As the chart below indicates, organic is growing in leaps and bounds in the State of Maine.
Maine Organic Farmers and Gardener’s Assn (MOFGA) certifies as Organic about 540 operations, over 450 of those are farms. Certified Organic farms represents 5.5% of all Maine farms.
The largest Organic Certifier in the United States is CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers) and they certify 2300 farmers. Assuming for the moment all of CCOF’s certified farms are in California, Maine has 6x the number of Certified Organic farmers per capita as does California. If Maine’s population were to suddenly burgeon to that of California – Heaven Forbid! – and we maintained our proportion of organic farms, Maine would have 13,500 Certified Organic farms, or over 30 organic farmers per Maine Township. Jim