Our Virtual Symposium Returns in 2022!

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We're proud to showcase interviews with: Michael Pollan, Leah Penniman, Dan Barber, Lindsey Lusher Shute, Paul Hawken, John Tester, Chellie Pingree, Eliot Coleman, Severine Von Tscharner, David Bronner, Dan Barber, Jack Algiere, Doug and Anna Jones Crabtree, Earl Ransom, Helen Kees, Bob Quinn, Dr. Melinda Hemmelgarn, Dr. Francis Thicke, Dru Rivers, Joan Gussow, Paul Muller, Bob Klein, Rosie Burroughs, Scott Park, Kevin Engelbert, Jim Durst, Amanda Starbuck, Ed Maltby, Alan Lewis, Mark Kastel, Amy Klippenstein, Paul Lacinski, Mark McAfee, and much more!

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Why Real Organic Matters:

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Farmers across the country have come together to build the Real Organic Project. 


    • Industrial powers are changing the definition of USDA organic.
    • Real organic farmers are struggling to compete in a dishonest marketplace.
    • Eaters are deceived as to what they are getting at grocery stores.
    • Real organic choices are disappearing from the shelves.
    • The Real Organic Project seal will allow farmers and eaters to connect in the stores.

Now, we need YOU to join hands with our farmers and help grow the movement

Real Organic Means Growing Food In Soil

Real Organic Means Raising Animals On Pasture

Real Organic
Near You

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Know Your

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Real Organic

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Apply For
ROP Certification
in 20 minutes

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April 3+4
Dartmouth Symposium

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Our mission is to grow people’s understanding of foundational organic values and practices; crops grown in soil and livestock raised on pasture are fundamental to organic farming.

Our first goal is to create an add-on label to USDA certified organic to provide more transparency on organic farming practices.

Today, the lobbying efforts of Big Ag have ultimately won, allowing the input-dependent confined animal operations and hydroponic industries to bend the rules for their own benefit.

Family farmers meeting the letter and spirit of organic law are suffering while consumers are once again in need of transparency in the market place.

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Real Organic Farms:

Increase Soil Fertility
Promote Biological Diversity
Rotate Animals on Pasture
Improve the Sustainability of Farm Systems
Build Community

“Real organic farming is a circle of endless renewal and it can succeed wherever there is soil.”
Eliot Coleman