Earth First Farms has been certified organic by the Global Organic Alliance since 2008. Organic apple growing differs vastly from conventional and IPM, or Integrated Pest Management, practices.
Some articles on the value of organics that you might find interesting:
The Environmental Working Group has classified both apples and strawberries in the top 12 fruits and veggies most contaminated by chemical residue. Check out their “Dirty Dozen/Clean Fifteen” Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides.
Fruit and Soil Quality of Organic and Conventional Strawberry Agroecosystems
“Our findings show that the organic strawberry farms produced higher quality fruit and that their higher quality soils may have greater microbial functional capability and resilience to stress.”