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Does CCOF offer Transitional Certification?

Yes, the CCOF Certified Transitional program is for growers who are transitioning their crops and/or land from non-organic to organic. An operation or parcel must be inspected and demonstrate compliance with all certified organic production requirements, except the three-year transition time, to become CCOF Certified Transitional. Farm operations must have completed one year of transition from use of prohibited materials.

How long does organic certification take?

Certification typically requires six to 10 weeks; less for special cases. We generally recommend that you begin the process at least 90 days before harvest or launch of your organic line.

The length of time depends on a number of factors:

If I am CCOF Certified Transitional will I have to be inspected?

Yes. To be eligible for the CCOF Certified Transitional program you must submit an application, including completing an Organic System Plan (OSP), and undergo the annual inspection and review process.

Is "certified transitional" a formal national standard?

No. The CCOF Certified Transitional program certifies operations in transition to compliance with the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) standards, but who have not yet reached the three-year transition without prohibited materials.

What does "certified transitional" mean?

An operation or parcel is eligible for the CCOF Certified Transitional program if it is free of prohibited materials for one year and complies with all organic production requirements, but has not yet reached the three-year transition without prohibited materials.

What is the annual fee for the CCOF Certified Transitional program?

CCOF Certified Transitional program fees follow the CCOF fee schedule. Determine the annual value of what you produce (annual production value or APV), cut that by 50%, and then find the appropriate level on our fee schedule. The maximum annual certification fee for transitional operations is $1,050.00.

Inspection fees are the same for certified transitional operations as they are for certified organic operations.

Who needs to register with the California State Organic Program (SOP)?

The following individuals and businesses operating in the state of California must annually register with the State Organic Program:

Why should I enroll my operation in the CCOF Certified Transitional program?

Becoming familiar with the organic regulations and the certification process can be challenging and stressful. Enrolling with CCOF as you work your land through transition can give you peace of mind, knowing that your practices are already verified as compliant with the organic regulations. When your land is finally eligible to become certified organic, you will be better prepared to complete the certification process, and can rest assured knowing that your crops are ready for market.

¿Cuánto tiempo dura el proceso de certificación?

Típicamente certificación requiere seis a 10 semanas; menos para casos especiales. Generalmente recomendamos que empiece con el proceso al menos 90 días antes de cosecha o el lanzamiento de su línea de productos orgánicos.

La duración depende en varios factores:

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