Organic agriculture is based on a system of farming that maintains and replenishes soil fertility without the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers.
Soil is enriched with compost, green manure and organic amendments.
Weeds, pests and disease are controlled through crop rotation, carefully timed mechanical and manual intervention, beneficial insects and the selective use of natural, non-chemical pesticides.
Generally the use of pesticides has a negative effect on bee populations. As bees are naturally pollinators, they are essential for many of the fruits and vegetables we eat along with crops that feed our livestock. Through environmentally sound practices, organic producers and processors strive to sustain the health of the earth while providing quality food for those who inhabit it.