How does one become a certified organic gardener?

Asked September 25, 2014, 5:33 PM EDT

How does one become a certified organic gardener?

Franklin County Vermont

1 Response

Hello and thanks for your question about organic certification. The Vermont Organic Farmers, LLC (VOF) lists the steps to becoming certified at: http://nofavt.org/programs/organic-certification/how-to-become-certified in Vermont. Essentially, all operations must follow National Organic Program standards (although those operations with gross sales of organic products less than $5000/yr are exempt from certification). You can find more information about VOF and certification standards at: http://nofavt.org/programs/organic-certification. Basically, for crops you must have

  • 3 years (36 months prior to harvest) with no application of prohibited materials (no synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or GMOs) prior to certification;
  • implementation of an Organic System Plan, with proactive fertility management systems; conservation measures; and environmentally sound manure, weed, disease, and pest management practices.
There are several other considerations; for a quick peek, take a look at: http://www.extension.org/pages/18735/. Let me know if you have further questions. Best of luck! Deb