Strategies for Transitioning Producers


Workshop audio recording from the 2017 MOSES Organic Farming Conference.


Nate Lewis and Julia Barton
Friday Session II

As you’re learning organic standards, devising your Organic System Plan, and putting that new system in place on the ground, you still need your farm to remain financially viable. We will discuss production issues as well as programs, resources, and technical assistance to help you through transition. We’ll also talk about a proposed label that could let you earn a premium for your transitional products.

Nate Lewis is the farm policy director for the Organic Trade Association, supporting OTA’s Farmer Advisory Council and its organic farmer members. He also provides analysis of policy issues that affect organic crop and livestock producers. Nate is a farmer, too, and is currently transitioning his farm to organic.

Julia Barton has worked for OEFFA Certification since 2012. She helps producers transitioning to organic understand the organic certification process and standards. Julia and her husband run Octagon Acres, a small, certified organic vegetable operation in Northeast Ohio. They are transitioning the balance of the farm to organic production.