Commonwealth Quality program participants must adhere to sustainable and environmentally safe practices outlined in the Massachusetts Best Management Practices (BMPs) documents for Fresh Vegetables and Tree Fruits, as referenced in Exhibit A. The BMPs are designed to identify and promote production practices that, protect, enhance and sustain the environment as well as our natural resources.
Commonwealth Quality certified products protect the environment by minimizing the impact of long distance storage and transportation, evaluate and adopt energy saving initiatives, and control and minimize farm inputs such as soil amendments, water usage and pesticide application to ensure safety.
Existing practices and standards such as Integrated Pest Management (IPM) are incorporated into the BMPs.
For further information on sustainable practice, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), or the BMPs for fresh fruits and vegetables, please click on the links to the right.
- -Learn about CQP Food Safety Requirements
- -Certify your produce!
- -Learn more about why buying local produce is important
- -What is Integrated Pest Management?
- -Click here to explore the UMass Extension Service BMPs
- -Click here to read IPM Best Management Practices