https://pacscertifiedorganic.ca/ en Why Organic? McLeod Farm https://pacscertifiedorganic.ca/blog/Why-Organic-McLeod-Farm <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Why Organic? McLeod Farm</span> <div class="field field--name-field-seenherd-news-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/blog/mcleod-organic-farm.jpg" width="990" height="666" alt="McLeod Organic Family Farm " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/pacsmember/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">seenherd</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 04/08/2019 - 15:12</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span class="font-weight-bold">Q: Why is being certified organic important to you and your business? </span><br /> A: We believe that a lot of conventional farming has become too far removed from nature. I love seeing the animals on pasture and I enjoy the challenge of producing crops without the use of herbicides and chemical fertilizers.</p> <div class="align-center"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image:</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-09/mcleod-organic-dairy-farm.jpg?itok=_paG7UvM" width="480" height="323" alt="McLeod Organic Robotic Dairy" title="McLeod Organic Robotic Dairy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> </div> </div> <p><br /><span class="font-weight-bold">Q: What are the most important principles or philosophies that guide your company? </span><br /> A: We want everyone that works and lives on the farm to enjoy a healthy organic lifestyle. Not only do we produce organic milk, but we raise our own chickens, pigs, turkeys, and fruit for our family and workers. We are all extremely gentle and patient with the animals. As a result, the animals are like big pets and great to work with.</p> <div class="align-center"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image:</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-09/mcleod-organic-farm-irrigation.jpg?itok=GQXV402F" width="480" height="323" alt="McLeod Organic Farm Irrigation" title="McLeod Organic Farm Irrigation" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> </div> </div> <p><br /><span class="font-weight-bold">Q: What specific questions did you have when learning about organic certification? </span><br /> A: We had many questions about animal health and organic crop production. For example, are we allowed to treat our animals with medication if they became really sick? I've learned that animal welfare is always a priority with the organic regulations. When a cow is really sick we are allowed to treat her with most medications as long as we observe the minimum 30 day withdrawal period. We've also learned that prevention is important and we've improved our vaccination program and other practices. We've been experimenting with cross-breeding which is producing some great hybrid vigor in our animals. I was worried about growing organic corn. I talked a lot with another organic farmer, Quentin, and he was very helpful in teaching me new tillage methods. We also learned that proper crop rotations are crucial for weed control. We're still learning and making mistakes, but we're getting better and growing some nice organic corn!</p> <div class="align-center"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image:</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-09/mcleod-farm-grazing-cows.jpg?itok=Xe-mu869" width="480" height="323" alt="McLeod Organic Dairy Pastured Cows" title="McLeod Organic Dairy Pastured Cows" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> </div> </div> <p><br /><span class="font-weight-bold">Q: If someone you know is thinking of certifying organic, what advice would you give? </span><br /> A: One thing that's very daunting about organic cattle farming is that you require a large land-base for your animals. You need lots of pasture and you may not have neighbors who are selling certified organic forages. However, the transition period gives you lots of time to find more land to lease and to convert to organic. During the 3-year transition period we added over 200 acres of organic lease land (crops and pastures) into our operation and it's worked out great. I found that most land owners love the idea of leasing their land to an organic farmer. Also, ask lots of questions. Most organic farmers, including myself, are happy to answer questions and give advice.</p> <p> </p> <div class="align-center"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image:</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-09/pigs.jpg?itok=yGbdlGcA" width="480" height="360" alt="McLeod Farm" title="McLeod Farm" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> </div> </div> <p><br /><span class="font-weight-bold">Q: Why did you choose PACS as your organic certifying body? </span><br /> A: I talked to several organic dairy farmers and they all had very positive experiences with PACS. PACS has staff that are knowledgeful with organic dairy farming and they are quick to respond to my questions when I need to make changes on the farm.