PCO offers assistance transition services to those who are interested in working toward organic certification. During your transition period (years 1-3), we offer assistance to guide you through the process. You can choose between our complimentary (no cost) assistance, or for more help sign up for a one-time transition services fee, and lastly an optional farm visit - at cost. See details below.
For a one-time service fee of $300, you will receive the following additional support to help you with your certification process:
PCO and OMRI materials publications: Resources with comprehensive lists of materials allowed in organic production
Organic Matters: Our quarterly publication to guide you through the transition process
One-time review of application prior to submitting paperwork for certification: Your $100 application fee will be waived as a part of this service
One-on-one support through at-cost farm / processing facility visit. We will send a specialist to your operation to answer your questions and discuss certification and organic production.
The length of the organic transition period varies depending on prior land and livestock management. The National Organic Program Standards are the authority for certifying organic farms in the US.
Any field or farm parcel from which harvested crops are intended to be sold, labeled, or represented as “organic,” must have been managed organically in accordance with the provisions of the regulations.
Land must have had no prohibited substances, as listed in the regulations, applied to it for a period of 3 years immediately preceding harvest of the crop; and have distinct, defined boundaries and buffer zones such as runoff diversions to prevent the unintended application of a prohibited substance to the crop or contact with a prohibited substance applied to adjoining land that is not under organic management.
Livestock products that are to be sold, labeled, or represented as organic must be from livestock under continuous organic management from the last third of gestation or hatching, except that:
Poultry or edible poultry products must be from poultry that has been under continuous organic management beginning no later than the second day of life.
Milk or milk products must be from animals that have been under continuous organic management beginning no later than 1 year prior to the production of the milk or milk products that are to be sold, labeled, or represented as organic.
Crops and forage from land, included in the organic system plan of a dairy farm, that is in the third year of organic management may be consumed by the dairy animals of the farm during the 12-month period immediately prior to the sale of organic milk and milk products.