Selling Nursery Products
California Department of Food & Agriculture's Plant Health & Pest Prevention Services regulate the sale of nursery products. Their mission is to prevent the introduction and spread of agricultural pests through nursery stock and protect agriculture and the consumer against economic losses resulting from the sale of inferior, defective, or pest-infested nursery stock.
- Nursery License Application Form (pdf) complete the form and mail, with fee, to address on form.
- Online Nursery License Renewal
- Directory of Licensed Nurseries
Just Starting Out
If nursery stock is of your own production, sales will amount to less than $1,000 annually AND are only within the county grown, you can file for a fee exempt license:
- Fee Exempt License to Sell Nursery Stock (pdf)
- File the Fee Exempt license with CDFA, address on the form.
Selling at Farmers Market
Nursery stock may be sold in either the certified or non-certified section of the market with a few exceptions.
Must obtain a Certified Producer Certificate
Allowed: all items on your CPC.
Not allowed: fancy pots (considered value add) and other value add products.
Allowed - value add (i.e. fancy pots, other items such as jewelry, hand made signs, etc), eggs (with Egg Handlers Registration) and mushrooms.
Not allowed - cut flowers, fresh fruits, vegetables or nuts.
- Things to consider:
Know the market. In general, in smaller markets it won't matter as much as in big markets. In big markets, customers know where to go to get nursery stock and may miss you if you are not in the certified section.
Talk to the market manager about costs and space available for you and their recommendations.