DEAR NEW FARM:
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
Thanking you in advance.
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
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.
us with comments, suggestions and questions.