Resources

  • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP).  Now you know what all the letters represent.  Since 2002, the USDA has been regulating foods and other agricultural products labeled or sold as organic within the United States.  It established the NOP, which accredits certifying agents at home and abroad (MOFGA Certification Services LLC included!), to certify growers and processors to one national set of standards.  Click this to learn more about this agency and the regulation.
  • MOFGA is the first organization in the country to provide technical assistance specific to organic farming and gardening. Our Agricultural Services staff provides farming, gardening and marketing assistance to growers in Maine and beyond. We assist seasoned organic growers, help new organic farmers get started and educate conventional farmers concerning the benefits of organic methods. Whether you’re growing acres of vegetables, producing organic milk or planting your first garden, we are here to help you succeed!

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  • BFRN FinalThe Beginning Farmer Resource Network is a coalition of Maine agriculture agencies and organizations working together to connect aspiring, beginning, and transitioning farmers to resources for farm business success.
  • e-extension is an on-line educational partnership involving 74 universities around the county.  It has a comprehensive section on organic agriculture and organic certification.  Click here to view their organic offerings.
  • National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service (a.k.a. ATTRA) also has a wealth of information on organic production practices, certification record keeping and more.  Click this to check out their website.
  • MOFGA has published dozens of technical bulletins on organic farming practices and related subjects over the years.  Topics include reading a soil test, growing strawberries organically, raising organic poultry, raising organic pork and composting.  Maine relevance is emphasized. Many of the bulletins have been updated and are now on line.
  • Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) is a review body that evaluates material inputs and products for compliance with the USDA NOP Rule.  If you have questions about what pesticides and fertilizers can be used on your land, you should check out this resource (and contact your certifier!).  Click here to arrive at their on-line database of reviewed products.