Public Comment Solicited on Revised Standard Drafts

The public is invited to comment on revised Standards while they are in draft stage. The public comment period lasts 30 days, and any person or group may submit comments on a draft Standard and easily submit comments online using online web forms.

Protected Harvest is soliciting comments on the following draft revised Standards:

BloomCheck Standard Version 2.0, June 2019

Protected Harvest has launched a revision of the BloomCheck Certification Standard. The Standard was originally developed by the California Cut Flower Commission in 2012-2013 as a self-assessment of best management practices for the sustainable production of cut flowers, which then evolved into Version 1.0 of the BloomCheck Certification Standard in late 2014 after an intensive peer review process.

The current revision has been informed and guided by the following objectives:

  1. Update the Standard to reflect state of the art best practice and science in sustainable agricultural production; and,
  2. Expand the scope and applicability of the BloomCheck Standard beyond cut flowers to greens and potted plant operations.

Some of the main revisions include:

  • Revision of integrated pest management practices related to invasive pests to be more generally applicable to invasive pests and less specific to Light Brown Apple Moth.
  • Revision of answer choices for specific practices that are not applicable to potted plant production.
  • Revision of practices throughout to remove or modify references to California-specific regulatory frameworks, while maintaining BloomCheck’s high caliber of practices.  
  • Addition of a Potted Plan Annex that contains 10 additional practices applicable only to operations that produce potted plants.

Comments on BloomCheck Standard Version 2.0 are welcome while it is in draft stage. The public comment period will be open for 30 days.

Download the BloomCheck Standard Version 2.0 draft here.

THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED.

Sustainable Citrus Standard Version 2.0, June 2019

Protected Harvest has launched a revision of the Sustainable Citrus Certification Standard. The Standard was originally developed by Protected Harvest in 2007 and officially launched in 2008.

Version 2.0 is the result of a major revision of the Oranges & Mandarins Standard in the first half of 2019. The revised Standard is now named the Protected Harvest Sustainable Citrus Standard V.2.0.

The revision of the Standard was informed by the following objectives:

  1. Update the Standard to reflect state of the art best practice and science in agricultural production; and,
  2. Expand the scope of the Standard to include social responsibility and energy management criteria and additional criteria within existing chapters.

Highlights of revisions and updates include:

  • Updating of criteria throughout to reflect currently recognized best management practices;
  • Addition of Social Responsibility and Energy Management chapters;
  • Revision of criteria text to make the language and answer choices more straightforward overall; and,
  • Reorganization of criteria, criteria numbering, and chapters to clarify Standard organization and flow.
  • Addition of straightforward Audit Requirements to the Standard. Previously, resources and information to support growers in achieving the certification was contained in a separate Companion Document.

Version 2.0 is applicable to orange and mandarin producing operations in California.

Download the Sustainable Citrus Standard Version 2.0 draft here

THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED.