Certified Organic is a program provided through the USDA's National Organic Program. There are certain criteria and steps, in which to achieve this certification. Here are some of those applicable to us:
- Land must have had no prohibited substances applied for at least 3 years before the harvest of an organic crop.
- Soil fertility and crop nutrients will be managed through tillage and cultivation practices, crop rotations, and cover crops, supplemented with animal and crop waste materials and allowed synthetic materials.
- Operations must use organic seeds and other planting stock when available.
- The use of genetic engineering, ionizing radiation, and sewage sludge is prohibited.
The USDA defines their program, as such: "Organic is a labeling term that indicates that the food or other agricultural product has been produced through approved methods. These methods integrate cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity."
While Royalty Pecan Farms hasn't begun the process of becoming certified, we would like to reassure you that we are diligent in the common mission of:
- Recycling - Through major water conservation efforts, water retention in our soil initiatives, monitoring of watershed areas and water table levels, utilization of solar power, composting plant material and soil tillage program.
- Balance - Our manager and field staff monitor and set/carry out protocols for the balance of our river bottom, Blackland environment. The commercial pecan trees established in our operation have the rootstock of native pecan trees, a variety of tree which has been found in local fossil records. Soil samples sent to third-party labs, also, assist us in checking that our protocols are successful.
- Biodiversity - Our orchard is home to many native wildlife species, who are unaffected by our sustainable orchard maintenance and harvest practices. The farm is home to approximately 2,000 honey bees. These bees are under the watchful supervision of a professional beekeeper. We have implemented a pest control program that ensures the healthy population of beneficial insects for the last 30 years.
Pecan trees become commercially viable between 7 to 10 years old and can keep producing for 200 plus years. Royalty Pecan Farms was planted and nurtured with an affluence of faith and vigor. There is nothing more important than keeping this farm healthy and productive for future generations.
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