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Regenerative Organic Certified®

You have the power to heal the planet.

Regenerative Organic Certified® is a global farm-based, brand-driven certification for food, beverage, body care and textile production that is helping to heal our planet. With regenerative organic agriculture, we can rehabilitate soil, respect animal welfare, and improve the lives of farmers and farm workers. We can sequester carbon, build healthier communities, and reap more nutritious and abundant yields.

Regenerative Organic Certified® uses the USDA Certified Organic standard as a baseline. From there, it adds important criteria and benchmarks that incorporate the three major pillars of regenerative organic agriculture – soil health, animal welfare and social fairness for farmers and farm workings – into one certification.  Learn more about the criteria for each pillar:

Let’s get you started on certification.  Our team is here to help you in each step of the process!  Please contact us with any questions.

Step 1: Submit an initial online application

Start by completing our online application, where you will upload your parcel map(s), organic system plan, existing certifications and license agreement with the Regenerative Organic Alliance (ROA).

Step 2: Complete and submit
Regenerative Organic System Plan (ROSP)

Our team will review your application and based on your existing certifications, will send you a customized Regenerative Organic System Plan (ROSP).  Complete the ROSP to the best of your ability and return to our team.  Once we receive your ROSP our team will review and reach out with any questions or additional information needed.

Step 3: Work with you certifying body

When your application is complete, our certification team will assign a work order to the ROA-approved certifying body (CB) of your choice.  The CB will assign an auditor, who will complete the review and on-site audit.  A final report will be reviewed by the CB and a recommendation will be made for certification to the ROA.

Step 4: Get Regenerative Organic Certified®!

Congratulations, you are now Regenerative Organic Certified®!  You will receive a certificate from our team showing the acreage and crops that are certified.  Now it is time to connect with our extensive list of brands (Stay tuned for our Brand Directory coming soon) to sell Regenerative Organic Certified® ingredients.  You can also post crops for sale on our Community Announcements page .

Learn more about getting Regenerative Organic Certified®

Visit our Resources Library to review documents associated with Agricultural Producers.

Still have questions? Refer to our FAQs below:

Can we apply to become Regenerative Organic Certified® if our organization is in the process of earning our initial organic or social certification?

It is possible to obtain your organic and/or social certification in tandem with Regenerative Organic Certified® if the tandem certifications…

Do I need to have my soil testing done before applying?

Soil testing should be done within the first year of certification. This means it does not need to be concluded…

Do I have to follow the Farmer and Worker Fairness standards if I just want my crops/livestock certified?

Yes, these requirements apply to all workers on a Regenerative Organic Certified® farm operation, even if only a portion of…

How much does certification cost?

  There is a one-time application fee – $350 for less than five parcels, $550 for five parcels or more…

How long does it take to get Regenerative Organic Certified®?

Although the duration depends on many factors (where the operation is located, harvest time, availability of auditors, etc.) the average…

Do you have an approved list of Certifying Bodies I can use?

Yes, we currently have 13 different certifying bodies approved and trained by the ROA to conduct certification of our framework…

What is the status of my application?

Once you have submitted your application on our portal, our team will email you with any questions or information still…

Do all of my land and crops need to be certified?

No, however, the three levels of certification require different percentages of land to be certified at initial certification. There are…

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