4834 Cedar Hill Rd
Falkland, BC V0E 1W1
Administrator: Cara Nunn
BC Certified Organic Program & Low Risk-Regional-Crop Production, Livestock, Processing
May 11, 2014-May 11, 2015
The North Okanagan Organic Association (NOOA) was formed in 1989 by a group of market gardeners and small-scale fruit and grain growers. The goals were to establish a certification procedure, to provide education for organic farmers, and to provide information about organic food to consumers.
Today NOOA provides certification services to an average of 40 operations annually. The commodity groups certified include market gardens, orchards, feed crops, cattle and chicken operations. Total acres in the certification program amount to some 3000 acres
NOOA’s certification services are available year round with a typical operation applying in the spring followed by up to two inspection periods through the summer months. A volunteer certification committee carefully reviews all applications and inspection reports and decides on the certification status of the operation. A paid coordinator assists in managing the paperwork for the committee and provides continuity to the process. A new applicant can expect to receive their certificate by the end of the first season following both inspections. Renewal applicants are generally issued certificates following the first committee meeting in April. All certificates are valid until mid-April of the following year.
Our fee structure has remained one of the lowest at $395.00 per year. This fee includes the cost of inspection, application review by the Certification Committee, and administration costs associated with certification. The fee is prorated for applications coming in through the season. With this structure, an applicant can enter into the certification process at any time in the season. These applicants would enter the typical certification cycle in the following spring. Some additional costs may apply if an inspection is needed outside of the regular schedule. Every consideration is given for cost savings. Additionally, the COABC fees are payable upon application. Included with this fee is a subscription to the BC Organic Grower magazine published quarterly. These sliding scale fees are outlined on the following page:
NOOA also provides a volunteer mentoring service for new operations to help with the transition to Organic management practices. This program strives to match the new operation with a successful organic operation in a similar commodity group. The intent is to provide free exchange of information on marketing, best management practices and innovative developments within the organic sector.
On the educational front, NOOA hosts two forums a year. One in the Spring in conjunction with our annual general meeting and one in the late fall. The seminars are directed at pressing grower issues and offer an open discussion forum to have questions addressed directly. NOOA welcomes problems and concerns brought forward by the membership to have addressed at these forums.
Summer Farm Visits
NOOA encourages members to open their farm to the association during the summer months when we hold our annual summer farm visits. These are great networking opportunities and a chance for our members to brag up their operations. NOOA has also participated in community events around the region such as the Interior Provincial Exhibition and the Salmon Arm Fall Fair. Booth setup, information packages and consumer education media can be collected by the NOOA office and provided to any farmer wishing to promote organics.
NOOA publishes a quarterly newsletter that lets members keep abreast of changes happening locally and provincially as well as upcoming events. Any member wishing to get information out to others is welcome to put notice in the newsletter. All comments, questions and ideas are cheerfully handled by Cara Nunn in our office. Please feel free to call at any time.
NOOA provides its members with quality service and affordable, professional certification. NOOA goes the extra mile for its members by providing extra services such as mentoring, farm visits and seminar sessions. Call us to find out more about our clear, straightforward certification procedure.
Board of Directors
|CC Chair||Robert Hettler|
|COABC rep.||Michelle Tsutsumi|
Farm Tour Co-ordinator/
Winter meetings committee
|Member at Large/Pilot Project||
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.
|4 Elements Farm||Sarah Martel,
|541970 BC Ltd.||Hans Fankhauser,
|Basil Olive Oil Products||Basil Koutalianos,
|Bastion Ranch||David Miege||Tappen||Certified||Farm|
|Bella Stella Cheese||Igor Ruffa,
|Big Fire Farm||Janelle Nichvolodoff,
|Blind Tiger Vineyard||Jerome Wowchuck,
|Brookside Orchards||Dwayne Baumle||Vernon||Certified||Farm|
|Brymac Farms||David Maclean,
|Cedarstein Farm||Helmut Lang,
|Claremont Ranch Organics||Matt Thurston,
|Coldstream Creek Road Orchard||Anita Fletcher,
|Crannog Ales||Brian MacIsaac,
|Curly Willow Farm||Doug Saba||Grindrod||Certified||Farm|
|Firefly Farm||Robert Bothe,
|Full Circle Farm and Roots Up! Vegetable Farm||Cathy Glatiotis,
|Golden Ears Farm||Chase||Transitional||Farm|
|Happy Valley Organics||Ann Jackson||Summerland||Application||Farm|
|Healthy Hugs Organics||Joe Hug||Smithers||Certified||Farm|
|Highland Farm||Dick Mann,
|Kazy Farm Organics||Eric Fell,
|Kirbydale Farm||Agnes Hombach,
|Left Fields||Brian MacIsaac,
|M & B Farms||Michael Davies,
|Notch Hill Organic Farm||Sue Moore||Sorrento||Certified||Farm|
|Pilgrims' Produce||Robert Hettler,
|Quail's Farm||Urs Baumann||Vernon||Certified||Farm|
|Ravenstoft Farm||Judy Stockdale,
|Rocky Ridge Farm||Ian Richardson,
|Roots & Greens Farm||Heino Peters,
|Stepney Hills Farm||Robin Wiens,
|Sumas River Farm||Joe Maddalozzo,
|Valhalla Farms||James Nelson,
|Wild Flight Farm||Louise Bruns,
|WoodGrain Farm||Jonathan Knight||Kispiox Valley||Certified||Farm|
|Wyse Farm||Brad Wyse,