Transition Resources

Planning for Success

No matter what the reason you have chosen to shift to organics, planning is key to a successful transition. Putting time into business planning will help you set up a successful organic grain enterprise.


Each organic farmer must certify with an accredited certification body. The certification body oversees the certification process  and verifies that organic products are compliant with the Canadian Organic Standards. Land must be free from substances prohibited in organic production for 36 months prior to the initial harvest of an organic crop. Your input and management history matter so the sooner your organic management begins, the sooner you can achieve organic status.

The Certification Process

Flow Chart
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry & Certified Organic Association of BC

Choosing an Organic Certifier
Canadian Organic Growers.

Top Ten Tips for Your Inspection
Janine Gibson. 2015

Common Mistakes in Certification
Transition to Organic Crop Production. Canadian Organic Growers. 2015

List of Certifying Bodies

New & Notable Revisions to the Canadian Organic Standards
Canadian Organic Growers

Transition to Organics

Make a natural progression

The decision is yours. You don’t have to convert your whole farm at once. Many producers start with one or two fields, and create a plan to transition their whole farm over time. Or on the other hand, you may choose to make a faster transition and take advantage of higher profit margins. Whatever you choose, Pivot has the knowledge base and resources to help your farm become more profitable.

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