The Standard (and the Scheme based on the Standard) is accredited to the International Standard for Product Certification ISO 17065: 20122 by the Irish National Accreditation Board. During the Bord Bia visit, the compliance of the Applicant / Producer (in areas relating to legal, quality and customer requirements relevant to traceability, food safety, hygiene, health and safety, welfare, etc.) with the quality assurance criteria in the Standard is assessed. A report on the level of compliance achieved is then prepared for the Applicant / Producer.
We are also in the GLAS SCHEME
What does GLAS stand for ?
The Green, Low-Carbon, Agri-Environment Scheme (GLAS) provides payments to farmers to help tackle climate change, preserve biodiversity, protect habitats and promote environmentally-friendly farming.
With this in mind we have a field for wild bird cover.See pic below . This is supported by GLAS. It is purposely planted with linseed and oats. It gives little birds a chance as It acts as a feed source now and later in Autumn. This is their patch.
In the future wild flowers will be planted for bees having learnt from the sunflowers that we grew in 2020 they thrived in the sunflower seeds and enjoyed an array of hollyhocks that are dispersed around the farm.