NOFA NY stands for the National Organic Farming Association of New York. NOFA NY is a non-profit organization that works to provide the community with programs and services that support sustainable, local organic food and farming. NOFA NY members work together to create a food system that is ecologically sound and economically viable. Through education, certification and advocacy, NOFA NY promotes organic food production, local marketing and land stewardship. For more information or to get involved with NOFA NY, please visit their website.
Becoming certified organic is a process that allows for food and other agricultural products, such as produce and seeds to be represented as organic. Any business involved in the production of food can be certified, from farmers to food processors to restaurants. In 2002, the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) implemented federal standards for organic products. Organic standards address such factors as soil quality, pest and weed control, use of input materials, and humane treatment of livestock. Meeting these NOP standards is the core of the organic certification process and is required for a producer to use the word “organic” or the USDA Organic seal on food, feed, or fiber products.
In 2014 we became certified organic through the North East Organic Farming Association (NOFA) in order to expand our markets. This has empowered us to expand production and increase the number of Adirondack agricultural acres under sustainable management.
We lease approximately 30 acres of certified organic land from a neighbor. On these acre’s we grow fifty varieties of veggies, fruit, flowers and herbs. Our food is available at 7 farmers markets a week, local restaurants and at select health food stores from Saranac Lake to Saratoga Springs.