Protected Harvest provides third-party certification of crops grown with sustainable agriculture standards, eco-labeling of certified products, and chain of custody from field to retail market. The Protected Harvest program certifies that a producer has met region and crop-specific standards, as approved by its Sustainability Council. Accredited third-party certification agencies audit fields and facilities according to established criteria and determine whether certification is warranted. Certification is supported by SureHarvest Sustainability MIS software, providing growers and auditors the ease of electronic record-keeping and verification. Certification covers growers, chain of custody, and licensing of the eco-label trademark in product packaging and point-of-sale promotional materials.
Why become certified by Protected Harvest?
Protected Harvest validates your efforts to protect the environment and distinguishes your product in the marketplace.
CREDIBILITY. Third-party certification is essential to the credibility of any farm or company that is engaged in “green” production practices. As an independent certifying agent, Protected Harvest is responsible for documenting that your product has met soil, water, and pesticide standards that are environmentally sound and scientifically based.
CONSUMER LOYALTY. An eco-label must ultimately make a real difference in environmental protection in order to gain consumer confidence. The Protected Harvest label communicates the authenticity of your marketing message to your customers, giving you a competitive edge in the marketplace.
MARKET SUPPORT. Protected Harvest is actively engaged in building industry recognition for Protected Harvest certification through trade shows, trade articles, point-of-sale materials, direct mailings, publicized retailer success stories, and recognition of pioneers.
LEADERSHIP. Protected Harvest will work with policy makers and industry managers to provide the services and infrastructure needed in the field and in the marketplace. We will continue to build strategic alliances with environmental, consumer, and sustainable agriculture organizations, so that their combined membership can actively support the Protected Harvest label – and support farmers and food companies that are making a difference.