White Pine Berry Farm is certified organic by Midwest Organic Services Association (MOSA) We strive to go beyond the requirements of organic certification by growing our fruits and vegetables pesticide free whenever possible. Many consumers believe “Certified Organic” means pesticide free, however many pesticides are used in organic food production. The approved pesticides must be naturally found in the environment, but they are pesticides nonetheless. There is currently not a certification that will ensure pesticide free produce. If you are curious not only about your food’s certified organic status, but also pesticide free, we encourage you to get to know your farmers and their practices.
To this day, White Pine has NEVER sprayed our Strawberries, Blueberries, Currants, Asparagus, Rhubarb, Pie Pumpkins and Squash. Due to a specific insect pest, Spotted Wing Drisophila (SWD), we have needed to spray our Raspberry crop with two certified organic sprays. If we did not spray against this pest, we do not believe we could raise a high enough quality fruit for our customers to enjoy. We do not raise our decorative pumpkins, zinnias, and sunflowers certified organic.