Farms with organic and non-organic crops
Farmers are eligible to produce both organic and non-organic crops on their operation, provided they are able to clearly demonstrate that there is no commingling or contamination of organic crops.
What is a split-operation farm?
On a split-operation farm, the organic crops grown are different from the non-organic crops. This reduces the possibility of confusion and potential for mix-ups of organic and non-organic crops.
What is a parallel operation farm?
A parallel operation farm produces the same crops as both organic and non-organic.
Do split-operation and/or parallel operation farms require special actions?
The risk for contamination or commingling of certified organic crops is higher. These farm types must be vigilant, incorporating buffer zones, follow well-documented processes for equipment cleaning, and maintain clear plans for crop handling, storage and transport.