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Organic Certification

According to the USDA National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), organic agriculture is "an ecological production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles, and soil biological activity. It is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs and on management practices that restore, maintain, or enhance ecological harmony. The primary goal of organic agriculture is to optimize the health and productivity of interdependent communities of soil life, plants, animals and people."

Selling to Retailers, Foodservice and Restaurants

Producers currently selling directly to consumers through roadside stands, Community Supported Ag (CSAs), or farmers' markets may be interested in establishing relationships with retailers or foodservice distributors, as well. Distributors provide access to larger markets that do not routinely trade with producers. They also provide transportation and storage facilities that might be cost-prohibitive for producers. Producers can then reach a larger customer base that would be impractical by themselves.
 
Distributor considerations.

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