Our Standards

We only source products grown in safe conditions, from farmers who protect the environment, build sustainable livelihoods, and empower and uplift communities. Our food and farmer standards include the following priorities:

​Local

  • Food must be grown within the state of Colorado


Soil Health

  • Perform soil fertility management practices that promote healthy soil and use minimal synthetic inputs that meet USDA organic standards.

  • Crop pests, weeds, and diseases are controlled primarily through management practices including physical, mechanical, and biological controls, as opposed to chemical or toxic inputs.

  • If needed, a biological, botanical, or synthetic substance approved for use on the USDA National Organic List may be used.

  • Absolutely no use of genetic engineering, ionizing radiation, and sewage sludge is allowed.

  • Absolutely no synthetic inputs (including glyphosate) that are not on the approved USDA organic list are allowed.

  • Absolutely no GMOs or gene editing is allowed.

Environmental Stewardship

  • Conduct conservation tillage practices ranging from no till to tilling 2 times per year.

  • Protect soil from erosion when it’s not in production (mulch, cover crop, tarps, etc.)

  • Promote biodiversity and sustain soil organic matter through cover crops, compost, crop rotation, etc.

  • Employ an integrated pest management plan that does not include toxic chemicals and other inputs, but focuses on mechanical prevention (i.e. physically removing pests by hand)

  • Composting farm waste

  • Incorporate water conservation practices and efficient irrigation as much as possible

  • Conserve resources by amending soil based on soil testing

Equitable Work Environment

  • All farm employees are compensated in a fair manner and paid at or above minimum wage.

  • All farm employees have a responsibility to treat others with dignity and respect at all times.

Food Safety

  • Farmers must attend a FSMA training class and have a documented food safety plan

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GoFarm works to strengthen the local food system and build healthier communities. Through our three program areas (Farmer Assistance, Local Food Share, and Community Access) we support local, beginning, farmers, train/mentor aspiring farmers, and make healthy food more affordable and accessible to the community.

Through our Local Food Share program, community members sign up for a season of local, sustainable produce, and get to learn all about the food and the farmers throughout the growing season. You can sign up for the Local Food Share here.

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