Organic Food

North Okanagan Organic Association

Mailing Address

4834 Cedar Hill Rd
Falkland, BC  V0E 1W1

Contact Info

Administrator: Cara Nunn
Phone: 250-540-2557
Email: northorganics(a)


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

Date of Certificate

May 11, 2019-May 11, 2020

Certification Body Information

The North Okanagan Organic Association (NOOA) was formed in 1989 by a group of market gardeners and small-scale fruit and grain growers. The goals were to establish a certification procedure, to provide education for organic farmers, and to provide information about organic food to consumers.
Today NOOA provides certification services to an average of 40 operations annually. The commodity groups certified include market gardens, orchards, feed crops, cattle and chicken operations. Total acres in the certification program amount to some 3000 acres

Certification Services

NOOA’s certification services are available year round with a typical operation applying in the spring followed by up to two inspection periods through the summer months. A volunteer certification committee carefully reviews all applications and inspection reports and decides on the certification status of the operation. A paid coordinator assists in managing the paperwork for the committee and provides continuity to the process. A new applicant can expect to receive their certificate by the end of the first season following both inspections. Renewal applicants are generally issued certificates following the first committee meeting in April. All certificates are valid until mid-April of the following year.

Certification Costs

Our fee structure has remained one of the lowest at $395.00 per year. This fee includes the cost of inspection, application review by the Certification Committee, and administration costs associated with certification. The fee is prorated for applications coming in through the season. With this structure, an applicant can enter into the certification process at any time in the season. These applicants would enter the typical certification cycle in the following spring. Some additional costs may apply if an inspection is needed outside of the regular schedule. Every consideration is given for cost savings. Additionally, the COABC fees are payable upon application. Included with this fee is a subscription to the BC Organic Grower magazine published quarterly. These sliding scale fees are outlined on the following page:

Extra Services


NOOA also provides a volunteer mentoring service for new operations to help with the transition to Organic management practices. This program strives to match the new operation with a successful organic operation in a similar commodity group. The intent is to provide free exchange of information on marketing, best management practices and innovative developments within the organic sector.


On the educational front, NOOA hosts two forums a year. One in the Spring in conjunction with our annual general meeting and one in the late fall. The seminars are directed at pressing grower issues and offer an open discussion forum to have questions addressed directly. NOOA welcomes problems and concerns brought forward by the membership to have addressed at these forums.

Summer Farm Visits

NOOA encourages members to open their farm to the association during the summer months when we hold our annual summer farm visits. These are great networking opportunities and a chance for our members to brag up their operations. NOOA has also participated in community events around the region such as the Interior Provincial Exhibition and the Salmon Arm Fall Fair. Booth setup, information packages and consumer education media can be collected by the NOOA office and provided to any farmer wishing to promote organics.


NOOA publishes a quarterly newsletter that lets members keep abreast of changes happening locally and provincially as well as upcoming events. Any member wishing to get information out to others is welcome to put notice in the newsletter. All comments, questions and ideas are cheerfully handled by Cara Nunn in our office. Please feel free to call at any time.


NOOA provides its members with quality service and affordable, professional certification. NOOA goes the extra mile for its members by providing extra services such as mentoring, farm visits and seminar sessions. Call us to find out more about our clear, straightforward certification procedure.


