For crops other than sprouts, organic seed must be used unless organic versions are not commercially available. Growers are required to search for organic seed and must document this search in order to demonstrate that organic seed was not commercially available. This documentation may be in the form of a log showing calls made, product/supplier catalogues, letters received, or other demonstration of good faith efforts on your part.
Organic seed MUST be used to produce organic sprouts. NO EXCEPTIONS. All annual transplants must be certified organic. When purchasing annual transplants growers must verify and maintain current NOP certificates from suppliers and have purchase invoices showing the transplants purchased are certified organic. These documents will be reviewed during your annual inspection.
For more details visit our Seed & Planting Stock Regulations and Resources page.
Commercial Availability is defined by the NOP as the ability to obtain a production input in an appropriate form, quality, or quantity to fulfill an essential function in a system of organic production or handling, as determined by CCOF in the course of reviewing the Organic System Plan (certification application).