Transitional Resources

Response times may be slow due to the wildfires affecting Santa Cruz County and Covid-19. Organic compliance deadlines and inspections will be delayed for businesses affected by these crises. Read the latest updates on the Northern California wildfires, and visit our Covid-19 webpage to find pandemic-specific information »

Los tiempos de respuesta serán lentos debido a los incendios forestales afectando al condado de Santa Cruz y COVID-19. Los plazos de cumplimiento orgánico y las inspecciones se retrasarán para los negocios afectados por estas crisis.  Lea las últimas actualizaciones sobre los incendios forestales del norte de California y visite nuestra página web de Covid-19 para encontrar información específica a la pandemia »

CCOF has developed a number of tools to help you transition to organic farming!

Our 10 step checklist for transitioning to certified organic will help you quickly understand the steps to becoming organic. 

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Our self-assessment will help you understand how close you are to beginning the certification process. Take it to see how ready your operation is for organic certification. Once completed, you can submit your self-assessment with any CCOF certification application and receive a $100 discount on your application fee.

If you haven't already read the USDA organic regulations, that would be a good next step. Together, the assessment and the regulations will help you understand how the requirements apply to the way you currently farm and what changes you might need to make to your growing practices in order to comply. The USDA organic regulations are available in searchable electronic format and searchable PDF format.

CCOF compiled a report on economic barriers to transition that synthesized discussions from two focus groups held in June 2015. Read the Report on Economic Barriers to Organic Transition to learn more about what the focus groups identified as the biggest challenges for farmers considering organic transition.

These additional resources may also be helpful.