Board of Directors


Vice President/Secretary

Brian MacIsaac

Emily Jubenvill

Treasurer Jonathan Knight
CC Chair Sarah Martel
COABC rep. Tristan Banwell

Farm Tour Co-ordinator/

Winter meetings committee

Emily Jubenvill
COABC alternate Jordan Marr
Member at Large Owen Madden

Certification Committee


Jordan Marr

Sarah Martel

Rebecca Kneen

Emily Jubenvill

Mark Uher



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Membership Listing, Found 86 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
1169396 BCLtd Danny Palumbo,
Lisa Faye Palumbo
Smithers Application/T3 Farm
4 Elements Farm Sarah Martel,
Micheal Weinman
Westwold Certified
Avenue M Christine Gerlitsch Kelowna Certified Sprouts
Avoca Vineyards Jane Johnston,
Micheal Johnston
Kelowna Certified Farm
Bastion Ranch David Miege Tappen Certified Farm
Blind Tiger Vineyard Jerome Wowchuck,
Charlene Wowchuck
Winfield Certified Farm
Blue Eden Farm Lance Nelson,
Melissa Nelson
Salmon Arm Application
Blue Heaven Blueberry Garden Norma Crawley Abbotsford Certified Farm
Brookside Orchards Dwayne Baumle Vernon Certified Farm
Brymac Farms Leslie Bryant - Maclean Lake Country Certified Farm
Bulkley Valley Custom Slaughter/W Diamond Ranch Manfred Wittwer Telkwa Application Processor
Cedarstein Farm Helmut Lang,
Heidi Lang
Lumby Certified Farm
Cherry Lane Farm Miles Smart Richmond T2 Farm
Chuckleberry Community Farm Jon Scott Beasley Certified/T3 Farm/Greenhouse/Sprouts
Claremont Ranch Organics Matt Thurston,
Molly Thurston
Lake Country Certified Farm
Coldstream Creek Road Orchard Anita Fletcher,
Richard Enns
Coldstream Certified Farm
Crannog Ales Brian MacIsaac,
Rebecca Kneen
Sorrento Certified Processor
Curlew Orchards Patrick Ling-Allen Vernon Pending/T3 Farm
Curly Willow Farm Doug Saba Grindrod Certified Farm
Dandelion Farm Angus Macdonell Mission Certified Farm
Echo's Reach Kari-Jo Dowdell,
Richard Kinsman
Baker Creek Certified/T3 Farm/Livestock
Elderberry Grove Louise Lecouffe,
Jedidiah Wiebe
Salmon Arm Certified Farm
Enderberry Farm Gavin Wright,
Brittany Bennett,
Emily Jubenvill
Enderby Certified
Firefly Farm Robert Bothe,
Naomi Bothe
Kelowna Certified Farm
Fresh Valley Farms Steven Meggait,
Annelise Grube-Cavers
Armstrong T3 Farm/Livestock
Garden Gate Robert Wright Kamloops Certified Farm
Golden Ears Farm Michelle Tsutsumi,
Tristan Cavers
Chase Certified Farm/Livestock
Grassy Gnome Acres Ltd Lorna Church,
Chris Church
Coldstream Certified Farm/Livestock
Green Croft Gardens Gabriele Wesle,
Wolf Wesle
Grindrod Application/Certified
Haggith Creek Garlic Farm Ronald Scheck,
Janet Scheck
Prince George T3 Farm
Happy Pig Organic Farm Marlene Thimer,
Paul Murphy
Telkwa Certified Farm/Livestock
Happy Valley Organics Ann Jackson Summerland Certified/T2/T3 Farm
Healthy Hugs Organics Joe Hug Smithers Certified Farm
Hillside Gardens Francoise Dutoit,
Renato Dutoit
Williams Lake Certified Farm
IKIGAI Steve Van Hassel Chase Certified
Kazy Organics Eric Fell Salmon Arm Certified Farm
Kettle River Farm Owen Broad Grand Forks Certified Farm
La Grange Market Gardens Cheryl James,
Andrew James
Enderby T3
Lannon Farm Patrick Lannon,
Laura Lannon
Lytton Certified/T2 Farm
LaRiviere Farm Tina LaRiviere,
Leonard LaRiviere
Coldstream Certified Farm
Lavoie Family Farms - Gerald Lavoie Family Grant Lavoie,
