Our produce is grown with a love for our soil and our community, using organically based practices and always non-GMO.
We seek to raise healthy, nutrient-dense produce using organic standard approved seeds, fertilizers and the methods used in certified organic production just like Sam has done since 2003.
Sam has believed in the concepts of healthy, non-GMO food raised without synthetic fertilizers and pesticides and in supporting a style of farming that works in harmony with the surrounding native wildlife and plants. This is the ideal that led him to become a Certified Organic farm in 2003 and to maintain the USDA certified organic status for 18 years.
For small organically oriented farms who want to grow healthy and affordable produce, the changes over the years in the cost and paperwork required to maintain USDA Certified Organic status seems to be forcing both the growing and marketing towards an industrial approach to organic farming where higher consumer prices are the norm and the relationships involved in the certifying, growing and selling of the products become an association of ID numbers rather than trust, mutual respect and peoples faces and good word.
Due to this ongoing trend in the world of USDA Organic we no longer feel that ‘USDA Certified Organic’ best reflects our passion for locally grown, community supported farming that brings both good produce and reasonable prices to our area. As of September 2021 we will no longer be certified USDA organic but we will continue to grow using the same organic methods and practices that we have used over the last 18 years. Our passion and commitment to growing organically has not and will not change. Since the term “Organic” is governed by the USDA we will no longer be calling our produce or farm “Organic”.
~ The Indigo Farms Team
Our crop selection changes with the seasons, from strawberries to squash or potatoes tto carrots. The easiest way to know what we’re harvesting now is to visit our Seasonal Produce page or sign up for our emails.
INDIGO RUN FARMS was first certified organic in 2003 and remained certified for 18 years. The same principles that were used during that time direct how those fields are managed today.
Organic farming is important to us. Not only do we believe in producing healthy food but we are committed to the philosophy of working with the created order and design that best allows for healthy soils, plants, animals and people.
What Is Organic Farming – At it’s finest and most fundamental, Organic Farming is - or should be - a method of growing food while also nurturing the native beneficial life cycles surrounding the farmed area. Examples of this are many and will be different on every farm. On our farm this means planting crops or leaving certain crops past their prime to feed our native pollinators as well as the honey bees. It also means leaving forested areas to harbor birds, which eat lots of the insects that damage our crops. The undergrowth that surrounds our ponds provides a safe place for the many smaller animals while the taller bushes around fields can provide wind buffers during storms.
About Sprays, Chemicals and GMO Plants – As part of the intention to nurture the farmland and surrounding areas we do not use synthetically produced sprays or fertilizer in our fields. We do not believe that GMO foods are safe and will never grow them.
Why Eat Organic – In addition to being free from questionable chemicals the crops that are grown with 100% organically based methods have the added advantage of years of soil-building. (This is something we are working on in all our fields but the organically managed fields have had this nutrient- dense edge longest.)