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Wilson Produce completes transition to organic production

Wilson Produce, a fourth-generation grower-packer-shipper of fresh fruits and vegetables from Mexico located in Nogales, AZ, successfully completed the required three-year transition to 100 percent USDA certified organic at its family-farm in Bamoa, Sinaloa, Mexico.

Mini-peppers-with-companionMini peppers with a companion crop.

“We are ecstatic,” said Alicia Martin, co-chief executive officer of Wilson Produce. “The whole team from production to sales has come together to make this possible.”

“This really has been an investment in our soil,” said Chris Martin, co-CEO, “Our transition away from conventional practices really began about seven years ago.”

From a competitive standpoint, with the recent national organic standards board decision to officially include hydroponics in the National Organic Plan, the timing of required three-year transition of organic soil is very important.

“Our use of cover crops, companion crops and compost have all enhanced the quality of our soil, the quality of our products, and have made this challenging transition possible,” said James Martin, director of sustainability. “An important milestone in our sustainability strategy has been achieved today.”