Organic Food

Islands Organic Producers Association

Mailing Address

4164 Telegraph Rd
Cobble Hill, BC  V0R 1L4

Contact Info

Administrator: Crystal Arsenault
Phone: (250) 858-5239
Email: admin(a)


BC Certified Organic Program & Low-Risk-Regional-Crop Production, Livestock, Processing

Date of Certificate

May 11, 2018-May 11, 2019

Certification Body Information

The Islands Organic Producers Association is a non-profit association of organic growers and producers on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

Our central mandate is threefold:

  • to maintain written standards for organic farming;
  • to administer a fair and strict process to assess the operations of organic producers;
  • and to award certified organic status to those who qualify.

We also work to promote and strengthen sustainable agriculture and to establish a cooperative relationship among organic producers.

IOPA has grown steadily since its inception in 1990 and now has over 75 certified organic or transitional producers. IOPA is a certifying body of COABC (Certified Organic Associations of British Columbia ). We require our members to abide by both IOPA guidelines and COABC standards

Organic agriculture is both a philosophy and a way of farming. The main focus is maintaining sustainable, productive farms, based on living soil ecosystems. The farmer's role is to use and support a community of organisms, both plant and animal, that maintain and build the soil, minimize predation by unwanted pests and weed plants, and produce healthy, nutritious food for the farm and the community. The process is as important as the product, and the quality and sustainability of life is paramount.

Environmental degradation is widely recognized as the most serious threat to life on our planet. The environmental crisis is a consequence of misdirected human activity, and modern orthodox agriculture -- with its dependence on heavy machinery, high energy inputs, chemical fertilizers and poisons -- bears its share of responsibility for this crisis. Soil structure and fertility have been seriously degraded in most agricultural regions of the world. Food crops and domestic animals alike no longer possess their former vitality, and poisonous residues on crops and in animal products are viewed world-wide with increasing concern. In order to arrest and reverse this trend, it is necessary for farmers to develop a sound ecological relationship with the land.

Board of Directors

Chair, Director Shawn Dirksen
Vice-Chair, Director Michelle White
Treasurer, Director Danielle Bellefleur
COABC Rep, Director Heather Stretch
Secretary, Director

Rachel Fisher

Certification Committee


Nick Neisingh, Co-Chair

Mike Shelton, Co-Chair

Evelyn Pereira

Erin Bett

Jim Stachow

Michelle Harrison

Dawn Moorhead

Sarah Adams

Foster Richardson



last modified 2018-09-05 15:35:15

Membership Listing, Found 81 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.