</p> </div> Mon, 08 Apr 2019 22:12:23 +0000 seenherd 1137 at https://pacscertifiedorganic.ca Why Organic? SR Farms https://pacscertifiedorganic.ca/blog/Why-Organic-SR-Farms <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden"> Why Organic? SR Farms</span> <div class="field field--name-field-seenherd-news-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2020-09/sr-farms-organic-forage-crops.jpg" width="990" height="666" alt="SR Farm Organic Forage Crops" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/pacsmember/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">seenherd</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 04/08/2019 - 14:56</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span class="font-weight-bold">Q. Why is being certified organic important to you and your business? </span><br /> A. Being certified is encouraging to people who buy our products because they know we’ve done our homework and that the food we produce is as healthy as we can make it. And it helps the farmer make a bit more for the effort.</p> <div class="align-center"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image:</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-09/sr-farms-organic-wheat.jpg?itok=6jOJZY2n" width="480" height="323" alt="SR Farm Organic Wheat" title="SR Farm Organic Wheat" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> </div> </div> <p><br /><span class="font-weight-bold">Q. What are the most important principles or philosophies that guide your company? </span><br /> A. To have a safe farm/home environment without deadly sprays and so forth is important to us, especially as we have a young family. Another one is that we strive to grow quality food for people. It feels like we are an asset to the world as a whole when we can do this.</p> <div class="align-center"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image:</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-09/sr-farms-organic-hemp.jpg?itok=huOplurF" width="480" height="323" alt="SR Farm Organic Hemp" title="SR Farm Organic Hemp" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> </div> </div> <p><br /><span class="font-weight-bold">Q. What specific questions did you have when learning about organic certification? </span><br /> A. We wondered how time consuming the paper work would be. But once a person has a system in place it really doesn’t take too much time.</p> <div class="align-center"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image:</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-09/sr-farms-tractor-rainbow.jpg?itok=dmyoAATa" width="480" height="323" alt="SR Organic Farm Rainbow" title="SR Organic Farm Rainbow" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> </div> </div> <p><br /><span class="font-weight-bold">Q. If someone you know is thinking of certifying organic, what advice would you give? </span><br /> A. Do something simple first.<br /><br /><span class="font-weight-bold">Q. Why did you choose PACS as your certifying body? </span><br /> A. PACS has made the most sense for us as it is founded in BC and the fees and requirements are manageable.</p> </div> Mon, 08 Apr 2019 21:56:33 +0000 seenherd 1132 at https://pacscertifiedorganic.ca Why Organic? Ice Cap Organics https://pacscertifiedorganic.ca/blog/why-organic-ice-cap-organics <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Why Organic? Ice Cap Organics</span> <div class="field field--name-field-seenherd-news-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/blog/ice-cap-organics-farmers.jpg" width="990" height="666" alt="Ice Cap Organics" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/pacsmember/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">seenherd</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 02/21/2019 - 20:19</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span class="font-weight-bold">Q. Why is being certified organic important to you and your business?</span><br /> For us growing organically was the only way conceivable. From the moment we began talking about starting a farm it was a given it would be organic. We had been trying to eat mostly organic food for a while and we believed it was healthier for us, but more importantly, healthier for our ecosystem as a whole. As we delved deeper and started to learn about growing and selling vegetables we embraced organic methods and realized how important being certified was for the farms that we were learning from, and how the clientele demanded it. At this point the strong majority of our customers demand and expect certified organic at our stall, and many of them would quit shopping with us if we stopped being certified. But not only does certification substantiate and define organic practices, it joins organic farmers together in solidarity and gives us power.</p> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image:</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/ice-cap-organics-farm.jpg?itok=y25I0rOC" width="480" height="323" alt="Ice Cap Organics Farm" title="Ice Cap Organics Farm" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> </div> </div> <p><br /><span class="font-weight-bold">Q. What are the most important principles or philosophies that guide your company? </span><br /> We try to be respectful and honest with our crew and our clients, and farm in a way that is in harmony with our ecosystem. We sell locally and are connected to these communities and honour the physical place where we grow and live. And finally, we balance our hard work with fun and adventure in nature.