We grow our trees organically and we are certified as an organic farm and olive mill by the California Certified Organic Farmers, CCOF. We farm our land and produce our olive oil in a way that emphasizes the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations.
Certified organic food in the United States is grown according to standards set by the National Organic Program According to those standards, Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation.
Before a product can be labeled "organic," a USDA accredited certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified and inspected also.
We also compost our olive oil by-product, olive paste, and use it as a fertilizer on our trees and landscape. This allows us to minimize waste products.