It’s important to recognise that ‘organic’ doesn’t automatically mean environmentally friendly.
In other words, your organic quinoa is most likely shipped in from South America, representing significant food miles. And you're probably buying organic beef from an animal who's diet comprises 40% cereals that have been grown on land that could have been used to grow crops to directly feed people and used significant fossil fuels to plough, sow and harvest. Many organic vegetables are grown on farms that do not integrate livestock into the rotation, which are essential for nutrient cycling, sequestering carbon and keeping soils truly healthy and regenerative.
At Smiling Tree, we certainly practise organic, permaculture and holistic farming methods and we are currently in the process of obtaining certification from an organic body in order to reassure customers that we are practicing what we preach.
However, we strive to go 'beyond organic' by looking beyond the basic requirements to obtain certification. With careful consideration of the specific conditions, soils and climate of the farm, we mindfully choose our farming methods to ensure that our activities are sustainable, regenerative and environmentally friendly. We also produce all our own power and harvest over 60% of our water needs.