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
NOTE: To sell seeds: obtain an Authorization to Sell Seed from CA Dept of Food & Agriculture through their Seed Service Program. The annual fee is $40 + .30 cents per $100 in gross sales of the seeds.
Just Starting Out
If nursery stock is of your own production, sales will amount to less than $1,000 annually AND are only sold 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 (only) and send or bring it to:
Sonoma County Dept of Agriculture-Weights & Measures
133 Avaiation Blvd, Suite 110
Santa Rosa CA 95403
Note: if you will be selling outside of the county, you will need to complete a Nursery License Application (no fee exemption).
Selling at Farmers Market
Nursery stock and seeds 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 (must be sold in the non-certified section).
Allowed: with or without fancy pots.
Not allowed: cut flowers, fresh fruits, vegetables or nuts (must be sold in certified section).
- 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.
Getting Started in Business
There are many additional requirements for business operations. To get started, visit:
- Business Resources on this site.