“At FreshSense, we believe our customers want fruit that is both eco-friendly and flavorful. Protected Harvest certification signals to buyers that our fruit is grown in compliance with strict environmentally sound standards for soil, water and pesticides, and most importantly, that our claims are real.”
– Blair Richardson, CEO, FreshSense
Protected Harvest provides growers, shippers, processors, retailers and food service companies with a standard setting and certification program for a performance-based sustainability eco-label.
Protected Harvest is an independent nonprofit organization with a board of directors made of leading environmental NGOs, scientists, and practitioners that approve sustainability standards, while accredited certification firms conduct annual audits and issue certification.
The Lodi Woodbridge Winegrape Commission is known nationwide for their sustainable winegrape growing program. Over 10,000 acres are in certified production. Beginning in 2005, the Lodi Rules label is now appearing on wine bottles from 6 wineries. Up-and-coming Michael-David Winery, known for award-winning “7 Deadly Zins” and “Incognito” wines, pays a premium for grapes certified by Protected Harvest.
Modern Mushroom, Inc. is the second largest producer of mushrooms in the U.S., providing mushrooms to SYSCO, Green Giant Fresh (exclusive provider), and retailers throughout the Eastern U.S. and serving West Coast markets through their California operation. Over 25 acres of mushroom production is certified.
In May, 2008, FreshSense,the company behind Ripe ‘N Ready peaches, plums and nectarines, launched Zeal™ as the first and only tree fruit product certified as sustainable through an independent audit. Together these stonefruit growers, including Ballantine Produce Company, Fowler Packing, George Brothers and Sunwest Fruit Company, produce more than 20% of U.S. stonefruit. Over 10,000 acres of stonefruit is grown under Protected Harvest standards, and starting with the 2008-09 crop year, nearly 3500 acres of citrus and mandarins will be certified.
The Healthy Grown brand for potatoes was launched in 2001 as a collaboration of the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association, the World Wildlife Fund, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Between 1995 and 1999, Healthy Grown farmers reduced environmental toxicity units of their pesticides by 37%. Over 3000 acres of potatoes in Wisconsin is Protected Harvest certified.
SureHarvest is the administrator of Protected Harvest and provider of certification software systems to Protected Harvest.