The Good Food Guild showcases grains produced by farmers working with grains grown from open source seeds planted with soil health in mind. Cereal grains, legumes, pasta and tortillas that meet the standards for membership to the Guild are grown in the USA under fair labor practices and do not incorporate synthetic inputs.
The Good Food Guild relies on the expertise of the grains community to develop, revise and set standards for the category. As soil health standards and breeding techniques evolve, so do our standards. Read on to learn what those standards are and meet the farmers, millers and growers of the Good Food Guild.
In order to join the Good Food Guild, grains companies must meet the following standards for at least 50% of their product line:
- Grown in the USA or US territories.
- Grown without the use of synthetic herbicides, pesticides, fungicides or fertilizers.*
- Grown from seeds that are:
- Free of genetic modification
- Open Source/Non-Patented Seed
- Grown and milled using fair labor practices.
- Grown with soil health in mind, including:**
- Conservation tillage.
- Cover crops.
- Crop rotations.
- Promotes biodiversity.
- Rotational grazing.
Additional criteria for pasta and tortillas:
- If made with inclusions and flavorings that are grown domestically, they are locally sourced wherever possible; traceable; and grown without the use of synthetic herbicides, pesticides, fungicides or fertilizers.***
- If made with inclusions and flavorings that are not grown domestically on a commercial scale, they are farm-direct, certified organic or Fair Trade certified.***
- Made by a crafter that is an upstanding member of the good food community, oriented toward growing their business in harmony with a better food system.
*Grains made grown with minimal synthetic inputs using IPM will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the type of crop and region of growth.
** The Good Food Foundation will refer to Regenerative Agriculture guidelines to define “Soil Health” should there be any questions as to eligibility based on this criterion.
***If less than 2% of ingredients in the product do not meet this stipulation, the entry will not be disqualified.