The “Certified Organic” label can help you make informed decisions at the farmers’ market or the supermarket. Feeding your family organic food reduces your risk of exposure to pesticides, antibiotics, and hormones, and promotes the development of long-lasting, good eating habits.
At JW farms, certified organic foods are produced according to federal standards set by the USDA National Organic Program.
Organic standards address many factors: soil quality, animal raising, pest and weed control, and use of input materials. Certified organic produce is grown on soil that has been free of prohibited substances for three years prior to harvest to ensure that the crops will not be contaminated. Focused on the use of renewable resources and conservation of soil and water, organic farmers enhance and sustain the environment for future generations.
Being organic farmers for decades we’ve been privileged to help bring organics to the doorstep of the mass and wholesale market. JW-Farms has all six different most important Regional Organic Certifications in California including:
- PACA: The Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) was enacted at the request of the fruit and vegetable industry to promote fair trade in the industry. PACA protects businesses dealing in fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables by establishing and enforcing a code of fair business practices and by helping companies resolve business disputes.
- MARKET ENFORCEMENT: The mission of the Market Enforcement Branch is to objectively enforce laws enacted to ensure confidence and stability in the agricultural marketplace and to protect against unfair business practices between producers, handlers, and processors of California farm products.
- CCOF: Organic standards promote and enhance biodiversity, biological cycles, and soil fertility, and restore, maintain, and enhance ecological harmony. The legacy of organic will be the catalyzation of healthy, sustainable, and humane production systems. CCOF believes that organic standards should continually evolve to address a broadening range of issues,
- ASCO: Accredited by the USDA-National Organic Program to certify operations who wish to market their products as organic in the following areas: Crop Production, Handler/Processor, Livestock and Wild Crops.
- FOOD SAFETY
- GREEN LEAFTY (LGMA): LGMA membership is not mandatory but once a company decides to join, it subjects itself to mandatory government audits provided by USDA-certified, government inspectors. LGMA members are audited
multiple times throughout the season and must achieve 100 percent compliance with the LGMA food safety practices.