Our Certification is a two part process. The first part is to make sure the farmer is in compliance with laws and regulations for their area so they are protected. The second part is our best management practices (BMPs).

Our BMPs has evolved over many years but was first created over a two year period of working with expert farmers, agriculture commissioners, organic certifiers, bio-dynamic certifiers, permaculture experts, and dispensary owners. The certification process is designed to help farmers maximize yield, increase quality, reduce loss from mold and pests, reduce costs, lower water usage and improve overall business and farming methods.

Our best management practices has four levels of certification with two registration levels and two certified levels:

  • level 4 Holistic Certified Small Farmer
  • Level 3 Wellness Certified Small Farmer
  • Level 2 Healing Registered Small Farmer
  • Level 1 Registered Small Farmer.

Our BMPs cover 14 criteria some of which are: plant nutrition, packaging methods, trimming, curing, storage, and record keeping. Below is a general outline of how our certification process works:

  1. The farmer receives our BMPs document to fill out.
  2. We then visit the farm and go over the BMPs document together during the inspection.
  3. After the inspection we sit down and talk about what levels a farmer thinks they are and where they want to be.
  4. We then discuss where the farmer will rank based on the guidelines created by the BMPs.
  5. The farmer is then given a formal level and we discuss what level the farmer would like to be and help them create an actionable plan on how to get there.

Each action plan is created specifically for the farmer and their resources to help them get the most out of what is available to them and covers everything from budget to soil, and every aspect of farming.

Over the season we re-visit the farmer several times to re-inspect and re-evaluate their rank while also helping them however we can to get them where they want to go.

At the end of the season on our last inspection we give the farmer their final ranking for the season and give them their seals.

The goal of our Certification process is to help farmers become 100% sustainable and be in compliance with the varying local and state laws and regulations.

If you are interested in becoming SFA Certified and want to receive all the benefits that come with being a SFA Certified Farmer, head over to our membership page.

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