What is the purpose of the conversion period?
Organic production is governed by UK and EU legislation. Part of this legislation specifies a conversion period before any land or products can be marketed as organic. This period provides time to start establishing organic management techniques, build soil fertility and biological activity, as well as to develop a viable and sustainable agro-ecosystem.
During the conversion period you will have time to gather information, develop your markets and embark on the learning curve that commencing organic farming brings. It also allows time for the break down of any traces of agrochemical residues left in the soil from previous management practices.