containers & hydroponics

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How are hydroponic and container-based systems certified organic?

The National Organic Program has always allowed organic certification of hydroponic and container-based system. CCOF Certification Services (CCOF CS) has been certifying some form of substrate systems for decades. Container-based production for some crops like berries and tomatoes is growing in popularity in arid regions of California and Mexico because these systems have water-saving and capturing capacity, and those crops tend to do well with container practices.

What is a hydroponic or container-based system?

Most people think of hydroponic as an indoor system where roots are suspended in water. However, these systems are rare in organic production. Most systems broadly referred to as hydroponic use substrate and the majority operate with natural light.

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