We are excited to have Kailani Farms in Kilauea, Kaua’i as part of our collaboration. For over 25 years, Phil & his team at Kailani Farms (aka Kilauea Greens) have been leaders among the certification process. They are the first farm on the island of Kaua’i, to be inspected by the FDA. The practice of Organic Certification is a mixture of cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that support the cycling of on-farm resources, promoting ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity.
The rhythm of delivery at Kailani Farms is an early morning harvest where they cut, wash, pack & deliver the same day. We appreciate receiving the freshest greens to create tasty dishes for our meal plans.
What is certified ‘Organic’ anyways?
The USDA organic regulations describe organic agriculture as maintaining or enhancing soil and water quality; conserving wetlands, woodlands, and wildlife; and avoiding the use of synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering. Organic producers use natural processes and materials when developing farming systems—these contribute to soil, crop and livestock nutrition, pest and weed management, attainment of production goals, and conservation of biological diversity.
Produce can be called organic if it’s certified to have grown on soil that had no prohibited substances applied for three years prior to harvest. Prohibited substances include most synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. In instances when a grower has to use a synthetic substance to achieve a specific purpose, the substance must first be approved according to criteria that examine its effects on human health and the environment.