What is an Organic Plan and Why Do I Need One?
Having a plan for how you want to plan to manage your farm is not only a valuable business and management exercise – if you are or want to be a certified organic farmer then it is a necessity. Section 4 of The Canadian Organic Standards require every producer or processor to have an organic plan that outlines “the details of your transition, production, preparation and management practices”.
Luckily, the organic certification bodies have made building an organic plan easy for you – they have designed their questionnaires to gather all of the information required by the COS. In addition to asking you detailed questions, they will also provide a list of supporting documentation required.
There are two main components of an organic plan: