I bought a tree farm two years ago that the owner says has never had herbicides, pesticides or any commercial fertilizer applied to it. Armed with this information, I would assume I could call it organic? How do I go about getting an organic accreditation?

Thanking you in advance.
Lora Peterson



If you can get an affidavit from the previous owner that no prohibited substances were used, you may be able to circumvent the required three-year transition period. You will, however, still need to work through a USDA-accredited certification agency to complete an organic farm plan and to have your operation inspected.

Here's a link to the national Organic Rule: www.ams.usda.gov/NOP/indexIE.htm. And here's a link to our directory of certifiers: www.newfarm.org/ocdbt/, so you can find someone in your area to work with.



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