The Massachusetts chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association. NOFA/Mass welcomes everyone who cares about food, where it comes from and how it’s grown

Growing Organically Since 1982

NOFA/Mass Organic Certification Assistance

ORGANIC CERTIFICATION RESOURCES  http://www.nofamass.org/content/organic-certification-resources

Want to get your farm certified organic and don’t know where to start?  Stuck on portions of the organic application for certification?  New to your farm and want to start your farming career as certified organic? Don’t let the myths of organic certification prevent you from giving your customers the confidence they have come to expect in the certified organic label.  

NOFA/Mass has been around for more than 30 years educating organic farming techniques and once upon a time prior to 2002 they use to certify farms as well.  We leave the certifying and inspecting up to Baystate Organic Certifiers.  Because they are a regulatory body, they cannot consult, educate, advise you on certification as much as they would like to.   So they trained NOFA/Mass on the ins and outs of the organic system plans and enabled us to help you.  Continued education with Baystate will also address any gaps in knowledge we may experience along the way.  So if we don’t have the answer, rest assured we will find one. 

In 2014-15 NOFA/Mass and Baystate Organic Certifiers completed some project work that was funded by the USDA Sound & Sensible program. Please check out some of our local farms and certified operations on this video.

Baystate Organic Certifiers has also authored some great "How To" Modules that will highlight specific areas of focus for tranisitioning.  

There are many more Sound & Sensible tools that have been developed by other farming and certifying organizations throughout the country. Check out our resources page. 

Who is answering my emails?

Laura Davis is a NOFA/Mass Board Member and the Certification Assistance Coordinator and is owner and farmer at Long Life Farm in Hopkinton, MA a diversified vegetable farm that was certified organic in April 2013 by Baystate Organic Certifiers. Please see an article that appeared in the NOFA/Mass newsletter about why I chose to certify. Please email with your inquiries. I look forward to hearing from you! 

ORGANIC CERTIFICATION RESOURCES http://www.nofamass.org/content/organic-certification-resources 


 

 


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