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By choosing Farmer Direct Organic, you’re investing in a food future that is good for you, your family, your farmers, and the planet.

Good for You and Your Family

Let’s talk food safety. What could be more unnatural than food that makes you sick? Of course, the only way to absolutely guarantee that your food has been responsibly planted, harvested, and processed is to grow it yourself. Not everyone can be a farmer, though—communities also need teachers, artisans, and doctors. That’s why Farmer Direct Organic only sells food that we would serve to our own families.

When you buy Farmer Direct Organic products, you bring home food that has passed some of the most rigorous safety tests of any product at the grocery store. All Farmer Direct Organic products are ISO Food Safety 22000 Certified. ISO 22000 is a food safety standard created by the International Organization for Standardization to reduce food-borne illnesses. If a batch raises concerns, it isn’t processed. Period.

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Just because a product is safe doesn’t mean it’s good for you. Heart disease, not food poisoning, causes one in four preventable deaths in the United States. To address this tragedy, the Centers for Disease Control recommends replacing diets that are high in sugar and saturated fats with diets high in whole grains, lean protein, and fiber—a nutrient that’s essential for managing cholesterol and diabetes. Resilient bodies rely on wholesome foods grown in healthy soils. Our oats, grains, seeds, and dried legumes are packed with nutrition and flavor, offering home cooks the culinary quality they’ve come to expect from USA and Canada organic products.

Unfortunately, consumers are increasingly being sold fraudulent claims of organic certification, often hidden in untraceable supply chains. If you can’t trace your food back to the family farm that grew it, can you be certain it’s organic? Every Farmer Direct Organic product is traceable back to the source. If you’re curious, contact us with the SKU on your package, and we’ll tell you who grew your food.

Good for Your Farmers

We succeed when our farmers thrive. None of this would be possible if we didn’t respect our farmers and build long-term business relationships with them. We’ve been to their homes. We’ve shared meals with them. We’ve developed partnerships, some of which go back over a decade. In short, we treat our farmers like family.

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Farm workers in the United States are eight times more likely than the rest of the population to suffer from cancers related to pesticide use. How does organic agriculture benefit farmers and farm workers? Think of it this way. The conventional agriculture approach identifies a problem and kills it. Organic agriculture pursues creative solutions and balance. You wouldn’t want a family member working all day with known carcinogens. In the same way, we are exclusively organic because we put our people before profit, always.

That’s why we believe in paying our farmers well. Paying farmers fairly allows them to pay their workers fairly and to reinvest in their communities. Fair pay gives farmers the freedom to pursue quality and creative solutions, resulting in nutrient-dense organic food for your family. It’s that simple.

Good for the Planet

Healthy food is about more than nourishing our bodies; it’s about making choices that positively impact our planet. Farmers see the effects of those choices first hand, and nowhere more clearly than in the soil. Human survival depends on what we can grow from just a few inches of dirt. That topsoil is teeming with life, and not merely worms and insects. Our soils are home to microorganisms and beneficial fungi that colonize healthy plant tissue, just like the bacteria and organisms that enable human digestion. Attacking problems with poisons and genetic engineering makes as much sense as treating every digestive issue with antibiotics.

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We all need to do more than simply avoid negative impacts if we’re going to address climate change and environmental concerns in a meaningful way. We need to proactively regenerate our ecosystems. Regenerative agriculture is about so much more than prohibiting pesticide use. It’s about rotating crops to invigorate soil nutrition. It’s about strip-cropping to address erosion on slopes. It’s about multi-cropping, cover-cropping, and under-seeding. It includes rotational grazing, beneficial microorganisms, composted manure and teas, heritage and ancient varieties of grain and minimal-tillage. Regenerative agriculture is all these things employed in concert to build soil fertility, to sequester greenhouse gases, and to grow vibrant whole foods.

Responsible consumers demand empowering options that align with their values. If you’re thinking of reducing your carbon footprint, look no further than organic grains, beans, seeds, and legumes. When you purchase Farmer Direct Organic products, you can be confident that you’re choices positively impact your health, your family, organic farmers, and the planet.

An organic food future is here. Join the evolution.