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A: In 2002, the National Organic Program ( NOP ) legislation was passed by the US House and Senate, and today we have one set of standards that governs the labeling of food as "Organic". This legislation controls the practices and materials can be used by farmers in the production of "Organic" food. The NOP is largely based on the state programs that existed in California, Oregon, and Vermont. We use an independent, third party to audit and verify that all of our materials and methods conform to the NOP practices.
A: Any farm or orchard that is "Certified Organic" is monitored by an outside organization. We are inspected by Quality Certification Services (Q.C.S.) , a company based in Florida. As a fully certified organic orchard, we are also subject to unannounced audits by the United States Department of Agriculture ( USDA ).
A: The transistion from conventional orchard to certified organic orchard is a three year process. During that period, we must use only organic methods, but our nuts are still considered to be conventional produce. We do not use chemical fertilizier in our orchard; we use a combination of liquid chicken manure, ground rock , and dried seaweed. We do not spray chemical pesticides; we use naturally occurring bacteria, plant oils, and other materials that are derived from plants to control damaging insects.
A: It's strange how often this question comes up. The short answer is that it is unlikely that Warren Buffet is going to come knocking on our door anytime soon. Not all benefits in this world can be accumulated in a bank account. Hey, if we wanted to get rich, we'd do something respectable, like run a hedge fund, day trade, or go to law school.
A: We currently have 1200 acres of mature trees, producing pecans (26,000 trees). We also have 200 acres of baby trees not yet in production.
A: Our orchard consists of three main varities of hybrid, papershell pecans : Wichita, Cheyenne, and Western. These trees typically produce very large nuts. After harvest, we ship our nuts to a Certified Organic shelling plant. Most of the pecan halves that are produced in the shelling process grade out as Mammoth and Junior Mammoth halves. Mammoth is the largest USDA grade of pecan halve, and it means that one pound of halves will contain 250 or less pieces.
A: For over ten thousand years, people engaged in agriculture have had to battle insects that would otherwise destroy crops. We use a wide variety of natural substances, including bacteria, and different methods to control insect damage. We create an environment where good insects, like the lady beetle and the green lacewing, can thrive and eat the bad, or damaging, insects
A: Our trees were planted in the mid 70's, so they are almost thirty years old. A pecan tree can live well past one hundred years. Interestingly, our trees were originally planted by a promoter, who sold the blocks of young trees to investors as a sure fire income producer. Alas, most pecans do not produce until they are nine years old, and most of the early investors lost interest in their agricultural holdings.
A: The pecan tree is native to the mid-section of the United States. The first explorers to the new world found the tree growing in the rich, alluvial flood plains of our major rivers. The Mississippi, Missouri, and Rio Grande all had native populations of pecan trees.
A: Our nuts are all natural. We gather the nuts from the tree, and then crack the nuts to separate the halves, or meat, from the shell. We do not roast, salt, or artificially flavor our product.