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Our mission is to grow people’s understanding of foundational organic values and practices. Our first goal is to create an add-on label to USDA certified organic to provide more transparency on organic farming practices.

Enid Wonnacott marches at an early rally for Keeping the Soil in USDA organic.

Crops grown in soil and livestock raised on pasture are fundamental to organic farming.

The Real Organic Project is family farmer-driven and embraces centuries-old organic farming practices along with new scientific knowledge of ecological farming. Healthy soil equals healthy crops and livestock, which equals healthy people and a healthy climate.







Kate Duesterberg and Enid Wonnacott Leading Marchers at Thetford Rally
Kate Duesterberg and Enid Wonnacott Leading Marchers at Thetford Rally

The USDA has recently embraced hydroponics as organic and has dropped the proposed rule on animal welfare. This has created a disconnect between organic farming's role in fostering healthy soils and practices now allowed under the organic seal. Many farmers feel the USDA organic label no longer adequately reflects how we farm, and many in our community feel a loss of identity within the label. Our community worked for years to build an organic label that people can trust.

Much about the National Organic Program is a success and most of the farms being certified deserve to be called real organic.

But the farm products from a minority of operations now being certified are at odds with the original intent of organic farming. Unfortunately, these industrial monoculture and confinement operations produce a large and growing proportion of the food labeled organic on the market today.

With our add-on, farmers are creating a new way of communicating our practices to eaters who care. USDA organic certification is a prerequisite to participate in the add-on program. Our simple goal is transparency in the marketplace. Through this effort, we have brought together farmers, scientists, eaters, and advocates whose common interest is to support real organic farming.

Our strategy is educational. Our goal is transformational!

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The Real Organic Project is a family-farmer driven effort to educate and connect organic farmers and eaters.

Checks in any amount can be mailed to:
Real Organic Project
82 Wilson Rd
East Thetford VT 05043 Feeling broke? We still want you to become a member:
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