Are you thinking of converting your farm to organic?
There are many different reasons why you might want to certify your farm as organic. Perhaps your customers or wholesale buyers are asking for organic products? Or you realise that your farming practices are so close to organic requirements that you might as well certify. Or maybe you have made a conscious decision to farm in a different way. Whatever the reason–and whatever your farming enterprises–SWFC can help.
SWFC’s Tom Tolputt and Anna Heaton have been advising and supporting organic farmers across the UK for over 15 years.
Practical organic experience
As a working organic arable and livestock farmer, SWFC’s Tom Tolputt offers many years of hands-on farming experience and insight into all aspects of our consulting services. In addition, Anna Heaton worked as Technical Manager for the Soil Association’s Food and Farming team. Together, Tom and Anna have been advising and supporting organic farmers across the UK for over 15 years, working with a diverse range of clients who are certified with both Organic Farmers & Growers and Soil Association Certification.
SWFC’s Tom Tolputt discusses the benefits of herbal leys during an event at his farm in Cornwall
The term “organic” is defined by legal regulations which set baseline farm standards. Some organic certifiers have additional requirements. SWFC can assess and advise on the changes you will need to make to your farming practices to meet the organic standards – whichever certifier you choose to go with.
For arable farmers, that includes crop varieties, sourcing organic seed – and derogations for seed that is unavailable organically – as well as appropriate rotations, approved fertilisers and other inputs. For livestock farmers, we can advise you on all aspects of feed and nutrition, veterinary treatments, livestock management plans, record keeping requirements, sourcing stock, marketing options and much more.
Your conversion start date
Whatever you farm, the start date of your organic conversion is very important. Get it wrong and you can significantly delay the point at which you can start selling your products as organic – and even miss out on support payments.
We can advise on appropriate conversion timing that will ensure you can market certified organic products as soon as possible, and whether more complicated options like the simultaneous conversion of land and livestock is the right choice for you and your farm.
We can also ensure that your conversion timing matches Countryside Stewardship application windows so that your switch to organic production is supported by conversion and ongoing maintenance payments.
Organic record keeping
Keeping the correct records is very important under organic management, but it doesn’t have to be a chore or last-minute panic. With many years’ practical experience, we can advise on efficient and appropriate record-keeping systems that will not only save you time but ensure your organic inspections go as smoothly as possible. We can even attend your farm on the inspection day, making sure the organic inspector has access to everything he or she needs.
We’re here to help
With many years of practical organic farming experience and a commitment to sustainable and regenerative farming systems, we’re the right choice. Get in touch for a no-obligation chat on 01503 220002 or send us a message on our Contact Page.