Feb 4, 2016
Peri & Sons Farms receives Sustainably Grown certification

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Peri & Sons Farms has received the Sustainably Grown certification from SCS Global Services. Photo: Peri & Sons Farms.

Peri & Sons Farms announced it has recently become the first domestic, onion farming operation to achieve the Sustainably Grown certification from SCS Global Services (SCS), according to a news release. The certification also extends to the company’s entire USDA Organic certified vegetable farming operation.

The certification was issued by SCS in accordance with the producer requirements of its Sustainably Grown standard, which meets some of the world’s highest environmental, social and economic criteria, the news release said. Peri & Sons Farms received the certification through a third-party audit.

Pamela Peri, executive vice president at Peri & Sons Farms, describes the experience. “Undergoing this level of commitment to sustainability forced us to scrutinize and evaluate every aspect of both operations―from office to fields to packing sheds. We firmly believe that the overall benefits to our employees, our community and our customers will be well worth the investment in the long run.”

SCS’ Founder and CEO Dr. Stanley Rhodes, also weighs in on the recent news.  “We congratulate Peri & Sons Farms for this significant accomplishment. Achieving the Sustainably Grown certification is by no means an easy task. This standard is based on comprehensive, science-based criteria aimed at minimizing environmental impacts and providing a safe and healthy work environment. By achieving certification, Peri & Sons Farms demonstrates that it has the processes and management systems in place to grow its products in a sustainable manner.”

At its organic operation, Nevada Fresh Pak, the company grows and ships certified leafy greens and a diverse array of vegetables. The greens are shipped under well-known prepackaged salad brands as well as Peri & Sons Farms’ own “Nevada Fresh Pak” label as part of the company’s Locally-Grown Organics program.

Peri & Sons Farms and Nevada Fresh Pak plan to remain fully committed to sustainable practices with the goal of meeting/exceeding produce-industry standards, the companies said.

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