Inland Empire CSA




The following articles answer the question of, "how do you become an Organic Farm?". If you are a "Conventional" farmer, and wish to become an "Organic" farmer, you can go through the same (or similar) process that we did:


The Certification process.

STEP 1: Be prepared to fill out a lot of forms and write a detailed description about your operation. If you are not sure of what is required you may wish to contact a company that specializes in assisting first time applicants. An application with appropriate attachments outlining the applicants organic production or handling system plan is submitted to Organic Certifiers, along with a non-refundable $500.00 set-up fee. This fee covers the initial document review and on-site inspection. Additional inspection charges may apply depending on the location and time required.

STEP 2: Upon review and acceptance of the application, an on-site inspection of the organic operation is conducted by a trained inspector. A written inspection report is provided to Organic Certifiers and to the applicant.

STEP 3: A final review of the application, materials and inspection report is conducted and a decision on certification rendered by Organic Certifiers. Upon receipt of the annual certification fee, an original certificate is issued to the certified operation. The certification must be updated annually.


Our Certifier.

Deluz Nursery, Inc. was Certified Organic by GOCA, Inc. in 2003. GOCA (Guaranteed Organic Certification Agency), now Organic Certifiers, has offices in Ventura, Temecula, Carpenteria, and San Luis Obispo, California, as well as Captain Cook, Hawaii.

Organic Certifiers, is USDA, ISO65 (EU Equivalent) and CARTV (Canadian Organic Regimen) Accredited, and has been certifying the organic community since 1996. Their company was one of the first accredited by the USDA in early 2002.


OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute).

Founded in 1997, the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) provides organic certifiers, growers, manufacturers, and suppliers an independent review of products intended for use in certified organic production, handling, and processing. OMRI is a nonprofit organization. When companies apply, OMRI reviews their products against the National Organic Standards.

Acceptable products are OMRI Listed® and appear on the OMRI Products List. OMRI also provides subscribers and certifiers guidance on the acceptability of various material inputs in general under the National Organic Program.