1475 Hillside Ave
Comox, BC V9M 3G5
Administrator: Andrea Lawseth
Phone: (250) 205-0279
BC Certified Organic Program-ISO Complaint-Crop Production, Livestock, Processing, Handling
May 11, 2013-May 11, 2014
BCARA is accredited by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) as a certification body that certifies organic products under the Canada Organic Regime. Products certified under the Canada Organic Regime can be sold inter-provincially and internationally to countries that have equivalency agreements with Canada. The Organic Products Regulations require mandatory certification to the current National Organic Standard for agricultural products represented as organic in international and inter-provincial trade, or that bear the federal organic agricultural product legend (or federal logo).
BCARA is also accredited by COABC under British Columbia Certified Organic Program is a voluntary agri-food quality program sanctioned by the Government of British Columbia through the Organic Agricultural Products Certification Regulation under the Agri-Food Choice and Quality Act
We certify Crop Production, Livestock, Processing, Packaging and Labelling to the Canadian National Standards, CAN/CGSB 32-310, CAN/CGSB 32-310.
Our Certification Committee has both producers and non-producer members.
The British Columbia Association for Regenerative Agriculture (BCARA) concentrates on providing certification for the Fraser Valley, the Lower Mainland and the Sunshine Coast regions, though other regions within BC are serviced. We do not certify operations located outside the province of British Columbia.
In addition to handling the business of the Association, ideas and information on what works and what doesn't in organic farming and processing are shared at meetings. Usually there is a speaker or a video on a pertinent topic. At every meeting some members bring something fresh from their harvest or the kitchen or cellar to raffle off. It is a lively time - informative, fun and a fantastic way to network with others and gather valuable information.
Meetings are on the third Thursday of the month in the months November, January, February, March, April each year and take place at Kwantlen Polytechnic University on the Langley By-pass in Langley at 7:30 pm. Generally meetings are suspended from May to September during the growing season. In the fall meetings start again.
Place & time of meetings are subject to change – please check with the administrator.
Email BCARA.Admin(a)gmail.com or call 250-205-0279 for the latest updates on meetings.
The Quality Manual tells you how BCARA operates, including appeal procedures.
You can find the BCARA Quality Manual by pressing this link: BCARA Quality Manual V5.2
BCARA certifies to the Canadian Organic Standards.
You can find the Standards & Permitted Substances List at this link:
The Steps in Certification
There are two parts to the standards CAN/CGSB 32-310 General Principles and Management Standards & CAN/CGSB 32-311 Permitted Substances Lists. You will need to refer to both. It is possible to download or print the standards from that website. If you wish, BCARA can email you a copies, but it is a large document (about 1.1 mb). Or will can send you printed copies for a fee to cover printing and mailing.
The BCARA program is based on a three-year transition for land that has had no substances that are not allowed under the Canadian National Standards (such as chemical fertilizers, synthetic pesticides or herbicides, treated wood) used in or on the fields or crops. The certification categories reflect this.
First Year Transitional - is given to farm that has followed Standards for the current year and has had inspections.
Second Year Transitional - farms which have been farmed in accordance with the Standards for two years and have had required inspections in the current year.
Third Year Transitional - Have completed their third year of being farmed under BCARA Standards and have had all required inspections.
Certified Organic – Farms with land that has not had unpermitted substances for at least 36 months AND have been in a certification program for at least a 15 months AND have successfully completed all required inspections in the current year.
Under the BCARA program, land that has not had non-allowed substances applied to it for a number of years may be able to prove part or all of the transition period by providing documentation (in the form of records, a signed land use history, third party affidavits, etc.).
Crop Production: In order for timely inspections and certification BCARA suggests new applicants for crop certification get their applications to BCARA no later than May 30, however BCARA will accept new applications at any time – but all producers have to renew their certification and pay fees in March of each year.
Operations with year round production such as processing, mushrooms and livestock may apply any time, but should apply early because the process of certification can take up to six months.
Participating in BCARA can be rewarding, informative, and necessary. There are many opportunities for participation. Come to general meetings, tell us about something that interests you, suggest (or better yet arrange for) speakers. You can request to be part of the Certification Committee. Have a great idea about marketing materials that members would benefit from? Bring it up. Interested in the worldwide organic movement - put your name forward to be BCARA's representative to COABC. Run to become a member of the Board.
