All forms of this production must take place using a mixture of terra firma soil in the growing media. Hydroponic systems whereby plants are fed principally through soluble fertilisers in media that are devoid of a healthy and complex soil ecology are not certifiable under the Australian Certified Organic Standard. All requirements set out by the basic production Standard in section 4 shall be adhered to for greenhouse production. The farm unit shall be fully certified except in instances outlined in section 3.6. All design shall be orientated towards environmentally positive outcomes and resource efficiency, including water reuse where applicable.
The full requirements of Sprout production can be found under section 7.3 of the ACOS. The full requirements of greenhouse/nursery/seed production can be found under section 7.2 of the ACOS.