Labels You Can Trust
The USDA Organic seal or "bug," when placed on a label or product, means that every possible effort has been made to ensure that the product is without added pesticide, herbicides, genetically modified organisms, sewage sludge, or irradiation. The USDA Organic Seal is a statement as to the safety of the product to be consumed as well as the conservation and sustainability of the soil and biosphere in which the product was raised.
Ayrshire Farm has been USDA Certified Organic since 2002.
An inspection-based certification program developed by a panel of respected animal scientists and recognized by the USDA, ASPCA and HSUS. This distinction assures the consumer that the animal has been raised in a healthful and low-stress environment necessary for a good quality of life. Our livestock are fed a nutritious diet, without hormones or antibiotics, have access to shelter and resting areas, and are given sufficient space to engage in natural behaviors.
Ayrshire Farm was the first farm in Virginia to be certified organic and certified humane.
Non-GMO Project Verified
A third-party inspection and certification that assures that agricultural products are raised and/or produced without Genetically Modified or Engineered seeds or feeds. While the NOP does not permit the use of known GMO substances in food that is labeled as Organic, the natural process of pollination, wind, and rain can cause an organic crop to be contaminated. Non- GMO Project Verified assures by means of elaborate and thorough testing that products, especially those that contain highly suspect ingredients like corn, wheat, and soy, do not contain GMO's.
All single cut meats from Ayrshire Farm are Non-GMO Project Verified.
The Savory Institute
In 2019, The Savory Institute identified Ayrshire Farm as the regional center for excellence in regenerative agriculture. We joined a growing network of hubs around the world committed to restoring grasslands through holistically managed animal agriculture. We use manure as a natural fertilizer to regenerate the land and we amend our soil with cover crops and compost from our three-acre compost facility.
We also use sustainable practices like comprehensive Holistic Land Management, planned rotational grazing, and responsible resource management to preserve a diverse ecosystem, mitigate carbon emissions, and greatly reduce the amount of resources used to raise healthy animals.
These efforts not only help the planet, but also result in pastures rich in natural nutrients and animals naturally higher in nutrition.
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) introduced the Virginia's Finest® Trademark Program to enhance the economic opportunities and success of Virginia's specialty food companies, processors and agriculture producers. The classic Virginia's Finest® trademark identifies, differentiates and promotes top-quality Virginia agriculture and specialty food and beverage products. Buyers and consumers have grown to recognize the blue and red "VA check mark" logo and know they are purchasing top quality Virginia - produced and processed products. Food Alliance Certified sustainable agriculture certifier with comprehensive standards and criteria for a wide range of products including fruit, vegetables, grains, livestock, eggs, dairy, shellfish, mushrooms, legumes, horticulture products, and products made from Food Alliance Certified ingredients. Food Alliance also takes into consideration the environment, employee and human resources, and requires growth in their standards by the certified party from year-to-year in order to maintain certification.
Being a predator friendly farm means we use humane practices to keep livestock safe and wildlife alive. Through pasture management strategies, guardian animals such as dogs and llamas, and vigilant observation, Predator Friendly® producers reduce the risk of conflict between livestock and wildlife. Some of the things done at Ayrshire Farm include keeping our poultry that are most prone to predator loss close to heavily trafficked roads on the farm, occasionally using air cannons to scare off larger predators if we see them around, and maintaining large forested areas and wildlife corridors so that predators have plenty of other small prey to hunt and space to live.
Marine Stewardship Council
MSC verification tells consumers that we have a system of transparency and traceability. We have to be able to track every pound of seafood that comes in, where it is stored, and when it gets used or thrown out. When you see fish or seafood products with the blue MSC label, you can be sure they come from a sustainable fishery that has met the MSC Fisheries Standard. Businesses trading in these products have met our Chain of Custody Standard for traceability.
The MSC Standards meet international best practice guidelines for certification and ecolabelling. The Standards were developed through consultation with the fishing industry, scientists, conservationists, experts and stakeholders.