PO Box 95004, Kingsgate RPO
Vancouver, BC V5T 2T8
Administrator: Gwen Huber
Phone: (604) 441-8215
BC Certified Organic Program ISO 17065 Compliant program - Crops, Livestock, Processing, Packing & Labelling
Date of Certificate
May 11, 2017-May 11, 2018
Certification Body Information
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 32-311.
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 V7
You can find the BCARA Procedures Manual by pressing this link: BCARA Procedures Manual V2
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 rev Jun 13,2016
BCARA Board of Directors (as of May 16, 2017)
|COABC Representative||Rod Reid|
|COABC Alternate||Corine Singfield|
|Certification Committee Liason||Corine Singfield|
Certification Committee (as of January 1, 2017)
Membership Listing, Found 43 entries
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.
|Aurora View Farms Ltd.||Matthew LHeureux,
|Basil Olive Oil Products Ltd.||Helen Koutalianos,
|Beaver Meadows Farm||Edgar Smith||Comox||Certified||Farm/Livestock|
|BK Reid||Karen Reid||Langley||Certified|
|Blackbird Organics||Corey Brown||Cawston||Application/Pending|
|Brown Schneider Farm||Shirlee Schneider,
|Cedar Isle Farm||Jim Grieshaber-Otto||Agassiz||Certified||Farm/Livestock/Poultry|
|Collin Regehr Farms dba Berry Brook Farm||Collin Regehr||Abbotsford||Certified||Farm/Handler/Packer/Processor|
|Dabro Farms dba Sleeping Mountain Organic Farms||Curtis VanDorp||Yarrow||Certified||Farm/Poultry|
|Earthwise Society||Patricia Fleming||Delta||Certified||Farm|
|Farmhouse Lifestyle Ltd.||Sheila Martin||Pitt Meadows||Certified||Farm|
|Forstbauer Family Natural Food Farm||Niklaus Forstbauer,
|Friesen Farm||Ann Friesen,
|Glen Valley Farm dba Close to Home Organics, Earth Apple Organic Farm||Chris Bodnar,
|Glorious Organics Co-op||David Catzel,
|Healthy Hooch Kombucha Inc||Shoshauna Routley,
|Henry Reed Produce||Martin Kiewitz,
|In Season Farms Ltd.||Rod Reid||Abbotsford||Certified||Farm/Poultry/Processor|
|KPU Orchard||Torin Boyle||T2||Farm|
|Magna Pacific Agriculture||Rick Matis||Abbotsford||Application/Pending||Farm|
|Mariposa Organic Farm||Karl Eriksen||Cawston||Certified||Farm|
|Matsqui Blue Farms||Jennifer Cichanovich||Abbotsford||Certified||Farm|
|Miellie Meadows||Miel Bernstein,
|Mountain Grove Orchard||Perry Bilawchuk||Penticton||Application/Pending|
|Nichol Family Organics||Scott Nichol||Osoyoos||Application/Pending|
|Olde Fashioned Farm||Jacob Enns||Chilliwack||Certified||Farm|
|Olera Farm||Sharmin Gamiet||Abbotsford||Certified||Farm/Packer|
|Ossome Acres||Aaron Oss,
|Pacific Blends||Predrag Stanic||Port Coquitlam||Certified||Packer|
|QI Botanical Tea (Canada) Ltd.||Garret Chan||Vancouver||Certified||Packer/Processor|
|Reid Farm||Greg Reid||Chilliwack||Certified||Farm/Poultry|
|Sproule and Sons||Jacqui Sproule,
|Sweet Rock Farms||Sal Dominelli||Gabriola Is.||Application/Pending|
|Tanners Orchard||Bruce Tanner,
|Triple Jims Enterprises||Jim Henderson||Chilliwack||Certified||Processor|
|Tswawassen Farm School - KPU||Corine Singfield||Delta||Certified||Farm|
|Vialo Orchard||Melissa Marr||Cawston||Certified||Farm|
|Vincent Creek Gardens||Randy Hooper||Maple Ridge||Application/Pending|
|Wandering Row Farm||Angela Dickson||Maple Ridge||Certified||Farm/Livestock/Poultry|
|Warkentin Organic Farm / TRU Biologicals||Ron Warkentin,
|Yarrow EcoVillage Community Farm||Meg Jordan||Yarrow||Certified||Farm|
|Your Local Farmacy||Shauna Gavigan||Lumby||Decertified||Farm|
|Zebroff's Organic Farm||George Zebroff,