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

Transitioning and Certification


Baystate Organic Certifiers is a USDA National Organic Program accredited certifying agent that certifies operations in the Northeast United States. Their website also offers links to the complete list of the USDA's National Organic Program's (NOP) standards and regulations.

The New Farm offers outreach and education programs through the Rodale Institute, and a list of national organic certifying organizations.

Other Resources

Rodale's Online Organic Transition Course

A check list for dairy farmers transitioning to organic production from The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Services (Moses).

"Making the Switch: Two Successful Dairy Graziers Tell Their Stories", by Ron Holter and Bobby Prigel.

National Organic Standards for Dairy Operations, a guide for farmers considering the transition to organic production.

The National Organic Program, is USDA's list of organic standards and regulations.

The Organic Decision: Transitioning to Organic Dairy Production, from the Dept. of Applied Economics and Management in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell. January 2002. $12. Order form at

How to Go Organic


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