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.
Worden Farm opened a compost collection program in which the
public may bring their compostable items to any Worden Farm
Farmers Market location. The collected items are brought back to
the farm and composted.
Crops at Worden Farm are grown 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.
|Farm Pond with Sudex Cover Crop
|Allis Chalmers "G" tractor, converted from gasoline
engine to electric motor
|A "biostrip", which enhances biological diversity,
and supports beneficial insect populations