Box 1078, Greenfield, MA 01301/(413)774-7511; Organic Crop Improvement Association
, 3185 Township Road 179, Bellefontaine, OH 43311/(513)592-4983.
To achieve this, the couple drive as far away as Niagara Falls and Quebec City in search of fruits which have been certified by such groups as the Organic Crop Improvement Association
(OCIA), which inspects and regulates organic growers.
The Certified Organic Association of British Columbia (COABC), the Independent Organic Inspector Association (IOIA), the Western Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (WSAWG), and the Organic Crop Improvement Association
(OCIA) are hosting the first Organic Crossroads event, to take place March 4th to 9th at Naramata Centre, in the South Okanagan of B.
Betty Kananen, administrative director of the Organic Crop Improvement Association
(OCIA), the world's largest independent certification organization, says that although certification setup costs are high - $30,000 or more, including an annual fee and the hiring of an inspector once a year - "40 percent more companies are getting certified than in past years, in an effort to build environmental stewardship.
To attain "organic" status, the farms, storage silos, transport companies, malting house and brewery are all regularly inspected and certified by independent third party organizations," the company said, "including the Organic Growers & Buyers Association and the Organic Crop Improvement Association
All coffees must be certified as being 100% organically grown, and the certification must come from a reputable international third party agency such as Skal, Quality Assurance International, or the Organic Crop Improvement Association
are Farm Verified Organic (FVO), Oregon Tilth, Organic Crop Improvement Association
(OCIA), and Organic Growers and Buyers Association (OGBA).