Transition to Organic Programs

NOFA-NY is a Core Partner in the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast Regional Transition to Organic Partnership Program (TOPP). As part of the USDA’s Organic Transition Initiative, TOPP is a regional network of organizations working together to support the needs of transitioning farmers through:

  • Connecting transitioning farmers with peer mentors
  • Sharing accessible technical assistance resources
  • Hosting community building opportunities
  • Using education and training to support the organic workforce
  • Helping producers overcome challenges during and after organic certification
  • Promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in the organic sector

Compensation is available for mentorship participants. All services are free to transitioning farms. Additional funding is available to Long Island participants.

Learn more about the Transition to Organic Partnership Program at!

NOFA-NY Transition Education

Contact: Teddy Tomao, Education Lead


Phone: 315-988-4000 x509

Long Island Region

Contact: Laura Dautzenberg, LI Educator


Transitioning Long Island farmers – there is additional funding to help you cover initial certification costs! Reach out to learn more.

Central NY Region

Contact: Chris Kemnah, CNY Educator


Phone: 315-988-4000 x510

photo credit: Anthony Martinez

Hudson Valley Region

Contact: Dominique Mailloux, HV Educator


Phone: 845-288-2879

The Mid-Atlantic/Northeast Regional Partnership for Organic Transition is supported through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Transition to Organic Partnership Program (TOPP). TOPP is a program of the USDA Organic Transition Initiative and is administered by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP).