Organic farming is something more and more commercial farms are doing. It is true that it takes a lot of work to run a fully functional organic farm, but the benefits far outweigh the amount of work that you’re going to put in.
Organic products are easier to market and organic farming offers far more long-term sustainability than commercial farming does. However, if you want to make a full transition from commercial farming to organic, you have to get your farm and organic certification.
This allows you to market and sell your products as fully organic. It isn’t an easy process though, and it can take years before your farm meets the requirements, especially if you’re transitioning from commercial farming. Here are some basics of transitioning your commercial farm into an organic one.
Think carefully about making this decision
Before anything else, you have to ask yourself if going organic is the right decision for you. While it certainly is beneficial for you and the environment, plenty of people find it too difficult to maintain for too long. Make sure that this is something that you are willing to do and commit your lifestyle to.
Familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations for organic farms
In order to receive the organic certification label, your farm and farming methods must meet certain criteria and requirements. As soon as you’ve made the decision to go organic, read up on these so you know what to prepare yourself for.
Do some market research in the area
Organic products are very popular, but if you really want to market your products as organic, then you should definitely do some prior local market research. If you’re going to be selling your organic products, who will you sell them to? Who are you selling them to? Are there farmer’s markets in the area? Are there any organic restaurants that you can sell your product to? You can’t rely on the organic label to sell your products, you have to be prepared.
Start going pesticide free as early as now
One of the regulations for obtaining the organic certification label involves going pesticide-free for at least three years before certification. So as soon as you’ve decided to go organic, you should start implementing pesticide-free methods of farming as early as now.
Get in contact with an organic certification agency
Getting the organic certified label involves getting in contact with an agency. They will send out an agent to work with you. They can provide you with a lot of information and help you get started with your organic system plan.