The Garden State Sets Organic Standards

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The label 'organic' carries rights and regulations.

While what is Organic can vary from state to state, in New Jersey farmers must have:

  • 3 years with no application of prohibited materials (no synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or GMOs) prior to harvest of the first certified organic crop;
  • Implementation of an Organic System Plan, with proactive fertility systems;
  • Conservation measures; environmentally sound manure, weed, disease, and pest
  • Management practices; and soil building crop rotation systems;
  • Use of natural inputs and/or approved synthetic substances on the National List;
  • No use of prohibited substances while certified;
  • No use of genetically engineered organisms, (GMOs)
  • No sewage sludge or irradiation;
  • Use of organic seeds, when commercially available;
  • Use of organic seedlings for annual crops;
  • Restrictions on use of raw manure and compost;
  • Maintenance of buffer zones, depending on risk of contamination; and
  • No residues of prohibited substances exceeding 5% of the EPA tolerance.

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