OEFFA certifies New York
With the growing market for organic dairy products, produce, and meats, now is the perfect time to discuss your farm with an OEFFA certification specialist for New York.
According to Organic Trade Association data, organic certified foods are now a $50 billion segment of the overall food market. With steady year to year growth and only 4% of New York farmers certified to sell organic products, there are considerable rewards to going organic.
More and more consumers are actively looking for foods ensured wholesome and free of chemicals. Organic certification provides New York farmers with the opportunity to provide those ecologically grown foods while also widening their path to profitability.
Whether its apples in Sodus, dairy products in Ithaca, or hops in Cooperstown, OEFFA’s here to walk you through the certification process.
We’re here to help you get certified!
Feel free to drop us a line and we’ll do our best to answer any questions you may have.
About OEFFA Certification
OEFFA has operated an organic certification program since 1981. While the standards and the process have evolved since then, what hasn’t changed is OEFFA’s commitment to uphold the integrity of organics and provide farmers and handler/processors a pathway for profitability.
High quality customer service is our hallmark. We maintain a dedicated and knowledgeable staff who work to ensure our clients have the tools they need to complete the certification process as painlessly as possible. We value our partnership with each of our clients regardless of the size or scope of their operation.
OEFFA Certification currently accepts new applications from operations in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. If your operation is not located in one of these states, please visit the National Organic Program website to find a certifier in your area.
If you are from outside our region and are already certified by OEFFA, we are happy to continue to work with you!
The Certification Process
Complete and submit an application: Your Organic System Plan (OSP) describes your organic operation.
Initial Review: Based on the OSP, we determine if your operation appears to be eligible for organic certification. If so, we assign an inspector to visit your operation.
Inspection: An on-site inspection is conducted to verify the information in your OSP and evaluate how the plan has been implemented.
Post-Inspection Review: After we receive the inspector’s report, we do a final review to determine if your operation complies with organic standards.
Certification Decision: If your operation is compliant, we issue a certificate.