Homegrown Organic Farms Announces Bee Better Certification for Organic Blueberries
- by Jordan Okumura
PORTERVILLE, CA - Let’s hear it for the bees! Homegrown Organic Farms’ (HGO) latest announcement, which marks its Oregon blueberry production as Bee Better certified, is a clear win for both the grower and the bees it wants to protect.
“Being in the organic fruit business, we are very aware of how much our crops rely on bees. Going through this certification was just one of the ways we are working to care for our land and environment and ultimately ensure the sustainability of our farms longterm. We are very excited and proud of this achievement and look forward to another outstanding organic blueberry season now through September,” remarked Scott Mabs, Homegrown Organic Farms CEO.
According to a press release, this certification recognizes the cultural practices HGO has adopted to protect bees and other pollinators and demonstrates the conservation-mindedness of the company and the farmers it represents.
Liz Robertson, Bee Better Certified Administrator with the Xerces Society noted, “Homegrown Organic Farms’ adoption of Bee Better Certified is a milestone not only for their company but for Bee Better Certified as well. We are continuing to see widespread adoption in the fresh fruit industry and we are thrilled to have a company such as theirs join the ranks of Bee Better Certified products that are available in stores. We look forward to partnering with them for years to come.”
The company’s Bee Better Certified blueberries will be packaged with the Bee Better tape-seal as a tamper-proof closure and are available to ship immediately. So, bee on the lookout, buyers!