Partners & Outside Resources

VOF relies on strong partnerships and collaborations to help organic producers achieve success. There are many organizations that provide important resources for organic producers. Below are a few we feel provide essential services for organic producers.

Organic Education

NOFA-VT is a non-profit that provides organic education and advocacy. NOFA-VT is the sole member-owner of the LLC of Vermont Organic Farmers. Through on-farm workshops, the NOFA-VT Winter Conference, and direct technical education and business support, as well as advocacy and policy efforts, NOFA works to strengthen organic and sustainable production in the state and beyond. 

ATTRA is a program developed and managed by the  National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). ATTRA provides information and technical assistance to those involved in sustainable and organic agriculture in the United States.

Rodale Institute does independent agricultural research in the field. Their research department is committed to building healthy soil through organic practices.

National Resource Conservation Service has posted an extensive collection of organic and sustainable agriculture webinars.

The National Organic Program has developed a virtual learning center to educate producers, inspectors and certification staff on the organic regulations. 

IFOAM - Organics International has occupied an unchallenged position as the only international umbrella organization of the organic world, uniting an enormous diversity of stakeholders contributing to the organic vision


Organic Inspector Training & Certifier Support

The International Organic Inspectors Training (IOIA) is a non-profit professional organization of organic inspectors and offers training and networking world-wide for crop, livestock, and processing inspectors.


The Accredited Certifiers Association, Inc. (ACA) is a non-profit educational organization created to benefit the accredited organic certifier community and the organic industry.


Organic Advocacy & Policy Groups

The National Organic Coalition (NOC) is a non-profit national alliance of organizations working to provide a "Washington voice" for farmers, ranchers, environmentalists, consumers, and industry members involved in organic agriculture.

The mission of the Organic Farmers Association non-profit is to provide a strong and unified national voice for domestic certified organic producers.


Add-On Certification Programs

The following programs are working to advance organic farming and processing in the spirit of one of the founding values of the organic movement- continuous improvement. It is our hope that these programs will help to advance organic agricultural practices in ways that the NOP cannot or has not yet. This includes justice for workers and farmers and prohibiting soilless production.