</p> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image:</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/ice-cap-organic-kale.jpg?itok=rI979xCX" width="480" height="323" alt="Ice Cap Organics Family" title="Ice Cap Organics Family" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> </div> </div> <p><br /><span class="font-weight-bold">Q. What specific questions did you have when learning about organic certification? </span><br /> For us it was what is permitted and effective for amending soil deficiencies, and where to source these amendments.</p> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image:</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/ice-cap-organic-swiss-chard.jpg?itok=nZ6EjAu5" width="480" height="323" alt="Ice Cap Organics Swiss Chard Seedlings" title="Ice Cap Organics Swiss Chard Seedlings" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> </div> </div> <p><br /><span class="font-weight-bold">Q. If someone you know is thinking of certifying organic, what advice would you give? </span><br /> Get certified from the very beginning if possible, don’t put it off, it will only get more difficult. Use systems that fulfill organic standards and give you information to better manage your business.</p> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image:</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/ice-cap-organics-csa-vegetable-box.jpg?itok=NFDNHOqa" width="480" height="323" alt="Ice Cap Organics CSA Vegetable Box" title="Ice Cap Organics CSA Vegetable Box" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> </div> </div> <p><br /><span class="font-weight-bold">Q. Why did you choose PACS as your certifying body? </span><br /> We chose PACS because of word of mouth; our neighbours and mentors used PACS so we just went with that recommendation… but since then we’ve come to realize PACS is well respected by the consumer as well.</p> </div> Fri, 22 Feb 2019 04:19:09 +0000 seenherd 1126 at https://pacscertifiedorganic.ca Why Organic? Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse https://pacscertifiedorganic.ca/blog/Why-Organic-Sea-Cider-Farm-Ciderhouse <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Why Organic? Sea Cider Farm &amp; Ciderhouse</span> <div class="field field--name-field-seenherd-news-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/blog/organic-sea-cider-vancouver-island_0.jpg" width="990" height="666" alt="Organic Apples at Sea Cider Farm " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/pacsmember/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">seenherd</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 02/21/2019 - 15:17</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span class="font-weight-bold">Q. Why is being certified organic important to you and your business?</span><br /> At Sea Cider we are active in our agricultural community. We grow our own apples but we also support local agriculture by sourcing apples from other BC farms. Our mission is to deliver quality and meaning through our cider. Organic certification helps in providing our consumers with a guarantee that we are sourcing as locally and sustainably as possible, using the highest quality ingredients and that we are following the best organic regulations from start to finish.</p> <div class="align-center"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image:</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/pruning-organic-apple-trees.jpg?itok=FN527wQr" width="480" height="323" alt="Pruning Organic Apple Trees Vancouver Island" title="Pruning Organic Apple Trees Vancouver Island" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> </div> </div> <p><br /><span class="font-weight-bold">Q. What are the most important principles or philosophies that guide your company? </span><br /> At Sea Cider, our business philosophy and principles are focused on our three pillars: sociability, sustainability, and community involvement. We strive to source our products from our own, and surrounding farms on the Saanich Peninsula and within BC, we keep our environmental impact low by adhering to organic regulations, and we operate as a value-driven, community-minded business.</p> <div class="align-center"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image:</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/sea-cider-organic-cidery.jpg?itok=L_tFBlyx" width="480" height="323" alt="Organic Apple Cider" title="Organic Apple Cider" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> </div> </div> <p><br /><span class="font-weight-bold">Q. What specific questions did you have when learning about organic certification? </span><br /> When we first started learning about organic certification we had a million questions. “The devil is in the details” when it comes to organic certification, and we needed to learn the details! We had questions on everything from the best methods for organic weed control to what products we could use for cleaning and sanitizing our equipment.</p> <div class="align-center"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image:</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/organic-bc-cider.jpg?itok=JWsCLt19" width="480" height="323" alt="Sea Cider Organic Cider " title="Sea Cider Organic Cider " typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> </div> </div> <p><br /><span class="font-weight-bold">Q. If someone you know is thinking of certifying organic, what advice would you give</span>?