General information and links for Salmon Safe Certification
Salmon-Safe Organic is a joint venture between Oregon Tilth and Salmon-Safe, a nonprofit organization working to restore watersheds so salmon can spawn and thrive. Oregon Tilth provides fast track Salmon-Safe certification to organic farmers that further protect biodiversity and aquatic habitat while helping to redefine the practice of ecologically sustainable agriculture nationally. OTCO farms located in Pacific Northwest salmon watersheds that satisfy Salmon-Safe Guidelines are eligible to benefit from growing market recognition of the Salmon-Safe label.
The Salmon-Safe Certification Process
Oregon Tilth and Salmon-Safe offer organic growers a comprehensive farm assessment program as part of their routine annual Tilth inspection for a flat fee of $95. The cost of Salmon-Safe certification is minimized for OTCO producers by offering Salmon-Safe certification during routine organic inspection. Salmon-Safe is entirely optional and is independent of organic certification.
Working with Oregon Tilth, Salmon-Safe developed an "overlay" standard for organic growers that includes additional riparian area management, irrigation water use, and erosion control criteria that are either not covered, or are covered only indirectly, under organic certification. Pest management issues are addressed to the extent that inputs approved under organic management are harmful to aquatic ecosystems.