We have been Certified Organic by MOSA since 2008.
Keene Organics Garlic has been providing Certified Organic Garlic for well over 10 years. Our exceptional quality garlic seed, customer service, and support has resulted in many, many successful garlic farms, growers and gardeners across our nation.
We do offer Certified Organic and Naturally Grown garlic to offer our customers a wider range of options of exceptional quality garlic. The garlic we offer as naturally grown must be grown the same way the certified organic garlic is grown. Below is an explanation of the two.
We work with a few of the best garlic growers in Wisconsin. These growers are small farmers producing a small amount of exceptionally high quality garlic. The best heirloom garlic in the US is produced by these small growers, due to level of love and care that goes into their garlic crop. Many of these growers live an organic lifestyle and would never put herbicide or pesticide on their land or food that they grow and eat. They would tell you their garlic is grown organically, but for their garlic to be considered organic it must go through the USDA organic certification and many are too small to afford the costs of the certification. Since they are not "certified organic", they can't call their crop organic, so we call it Naturally Grown. Our naturally grown garlic has been grown without herbicides, pesticides, chemicals, and grown on land that has not has these items on their land and do not use GMOs. You will see many garlic growers saying they are organic, but for them to be organic they must be certified organic by the USDA. We are required to follow the organic rules and can't call this garlic organic unless it is certified organic.
Organic agriculture produces products using methods that preserve the environment and avoid synthetic materials, such as pesticides, antibiotics, and don’t allow GMOs, irradiation or treated seeds. USDA organic standards describe how farmers grow crops and raise livestock and which materials they may use.
Organic farmers, ranchers, and food processors follow a defined set of standards to produce organic food and fiber. Congress described general organic principles in the Organic Foods Production Act, and the USDA defines specific organic standards. These standards cover the product from farm to table, including soil and water quality, pest control, livestock practices, and rules for food additives.
Organic farms and processors: Preserve natural resources and biodiversity, support animal health and welfare, provide access to the outdoors so that animals can exercise their natural behaviors, only use approved materials, do not use genetically modified ingredients, receive annual onsite inspections, and separate organic food from non-organic food.
Whether we are certified organic or growing garlic as naturally grown, we do above and beyond the organic rules. If you need a copy of our organic certification, please go to: http://mosaorganic.org/client-directory/
Keene Organics Garlic, Sun Prairie, WI 53590 (608) 215-7599
Certified Organic Garlic, Heirloom Garlic, Seed Garlic & Eating Garlic
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