The organic label means a great deal to many people when it comes to their food and agricultural based products. Certification by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and approved certifying private and state agencies is aimed at regulating and authorizing the sale and use of organic food and products and the legal labeling of those foods and products.
Those who take the time to understand the process and efforts that live behind that label tells them something not only about the product, but about the company itself. It is a rigorous process for a small farm or company to become certified and to maintain and improve upon that certification year after year. Farmers and companies who are certified organic engage in a number of specific farming operations and practices that are regulated and defined by the USDA, and just a few examples are provided below:
After a three year application process that started in 1999, our certification was approved in 2001 at our Dungeness heritage farm site. Since that time, our operation has grown the scope our production and reach and currently two out of three of our properties are under various stages of certified organic use, production and development. We are in the process of working on our third property and looking at one more to bring our total potential farm reach to 14 acres of certified organic use by 2019.
Olympic Lavender Company is a certified organic producer of plants and herbs. Certified organic through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Food Program and the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) since 2001, the application process took three years and was started in 1999 at the Dungeness heritage farm site and resulted in certification. In 2014 with the addition of new fields, multiple farm locations and multiple crops, certification was updated.
Olympic Lavender Company is a certified organic processor of herbs and essential oils, as well as final product packing of those processed products. Certified organic through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Food Program and the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) since 2001, the addition of new fields, multiple farm locations and multiple crops in 2014 led to certification being updated.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Organic Program (NOP) is the federal regulatory agency and federal framework that governs certified organic farms and foods, safeguarding the authorization and enforcement of the organic food label and license of inspected and approved companies.