When a farm or processor is “Certified Organic” it means that a USDA-accredited certification has verified that the production practices used meet the requirements outlined in the National Organic Program (NOP) Standards. The NOP Standards are based on the principles of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 that puts forth the basic concept that healthy soil is the foundation for healthy plants and animals. NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC is New York State’s largest organic certification agency, accredited since 2002 by the USDA National Organic Program (NOP).
Certified organic operations must apply for certification each year. This involves undergoing an annual on-farm inspection, submitting their organic system plan, maintaining detailed records, and paying an annual certification fee. Once certified, operations must notify the certifier of any changes to their operation to ensure continued compliance. For information on becoming a certified organic farm, visit our Certification page.
Farms that are certified organic through NOFA-NY Certified Organic LLC are:
- Included in the NOFA-NY online searchable directory.
- Listed in our print Organic and Local Food and Farm Guide, New York State’s most comprehensive listing of organic and sustainable farms.
- Regularly promoted and featured in our social media, website, and other consumer awareness campaigns.
- Provided access to fact sheets about organic productions, standards and labeling.
- Provided with recordkeeping templates to assist in tracking compliance with organic standards.
- Are notified when organic standards and policies change.
- Approved to use the USDA organic and & the NOFA-NY Certified Organic seal showing their commitment to producing and manufacturing organically.