For more information send in the order form or email or call us. You may get voice mail, but please leave a message and someone will get back to you within a few days.
Updated: Oct 2009 rev Dec 16, 2013
BCARA Board 2014
Transitional Assessed to the BC Organic Standards and in transition to full organic status. For more information click here.
Pending Application for assessment to the BC Organic Standards submitted - certification review decision pending. For more information click here.
|641505 B.C. Ltd dba Donnachaidh||Dave Reid||Aldergrove||Certified||Farm/Poultry|
|Brooks Groves||Randall Brooks||Okanagan Centre||Suspended||Farm|
|Brown Schneider Farm||Shirlee Schneider,
|C.M.A. Farm||Maureen Donhuysen||Chilliwack||Inactive||Farm|
|Casa Blanca Farm||Ross Dalpre,
|Cedar Isle Farm||Jim Grieshaber-Otto||Agassiz||Certified||Farm/Livestock/Poultry|
|Collin Regehr Farms||Collin Regehr||Abbotsford||Certified||Farm/Packer|
|Crisp Organics||Andrew Arkestyn-Vogler,
|D & D Farms||Dennis Arsene,
|DC Duby Hospitality Services Inc.||Dominique Duby,
|Eagle Road Organics||Steve Forsyth,
|Earthwise Society||James Gates||Delta||Certified||Farm|
|Farmhouse Lifestyle Ltd.||Sheila Martin||Pitt Meadows||Certified||Farm|
|Filbert Farm||Eero Rontu||Pitt Meadows||Certified||Farm|
|Fiore Farms Inc.||Scott Chichester,
|Forstbauer Family Natural Food Farm||Mary Forstbauer,
|Friesen Farm||Ann Friesen,
|Glen Valley Farm dba Close to Home Organics, Mighty Fraser Farm Goods, Pitchfork Organic Farm||Chris Bodnar,
|Glorious Organics Co-op||David Catzel,
|Henry Reed Produce||Martin Kiewitz,
|In Season Farms Ltd.||Rod Reid,
|John & John's Farm||Hong Sop Cho||Langley||Certified||Farm|
|Matsqui Blue Farms||Jennifer Cichanovich||Abbotsford||Certified||Farm|
|Miellie Meadows||Miel Bernstein,
|Moonstruck Organic Cheese Inc.||Susan Grace,
|Mountain Coffee||Lionel Robitaille||Certified||Handler|
|Olde Fashioned Farm||Jacob Enns||Chilliwack||T1||Farm|
|Olera Farm||Sharmin Gamiet||Abbotsford||Certified||Farm/Packer|
|Porterfield Farms||David Porter||Ashcroft||Certified||Farm|
|QI Botanical Tea (Canada) Ltd.||Garret Chan||Vancouver||Certified||Packer/Processor|
|Real Raw Food||Tom Wilkinson||Naramata||Pending||Processor/Handler/Packer|
|Reid Farm||Greg Reid||Chilliwack||Certified||Farm/Poultry|
|Sleeping Mountain Organic Farms||Marshall Potts||Yarrow||Certified||Farm/Poultry/Processor|
|Sproule and Sons||Sproule Neil ,
|The Farmacy||Shauna Gavigan||Chilliwack||T3||Farm|
|Thomas Reid Farms||Dave Reid,
|Triple Jims Enterprises||Jim Henderson||Chilliwack||Certified||Processor|
|TRU Buy-O-Logical Foods Ltd.||Ron Warkentin||Abbotsford||Certified||Packer|
|Warkentin Organic Farm||Ron Warkentin,
|Willowbee Organic Farms||Mitchell Potts||Chilliwack||Certified||Farm|
|Yarrow EcoVillage Community Farm including Ohm Organic Farm, Osprey Organic Farm, Soban Farm||Meg Jordan||Chilliwack/Yarrow||Certified||Farm|
|Yarrow Organic Country Farm||Cora Zalot||Yarrow||Certified||Farm|
|Zebroff's Organic Farm||George Zebroff,