<br /> The first piece of advice: do your homework! Read through every book you can find on organic farming, search the internet, and reach out to other organic growers and producers within your community for advice. Another piece of advice would be to have a strong auditing system. Having a comprehensive traceability program is critical to ensuring that every step of production is clear and that problems along the way can be identified and resolved. A good place to start when developing a traceability program would be Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP).</p> <div class="align-center"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image:</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/sea-cider-saanich-ciderhouse.jpg?itok=bptSG95e" width="480" height="323" alt="Sea Cider Farm &amp; Ciderhouse Vancouver Island" title="Sea Cider Farm &amp; Ciderhouse Vancouver Island" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> </div> </div> <p><br /><span class="font-weight-bold">Q. Why did you choose PACS as your certifying body? </span><br /> We decided to choose PACS as our certifying body as they have the experience and geographic reach we required. They have been incredibly helpful in answering all of our questions and helping us get down to the nitty gritty details of organic certification.</p> </div> Thu, 21 Feb 2019 23:17:44 +0000 seenherd 1139 at https://pacscertifiedorganic.ca Why Organic? hOMe Grown Living Foods https://pacscertifiedorganic.ca/blog/Why-Organic-hOMe-Grown-Living-Foods <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Why Organic? hOMe Grown Living Foods</span> <div class="field field--name-field-seenherd-news-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/blog/homegrown-living-foods-founders.jpg" width="990" height="666" alt="hOMe Grown Living Foods Founders " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/pacsmember/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">seenherd</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 02/21/2019 - 15:03</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span class="font-weight-bold">Q. Why is being certified organic important to you and your business? </span><br /> It allows customers to understand our high standards at a glance and creates accountability for the ingredients we source.</p> <div class="align-center"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image:</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/homegrown-living-foods-organic-catering.jpg?itok=WB16_TuL" width="480" height="323" alt="hOMe Grown Living Foods Keto Bread" title="hOMe Grown Living Foods Keto Bread" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> </div> </div> <p><br /><span class="font-weight-bold">Q. What are the most important principles or philosophies that guide your company?</span><br /> hOMe Grown Living Foods has been Keeping the Vibe Alive with Sprouted Dehydrated Snacks and Pantry Staples since 2008. We source the highest quality ingredients and through our proprietary processes make it more Bio Available to your body. What you eat is important, but what you digest and assimilate is a key to Optimal Health!</p> <div class="align-center"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image:</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/homegrown-living-foods-rawgles.jpg?itok=qzSzG4Dm" width="480" height="323" alt="hOMe Grown Living Foods RAWgles" title="hOMe Grown Living Foods RAWgles" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> </div> </div> <p><br /><span class="font-weight-bold">Q. What specific questions did you have when learning about organic certification? </span><br /> Who could we work with locally for Certification and Support? How do we maintain our books to ensure easeful certification?</p> <div class="align-center"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image:</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/homegrown-living-foods-organic-sprouted-nuts-seeds.jpg?itok=Q67955SH" width="480" height="323" alt="Organic Sprouted Nuts and Seeds" title="Organic Sprouted Nuts and Seeds" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> </div> </div> <p><br /><span class="font-weight-bold">Q. If someone you know is thinking of certifying organic, what advice would you give? </span><br /> Do it! Your customers will thank you! Keep track of every ingredient, incoming and outgoing. Be sure to receive COA paperwork on all incoming ingredients.</p> <div class="align-center"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image:</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/homegrown-living-foods-ketogenic-cookies.jpg?itok=xma7I3JF" width="480" height="323" alt="Organic Sprouted Ketogenic Cookies and Trail Mix" title="Organic Sprouted Ketogenic Cookies and Trail Mix" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> </div> </div> <p><br /> Q. Why did you choose PACS as your certifying body?<br /> You were recommended to us by our dear friends at <a href="http://gatheringplacetrading.com/" target="_blank">Gathering Place Trading Company</a> and you are local!