Container/Hydroponic Production

To better prepare for organic certification of your container/hydroponic/aquaponics production, we recommend you assess your ability to comply with the criteria* below:

  • Biological activity within the growing media/substrate.
  • Organic matter present in the growing media/substrate sufficient to support biological activity.
  • Nutrition available within the growing media/substrate on an ongoing basis.

*CCOF developed these criteria based on our assessment of core requirements from 2010 National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Recommendation on Terrestrial Plants in Containers and Enclosures. The National Organic Program will be considering future changes to the requirements for terrestrial plants in containers (i.e. hydroponics, aquaponics, aeroponics, and container crops produced in substrate/media of any kind). We will continue to certify these types of systems until/unless rule changes require us not to.

We expect the NOSB to provide an updated recommendation in the Fall of 2016 which will include multiple opportunities for public comment. We encourage you to engage during the public comment period to express your view on the potential changes!

CCOF is proud to represent our members on national organic matters and we want you to be aware of the current landscape as you consider organic certification. While we are not able to predict or guarantee any regulatory changes, our service to our membership is to inform potentially affected operations of the changes. Make sure you stay informed!

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  • Make sure you receive the CCOF E-newsletter, where we provide news that may affect your organic operation.
  • If you are a CCOF certified producer using container or hydroponic production methods, contact your Certification Service Specialist to make sure we have your operation designated accurately. This will help us keep you informed of any impending regulatory changes.
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