Homegrown Organic Farms expands EFI certification
As the industry celebrates National Farmworker Awareness Week, Homegrown Organic Farms announced its Northwest organic blueberry farms in Oregon have earned Equitable Food Initiative certification. The farms join Homegrown Organic Farms’ stone fruit program, which became EFI certified in 2020, further demonstrating the company’s dedication to its employees and associates. As a newly formed ESOP, Homegrown has partnered with its sister company to achieve and roll out this new certification.
The Equitable Food Initiative is a certification process designed to develop partnerships between the farmworking employees and farm management teams. These partnerships help create a trusting work environment while improving overall working conditions, cultivating confidence and teamwork between farm workers and management; building a culture of commitment and collaboration.
”It is fitting that we would receive notice of Homegrown’s Oregon operations earning EFI certification during Farmworker Awareness Week," said Kevin Boyle, director of new product and business development for Equitable Food Initiative. "Their commitment to EFI is but one effort that the company has put forth to live out its values, engage workers in new ways and provide a fulfilling and professional workplace.”
“We are proud to add blueberries to the growing list of our EFI certified programs," said Scott Mabs, CEO of Homegrown Organic Farms. "Our team members from the field to shipment are professionals in their jobs and EFI brings the system to help facilitate cross department collaboration and personal development. Homegrown has always been proactive with the development and value of our team members and EFI is a wonderful support to that mission.
"We are excited to be able to offer this reassurance to our customers and look forward to partnerships with those who share our commitment to healthier and safer conditions for farmworkers and all employees throughout the supply chain," he said.