Organic Crop Certification includes Field Crops, Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, Wild Crops, Mushrooms, Sprouts, Greenhouses, Maple
Crop Certification Requirements
- Certification is an annual process. Update paperwork & fees must be submitted and inspections must be scheduled every year.
- Land to be certified must not have had prohibited synthetic herbicides, pesticides, or fertilizers applied during the previous three years (this includes treated seeds).
- Transplants used in organic production must be certified organic.
- Certified organic seeds must be used if commercially available. At least three attempts to source organic seed from viable sources must be made and documented before using any untreated, non-GMO seed.
- During inspections, all fields and facilities will be visited, practices will be verified and audit trail records will be reviewed. The certification fee includes inspection costs.
- Maps must be provided of all fields to be certified. Fields and pastures must have an identification system, either names or numbers.
- A soil nutrient analysis is strongly recommended for fields to be certified.
- Potable water tests are requested annually as a NYS requirement for any operation that is washing crops or processing with any water other than municipal.
- Farms must provide an equipment list and develop harvest records as a part of the complete audit trail system.
- Crop production requirements include the use of crop rotation systems.
- Buffer zones may be necessary if fields are adjacent to conventionally farmed fields.
- For split operations, there are additional requirements for equipment cleanout, segregation of crops and more.