Tasmania Online FarmPoint Tasmania
 
Advanced Search
Printer Friendly Page 

Organic farming

Organic farms can be found across Tasmania and are involved in varying enterprises from wine to sheep's cheese.

Organic farming is farming without the use of synthetic chemicals, artificial fertilisers, pesticides, irradiation or genetically modified organisms. Soil health is critical in producing wholesome organic produce. Only free-range animals are allowed in organic farming systems and the use of cages is not permitted. Holistic farm management techniques are integral to organic farming. The minimum conversion period from traditional to organic farming is three years.

There are a number of organic certifying bodies that operate under the National Standard for Organic and Bio-Dynamic Produce.


Food Safety

Ensuring food produced in Tasmania's primary production and processing sectors is safe to eat is an important step in ensuring the wellbeing of consumers and protects our reputation as a producer of safe and clean food.

Certificate IV in Organic Farming

A Certificate in Organic Farming course will be run by TasTAFE from 2008.
  Links (FarmPoint is not responsible for the content of the websites linked to below. The link does not constitute any form of endorsement.)

Biodynamics Agriculture Australia Ltd

Contains information for biodynamic farmers including definitions, seasonal notes, events calendar, products, photo galleries, etc.

Organics - information about certification and contacts in Tasmania

Lists certifying bodies in Tasmania and includes general information on converting to organic farming.

Overview of Organic Farming in Tasmania

Organic farming is farming without the use of synthetic chemicals, artificial fertilisers, pesticides, irradiation or genetically modified organisms.