Organic Certification for Professional organic producers, processors and distributors
If you are interested in converting your holding to organic production or in processing, retailing or distributing a product to be labelled as ‘organic’, then follow this link for 5 easy steps and your application will be underway.
The Organic Trust is the centre of excellence when it comes to organic inspection and certification in Ireland. The very broad range of organic technical expertise available within our organisation is at your service.
The Department of Agriculture, Food & The Marine offers a range of financial incentives to assist those interested in getting involved in organic production. In addition capital grants are available for the purchase of specific equipment
If you are interested in converting your holding to organic production or in processing, retailing or distributing a product to be labelled as ‘organic’, then follow the easy steps outlined below and your application will be underway...
If you intend to avail of payments under the OFS (Organic Farming Scheme) when it is re-opened to new entrants by the Organic Unit of the Department of Agriculture, Food & The Marine, you must ensure that you complete the on-line OFS application requirements.
To make application for the Organic Farming Scheme, you must already be registered on www.agfood.ie and you must then register with the Organic Trust and be in receipt of the designated in-conversion licence number.
As soon as you submit your application documentation to the Organic Trust, confirmation of your registration will be forwarded to the Organic Unit of the Department of Agriculture to activate the initial on-line application requirements on your behalf - you are then required to logon on to the on-line services to complete your on-line OFS application (when the Organic Farming Scheme re-opens for applications from new entrants to the organic system). Therefore, if you have not already registered your application for an organic licence with the Organic Trust, please phone 01 8530271 for your free application pack or download the application documentation by clicking on the Producer Application Form below.
Finally, you must also complete the mandatory training course. Potential applicants should note that the Organic Trust also run the mandatory production courses on strategic dates during the year and some of these take place over weekends – please telephone the Organic Trust office (01 8530271) for full details of the courses available.
Full details of the conditions of entry to the Organic Farming Scheme plus all the required documentation requirements will be published on this website as soon as the Organic Farming Scheme is re-opened for applications from new entrants by the Organic Unit of the Department of Agriculture, Food & The Marine. In this respect, the Organic Trust has been tirelessly lobbying for the re-opening of the scheme to ensure Ireland's organic sector achieves its full potential.
It is important to emphasise that it is not a mandatory requirement to avail of payments under the Organic Farming Scheme - new entrants to organic production can convert their holdings in the absence of payments under the OFS at any time.
The process to obtain an organic licence in these categories is very straightforward - simply complete the relevant application form (available on the website) and submit to Organic Trust together with the items specified on the final page of the relevant application form - if you require clarification on any point of the application process, simply telephone Helen Scully on 01 8530271 and your queries can be responded to immediately.
Potential processors (including importers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers) may wish to avail of the Organic Trust's competitively priced Adequacy Audit (contact Helen Scully in the office for details – 01 8530271).
The Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine offers a range of financial incentives to assist those interested in getting involved in organic production. The details of the Organic Farming Scheme (when re-opened to new entrants) will be made available as soon as they are published by the Organic Unit of the Department of Agriculture. Please note that there is no guarantee that the OFS will re-open for applications from new entrants prior to 01.01.2021.
In addition capital grants will be available for the purchase of specific equipment and for buildings (both producers and processors) – click on this link for details http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/farmingsectors/organicfarming/organicsscheme/organiccapitalinvestmentschemeocis/
(excluding 2329-2017 which can be accessed below)
30 years ago Edite Rennings-Wandel and Manfred Wandel started a market garden growing organic Fruit and Vegetables a few miles outside Bantry, Co. Cork. The difficulty in getting good, suitable tools, organic fertilisers, seeds and other essentials for organic growing in Ireland prompted Eddi and Manfred to source these items abroad. The business idea to offer these to other organic growers and interested gardeners was born - and the first 11 page mail order catalogue was photocopied and posted early 1993!