CLEMSON, South Carolina,
posted May 25, 2005: Produce grown at the Calhoun Field
Laboratory (CFL) Sustainable Farming Project is now officially certified
as "Organic" under USDA National Organic Program guidelines.
The certification process for the CFL Project was conducted by the
Clemson University Department of Plant Industry Organic Certification
Program, a USDA-accredited organic certifying agency.
Established in 2000, the CFL Project occupies approximately 15
acres of the "Clemson Bottoms" on the Clemson University
campus, and is dedicated to intensive production of high value seasonal
vegetables, culinary herbs and cut flowers. The CFL farm is operated
entirely by students under the supervision of Joseph Bassett, farm
manager. The CFL Project is directed by Geoff Zehnder, a professor
in the Department of Entomology, Soil and Plant Sciences and coordinator
of the Clemson University Sustainable Agriculture Program.
Produce from the CFL is sold at a weekly farmers market at the
Clemson University Hendrix Center and is also available through
a membership-based subscription market program.
Information on the CFL Project and markets are available at http://www.clemson.edu/scg/sust/calhounfieldlab_main.html