Why Organic

ccof-small-newUpstarts was founded on the principle of producing clean, organically grown starts, thus eliminating the use of toxic fertilizers and pesticides that are normally used in conventional plant production and harmful to the environment. We have been CERTIFIED ORGANIC with California Certified Organic Farmers (C.C.O.F.) since 1991.

Since many of our crops are eaten, such as lettuce, greens, vegetables, and herbs, it made sense to start with a healthy, pesticide-free plant. Organically grown crops are required to have certified organic starts, with a very few exceptions, so in this way we are also supporting the principles of organic farming and gardening.

We believe it is important to be in harmony with Nature, using clean water and healthy living soils to produce vigorous transplants that will thrive in your garden. With the right amounts of water, healthy soil and sunshine, your garden can produce an abundance of healthy, nutritious food and beautiful plants without the need of synthetic products that come from laboratories.

Growing organically is our mission, and at Upstarts we’re here to help you discover the benefits of organic gardening.

Say “No” to GMOs

At Upstarts, we embrace the principles of organic farming and that includes the food we grow and buy for our families and ourselves. Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, by their very definition, are not “organic” because they don’t normally occur in nature. The World Health Organizations defines GMOs as: “organisms in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally.”

The lack of meaningful controls and the FDA fast-tracking of GMO approvals deeply concerns us. When you select an Upstart plant, you can be assured that it is a product of Mother Nature, not a laboratory test tube with patents attached to it. There is still much to learn about the long-term effects of genetically engineered foods, so we’re just going to keep growing robust plants using proven, sustainable organic methods. It’s safe for humans and it’s safe for the planet.

CCOF GMO/GE Technology Policy Position
As a Member of CCOF, we support the Say “No” to GMOs policy position on GMO/GE technology and what it means to be a part of the organic farming community. There is more to organic farming than being GE-free. Growing plants organically is paramount to us since there are currently no mandatory labeling laws in place in California today. By purchasing organic foods, you can be confident that you aren’t eating genetically engineered food.