[[How do we go about getting a cert to be organic.]]
Personally? Not worth it.
When will people understand that there is no worthwhile idea that cannot be killed by government meddling?
Some people wanted to know that what they were eating, wearing, applying to their eyelids, was "as God intended it". And who can blame them? There's too many chemicals for the sake of having chemicals, today.
So they came up with a term to describe that condition: "organic". And they were willing to pay a little more per pound for it, too.
But then big companies who use big, bad chemicals started using the word "organic" themselves, and those people got confused.
And what do people do when they get confused? learn what they can about the subject so that they are knowledgeable?
They put on a pouty-face, and go weeping to the government to 'splain it all to them.
And the government has a one-size-fits-all mentality when it goes about trying to "solve" a "problem". And that one size invariably involves a whole bunch of paperwork written in the stilted and pretentious language of loyyers. You almost have to be a loyyer to understand it.
At one time there was a rule in the official USDA procedure for being "organic" that allowed anyone with less than $5,000 of annual gross farm sales to call themselves organic without doing the paperwork. That has since died - or, rather, my legal advisor informs me that it has since died. Because I don't wish to dive into the sticky morass of USDA regulatory authority without a life preserver and an extra tank of air, I'm going to take her word for it.
For all practical purposes, the only outfits who can, today, afford the process of certification are those - like agri-business - who have large set-asides and draw on their other farm income and in-house loyyering to finance and negotiate. Someone today tells me they're "organic" I automatically assume they are in bed with Cargill and ADM. I'm not always correct, but I have a >.500 batting average.