</p> </div> Thu, 21 Feb 2019 23:03:57 +0000 seenherd 1134 at https://pacscertifiedorganic.ca Why Organic? Earth's Own & Happy Planet https://pacscertifiedorganic.ca/blog/why-organic-earths-own-happy-planet <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Why Organic? Earth&#039;s Own &amp; Happy Planet</span> <div class="field field--name-field-seenherd-news-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/blog/earths-own-organics.jpg" width="990" height="666" alt="Earth&#039;s Own Organic " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/pacsmember/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">seenherd</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 02/21/2019 - 14:51</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span class="font-weight-bold">Q. Why is being certified organic important to you and your business? </span><br /> At Earth’s Own, we believe in sourcing ingredients from organic farmers because food grown without pesticides is better for the earth, it tastes better and is more nutritionally dense.</p> <div class="align-center"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image:</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/so-nice-almond-milk.jpg?itok=aDFwoRxo" width="480" height="323" alt="Earth's Own Organic Unsweetened Almond Milk" title="Earth's Own Organic Unsweetened Almond Milk" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> </div> </div> <p><br /><span class="font-weight-bold">Q. What are the most important principles or philosophies that guide your company? </span><br /> We are passionate about producing great food that is natural and organic, and using ingredients that you can recognize and pronounce. We are also passionate about supporting our Canadian farmers so that means buying what we can from right here in Canada.</p> <div class="align-center"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image:</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/so-nice-coffee.jpg?itok=OvOer8sp" width="480" height="323" alt="So Nice Non Dairy Coffee Creamer" title="So Nice Non Dairy Coffee Creamer" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> </div> </div> <p><br /><span class="font-weight-bold">Q. What specific questions did you have when learning about organic certification? </span><br /> How do I get Organic certified if our products are co-packed by other manufacturers? How long does it take to get a new product approved?</p> <div class="align-center"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image:</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/so-nice-soy-milk-unsweetened.jpg?itok=1I0mn3IN" width="480" height="323" alt="So Nice Unsweetened Soy Milk" title="So Nice Unsweetened Soy Milk" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> </div> </div> <p><br /><span class="font-weight-bold">Q. If someone you know is thinking of certifying organic, what advice would you give? </span><br /> Get to know Canadian Standards and Regulations &amp; talk to a certifying body about the process.<br /><br /><span class="font-weight-bold">Q. Why did you choose PACS as your certifying body? </span><br /> Earths Own &amp; Happy Planet choose PACS as a certifying body because they are always very helpful with questions and concerns. They provide timely feedback and guidance and are willing to work with us through issues or concerns.</p> </div> Thu, 21 Feb 2019 22:51:17 +0000 seenherd 1129 at https://pacscertifiedorganic.ca Why Organic? Summerhill Pyramid Winery https://pacscertifiedorganic.ca/blog/why-organic-summerhill-pyramid-winery <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Why Organic? Summerhill Pyramid Winery</span> <div class="field field--name-field-seenherd-news-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/blog/summerhill-pyramid-winery-family-portrait.jpg" width="1320" height="888" alt="Summer Hill Pyramid Winery Family Portrait " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/pacsmember/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">seenherd</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 02/21/2019 - 14:40</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span class="font-weight-bold">Q. Why is being certified organic important to you and your business?</span><br /> It’s important for our company to be able to back up the things we say and the things we believe in with real action. Certification provides that proof that we do what we say and what we believe.</p> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image:</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/summerhill-pyramid-winery.jpg?itok=oIYSAPcc" width="480" height="323" alt="Summer Hill Pyramid Winery " title="Summer Hill Pyramid Winery " typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> </div> </div> <p><span class="font-weight-bold">Q.What are the most important principles or philosophies that guide your company?</span><br /> Love. We are all striving and learning and growing to express love in the best way we can.</p> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image:</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/summerhill-pyramid-winery-organic-compost.jpg?itok=SzS884CX" width="480" height="323" alt="Summer Hill Pyramid Winery Organic Compost" title="Summer Hill Pyramid Winery Organic Compost" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> </div> </div> <p><span class="font-weight-bold">Q. What specific questions did you have when learning about organic certification?</span><br /> For us it was about what organic certification could teach us. Beyond the letter of the standards, what is and what isn’t allowed, there is a great spirit of intent behind the certification, to create a healthy farm ecosystem with living soil.</p> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image:</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/summerhill-pyramid-winery-biodynamic-preparation.jpg?itok=n9sDYhtW" width="480" height="323" alt="Summer Hill Pyramid Winery Biodynamic Preparation" title="Summer Hill Pyramid Winery Biodynamic Preparation" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> </div> </div> <p><span class="font-weight-bold">Q.If someone you know is thinking of certifying organic, what advice would you give?</span><br /> If you have been farming for a long time conventionally and are transitioning a farm you really have to have your heart in it. You have to visit other organic farms and learn. Farming organically is a different orientation to nature than farming conventionally. Nature is vast and mysterious. We don’t understand all of the interactions and relationships that exist. A certain amount of awe and respect is required, and a certain amount of trust. Instead of dominating nature, a good organic farmer partners with nature.</p> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image:</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/summerhill-pyramid-winery-chefs-garden-food.jpg?itok=bMnuDv0j" width="480" height="323" alt="Summer Hill Pyramid Winery Chef's Garden and Restaurant" title="Summer Hill Pyramid Winery Chef's Garden and Restaurant" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> </div> </div> <p><span class="font-weight-bold">Why did you choose PACS as your certifying body?</span><br /> PACS seems to be the best resourced, most professionally organized certifier in BC. For our company making vintage dated wines, every single release requires a review by the certification committee. This can be dozens of new products every year and so we need a certifier with the resources to turn those around in a reasonable amount of time so that we can get our products to market.</p> </div> Thu, 21 Feb 2019 22:40:27 +0000 seenherd 1127 at https://pacscertifiedorganic.ca Why Organic? Gathering Place Trading https://pacscertifiedorganic.ca/blog/why-organic-gathering-place-trading <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Why Organic? Gathering Place Trading</span> <div class="field field--name-field-seenherd-news-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/blog/gathering-family.jpg" width="664" height="447" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/pacsmember/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">seenherd</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 12/15/2018 - 14:47</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span class="font-weight-bold">Q: Why is being certified organic important to you and your business? </span></p> <p>Our organic journey began 22 years ago, as a young couple starting a family. Being responsible for our children's nutrition made us question and research everything about food and health. Around that time we became farmers in Darcy, BC and our little homestead, Gathering Place Organic Farm became certified organic in 1999. When we moved to Cortes Island and started Gathering Place Trading Company, it was a natural fit with our lifestyle and values to certify our company. We feel growing organically is how we will protect the planet!</p> <div class="align-center"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image:</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/gathering-coconut.jpg?itok=OvE1OacA" width="480" height="324" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> </div> </div> <p><span class="font-weight-bold">Q: What are the most important principles or philosophies that guide your company?</span></p> <p>Organic nutrient dense food, fair trade practices, family or cooperative farms, and direct farm relationships. When we choose what products to import the first question we ask is "does it grow in Canada?" If it does, we won't import it, but rather look for a Canadian farmer we can purchase from. We try to minimize our ecological footprint by finding creative ways to reduce our impact.</p> <div class="align-center"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image:</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/gathering-spices.jpg?itok=i2T5REhQ" width="480" height="324" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> </div> </div> <p><span class="font-weight-bold">Q: What specific questions did you have when learning about organic certification?</span></p> <p>When our company became certified organic creating an inventory tracking system with lot coding was the most challening part. Our inspectors were great at answering questions and partnering with us to create a system we are really proud of.</p> <div class="align-center"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image:</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/gathering-headcarry.jpg?itok=_X2OMKt-" width="480" height="324" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> </div> </div> <p><span class="font-weight-bold">Q: If someone you know is thinking of certifying organic, what advice would you give?</span></p> <p>All the effort is worth it! By investing in becoming certified organic, we are investing in good health and a sustainable future for our children and grandchildren.</p> <div class="align-center"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image:</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/gathering-driedfruit.jpg?itok=IeoW3bse" width="480" height="324" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> </div> </div> <p><span class="font-weight-bold">Q: Why did you choose PACS as your organic certifying body?</span></p> <p>We chose PACS as it was the most 'rural' of all of the certifying bodies that provided accreditation for sale of products outside of BC and many folks on Vancouver Island were a part of the PACS community.</p> </div> Sat, 15 Dec 2018 22:47:38 +0000 seenherd 1128 at https://pacscertifiedorganic.ca Why Organic? Eatmore Sprouts https://pacscertifiedorganic.ca/blog/Why-Organic-Eatmore-Sprouts <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Why Organic? Eatmore Sprouts</span> <div class="field field--name-field-seenherd-news-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/blog/eatmore-crowd.jpg" width="665" height="447" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/pacsmember/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">seenherd</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 11/15/2018 - 15:06</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span class="font-weight-bold">Q: Why is being certified organic important to you and your business? </span></p> <p>A: We are fully committed to supporting a proactive food production system and Organic Certification provides strong tools to do this. By having standards to work to it provides us with a guide and gives our customers the confidence in our commitment to healthy food production.</p> <p> </p> <div class="align-center"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image:</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/eatmore-plants.jpg?itok=ra2yZxUI" width="480" height="323" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> </div> </div> <p> </p> <p><span class="font-weight-bold">Q: What are the most important principles or philosophies that guide your company?</span></p> <p>A: All aspects of organic production systems are important to us.  We want to leave the planet a healthier place than we found it.</p> <p> </p> <div class="align-center"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image:</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/eatmore-couple.jpg?itok=iFMn9Qqt" width="480" height="323" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> </div> </div> <p> </p> <p><span class="font-weight-bold">Q: What specific questions did you have when learning about organic certification?</span></p> <p>A: I honestly can't remember what the most challenging thing about organic production was.  I know at the time we first started there was a less developed seed supply for organic sprout production so we had to work hard to support the development and create demand.  Right now the hardest part for us is the fact that OMRI Canada is in its infancy and making sure to purchase products that fulfill the Permitted Substance List criteria can be a challenge.  I look forward to seeing this aspect strengthened so that producers can have more confidence in understanding subtle differences in process regarding why one product containing X, Y or Z is allowed and another containing what seem to be the same ingredients is not.</p> <p> </p> <div class="align-center"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Image:</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/eatmore-solar.jpg?itok=mSQQ3GPK" width="480" height="323" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /></div> </div> </div> <p> </p> <p><span class="font-weight-bold">Q: If someone you know is thinking of certifying organic, what advice would you give?</span></p> <p>A: At a very early stage make sure you understand what your medium and long term needs will be.  Will you be shipping your products outside the province ever?  How do you expect your farm to diversify?  This is key to choosing the right Certification Body for you. If you sign up with a Regional Certification Body when in 10 years you might need ISO accreditation may not seem too important right now but when you have to re-do all your marketing, invoicing and labeling investments 10 years later because you didn't plan ahead is a huge expense and headache that can be avoided. </p> <p><span class="font-weight-bold">Q: Why did you choose PACS as your organic certifying body?</span></p> <p>A: We choose PACS because it was ISO certified and works in all parts of the province. Being located on Vancouver Island the options were quite limited when we were making the choice. We are very happy to be a member of such a well organized and friendly organization!</p> </div> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 23:06:55 +0000 seenherd 1135 at https://pacscertifiedorganic.ca