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Certification Tips for Growers and Handlers

Helpful tips for growers and handlers starting out in organic certification.

En Español

Consejos de Certificación

Consejos para productores y procesadores novatos en certificación orgánica.

Certification Tips for Growers and Handlers

W1.0 Activities Checklist for Wild Crops

This helpful checklist directs you to only the forms applicable to your business activities.

En Español

W1.0 Lista de Control para Cultivos Silvestres

Esta lista de control le dirija a los formatos que pertenecen a las actividades de su empresa.

W2.0 Cultivos Silvestres

Describa sus prácticas de recolección de cultivos silvestres.

W2.0 Wild Crops

Tell us about your wild crop harvesting practices.

En Español

Can I use treated lumber for my replacement fence posts or to repair my barn?

No, you cannot use lumber treated with arsenate or other prohibited materials for new installations or replacement purposes in contact with soil or livestock. You may use treated lumber on parts of your property that are not included in your certification, or in areas where the lumber will not contact soil or livestock.

Do my transplants have to be organic?

Yes, transplants must be from certified organic sources. Growers must maintain certificates and invoices showing all annual transplants are certified organic.

There are two situations in which transplants may come from nonorganic sources:

I grow in containers. Can I get certified organic?

Yes, as long as you use inputs, such as potting soil, pesticides and fertilizers, allowed under organic standards.  Treated wood is not allowed in contact with plants or soil.

What about organic seed, transplants, and commercial availability?

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.

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