Certifying Vegetables and Other Crops

The 2024 deadline for new crop applicants is June 1st. If you are interested in certifying in 2024, please review the applicable forms, below, and contact us directly in the event you have any questions. The 2024 application season will reopen in January. 

Note: If you would like to apply online as a new applicant, please contact our office directly to learn more.

Please be sure to also read our guidance documents, all of which are located in our Practice Manual. You can learn more about record keeping for organic crop production here. If you prefer, you can receive a paper copy in the mail plus any forms you may need.  Call 568-6030 or email: certification@mofga.org.

Additional production categories

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Cultivated Mushrooms

If you intend to certify cultivated mushrooms, please download and complete the Mushroom Cultivation Supplement. (Note: If you are ONLY certifying cultivated mushrooms, you do not need to complete a Farm Plan, just the Mushroom Cultivation Supplement). Please reference the Guidelines for Organic Mushroom Production here.

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Wild Crops

If you intend to certify wild crops, please download and complete the Wild Crop Harvest Form.

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Sprouts

If you intend to certify sprouts, please download and complete the  Certified Sprouts Supplement

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Organic Handling Plan (OHP)

There are instances when a farm operation will need to complete an Organic Handling Plan (OHP); these include on-farm poultry slaughtering and other value-added products (e.g., bottling milk or fermenting vegetables). For simplified on-farm processing please complete the On-Farm Processing form. You must also complete either a Multi-Ingredient or Single-Ingredient Processed Product form for each product you intend to certify. If you are uncertain whether to complete the OHP or the On-Farm form, please contact our office.

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Hemp

With the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp is no longer a controlled substance and is now a legal agricultural crop in the USA. To apply for hemp certification under the USDA National Organic Program, please refer to the required crops forms on this page. In addition to these forms you will need to complete the supplemental forms on our hemp page.

Please email a PDF of your application to: certification@mofga.org or you may mail your paper application to: MOFGA Certification, PO Box 170, Unity, ME 04988. Fees and a completed fee sheet must accompany your application.

Fees can be mailed in (checks payable to MOFGA Certification) or you can pay through our secure online portal. Because of the seasonal nature of this work and because we cannot issue a certificate for a crop after it is harvested, we cannot accept applications postmarked after June 1, 2024.

If you have questions about certifying crops and vegetables please call Jaco Gardei at (207) 568-6037 or email her at jacomijn@mofga.org.  She will be happy to assist you.

Thank you for choosing MOFGA Certification Services.