To add a crop to your Organic System Plan (OSP) and Client Profile send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org:
growing and wild crop
Use this form to provide all crops currently growing (or planned to be grown) on your certified organic parcel(s).
U.S. farmers and ranchers, agricultural educators, and farmer-assistance organizations can get answers about specific farming practices from ATTRA. Ask an expert.
Need outside help? CCOF cannot actively consult with our clients regarding organic certification compliance. We do offer a list of organic consultants and agriculture and pest advisors as a resource. This list includes names and contact information as well as a description of the services each consultant provides.
A wild crop is a plant or portion of a plant that is collected or harvested from a site that is not maintained under cultivation or other agricultural management. This means that in order for a crop to be considered wild it cannot be watered, fed, or otherwise managed. In order to certify a wild crop as organic it must be harvested in a manner that ensures that such harvesting or gathering will not be destructive to the environment, and will sustain the growth and production of the wild crop.
The land requirements for wild crops are the same as managed crops. Verification that the land has been free from prohibited substances for a period of three years prior to harvest of the wild crop is required. The OSP section, Grower Application - Parcel Informtion, covers the land use history requirements and the documentation needed for verification.
Crops intended for human consumption and whose edible portion has direct contact with the soil surface or soil particles require a 120 day pre-harvest interval (PHI). A 90 day PHI is required for those crops whose edible portion does not come in contact with soil particles (i.e. orchard fruit). How the crop is grown and harvested with regards to soil contact will determine which pre-harvest interval is to be used.
Potting soil, soil amendments, fertilizers, and pesticides/herbicides are not certified organic. These types of products are “approved for organic production” by agencies like the Organic Materials Review Institute or Washington State Department of Agriculture, who certify products to be allowed for use in organic production. Each product or material is scrutinized by an independent organization like OMRI to ensure that it meets standards for organic production and includes approved ingredients.
Yes, as long as you use inputs, such as potting soil, pesticides and fertilizers, allowed under organic standards. Treated wood is not allowed in contact with plants or soil.
This helpful checklist directs you to the forms applicable to your organic business activities.