Organic Certification

Earth First Farms is Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.  We have been certified organic continually since 2006. Organic apple growing differs vastly from conventional and IPM, or Integrated Pest Management, practices.  We are proud of our status and gladly share our certificate with all!  Organic Certificate 2016 – 2017

Why Organic?

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 FifteenShopper’s Guide to Pesticides.

Here’s a broad study from the UK demonstrating the increase of antioxidants and decrease of heavy metals (eeew…) from organic produce.  This study looked at 343 peer reviewed studies, which as large of a study as we’ve seen.  UK Study on Organic Produce.

Apples:

Nice, short and to the point article on why we should eat more organic apples!

Strawberries:

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.”