Q. Why is being certified organic important to you and your business?
At Sea Cider we are active in our agricultural community. We grow our own apples but we also support local agriculture by sourcing apples from other BC farms. Our mission is to deliver quality and meaning through our cider. Organic certification helps in providing our consumers with a guarantee that we are sourcing as locally and sustainably as possible, using the highest quality ingredients and that we are following the best organic regulations from start to finish.
Q. What are the most important principles or philosophies that guide your company?
At Sea Cider, our business philosophy and principles are focused on our three pillars: sociability, sustainability, and community involvement. We strive to source our products from our own, and surrounding farms on the Saanich Peninsula and within BC, we keep our environmental impact low by adhering to organic regulations, and we operate as a value-driven, community-minded business.
Q. What specific questions did you have when learning about organic certification?
When we first started learning about organic certification we had a million questions. “The devil is in the details” when it comes to organic certification, and we needed to learn the details! We had questions on everything from the best methods for organic weed control to what products we could use for cleaning and sanitizing our equipment.
Q. If someone you know is thinking of certifying organic, what advice would you give?
The first piece of advice: do your homework! Read through every book you can find on organic farming, search the internet, and reach out to other organic growers and producers within your community for advice. Another piece of advice would be to have a strong auditing system. Having a comprehensive traceability program is critical to ensuring that every step of production is clear and that problems along the way can be identified and resolved. A good place to start when developing a traceability program would be Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP).
Q. Why did you choose PACS as your certifying body?
We decided to choose PACS as our certifying body as they have the experience and geographic reach we required. They have been incredibly helpful in answering all of our questions and helping us get down to the nitty gritty details of organic certification.