Calling all Long Island farmers! Are you thinking about transitioning your farm to organic management or taking the final leap towards organic certification? If so, there is no time like the present. Just two percent of Long Island farmland is certified organic, while consumer demand for organic is at an all-time high. Products with organic labeling continue to command premium pricing, and Long Island growers are poised to take advantage of this fast-growing market by becoming USDA Certified Organic.
The NOFA-NY Long Island Organic Transition Program is aimed at supporting farmers in the process of adopting organic practices and increasing the availability of local organic products. NOFA-NY will provide farmer-to-farmer mentorship, technical assistance, and scholarship funding to cover certification costs.
We are now accepting applications for the NOFA-NY Long Island Organic Transition Program. Farmers who seek guidance in evaluating their production practices and assistance with their certification application are encouraged to apply!
This program offers:
- Farmer-to-farmer mentorship
- Technical assistance throughout the application process
- Educational workshops, webinars and field days
- Scholarship funds to cover certification costs in the first year
Intro to Organic Crop Certification
Date: Tuesday, April 27
Time: 12:00 pm -1:30 pm
Join us for a webinar on organic crop certification with an overview of a completed application and organic system plan, hosted by Long Island Organic Transition Educator, Whitney Beaman, NOFA-NY Crop Certification Coordinator, Kristen Barker, and Farmer-to-Farmer Mentor, Phil Barbato, of Biophilia Organic Farm.
For more information, contact:
Whitney Beaman, Long Island Organic Transition Educator
1010 James Street, Syracuse, NY 13203
315.988.4000 x 503 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: Mon-Wed, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM