The Scoop on Good Dirt: OMRI
By: Pam Beck
You buy certified organic seed. You search for organically-grown vegetable seedlings to transplant into your containers. But, have you read the fine print on the bag of your potting medium to see if it is free of manufactured chemicals? If you are uncertain whether you need to protect yourself by wearing gloves when handling a certain potting medium, or should even consider growing edibles in a particular soil mix, check the bag first for an OMRI Certification. What is an OMRI Certification? This explanation is courtesy of their website, “Founded in 1997, the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) provides organic certifiers, growers, manufacturers, and suppliers an independent review of products intended for use in certified organic production, handling, and processing.” “OMRI® Listed products undergo a rigorous review to ensure that they comply with USDA organic standards,” and furthermore, “OMRI was founded by organic certifiers and continues to serve certifiers and their clients with crucial information to ensure organic integrity.” ~ www.omri.org Black Gold Natural & Organic Potting Soil is proud to carry the OMRI seal on every bag so that you can trust your edibles grown in our truly organic potting soils. A product you won’t have to handle with kid gloves.
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