As a CCOF certified organic grower,
Kitehawk Farm is periodically inspected.
The inspectors not only check our fields and supplies
but also our bottling and storage facilities.
We generate our own organic compost.
From the Wikipedia article on Organic Certification article at
Organic certification is a
certification process for producers of organic food and other organic
In general, any business directly involved in food production can be certified,
including seed suppliers, farmers, food processors, retailers
Requirements vary from
to country, and generally involve a set of production standards for
growing, storage, processing, packaging and shipping that include:
- avoidance of most chemical inputs
(e.g. fertilizer, pesticides, antibiotics, food additives, etc),
genetically modified organisms, irradiation, and the use of sewage sludge;
- use of farmland that has been free from synthetic chemicals for
a number of years (often, three or more);
- keeping detailed written production and sales records (audit trail);
- maintaining strict physical separation of organic products from
- undergoing periodic on-site inspections.
In some countries, certification is overseen by the government,
and commercial use of the term organic
is legally restricted.
Certified organic producers are also subject to
the same agricultural, food safety and other government regulations
that apply to non-certified producers.