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Monterey County Certified Organic

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For information about organic registration, organic certification, or consumer information about organic produce, see our Organic's page.

Monterey County was the first county agency to be registered as an organic certifier with the State of California and to be accredited by the United States Department of Agriculture. Monterey County Certified Organic (MCCO) provides certification services in the following areas: crop production, handlers, processors and wild crops. Monterey County Certified Organic (MCCO) is one of many agencies that is accredited by the United States Department of Agriculture National Organic Program (USDA NOP) to provide certification services.

MCCO’s purpose and objectives are to:

  • Apply standards and certification procedures for agricultural products marketed as organic.
  • Enhance the credibility of organic agriculture as a viable systems approach and the preservation of our environment.
  • Assure consumers that organically produced products adhere to the National Organic Program standards.
  • Facilitate commerce in fresh and processed food that is produced organically in Monterey County.

Apply for MCCO Certification

Contact Nora Carlton, 831-759-7314

Questions or Complaints?


Additional organic certification information and resources can be obtained from the USDA Organic Portal website:  http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=organic-agriculture.  

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