Organic Hazelnut Production

Research show that it is possible to grow organic hazelnuts that are equal in quantity and quality to conventional produce and that fetch a higher price in the market (Tanrivermis, 2008), but organic hazelnut production is also associated with greater risks. The B.C. hazelnut industry is in recovery from a recent collapse due to Eastern Filbert Blight (EFB) and there are still many unknowns associated with new blight resistant varieties being planted, including how they will work in organic systems. The below information outlines different considerations for producers who are wishing to become certified organic hazelnut producers.

NOTE: As of September 1, 2018 the term “organic” is now a protected label within BC for agricultural products that have been produced or processed in BC, and for which certified organic programs exist.

Read more about organic certification for agricultural products in BC by visiting the this website.