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What products can I use on my Farm?

When you need to use a product or an input for your farm, you must ensure that the product is suitable for use in organic systems. In general, inputs must be of plant, animal, microbial or mineral origin and not:

  • have been derived from genetic modification technology, or
  • have been treated with ionising radiation, or
  • interfere with the natural metabolism of livestock and plants, or
  • have been manufactured / produced using nanotechnology.

So, how can you tell if a product meets all these requirements? We will give you a simple step by step process that you can use to determine the suitability of a product for use in an organic system:

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Organic Certification

An overview of what you can expect in your certification journey, from the day you first decide to become organic, to the day you can sell your product as Certified Organic and beyond.

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On Farm / Home Composting

Composting is the process of breaking down organic matter, which is anything that was once living. It is a form of waste disposal where organic waste decomposes naturally under oxygen-rich conditions. The final compost product, often called humus, is full of rich nutrients used to fertilize plants, amend poor soil and aid in water retention.

Simply put, it is used to recycle vital nutrients to improve soil quality.

This document aims to clarify what composts are allowable in a certified organic system, and to define a process that can be used by private, noncommercial, on-farm or home-based operations wishing to produce composts that contain material from conventional plant or animal products

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