Hirzel Farms was incorporated in 1963, and operates as the agricultural subsidiary of Hirzel Canning Company and Farms, based in Northwood, Ohio.
The late John E. Hirzel was president of Hirzel Farms from 1963 until his death, in February of 2000, at the age of 55. John began doing organic “trials” in 1978. In 1982 Hirzel Farms, Inc. certified 450 Acres though OCIA international. The organic acreage peaked in 1996, with 820 acres. In the spring of 1997, John converted some of the more marginal organic farmland to “sustainable agricultural practices”, citing that the ground was not able to produce as organic. From years of “on farm” trials, John became a firm believer in both organic, and sustainable agriculture cropping systems.
Today, Hirzel Farms continues to pioneer many of these cropping systems, with diligence in rotations, and pragmatic use of cover crop rotations. Our organic operations are certified through Global Organic Alliance (GOA) out of Bellefontaine, Ohio. Our certifications are
• NOP (National Organic Program)
• COR (Canadian Organic Regime) equivalency
• MAFF (USDA Export) equivalency