Call it Pesticide Free, Safe for the Environment but when you need to get rid of the weeds use Synthetic Pesticides and call it an Emergency Non-organic Rescue Treatment. Nobody will know the difference.
To meet USDA NOP certification requirements for crop production, organic farmers are prohibited from applying non-conforming substances to the land for three years before the harvest of an organic crop. This requirement, albeit rigorous, preserves the integrity of products labeled organic and drastically contrasts with a recent effort to develop standards for organic land care (including lawns) that allows applications of non-organic materials under an ‘Emergency Non-Organic Rescue Treatment’ provision. The standards, developed by Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), emphasize that emergency non-organic rescue treatments must be rare, must only be undertaken as a last resort, and must be approved by the client (www.organiclandcare.net/accreditation/standards).
“I just wanted to thank you for making hard to find
organic products so easy. My clients and I are very
happy with the results. Their properties look awesome
with fewer weeds, insects, and disease problems.
Thanks for making my life easier!”
David Scarinci. NaturalScape,Inc.
Bernadette will be presenting on the OLC Principles and Procedures. Attendees of the Mid Atlantic Course will:
- Learn about the precautionary principle
- Be able to apply the basic principles on which the NOFA Standards are based
- Know what is required for NOFA accreditation
- Distinguish appropriately among practices and materials that are Preferred, Allowed, or Prohibited
- Follow the appropriate procedures for Emergency Non-organic Rescue Treatment provision in the standards if needed, and know that it is to be used rarely and that records of its use must be kept and will be reviewed.