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Organic Farming

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.

              CCOF certificate               lab analysis

We generate our own organic compost. compost

From the Wikipedia article on Organic Certification article at

Organic certification is a certification process for producers of organic food and other organic agricultural products.  In general, any business directly involved in food production can be certified, including seed suppliers, farmers, food processors, retailers and restaurants.  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 non-certified products;
  • 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.