FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 1, 2018
218 Acres Are Now Certified Organic
MEMPHIS, TN – Agricenter announces today that it has received organic certification for 218 acres under its care. This certification process is offered through the USDA and takes three years to complete. During those three years, the acres were considered “transitioning organic” and Agricenter submitted an application, adopted organic practices, and was site inspected. Until the three-year process was complete, the vegetation growing on it could not be represented or sold as “organic” but only as “transitional organic.”
Ten of the 218 Acres of certified organic land is devoted to research and is part of the Organic Resource Center (ORC). The ORC was founded in 2015 and is a new model serving as a laboratory and demonstration farm, a place for additional collaboration between producers and consumers, and a hub to learn about new markets and emerging trends. Agricenter is a resource for those interested in all aspects of organic agriculture in the region and can give farmers guidance on what to expect in the certifying process. The ORC will establish a long-term trial to compare organic and non-organic cropping systems in a southern, sub-tropical climate.
John Butler, President of Agricenter adds, “The ORC will allow Agricenter’s research team to better understand the opportunities around organic production and the challenges facing the industry.”
Agricenter International, a 1,000 acre farm, is a non-profit dedicated to advancing the knowledge and understanding of agriculture. It has a $524 million annual economic impact on the region, hosts over 1.3 million visitors annually, and educates 10,000 students a year. For more information visit www.agricenter.org or call 901-757-7777.