At Flying Onion Farm we grow everything according to the National organic standards even though we opt not to pay for the certification.  There may be a day when we need to certify in order to increase our markets, but for now we hope that our customers will ask questions and educate themselves about farming practices rather than relying solely on third party certification.

The balance between staying small and being financially productive is a difficult one. Because we choose to stay small, it's necessary for us to be extra careful with the land we cultivate in order to maintain the long term integrity of the soil.  Crop loss on large farms is common, but for us it can be financially disastrous.  To avoid this takes patience, attention to detail and very careful planning.

To us, taking good care of the soil means actively improving it.  Balanced fertility and high levels of organic matter help us to overcome our less than perfect soil conditions and give our crops a chance against the sometimes difficult weather of the Pacific Northwest.  We're proud that we make our own compost with plant residues and locally sourced animal manures to add nutrients which are taken away from the soil each time we harvest.  Cover crops are also grown to add organic matter which helps loosen soils and break up the large amount of clay we have. On occasion we also use limestone and other minerals to help boost micro-nutrients that improve the flavor and nutritional content of the food we raise.