Organic Certification ~ Hood River Garlic celebrates our 10th year of being Oregon Tilth Certified Organic this May! We have been planting organic garlic seed for over 12 years and this year marks our 10 year anniversary with the Oregon Tilth.
Growing organic garlic as seen from a farmers perspective -
Hood River Garlic has been dedicated to sustainable agriculture from the first organic garlic seed we planted in the fall of 1999.
We have been Certified Organic by the Oregon Tilth since May 2002. Being Certified Organic means that we have a responsibility to our customers to grow the highest quality organic seed garlic and organic culinary garlic available. To earn the USDA organic label from the Oregon Tilth our farm has to pass a yearly inspection by the Oregon Tilth. All Hood River Garlic is grown at Hood River Garlic. This planting season, we planted some new varieties for our July 2008 harvest. All of our new garlic planting stock is grown in the United States and is USDA certified organic. It comes from our friends at Columbia Gorge Garlic and is certified organic by the Washington State Department of Agriculture. All garlic grown at Hood River Garlic comes from American soil. We are dedicated to our organic farming practices as well as buying locally. We support US Farmers.
Our Organic Certification ensures that our organic garlic seed is grown in accordance to all Oregon Tilth and USDA specifications. All of our garlic seed is hand selected from our own garlic planting stock. Hood River Garlic is handled with care from the earth it grows in, to the time it gets boxed up for your order. Everything is done by hand to assure that the final product does not get bruised before it arrives at your home. Planting garlic is done by hand, as well as weeding, harvesting and cleaning. All trays and cardboard boxes used for cleaning and storage are reused and recycled. All amendments added to our soil is 100% organic. Our garlic fields are far away from conventional farms so there is no over spray. Our farm history has been verified by The Oregon Tilth, before planting garlic in our soil it was amended by the horses and cows that grazed here for 20 years.
We keep accurate records of all planting garlic, weeding garlic, foliage feeding, rotating crops, and irrigating garlic each year to renew our Oregon Tilth Organic Certification. We believe that Hood River Garlic is the best organic garlic you can buy.
The garlic you buy from Hood River Garlic comes fresh from our own fields, grown by our own hands; from our farm to your garden.
We hope that you will enjoy your garlic as much as we enjoyed growing it for you here in the Columbia River Gorge.
Be healthy, enjoy life and eat lots of garlic.
Terri and Eric Hixson