Neil Lavoie,
Betty Lavoie
Port Clements Certified Farm
Left Fields Rebecca Kneen Sorrento Certified Farm
Lita's Mexican Foods Jackie Thomas Vancouver Certified Processor
Loveland Acres Maylene Loveland,
Robin Scheil
Salmon Arm Certified
Mackin Creek Farm Rob Borsato,
Cathie Allen
Williams Lake Certified Farm
Mara Valley Produce Mark Uher Grindrod Certified Farm
Medley Organics Jerome Gagne Summerland Certified Farm
Mobetta Farm Sheryl McIver,
Robert McIver
Grand Forks Certified Farm
Moss and Mirth Farm Aubrey Sanjenko Armstrong Certified Farm
Notch Hill Organic Farm Sue Moore Sorrento Certified Farm
Organic Acres Dave Jones,
Gail Jones
Monte Creek Certified Farm
Paradise Valley Dane Sherstad,
Rachael Sherstad
Powell River Certified Farm/Mushroom
Pilgrims' Produce Robert Hettler,
Kathryn Hettler,
Daniel Saxton
Armstrong Certified Farm
Pomona Orchard Zhiran Jin,
Yanteng Fu
Kelowna T2 Farm
Puddle Produce Brianna van de Wijngaard Williams Lake T3 Farm
Quail's Farm Urs Baumann Vernon Certified Farm
Rise Over Run Farm Katie Robinson,
Josh Baker
Maple Ridge Certified Farm/Livestock
Robson Valley Sheep Company Hani Gasser,
Theres Gasser
McBride Certified Farm/Livestock
Rocky Ridge Farm Ian Richardson,
Anne Richardson
Mara Certified Farm
Roots & Greens Farm Heino Peters,
Manuela Peters
Grindrod Certified Farm
Rosebank Farms Steve Gunner,
Andrea Gunner
Armstrong Application Farm/Livestock
Sand Creek Organics Dieter Bay,
Elisabeth Bay
Grand Forks Certified Farm
Sapo Bravo Organics Ashala Daniel,
Rowan Lehmann,
Santana Stephens
Lytton Certified Farm
Seed to Culture Jill Miners Lillooet Application
Settle Down Farm Ann Wilby,
Ahmed Amlani
Grand Forks Certified Farm/Greenhouse
Shuswap Organics Owen Madden,
Emily Jubenvill
Enderby Certified Processor
Sky Harvest Aaron Quesnel Vancouver Certified Sprouts
Slow Train Farm Mike Bird,
Stephanie Bird
Williams Lake Certified Farm
Spray Creek Ranch Tristan Banwell,
Aubyn Banwell
Lillooet Certified Farm/Livestock
SSOL Gardens Ed Basile,
Daniela Basile
Kamloops Certified Farm
Stein Mountain Farm Ron Coghlan,
Erin Coghlan
Lytton Certified Farm
Stepney Hills Farm Robin Wiens,
Beverly Wiens
Armstrong Certified Farm
Sweet Haven Farm Keith Boulter,
Naomi Boulter
Tappen Certified Farm
Tasty Acres on 30th Pim van Oeveren,
Mary-Ann van Oeveren
Salmon Arm Certified Farm
Terra Nostra Farm Aaron Mazurek Powell River Certified
The GF Diggers Hailey Bekker,
Graeme Bekker
Grand Forks Transitional Farm
The Radical Bloom Brianne Fester,
Mitchell Ward
Salmon Arm T3 Farm/Mushroom
Thunder Hill Farms Gene Marshall Lake Country Certified Farm
UBC Farm Tim Carter,
Melanie Sylvestre
Vancouver Certified Farm/Livestock
Unearthed Fine Veggies and Herbs Jordan Marr Kelowna Certified
Valhalla Farms James Nelson,
Tola Nelson
Quilchena Certified Farm
Vancouver Food Pedalers Shauna Kunstatter,
Bryan Driscoll,
Amanda Hehner
Vancouver Certified Greenhouse/Sprouts
Wandering Row Farm Angela Dickson Maple Ridge Certified Farm/Livestock
Wild Flight Farm Louise Bruns,
Hermann Bruns
Mara Certified Farm
Wolf Springs Farm Carma Clarke,
Kevin Kelly
Sorrento Certified/T3 Farm/Processor
WoodGrain Farm Jonathan Knight,
Jolene Swain
Kispiox Valley Certified Farm/Livestock

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