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Learn About Transitioning to Organic

Thinking about making the organic jump? The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association created an interactive video series made for farmers thinking about becoming certified organic produce.

USDA-AMS is the agency that administers the National Organic Program, and its website features helpful resources including a review of the basic steps to become a certified organic operation.

For more in-depth information, review the Guide for Organic Crop Producers (PDF) and the Guide for Organic Crop Processors (PDF).

Free Technical Assistance for Organic Transition

In partnership with service providers, the PA Department of Agriculture offers on-farm technical assistance for Pennsylvania producers interested in transitioning to organic. Technical assistance provides one-on-one on-farm consultations on these topics and more:

  • Weed management guidance
  • Crop rotation planning
  • Equipment advice
  • Benchmark soil sample analysis
  • Fertility recommendations
  • Recordkeeping guidance
  • Organic system plan & certification assistance
  • Connection to financial resources

To learn more about these services, please contact:
Kristen Markley | Organic Initiative Manager
PA Department of Agriculture
Phone:  717.787.6006 | Mobile:  717.585.4427

Agricultural Business Development Center

The Agricultural Business Development Center (ABDC) provides free support to Pennsylvania farmers. Free services include sound business planning, strategic farm expansion, diversification of agricultural production, financial and technical expertise and efficient transitions of farm ownership. 

The ABDC supports Farm Transitions, linking farmers to the next phase of their life and their farm's future; Beginning Farmers, providing advice and counsel to the next generation of Pennsylvania producers; Risk Management, providing information on crop insurance and other risk management options; and Financial Assistance, connecting farmers with low-interest loan options and reimbursable grant programs.

For more information on these free services: