Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
 Organic Farming Development/Assistance
Sarah Johnston, (518) 457-4531

This webpage provides an introduction to New York State organic farming and food and provides some guidance in locating resources available to learn more about organic agriculture and organically produced foods.

Certified Organic Farms in New York State

Organic Production Guides

New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets has funded the creation of 13 organic production guides for: apples, beans, blueberries, carrots, cole crops (cabbage, kale), cucurbits (melons, squashes, cucumbers), dairy, grapes, lettuces, peas, potatoes, spinach, strawberries and an organic harvest and storage manual. Current editions of the manuals can be found at the NYS Integrated Pest Management website.

Abstract or Article on a Survey of New York State Producers’ Interest in Transition to Organic Production

Organic Certification Fee Reimbursement Program

Organic EQIP

The USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service continues to sponsor an Organic EQIP conservation program, as well as other conservation cost share programs.  Visit the USDA NY NRCS for more information on the programs and how to sign up.  Remember, even if there is no funding available one year, getting signed up and on the eligible list can help you receive funding in the following year.

New York State Organic Farming

How to Become Certified Organic

  • Certification Regulations
  • Who Must be Certified
      Crop & Pasture Certification
      Dairy Farm Certification
      Livestock Certification
      Processor Certification
  • Organizations Providing Organic Certification Services
  • Organic Certification Fee Reimbursement Program

Marketing Organic Crops

  • Resources for Marketing Organic Products
      Organic Pricing
      Organic Milk Buyers
      Direct Marketing
      Potential National Buyers
      Overseas Markets & Certification Requirements
  • Wholesale Processing Market

Certified Organic Farm Production in New York State

  • Certified Organic Farm Production in New York State
  • Crops by Acres in Organic Production in 2005
  • Industry Growth

Consumer Information

  • Organic Labels
      “100% Organic”
      “Made with Organic Ingredients”
  • Organic Farm Requirements in Brief
  • Organic Farming & Pesticides
  • Organic Milk Production
  • Organic Meat Production
  • National List of Non-Organic Food & Feed Additives & Prohibited Substances
  • Organic Farms that are not Certified Organic
  • Genetically Modified Organisms & Organic Foods
  • Natural Foods are not Necessarily Organic

Finding Organic Food and Farms Near You

  • New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets services
  • Resources for Locating Organic Farms
      Organic Certification Organization Lists
      Regional Farm Listings

Community Supported Agriculture and Organic Farming

  • Is a CSA organic if it isn’t certified organic?
  • Resources for CSAs

Organic Farming Organizations and Activities in  New York State

  • New York State-based Farmer Organizations
  • Alfred State
  • Cornell University

Resources for Organic Farming Information

  • Is Organic Farming Right for You?
  • CSAs
  • Farmer Groups Providing Recommendations for Reading and Resources
  • Industry Trends & Growth
  • Organic Dairy Farming
  • Organic Soil Fertility
  • Organic Insect & Disease Control
  • Weed Management
  • Animal Health & Nutrition
  • Organic Farming Inputs & Products
  • Technical Assistance