops to vegetable farms using ROC farming practices. That way good healthy food would be more affordable to the less affluent all the while addressing climate change.
Here is a link to the online store to place your order.
Your Farmers (and cleaning staff),
Carl and Julie
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