Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
(850) 617-7301 Fax
Division of Marketing and Development
The Mayo Building
407 S. Calhoun St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0800
Organic refers to a specific method of growing and processing foods, and is defined as produce grown, packaged and stored without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or irradiation. Instead, organic farmers use a blend of old and new technologies and scientific research to restore and maintain ecological harmony. They work with nature to build and replenish the nutrients in the soil through crop rotations, composting and cultivation. Healthy soils produce healthy plants that are naturally more pest and disease resistant.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services does not certify or regulate organic farms in Florida. Farmers wishing to obtain organic certification may do so through the Accredited Certifying Agents (ACAs) that are listed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
USDA's National Organic Program regulates the standards for any farm, wild crop harvesting, or handling operation that wants to sell an agricultural product as organically produced, and provides a searchable database of Accredited Certifying Agents.