The County Agricultural Commissioner registers organic growers to ensure compliance with the California Organic Foods Act of 1990. The goal of the Organic Foods Act is to protect producers, handlers, processors, sellers and consumers of organic food sold in California by assuring that foods represented as organic are actually organically grown. Any business that distributes products advertised as "organic" must register with California’s Department of Food and Agriculture or the Department of Health Services and comply with certain requirements to ensure the product is produced in a manner meeting organic criteria. Any store selling a product advertised as "organic" must also have a record proof of registration of that product.
Organics is an ecological production management system that promotes and enhances bio-diversity, biological cycles and soil activity. It is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs and on management practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony. The principle guidelines for organic production are to use materials and practices that enhance the ecological balance of natural systems and that integrate the parts of the farming system into an ecological whole. Organic producers, food handlers and retailers adhere to standards that maintain the integrity of organic agricultural products. The primary goal of organic agriculture is to optimize the health and productivity of interdependent communities of soil life, plants, animals and people.
NEW! CDFA Organic Registration Database (PDF)
To complete a new application or to renew your organic registration through the new CDFA online organic certification program, select the green "START New/Renewal/Amendment Organic Registration" button. If you have questions or need assistance getting started, contact our office at (707)253-4357.