Organic conversion – how it works
After you have registered your interest with your OCB, you should book your first initial Organic Certification Inspection. You will be contacted by your local Organic Inspector who will arrange a convenient time to visit the farm.
Prior to inspection you should have researched what the Organic Standards require and adjusted your farming system to account for this change, usually meaning a withdrawal from agrochemical use and potentially lower stocking rates.
Your Organic Inspector will then visit the farm and carry out an audit of how compliant with the Organic Standards your farm is. Your Organic Certification Officer will then provide you with a summary of any non-compliances should you not meet the organic standards, with a timeframe for you to correct these.
Once fully compliant, you will enter your initial organic conversion period which is often two years. After your organic conversion period has been succefully carried out you will be issued with your Organic Certificate detailing the organic crops and livestock being produced on the farm – at this point you can sell farm produce as fully organic. Throughout your time under organic certification expect to be inspected annually.