COLFAX, Ind. (WLFI) - This Old Farm meats and processing is the first certifiedorganic meat and poultry processing plant in central Indiana.
Owners Jessica and Erick Smith said that their journey toward anorganic lifestyle began when the first of their five children wasborn. Jessica Smith said she wanted to make sure her children werereceiving the proper nutrients along with a healthy diet.
"We got these chickens and we got our first set of eggs and theywere really nice. They were really orange and big and pretty and sothe question came up as to why are these eggs different. And youstart to do the research and you find out there's a lot of positivenutrients and minerals in the eggs and that lead us on the journeyto where we are today," said Erick Smith of the Smith family'sfirst organic experience.
The Smith family found in their research though that there was agap in the organic and local farming industry in Indiana. Organicfarmers were becoming certified as organic, but there was nowherein the area to process their poultry or meats.
"In Indiana we didn't even have an option for certified organicprocessing and so for livestock it didn't matter if you got thefarm certified unless you wanted to ship across state lines," saidJessica Smith.
The Smith's decided to fill the gap and get their processingplant certified organic. It was the second in the state to doso.
The Smith family say they are big supporters of buying locallyas it's one of the easiest ways to stay green, by cutting down onshipping from the farm to the consumer, thus cutting down on CO2emissions released in the shipping process.
"Farm to table distance that many people have heard about istypically, on average, 1500 miles from farm to table for an averagemeal," said Jessica Smith.
There are many criteria for a farm to be certified organic. Oneof those criteria is that the farm to be certified must not use anypesticides or herbicides for at least three years prior toobtaining the certification.
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