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New Publication Released: Organic Certification of Vegetable Operations

April 27, 2009
Rock Spring Farm near Mabel, MN.

Organic flowers and produce from Rock Spring Farm near Mabel, MN.

Are you interested in getting your vegetable operation certified organic, but don’t know if you qualify? Are you confused by organic record keeping requirements? What factors should you consider, when choosing a certification agency?

In the new publication, “Organic Certification of Vegetable Operations,” University of Minnesota’s Organic Outreach Coordinator Jim Riddle explains organic certification requirements. The publication explains the requirements for organic seeds, seedlings, greenhouses, crop rotations, soil amendments, pest and disease control, harvest, and storage, as well as how to transition your operation to certified organic production. The publication, written for the national Extension Service website, extension.org, details the certification process, and contains examples of record keeping forms used by organic produce growers.

“There is growing interest in meeting the strong demand for locally grown organic produce in Minnesota, especially among immigrant farmers, beginning farmers, and conventional farmers wanting to diversify their operations,” says Riddle. “This free, common sense guide helps vegetable and fruit growers understand organic certification requirements, and contains useful examples of recordkeeping forms.”

Organic broccoli from Fisher-Merit farm near Duluth

Organic broccoli from Fisher-Merit farm near Duluth

The new publication can be downloaded at http://organicecology.umn.edu/

For a free printed copy, contact Molly Werner at the University of Minnesota’s Southwest Research and Outreach Center, phone 507-752-7372, email werne022@umn.edu.

For more information about the publication; about organic certification; or about the U of M’s Organic Ecology program, contact Jim Riddle, phone 507-454-8310, email riddl003@umn.edu.

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