Organic is the RIght Choice.
What is Organic Agriculture?
The United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) defines organic agriculture as “an ecological production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. It is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs and on management practices that restore, maintain or enhance ecological harmony. The primary goal of organic agriculture is to optimize the health and productivity of interdependent communities of soil life, plants, animals and people.” (NOSB, 1997)
Buy Organic in RI
To find a list of Farms, Farmers Markets or Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in RI, visit these websites:
- RI Department of Environmental Management, Division of Agriculture
- Farm Fresh Rhode Island – Organic Farms
- Farm Fresh Rhode Island – Farmers Market
- Farm Fresh Rhode Island – CSAs
- Little City Growers Cooperative
- Backyard Farms CSA
RI Certified Operations
View lists of RI certified organic farms, processor and businesses:
- RIDEM-Certified Organic & Transitional Farms & Handlers List
- USDA NOP List of All RI Certified Organic Operations
How Organic Farmers Grow
Each organic certifier is responsible for approving inputs their clients use. Certifiers can use OMRI, EPA or other certifier lists as their approved product lists. View NOP’s program handbook explaining how certifiers determine allowed inputs here.
To view the most recent list of OMRI-approved products, click here. To receive notices of OMRI list updates, join the email distribution list by contacting Matt Green,Organic Certification Program, RI Department of Environmental Management, Division of Agriculture and Resource Marketing, call (401) 222-2781 x 4509 or write 235 Promenade Street, Providence, RI 02908-5767.
Learn about the RI Organic Certification process here.
View the free Organic Growing and Certification Guides by the National Organic Program (NOP) here.