Who can get certified?

Currently, Protected Harvest is the independent certifier and verifier for three certification labels: LODI RULES for winegrapes, ZEALTM  for citrus growers, and BLOOMCHECK® for cut flowers. Winegrape growers, citrus growers, and cut flower growers are eligible for certification under these programs.

How does it work?

To be certified, growers must participate in a significant number of the relevant standard’s practices identified as environmentally sound. For each crop certification label, a specific set of standards is developed based on the ecology and agronomy of the crop and the growing region. A point system is used that rewards growers for implementing ecologically based practices in the following management categories:

  • Field scouting
  • Information sources
  • Pest management decisions
  • Field management decisions
  • Weed management
  • Insect management
  • Disease management
  • Soil and water quality
  • Storage management

A minimum number of points must be achieved in each category to qualify for certification. The growers communicate which practices they use through a self-assessment. This assessment is later verified through documentation and an on-site audit conducted by a qualified third-party auditor. The auditor issues a recommendation to Protected Harvest for certification, and Protected Harvest issues the final decision on certification.

2019 LODI RULES Certification Manual

2018 Citrus Certification Manual

2018 BloomCheck Certification Manual

Contact certification@protectedharvest.org or call (831)706-2097 for more information.