Beyond Organic products go much further than the USDA organic standards focusing not only on healthy produce and animals but also on holistic land management practices. While these products do not have the label of being certified by a third party organization such as the USDA, the produce is never sprayed and conventional fertilizers are never applied and chemical wormers are not used. Animals are never fed anything other than what their body can process (ex. cows only eat grass/hay, NO grain). Animals are rotated frequently allowing them to have access to fresh greens while nurturing the land. Everything on the farm (soil, animals, plants, etc.) has an integral function which work in harmony to create an entire living organism.
Forest Fed Pigs are rotated through a 60 acre wooded lot and through the rotation they get about 50% of their feed off the land. The pig never touches the same piece of land once it is moved for it's entire time on the farm to refrain from uncleanliness and overgrazing. The land is rested for 6 months after being used to allow regeneration and regrowth.
"Free range" refers to chickens being allowed to range freely outdoors where they can eat whatever grass, weed seeds, insects and worms they choose. This results in more nutritious eggs and meat for consumers, and more healthy, humane conditions for the birds.
The verification seal indicates that the product bearing the seal has gone through our verification process. Our verification is an assurance that a product has been produced according to consensus-based best practices for GMO avoidance: We require ongoing testing of all at-risk ingredients—any ingredient being grown commercially in GMO form must be tested prior to use in a verified product. We use an Action Threshold of 0.9%. This is in alignment with laws in the European Union (where any product containing more than 0.9% GMO must be labeled). Absence of all GMOs is the target for all Non-GMO Project Standard compliant products. Continuous improvement practices toward achieving this goal must be part of the Participant’s quality management systems. After the test, we require rigorous traceability and segregation practices to be followed in order to ensure ingredient integrity through to the finished product. For low-risk ingredients, we conduct a thorough review of ingredient specification sheets to determine absence of GMO risk. Verification is maintained through an annual audit, along with onsite inspections for high-risk products. Read more at http://www.nongmoproject.org/. Any items with this protocol on our site have been derived from animals fed Non-GMO verified feed.
Pastured chickens are raised in hoop houses that are moved 1-3 times a day every day across green pasture. This allows the chicken to have access to fresh green grass and bugs as a main source of their diet.
Our cows are raised on pasture and are rotated on a daily basis to ensure proper distribution of the manure and ample grass for them to feed on.