Going Organic?

Steps for the transitioning producer.

This resource has been created to help you make the change to organic production. Transitioning from conventional to organic can sound a bit daunting. Fortunately there are a variety of resources and expertise available to advise you.

1. Where to start?

There is no substitute for finding out all you can about the industry and farming methods. The Organic Trade Association (a US Association) has set up a good starting place for potential producers called HowToGoOrganic.com. It helps walk you through the steps for getting started.

The Canadian Organic Growers has developed a book called “Gaining Ground: Making a Successful Transition to Organic Farming” which is a must read. Their website also lists steps to consider.

Recently the Organic Value Roundtable has released reports to help producers transition to organic grain, vegetables and beef production. 
 
Many small-scale farmers are choosing not to certify their farms as organic. The Canadian General Standards Board of Canada has established a to focus on Small Scale Organic Certification. More information here.
 

Certification

The certification bodies listed here include both organic and sustainable (local, biodynamic, natural) options. Only organic certification requires compliance with the Canada Organic Standards, which in turn allows usage of the Canada Organic logo.

CSI – Centre for Systems Integration

Ecocert

OCIA

Organic Producers Association of Manitoba

Pro-Cert

Demeter International (Biodynamic farming)

Local Food Plus

Certified Naturally Grown

TCO Cert