Basic principles of Házikó
Our aim is to produce and deliver outstanding quality, natural foods using only choice farm ingredients to conscious city consumers with high expectations. For complete transparency all ingredients and the exact place of origin is indicated on all our product packaging. We guarantee the environmental and social benefits, which all our customers contribute to by buying our products.
Evaluation criteria of our supplier farmers
I. On-Off Criteria
Primary conditions for a producer to engage in a partnership with HÁZIKÓ
- Consistently good quality – HÁZIKÓ exclusively buys products that prove to be of good quality during regular tests and sample taste tests – in other words the food should be full-flavoured and appetizing. Fresh ingredients are only acquired during their natural season of availability, with preference to natural production.
- Producer Responsibility – HÁZIKÓ only acquires farm grown products from verifiable sources and does not purchase from resellers. In the case of semi-processed, multi-component products, the origin of all ingredients (e.g. spices) should be verified.
- Transparency & cleanliness – HÁZIKÓ is fully committed to short and transparent food chains, and consequently all producer partners themselves should be equally transparent; ready to be evaluated and to introduce themselves to HÁZIKÓ and its customers. Special attention is paid to clean production and processing – beyond obligatory hygienic criteria.
II. Evaluation criteria
which indicate the environmental and social impact and commitment of farms and provide additional information on the producers and products. Evaluation criteria are adjusted to farming type (vegetable gardening, orchards, arable farming, dairy or meat production)
- Volume of production, farm size – Backyard/smallholder farm size, family farms and diverse, mosaic farming management methods are preferred for environmental and social reasons.
- Agro-biodiversity and the use of indigenous and local breeds are characteristics of environmentally friendly, adaptive agricultural systems and also foundational elements for a diverse product range.
- Landscape approach and/or traditional farming – HÁZIKÓ seeks farms and producers who build their farming on landscape characteristics and local traditions of land management, who wisely use natural resources and do not exploit them. This kind of farming contributes to the maintenance of cultural landscapes, with all natural and cultural elements, preserving the heritage of agricultural landscapes.
- Environment-friendly management methods in agriculture – Some of these are mandatory (cross compliance, Natura 2000, protected areas) some are voluntary (agri-environmental programs, non-productive investments, organic farming, permaculture, biodynamic farming, etc.). These measures influence methods of pest and weed control, fertilization, animal nutrition as well as soil and water management, machinery and waste management. This might also include voluntary nature conservation measures such as habitat development, installation of bird-friendly equipment, etc.
- Employment – One of the most important social aspects, which describes the rate and importance of human labor in a given agro-enterprise. Self-employment is included.
- Social activity and willingness to cooperate – Willingness on the part of the farmer to be open towards community building and educational outreach activities (open days, accepting trainees, demonstration farm) is a key issue. The level of co-operation with fellow producers and non-producers is also an important factor.
- Innovation – Ingenuity, entrepreneurship. This means the creativity, imaginative ideas and spirit of initiative of the farmer, also including further progress-centric behaviour patterns and attitudes.
Read more about our rural development background on AGRI KULTI