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Maharishi University of Management farm passes organic certification inspection
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23 December 2012
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For the eighth year in a row, Maharishi University of Management's farm has met the high standards for organic certification, as a result of the recent inspection by the USDA-accredited Nature's International Certification Services.
Steve McLaskey, who heads the farm, said that in order to sell certified organic produce, the farm must renew its certification each year by meeting the rigorous federal guidelines.
The process involves extensive paperwork in which Dr. McLaskey documents all facets of the operation: what crops are grown, what is done to maintain fertility of the soil, the steps taken to prevent soil erosion and degradation, the practices used to control weeds, pests, and diseases, how the produce is harvested, and what steps are taken to insure the produce isn't contaminated after being harvested. The onsite inspector checks to make sure that the paperwork accurately reflects the farm's practices, and that there is no danger of contamination from nearby non-organic farms.
Dr. McLaskey, a fifth-generation farmer, said the inspector was extremely impressed. In her report she wrote, ''The organic agriculture program at MUM is amazing. The soil building, composting, greenhouse operations are second to none.''
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* The University's organic farm provides some of the produce for campus dining halls. The vegetables are picked at their peak of ripeness and served the same day. The farm uses Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture principles. In addition to avoiding toxic chemicals, this approach enlivens the plant's inner intelligence, so that the vegetables have maximum nutritional value and promote growth of consciousness.
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