Certified American Grown celebrated its 4th anniversary this month, which coincided with American Grown Flowers Month, which was promoted at over 1,200 stores across the country! CAG continues to see dramatic growth as it now represents over half of the domestic cut flower and foliage production. Where Food Comes From has been the exclusive verification partner for CAG since August 2017 and we are excited for what the future holds.
Check out Certified American Grown’s most recent press release, and learn more about their upcoming award-winning Field to Vase Dinner Tours here.
The third issue of the WFCF Magazine is focused around the dairy industry and even includes an entire spread on the different animal welfare programs that are popular today.
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. – April 25, 2018 – Where Food Comes From, Inc. (OTCQB: WFCF), the most trusted resource for independent, third-party verification of food production practices in North America, today announced that six of the Company’s verification customers were honored by Whole Foods Market at the grocer’s sixth annual Supplier Awards.
Miller Poultry, a long-time WFCF customer, was named Global Supplier of the Year for its visionary approach to animal welfare and its commitment to raising high quality, healthy chickens. WFCF provides Miller Poultry with verification services for Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, Global Animal Partnership 5-Step Animal Welfare Rated and Where Food Comes From Source Verified.
Other WFCF customers winning awards include Lotus Foods for Environmental Stewardship, Hearst Ranch Beef for Southern Pacific Region Supplier of the Year, Diestel Family Ranch for Northern California Region Supplier of the Year, Country Natural Beef for Service & Partnership, and Kuli Kuli for Women-Led Entrepreneurship. WFCF provides verification services for these producers ranging from Organic and Non-GMO Project to Global Animal Partnership and Verified Natural.
Six new flower farms have recently officially become Certified American Grown, joining a cadre of 45 certified farms nationwide. These farms vary in size and in the varieties of flowers they grow, from small urban flower farm to a large greenhouse farm that propagates 90 percent of the nation’s gerberas.
The newly certified farms are:
- Grace Gardens, Birmingham, Alabama
- CamFlor, Watsonville, California
- Menagerie Farm & Flower, Live Oak, California
- Harmony Harvest Farm, Weyers Cave, Virginia
- WilMore Farms, Metter, Georgia.
- Ocean Breeze International, Carpinteria, California
Earning recognition as Certified American Grown helps retailers, wholesalers and florists connect their customers with flowers grown right here in the United States and tells customers that the flowers they’re bringing home or giving as gifts were grown, bouqued or bunched by American flower farmers.
Flower farmer Felicia Alvarez of Menagerie Farm & Flower grows garden roses and specialty flowers, including tulips and dahlias. She sought out certification because she believes it’s important for people to know where their flowers are coming from and how they’re grown.
Alvarez finds today’s consumers are in tune with the origin-matters message and are telling floral designers they prefer local, seasonal flowers. And in her experience, they appreciate knowing there’s an American farmer behind the blooms.
She’s also a fan of the advocacy that Certified American Grown provides around trade, taxes and agriculture in general.
“These all affect me, so I benefit from the advocacy work and I appreciate that my involvement, even as a small farm, can help push the needle.”
Novelty flower grower Carlos Cardoza of CamFlor sought out certification at the urging of some of his top clients who felt it would be a complement to his California Grown status.
Where Food Comes From launches its second issue of their magazine!
This issue features long-time customer, Miller Poultry. Miller Poultry was founded in 1992. They’ve grown from processing 16,000 chickens weekly to now processing 35,000 chickens per day. Miller Poultry has a great relationship with the local Amish and Mennonite communities. These communities serve as their suppliers, which they believe is one of the things that sets them apart. The Amish ethic is so ingrained in what defines Miller Poultry. You’ll find out more of the history and the trendsetting qualities that Miller Poultry possesses in this feature article.
Similarly, you’ll get to know one of our beef producers, Jerry Wulf. Mr. Wulf owns Wulf Cattle, a beef company that owns a herd of 1,200 registered cows. Wulf says that as a company, they get excited about connecting the industry and the beef supply chain. They are all about building relationships, building a better product and being transparent.
Christina Dockter, ICS employee, is also featured. Christina says the most satisfying part of her job is watching the producers grow, and also how ICS has grown. She feels a sense of pride when she sees a consumer buy a product with their label on it.
Besides that, you’ll discover Thanksgiving recipes and how the Global Animal Partnership (GAP) improves the lives of animals. Also included are facts about the food and wine industry.
Find the magazine online at here, or email us to add you to our mailing list.