Looking for organic ingredients? You can find the products produced and processed by CCOF members in our searchable online organic directory.
The following resource links will help guide you in finding growers, manufacturers, and other sources of organic ingredients, as well as organic suitable ingredients.
Organic Trade Association - The Organic Pages Online: The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is a membership-based trade association that focuses on the organic business community in North America.
Organic-bio.com: One of the largest international databases concerning biological production
Natural Food Network: Publisher of the annual Certified Organic Food Directory
Non-GMO Report: Information on sourcing non-GMO products
Prepared Foods Wellness Directory: Ingredient listing for the natural products industry
Institute of Food Technologists Healthful Foods Directory: Natural products industry buying guide
606 Organic: Listing of available ingredients that are listed in NOP section §205.606
Natural Sourcing: Supplies over 500 different organic and conventional oils, butters, essential oils, and other cosmeceutical ingredients sourced from reputable manufacturers around the world.
Understanding the NOP regulations for seed and planting stock can be challenging. We have outlined the regulations specific to seed, planting stock, and annual transplants, as well as the commercial availability recordkeeping requirements below. CCOF has also developed useful sample forms and an organic seed supplier list as resources to assist you.
Certified organic growers are required to utilize organic seed unless organic versions are commercially unavailable. Commercial availability is the ability to obtain seeds in an appropriate form, quality, or quantity to fulfill an essential function in a system of organic production. Commercial availability is determined by CCOF in the course of reviewing the Organic System Plan. If organic seeds are not commercially available, non-organic seeds are allowed only if they are non-GMO, and either untreated or treated ONLY with allowed substances.
CCOF certified operations are required to demonstrate good faith attempts to source organic seed prior to utilizing non-organic varieties. Evidence of these attempts is required and will be reviewed at your annual inspection.
Organic sprouts must be produced using organic seeds. NO EXCEPTIONS. You must maintain documentation showing that all seeds used to produce organic sprouts are organic and not treated with non-approved materials.
Non-organic planting stock to be sold again as planting stock (not a crop) must be managed organically for one year prior to sale as organic. Growers are required to show records demonstrating that the planting stock was managed organically for one year and that it was not sold as organic until the eligibility date was met, with the exception of crops harvested from the plant. Such records include planting stock purchase receipts, planting records, input application records, input invoices, harvest records, and sales records. See our sample records below. These records will be reviewed at all inspections.
Annual transplant stock MUST be certified organic. Growers purchasing annual transplants must maintain current NOP certificates from suppliers and have purchase invoices showing that the transplants purchased are organic. These documents will be reviewed annually at your inspection. See our sample records below.
You must document your search for organic seed and planting stock. Organic producers are required to provide ongoing evidence of active attempts to source organic seeds and/or planting stock such as logs showing calls made, product/supplier catalogues, letters received, or other demonstrations of good faith efforts. Similar evidence must be provided in the event that organic seed or planting stock does not provide the necessary level of quality, or meet the desired function. CCOF strictly reviews this process annually to maintain the integrity of organic food production and encourage our members to actively search for organic seeds.
Choosing organic seed encourages opportunities for organic farmers and marketers by supporting expansion of a thriving organic sector. If growers cannot find specific organic seed in the quality or quantity they require, then trialing other organic varieties should be considered. First, identify the qualities that are sought in organic seed, such as disease resistance, drought tolerance, hybrid uniformity, size, color, flavor, or any other market or grower preferences. Then, seek out organic varieties that are available and conduct trials to see if the organic seed can meet your needs.
Looking for organic seed suppliers? CCOF maintains a comprehensive list of seed suppliers and regulations.
Still need help? See our seed FAQs for more assistance with organic seed.