En SIEMBRA TRES VIDAS usamos métodos agrícolas que no solo armonizan con la naturaleza para producir comida ecologicamente sana y saludable, sino que también fomentan y mejoran la calidad de la tierra que se nos ha encomendado. Solo usamos semillas 100% orgánicas y no utilizamos ningún tipo de quimico en ninguna fase de nuestra producción. Cultivamos alimento para mejorar la salud de nuestra gente, nuestro suelo y nuestro planeta, esperando así poder servir de modelo para otros agricultores locales.
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Garantizado orgánico?/Guaranteed organic?
It is becoming more and more obvious the wonderful surge of interest, among Puerto Rican consumers, in local organic produce. With all the international media continuosly giving us information about the importance of "THINK GLOBAL, EAT LOCAL", and the direct link between what we eat and the general state of our planet's well-being, this energetic movement also stimulates people from all "walks of life" to want to get into the "bandwagon" of sustainable agriculture. Some of them, well informed and prepared to do it correctly and some of them, not so well informed nor prepared... With this in mind, we, as consumers, need to find a way in which we feel confident about the true quality and integrity of the produce we are being offered. With this in mind, we need to either familiarize ourselves personally with the direct source of the local "organic" produce or pay attention to guarantees(certifications) and/or reputation established by the local farmers, when we consider their products for our consumption. Most of us, too busy to take the time (unfortunately) and venture out into the island, searching for local farms in order to familiarize ourselves with their methods, can benefit greatly by simply requesting or asking for some sort of guarantee from the local farmer you consider buying from. Keep in mind that farms in Puerto Rico, being too small in production to be able to fullfill USDA's rigurous "organic" certification requirements and high fees, have few other yet more accomodating alternatives. First, the most traditional way of extending a sense of trust to their consumers is for a farmer to develop a strong, good reputation amongst his clients. Then there is the opportunity to become members of Madre Tierra Organic Coop in San Juan, in which they are required to be inspected on a yearly basis by the Coop in order to be able to offer their goods in their organic market. (You may ask farmers if they are members of the coop...) And last, but not least, is "Certified Naturally Grown", a non-profit certification group of over 500 small farmers from 47 Us states and Puerto Rico. Their methods are based on USDA's standards even though they are not affiliated with any government agency. Their certification is available only to small farmers that supply to local markets and adhere to the strictest ideals of sustainable agriculture. Remember, the more we suggest or request proof of high standards of sustainable methods from our farmers, the more they will feel "pressured" to follow such high standards and develop a consistent and trustworthy relation with us as consumers.