Sustainability

Worden Farm is certified organic by Quality Certification Services (QCS), an independent, USDA-authorized certification agency. The farm is managed with a variety of sustainable methods for conserving and enhancing natural and human ecosystems. Chris Worden, Ph.D. and Eva Worden, Ph.D. are renowned for their use of innovative organic farming techniques.

Worden Farm has partnered with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) on micro-irrigation and other water conservation projects for improving environmental quality. Over 2000 trees have been planted for soil and water conservation, windbreaks, and wildlife habitat.

Soil building and conservation is achieved through the use of cover crops and an organic soil fertility program. Several renewable energy projects have been completed, including the conversion of an Allis Chalmers "G" cultivating tractor from a gasoline engine to an electric motor. Fourteen acres of pine flatwoods adjoining the farm were acquired in 2010, expanding Worden Farm's land conservation and environmental stewardship.

Crops at Worden Farm are grown organically with attention to both environmental health and human health. The farm maintains a food safety program of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), following recommended guidelines from University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) and Cornell University, Department of Food Science National GAPs Program. In addition, members of the Worden Farm staff are Certified Food Safety Managers with the National Registry of Food Safety Professionals.

Located in an area of cattle ranches, orange groves, and pinelands, the farm neighbors the 79,000-acre Babcock/Webb wildlife management area, and is 1 mile from Shell Creek, a tributary of the Peace River. The abundant sunshine, mild climate, and pure environment contribute to a bountiful, healthful harvest.