Getting Organic Certification: 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 extensive record keeping, payment of an annual fee, and an annual inspection. Note: The NOP 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. Yet, this produce is not certified organic.
Without an organic label, it can be hard for shoppers to know how the farm has produced the food thier plates. For this and many other reasons, CT NOFA recommends you become a certified organic operation. For example, you would then be counted among the nation’s farmers who are leading the way to organic – the most ecologically-sound farming paradigm. Also, the organic certification process and your farm’s certifiers often share useful new business practices, too. It is easier than you think!
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. Of course, while CT NOFA administers the Farmer’s Pledge program, we cannot investigate or make any guarantee that the individual farmer is complying with each and every guideline within the Farmer’s Pledge. We are trusting our farmers and shoppers should get to know each farmer before being assured they are following all of CT NOFA’s recommended, ecologically-sound farming practices. CLICK HEREfor more information and to download a copy of the currrent Pledge to sign and send in to the office.