For a soil to be considered Certified for use in organic gardening, a soil product must first meet the requirements of the Canadian Organic Standards . This means any input contained within a certified soil is allowable, and is listed in the Approved Input list as set out by the standard. A third party such as OCPP/Pro-Cert Canada Inc verifies this to be true by auditing, accessing all inputs and processes used in the manufacturing of our products. It is a certifiable promise to you that we meet requirements. We use the Pro-Cert logo on the bags for your peace of mind.
Understand any one can say or put organic on a product, but if a product is “certified as Approved Input” and carries the approved certification logo then you know it meets the criteria set out in the Canadian Standard. You don’t just have to take our word for it.
It is the first step in assuring you are growing organic food. Why buy certified seeds and not grow them in Certified soils?
Below is a link that lists Approved inputs.
This is not a list of what is in every bag. It is a list of substances such as fertilizers, additives etc.., that CAN be used.
Is There A Purpose To Organic Standards?
Yes, lets look at an example of what cannot be in used in a certified soil. The most common input used in the soil category on the market would be municipal compost. Municipal compost is yard waste, which is collected curb side and composted by the municipality. It can be a mystery as to what it contains and where it came from… lead paint chips, oil, gas soaked substances, pesticides, any variety of things can be hidden within that bag. There is no guarantee of what you are getting.
So when shopping for your garden, look for the Pro-Cert logo on our bag. It’s our promise, our guarantee..
For more information about organic regulations or where to find Pefferlaw Peat and Delicious Dirt, please feel free to contact us today!