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One of our goals for the farm is to become organically certified on the garden and the eventually the animals too. However, in doing the research on this, we are not sure we will be able to get certified on the animals. I’m not sure that it will matter or not, because we don’t sell our animals for food per say.
Just to get the garden certified we have to be able to show what has been put into the ground for the past 5 years. The garden area has to be free of prohibited chemicals for 5 years before the certification can even begin. Thankfully, we have been here that long and can show what has been put into the ground for the garden area for the last 5 years.
If you are looking for information on getting certified, the best place to start is with your state. However, Arizona doesn’t do anything specific for certification so we only have the federal guidelines to deal with here. All the information you may need can be found here: https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2012/10/10/organic-101-five-steps-organic-certification This is only the federal level guidelines though, so check with your state also to see if they have anything extra they require done.
If your state has other requirements you will have to meet them as well so I am thankful that we only have the federal guidelines to deal with. I will try to keep you updated on this process because the way I read everything it will take about a year before we can get the certification. I am hoping it will be a little easier than it seems, because it feels a bit daunting at this point.
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