Is ecoFarm real?
Yes, it is a real farm with real farmers. We cultivate our crops on top of a mountain range in Jiangxi, China; using our mountain springs water source and our own USDA OMRI (Organic Material Review Institute, http://www.omri.org/simple-opl-search/results/Merrigrow ) approved organic nutrients input. Our farm crops are certified organic.
What is organic food?
Our definition of organic food is food that is safe for human consumption. It means the food has no chemical input from start to finish or until it is arrives to your home. Our slow grow produce is wholesome, nutritious and safe. We display our authentic organic seals’ label conspicuously and clearly identified our farm and its location and our USDA-NOP, EU and JAS organic certificates’ seals and numbers; and date of harvest and contact person on our packing per organic standards’ requirement.
What are chemical inputs?
Chemical inputs are herbicides to kill the weeds, chemical fertilizers as food to the crops in open field cultivation and in hydroponic farming, pesticides to eradicate pests and diseases, growth stimulant or hormones to enhance or control growth, chemicals to preserve freshness and additives to enhance marketability.
What is GM food?
It is Genetically Modified food. Per international organic standards, we do not use any GM seeds in our farm. . We only cultivate indigenous varieties from all over the world to satisfy the seasonal nutritional needs of our supporters. We work hard on cultivating and collecting our own organic seeds. We have total control of our slow grow produce from seeds to harvest and delivery to your home.
What is the qualification of ecoFarm?
We have been working as organic farming consultants all over the world to businesses and farms, and taking in postgraduate students to take up research at our farm. We did research projects validating our farming practices with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)-Prince Edward Island on potatoes and composting. We worked with Korean government, universities and various organic farming groups since 2003 on improving their organic cultivation practices. We develop Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) for Japanese international corporations; South East Asian organic farming communities and most importantly China. My colleague Ada, established the GAP for NingXia, China Goji berries back in 2003-5. She made it possible to get two harvests of Goji berries annually via the proper soil management method employing organic farming technics. We help Chinese businesses and farmers across major agriculture provinces from Inner Mongolia, Ningxia, Shandong, Shanghai, Zhejiang, Yunnan, Fujian, Jiangxi, Guangxi and Guangdong; even in NGOs in Hong Kong. We collaborate with American universities on various agriculture studies.
Why buy from ecoFarm?
Renown chefs from various prestigious deluxe five stars’ hotels like Ritz Carlton, Guangzhou Park Hyatt and three stars’ Michelin restaurants like 8 1/2 OTTO i Mezzo are passionate about our flavor intensive produce after visiting our farm. They gave us thumbs after tasting the ready to eat produce right on the field and seeing the state of the art certified organic cold chain post harvesting and packing facilities. Furthermore, we are certified by AQSIQ, State Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection & Quarantine www.aqsiq.gov.cn , sanctioned by Hong Kong Food and Environmental Hygiene Department.
Can we visit the farm?
Our farm welcomes visitors. We organize tours. Ever since we established our farm in 2004, besides taking in overseas researchers and universities students to study at our farm, we have hosted Hong Kong groups’ visits such as Friends of the Earth, secondary schools, special education schools, charity organizations, doctors and healthcare groups, our social cause supporters, families and church. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology has an on-going “Connect” program to the “Left Behind” children at the three elementary schools we helped to build and equip around our farm. We strive to contribute 50% or more of our net income into the local communities on helping the elderly and the needy. .
In closing, I like to share the following:
In 2011, an auditor, a Chinese professor, came to our farm to perform an audit on behalf of the Chinese organic certification annual audit. This is her parting comment: “Dr. Lam, I cannot say for sure where else you can find produce that can compare to your high standard of natural produce.” She was one of the committee members who helped drafting the China Organic Standard.