Organic Farming

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When it comes to organic farming, Standard Process is a leader. Of the 1,443 organic farms in Wisconsin, the Standard Process certified organic farm is in the top 9 percent in terms of acreage. And we put that acreage to good use, with plans calling for the production of 6.5 million pounds of vegetables per year. That’s 8 tons of whole food per acre!

Standard Process professionally maintains its organic farm because we understand that your patients rely on you to help maintain or improve their health, and good health comes from nutrition.

As our founder, Dr. Royal Lee, said, “The best nutrients come from whole foods.”

Standard Process organically farms 420 acres of rich Wisconsin soil to provide high-quality raw materials used in our supplements.Whole foods that we grow for their high nutrient content include:

    • Alfalfa
    • Barley grass
    • Beets
    • Brussels sprouts
    • Buckwheat
    • Kale
    • Kidney beans
    • Oats
    • Pea vine
    • Spanish black radish

How organic certification helps your patients:

The Standard Process Farm was first certified organic 10 years ago. When you use Standard Process supplements for your patient’s health, you can be assured that the whole food nutrition was grown with a watchful eye from the ground up.

  • All of the seeds we use are organic (when available), and always untreated and free of genetically modified organisms (GMO)
  • Zero tolerance for genetically modified seed, synthetic herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, or synthetic seed treatments. Our whole foods are cultivated with only natural nutrition and no synthetic fertilizer.
  • We concentrate on the soil to ensure maximum soil health. That's why every field is professionally tiled to optimize drainage. And, we set our soil testing levels well beyond what's required because we believe that well-managed soil produces high-quality raw materials.
  • Irrigation water is supplied from a naturally occurring artesian flowage, although we water as infrequently as possible to encourage the roots to dig deep down and find nutrition.

Christine Mason, Farm Manager

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Christine Mason, our Farm manager, is a leader in organic farming as well, speaking at the 2011 Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) conference and the 2012 Vegetable growers conference. In 2010, Christine was honored to represent organic growers on the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s ATCP 29 pesticide revision committee. She also enjoyed the opportunity to speak to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) on behalf of the Wisconsin Organic community during their annual meeting.

 

Farming Techniques

Seeds

All of the seeds that we use are untreated and free of genetically modified organisms (GMO). We use certified organic seeds when available.

Irrigation

Irrigation water is supplied from a naturally occurring artesian flowage over 500 feet below the farm's surface.

Weed Control

Organic weed control standards are strictly adhered to at the Standard Process Farm. The main methods of weed management include:

  • Cultivating
  • Mowing
  • Hand weeding
  • Cover crops - used for weed prevention and as a source of nitrogen and organic matter
  • Crop flamer - used to eliminate the last flush of weeds before vegetable emergence

Composting

Beginning in 2011, the majority of our by-products from the farm will now be composted and then returned to the land for a monitored land-spreading nutrient management program.

Environmental Buffers

Our farm is surrounded on all sides by environmental buffers to minimize the impact of non-agricultural land and chemical inputs from traditional farming practices.