Enterprise Contact City Status Class
8 1/2 Acres Talyn Martin,
Mike Shelton
Duncan Certified Farm
Acre Lavende Michael Ching,
Judy Khemchand
Cortes Island Decertified Farm
ALM Organic Farm & Full Circle Seeds Mary Alice Johnson Sooke Certified Farm/Poultry
Amara Farm Arzeena Hamir,
Neil Turner
Courtenay Certified Farm
Apple Luscious Organic Orchard Harry Burton Salt Spring Island Certified Farm/Poultry
Avalon Farm Kerry McDonald,
Cathy McDonald
Port Alberni Certified Farm
Barefoot Organics Derek Powell Victoria Transitional
Blue Harvest Farm Jim Stachow,
Mina Stachow
Ladysmith Certified Farm
Blue Heron Kris Chand,
Maria Chand
Parksville Certified Farm
Bright Farm Charlie Eagle,
John Pattison,
Jessica Kavanaugh
Salt Spring Island Certified Farm/Livestock/Poultry
Corlan Vineyard Selwyn Jones,
Patricia Jones
Denman Island Certified Farm/Poultry
Cowichan Incubator Seed Farm (CISF) Cowichan Green Community Duncan Certified Farm
Cusheon Lake Farm Wiebke Ortlepp,
Stephanie Ortlepp
Salt Spring Island Certified Farm/Poultry
Darn Tootin Farm Colleen Popyk Victoria Decertified Farm
DeVine Vineyards Ken Winchester,
John Windsor,
Cathy Windsor
Victoria Decertified Farm
Eagle Tree Organics Gayle Berry,
Al Grant
Qualicum Beach Certified Farm
East Cider Orchard Anne deCosson,
Larry Berg
Denman Island Certified Farm
Elemental Farm Kevin Allen Victoria Certified
Fierce Love Farm Erin Bett Victoria Certified
Fruit Forest Certified Organic Farm Danielle Bellefleur Cobble Hill Certified Farm
Glen Eden Farm Howard Green,
Sally Green
Duncan Certified Farm/Poultry/Sprouts
Grandview Farms Ronald Puhky,
Kim Hanson
Salt Spring Island Certified Farm/Poultry
Grassroots Learning Centre & Forest Farm Dawn Moorhead Port Hardy Certified Farm
Green Arrow Robin Sturley Courtenay Certified Farm
Green Fire Farm DeLisa Lewis Duncan Certified
Greenfrog Farm Rose Longini Galiano Island Certified Farm
Haliburton Community Organic Farm Society Elmarie Roberts Victoria Certified Farm
Halstead Farm Megan Halstead Merville Inactive Farm/Livestock/Poultry
Harbour Farm Jack Woodward Salt Spring Island Application
Haslam Creek Berry Farm Qinghe Zhang,
Min Yu
Nanaimo Certified Farm
Haven Hill Farm Mike Whitear Salt Spring Decertified Farm/Poultry
Hazelmere Farm Sherlene Wong,
Michelle Hua,
Lijen Hua
Courtenay Decertified Farm/Poultry
Healing Farm Mike Romaine,
Sharyn Romaine
Victoria Certified Farm/Poultry
Hope Hill Farm Vera Robinson,
Cam Robinson
Salt Spring Island Certified Farm/Poultry
Isabella Farm Kent Mjolsness,
Basil Franey
Salt Spring Island Certified Farm
Kildara Farms Brian Hughes Sidney Certified Farm/Poultry
Kloverdalen Farm Kira Kotilla Courtenay Inactive Farm/Poultry
Lavender and Black Bernd Henzler,
Awatief Daniels
Salt Spring Island Certified Farm
Littlest Acres Emily McConnell Victoria Pending Farm
Lohbrunner Community Farm Cooperative Joan Varley Victoria Transitional
Metchosin Farm Fiona Hamersley Chambers Victoria Transitional
New Mountain Mike Nyberg,
Noemie Messier-Guimont
Victoria Certified Farm
Northbrook Farm Heather Stretch Saanichton Certified Farm
Northstar Organics Shawn Dirksen Victoria Certified/Transitional Farm
Nourish Farm Lorne MacCallum,
Cindy MacCallum
Certified Farm/Sprouts
Orveas Creak Glyse Clarkston Sooke Certified Farm
Pattison Farms Gerry Pattison,
Dagmar Pattison
Black Creek Certified Farm
Pipe Rabbit Farm Belinda Schroeder,
Ron Schroeder
Salt Spring Island Certified Farm
Raven Rock Kelly Leroux Pender Island Transitional
Rebecca's Garden Rebecca Jehn Victoria Certified Farm
Rocky Ridge Farm Nadia Hamey Ladysmith Inactive Farm
Ross Mountain Farm Michelle White Campbell River Certified Farm
Saanich Native Plants Kristen Miskelly Victoria Certified Farm
Salt & Harrow Farm Inc. Seann Dory,
Darvy Belsher
Parksville Certified Farm
Salt Spring Abattoir Society Anne Macey Salt Spring Island Certified Processor
Salt Spring Apple Company Peri Lavender,
Brian Webster
Salt Spring Island Certified Farm
Sea Bluff Farm ,
Robin Tunnicliffe
Victoria Certified Farm
Square Root Farm Chrystal Bryson,
Ilya Amrhein
Saanichton Certified Farm
Still Here Still Becoming Gordon Handford Salt Spring Island Certified Farm
Sunbird Farm Elmarie Roberts Victoria Certified Farm
Sungold Meadows Farm Crystal Arsenault Cobble Hill Inactive Farm
SunTrio Farm Dennis OBrien,
Michael OBrien
Victoria Certified Farm/Sprouts
Sweet Acres Ariella Falkowski Victoria Transitional
Sweet P Farm Paula Hesje Victoria Inactive Farm
Tatlo Road Farm Niki Strutynski,
Nick Neisingh
Crofton Certified Farm/Sprouts
Tendergreen Jay Williamson Courtenay Transitional
Terra Nossa Evelyn Pereira ,
Jacinto Pereira
Mill Bay Certified Farm/Poultry
Therah Farm Barbara Moore Galiano Island Certified Farm
Three Oaks Farm Rachel Fisher Saanichton Certified Farm/Sprouts
Toadstools and Handtools Farm Jessica Jones,
Michael-Anthony Lufty
Merville Transitional Farm/Mushroom
Tourmaline Organics Deirdre Nicoll Coombs Inactive Farm
Umi Nami Farm Yoshiko Unno,
Heather Ramsay
Victoria Certified Farm
Valhalla Michelle Harrison,
Patrick Dique
Duncan Transitional
Vertgen Farms Christopher Snook,
Bronwyn Wheeler
Qualicum Beach Certified Farm
Vitality Farm Diana Brubaker Victoria Transitional
Wave Hill Farm Rosalie Beach Salt Spring Island Certified Farm/Livestock/Poultry
Whisperhill Farm ,
Wendy MacDonald
Saanichton Certified Farm
Whitaker Farm Mariette Sluyter,
Brian Padlewski
Courtney Transitional Farm
Wind Whipped Farm Alex Fletcher,
Virginie Lavallee-Picard
Victoria Certified Farm
Windhorse Farm Tim Mock,
Laurice Mock
Duncan Inactive Livestock
Wray Creek Farm Paul Welle Victoria Transitional Farm

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