A Certified Organic Farm is in compliance with the National Organic Program (NOP) standards, and has been inspected and certified by an accredited USDA certifying agent. Products have been grown/raised without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, growth hormones, irradiation, or genetic engineering. The certification process is rigorous and requires record keeping, payment of an annual fee, and an annual inspection.
Note: The National Organic Program allows farmers who sell less than $5,000 worth of organic produce per year to call their produce “organic” if they follow the national standards.
Becoming Certified Organic
Baystate Organic Certifiers certifies many organic farms in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Visit their website or call Don Franczyk at 774-872-5544 for more information.
New in 2019! CT NOFA supports its members in the certification process with free consulting
CT NOFA now offers consulting for those who need help with their application for organic certification for crops, livestock, poultry, eggs, wild crops, mushrooms, sprouts, processed product, and cranberries.
The first 4 hours of help are free and is paid for by the generosity of CT NOFA Donors.
After the four hours, fees for 2019 will be $50/hour.
Our CT NOFA Certification Consultant is Laura Davis. Laura is a NOFA/Mass Board Member, Certification Assistance Coordinator, and owner/farmer at Long Life Farm in Hopkinton, MA – a diversified vegetable farm that was certified organic in April 2013 by Baystate Organic Certifiers. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-596-1651 with your inquiries about this helpful opportunity for CT NOFA member farmers.
CT NOFA Farmers Pledge
The Farmer’s Pledge, a program for CT NOFA members, is a commitment to farming, marketing and farm management in accordance with sound ecological and economic principles. It is separate and distinct from “Certified Organic.” There is no inspection process for the Farmer’s Pledge, but the farmers have signed the Pledge to show their commitment to its principles. CT NOFA administers the Farmer’s Pledge program in Connecticut. However, we do not investigate or make any guarantee that the individual farmer is complying with the Farmer’s Pledge.
Click HERE for more information and a link to download a copy of the current Pledge.
CT NOFA: The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut