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We get asked this periodically. The short answer is no. In order for us to claim to be organic we would have to be certified by the USDA because the USDA owns the term "organic" and you have to ask permission to use it. This would involve hours and hours of paperwork, record keeping, inspections and fees. Honestly as a small family farm, we don't have the resources to deal with all that at this point so we cannot claim to be organic. But there is a little more to this than a simple black and white answer.
In order for livestock to be certified organic it must meet the following criteria:
Now let's look at which of these criteria we follow:
While the short answer to this question is no, the long answer is yes; we meet or exceed the USDA organic standards on all requirements, we just haven't gone to the trouble of getting certified and neither has our feed producer. We like to say that our standards are "beyond organic." The good news is that you're saving money because of the fact that we are not certified. If you have any questions about this, leave us a comment or send us an email!