Spoutwood Farm Center located in Codorus Township was recently featured on the website of the organization Certified Naturally Grown.
The certification is available to farms that do not use synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or GMOs.
Similar to USDA certified organic status, CNG farms act to create a community in support of healthy living.
Spoutwood is in the process of receiving its Certified Naturally Grown status. In its application, Spoutwood stated it was not seeking USDA organic certification because there was not a need. The farm knows its customers and the customers know them. That transparency was enough, the application said.
As a consumer, is it important that the produce you buy be certified organic, or locally grown?