Organic Certification: Tools for Your Toolshed

November 30, 2018 Author:

Are you wondering about organic certification and what tools you need in your “shed”?

These sites can offer you some guidance. You can always email Vicki Morrone for further assistance.

Finding a Certifier

USDA Organic Certifiers Registered in Michigan
https://www.canr.msu.edu/resources/organic-certifying-agencies-registered-in-michigan

Other USDA Organic Certifiers
https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/organic-certification/certifying-agents

Example USDA Organic Certification Forms
https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/NOP-CropDocumentationForms.pdf

Farm Planning and Site Preparation

Designing a good organic farm plan
http://extensionpublications.unl.edu/assets/pdf/g2146.pdf

Developing a good record keeping system
https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/2602.pdf

Taking a good soil sample, having it tested, and understanding the results
https://agsci.psu.edu/aasl/soil-testing/soil-fertility-testing/soil-sampling-instructions
https://extension.unh.edu/resources/representation/Resource000496_Rep518.pdf

Getting water (used in irrigation) tested
https://algreatlakes.com/pages/water-analysis

Farming Practices

Choosing the best crops to grow
https://www.growingmagazine.com/crop-selection-choosing-the-best-crops-for-your-farm/

Choosing and managing cover crops
http://www.mccc.msu.edu/selectorintro.html

Smart weed management in organic production
https://extension.psu.edu/weed-management-in-organic-cropping-systems
https://nevegetable.org/weed-management

Tags: michigan organic farming exchange, organic agriculture


Authors

Vicki Morrone

Vicki Morrone
sorrone@msu.edu

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