Our Growing Practices
At Ararat Farms, we are committed to providing our customers with food that is superior in nutrition, freshness, and flavor. Here’s how we do it:
- Healthy crops come from healthy soil. A healthy soil – one that’s mineralogically balanced and biologically alive – naturally produces crops with a high nutrient density. We use practices that conserve and enhance our soil, such cover cropping, heavy layers of mulch to conserve moisture and nutrients, and minimal tillage.
- Certified organic production. We are certified organic by the Maine Farmers and Gardeners Association. This means we use no artificially produce fertilizers or pesticides in our production, and it affirms our commitment to healthy soil.
- A focus on nutrient density. As each crop nears readiness, we test it for flavor and nutrient density. It is our goal to meet or exceed USDA standards for nutrient density every time.
- Good Agricultural Practice certified. We are committed to ensuring that our products are grown and handled in a way that is hygienic and traceable. We are certified as using “Good Agricultural Practices” (GAP) by the USDA to provide a gurantee of food safety and traceability for our customers.
- State of the art harvesting and storage. We harvest, rinse, and store our crops in such a way as to ensure that they are as fresh and clean as possible when they reach our customers.
- Renewable energy. Where possible, we use renewable sources to meet our energy needs. For instance, our greenhouse is heated with a wood boiler, which we feed with firewood sustainably harvested from our woodlot.