These days the word organic has pretty much become a household buzz word, but it seems it is widely misunderstood. In simple terms, organic, when pertaining to food, means what you are consuming has been naturally grown without using additives or fertilizers. Taking it back to the beginning, organic then refers to the farming methods taking place to produce a crop. There are strict standards regarding which products can label themselves as “organic”. Doc’s Maple has gone through the certification process with NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC (Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York) http://www.nofany.org and wanted to share with you some of the guidelines for becoming a guaranteed Organic Maple Syrup!
- Organic Crop Certification includes Field Crops, Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, Wild Crops, Mushrooms, Sprouts, Greenhouses (and Maple Trees).
- The Land to be certified (Doc’s Maple Farm) must not have had prohibited synthetic herbicides, pesticides, or fertilizers applied during the previous three years (this includes treated seeds).
- During inspections, all fields and facilities will be visited, practices will be verified and audit trail records will be reviewed. The certification fee includes inspection costs.
- Maps must be provided of all fields to be certified. Fields and pastures must have an identification system, either names or numbers. Farms must provide an equipment list and develop harvest records as a part of the complete audit trail system.
- Buffer zones may be necessary if fields are adjacent to conventionally farmed fields.
New York State is a wonderful place to farm organically and as NOFA-NY states on their website, “The essence of all organic techniques is to work with nature, not against it.” Doc’s Maple Syrup takes pride in this process and hopes you’ll enjoy our natural sweetness straight from the trees.