There IS a Standard
When we started our family-owned business in 1925, organic simply meant plant or animal by-product. Not anymore. Today, the USDA's National Organic Program publishes hundreds of pages with standards for organic products. And we work hard every day to make sure we meet those national standards — not only in our soils and fertilizers, but in our manufacturing and business practices.
"Look on any of our Soil or Fertilizer products, and you'll find the OMRI logo indicating that we meet National Organic Program standards on all of these points."
Certified and Verified
We don't believe you should have to just “trust us" that our products meet stringent National Organic Program (NOP) standards. Our compliance with national standards is verified by two reputable outside agencies with rigorous review processes. One is the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI), the leading non-profit, internationally recognized third-party accreditor of the National Organic Program. OMRI's job is to verify:
Look on any of our Soil or Fertilizer products, and you'll find the OMRI logo indicating that we meet National Organic Program standards on all of these points.
In addition to OMRI verification, our products are also approved by the California Department of Food and Agriculture's Organic Input Material (OIM) program. Along with OMRI's verification, our products, processes, and facilities have also been inspected and approved by the state of California's Department of Food and Agriculture. This verification is not mandatory even in California when selling a soil or fertilizer product stating "organic" on the label. Instead, some manufacturers choose to put a disclaimer on their packaging, often in very small font on the back, that their products can't be used to grow organic food, rather than go through the rigor of the OIM process. We feel that's a little like putting a disclaimer on the end of a wood 2x4 telling people not to build stuff with it, and it's not consistent with our founders or who we are.
So how did we do it?
It wasn't easy, and it didn't happen overnight. To meet the National Organic Program's rigorous standards for organic products, we've adopted exceptionally high standards for ourselves and our vendors — higher than most in our industry. To give you an idea what goes into National Organic Program certification, we're sharing a few of the exacting processes we've put into place.
Verifying our ingredients and processes.
Improving Our Processes
So if you're shopping at your local nursery or home center, just look for the Kellogg or G&B Organics logos. You'll know that you don't have to take our word for it that what you're buying is actually organic. It's proven organic.