Applying for Demeter Certification

Demeter Application Documents

All Interested in Certification:

Please read the introductory page on Demeter certification first.

Farmers and Growers:

If you are interested in Demeter certification you should first read pages 1 t0 6 of the Demeter Forms Guide

The next step will be to complete the application documents, which are.

A Farm Profile.

A Management Plan. (A list of the headings from the Management Plan Template is available for applicants to use to develop the plan)

The Annual Report Tables. This is a fill-in form for reporting on-farm activity duing the most recent reporting period

The Declaration and Application Form

Before embarking on these documents you should review the rest of the Demeter Forms Guide.

Demeter information bulletins (No1No 2 and No3) are also useful information.

Reference to the Demeter New Zealand Standards for Primary Production will be essential. You should also check for any amendments

Processors

You should contact Demeter New Zealand for further information about the licensing system. Reference to the Demeter Standards for Processing will be essential. You will also need to prepare a statement about your processing systems. A template is available to guide you in this. There is also a set of spreadsheets that may be used for calculating percentages of ingredients in recipes. It has space for four recipes – if you need more, insert a new worksheet and copy into it everything from an unused version of one of worksheets 1-4.

Existing licensees please note:

All the above documents are identical to the ones you use except that your Annual Report form has some information specific to you preprinted on pages 1,2 and 3. You should therefore make sure that you use only the preprinted versions of those pages.

Restricted materials

Some materials are allowed to be used if permission is obtained from Demeter NZ. Before permission can be given, the certification committee needs to know that you have considered the alternatives, such as adjusting management so that the material is not needed. The application form has a series of questions designed to ensure that management alternatives are given priority over particular materials.

Preparation Makers

if you are making biodyamic preparations you will need to record what you do. There are forms available for this . The preparation evaluation form is also supplied in Word format so you can type in it. Use a new copy for each preparation.

Wine makers

Once your winery has been approved for Demeter production, finished wine may be certified by the lot. A pdf version of the application form is available here. A Word version (1Mb) for electronic completion is available by email on request. For export to the USA additional information must be submitted to Demeter USA on this form.  Please consult Demeter New Zealand first.

Exporters

If you are contemplating export you should contact Demeter New Zealand to discuss the requirements. There are additional requirements for the export of Demeter produce to other countries. The Demeter standards for labelling, which particularly govern the use of the Demeter co-brand symbol (above left), the main Demeter logo used internationally will also be relevant.

Vegetable Growers

Some hybrid brassica seeds are not permitted in Demeter production because they are produced by a technique that is a form of (unregulated) genetic engineering. A list of permitted varieties may be viewed here. (This information is provided by Demeter Netherlands)

Our contact details:

Demeter New Zealand
Postal: PO Box 356, Martinborough 5741
Telephone: 0-6-306 8582 (within NZ); +64-6-306 858 (international)
E-mail: demeter@biodynamic.org.nz