Doug

“Ultimately, the practices are more important than the certification.”

How much more effort do farmers have to exert in order to farm organically?

Here’s what I took out of a brief conversation with Doug, of Buried Treasures Organic Farm:

“To be certified organic, everything must be traceable. Look at these potatoes, for example. I have to be able to say exactly which field the potatoes came from.

The process is very expensive too – $1,000 per year. There’s a rebate, so the net cost is about $300-400…but still, you have to pay, and that’s in addition to other dues.”

Is an organic certification worth it?

“Ultimately, the practices are more important than the certification. It’s just that people who don’t know my practices can know about them with that certification standard. I wouldn’t worry about the certification, but it’s helpful for business.

I wouldn’t recommend farming because it’s hard…but I love it.”

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