Getting Started

Interested in becoming an organic farmer? Your transition has the potential to protect and improve your farm’s soil health, protect the environment, and support your family through improved profitability.

But how exactly do you do it?  As an organic producer you will take a more creative, holistic approach to solving your management issues. For many producers, this is where farming really gets fun. And luckily for you, we are here to help!

Transitioning to Organic Grain?

Lower inputs, higher profits and enormous demand—there has never been a better time to transition to organic grain production. Whether you’re a new or established farmer, Pivot & Grow connects you with the resources and support you need to get growing. Pivot & Grow is an initiative of the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative.

STEPS TO GETTING STARTED

This resource was created by Organic Alberta to help you make the change to organic production. Transitioning from conventional to organic can sound a bit daunting. Fortunately there are a variety of resources and expertise available to advise you.

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CERTIFICATION PROCESS

A flow chart created by Alberta Agriculture and the Certified Organic Association of BC on what’s involved in certification.

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DEVELOPING A PLAN

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.

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ORGANIC STANDARDS & PERMITTED SUBSTANCES

The Canadian Organic Standards follows the Canadian Organic Production Systems Standards: General Principles and Management Standards and the Permitted Substances Lists

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CERTIFYING BODIES

Find our compiled list of certifying bodies that are active in Alberta and learn more about how to choose a certifying body.

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MORE RESOURCES FOR TRANSITIONING

Find marketing, production and business management resources for transitioning producers.

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