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Let's Go Organic

The Transition to Organic Partnership Program (TOPP) is a network assembled by the USDA’s National Organic Program to support transitioning and organic producers with mentorship and resources.

We are six regions working together nationwide towards a common goal:
to grow the network of organic producers.

With TOPP, producers transitioning to organic will find support through the transition and certification process. Mentorship, workshops, webinars, field days, technical assistance, and other educational events will offer opportunities to learn about organic production, the certification process, market opportunities, and more.

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Find your region below to learn more about mentorship, events, and resources.

Join Our Mentorship Program

The TOPP mentorship program builds connections between experienced organic producers and producers transitioning to organic, supports the transition process, and creates a stronger network of organic producers across the United States.

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Dan Paulsen (NRCS) and Roger, soy beans, Roger, Lansink Organic Farms, Odebolt, IA

For Mentees

Transitioning producers gain support, guidance, and development through mentorship.

As a transitioning producer you will receive free mentorship from an experienced organic producer. Mentors and transitioning producers will work together to set goals for the mentorship year and will form a strong network of organic producers across the region.

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Eric, Nelson Organics, Pendleton, OR

For Mentors

Mentors play a crucial role in helping new organic producers succeed while growing the organic movement.

As a mentor, you will have the opportunity to guide and support producers who are transitioning to organic, providing them with valuable insights, practical advice, and industry best practices. Mentorship training, time, and travel are paid. All crop and livestock producers are welcome to apply!

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Upcoming Events

southeast
Feb26

Organic TA Office Hours

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10:00 am - 11:00 am (CST) | Zoom

Virtual TA Office Hours

Farmers in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi, join NCAT’s Organic TA Office Hours to get answers to your questions! The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is offering farmers free Technical Assistance each month over Zoom. Join NCAT staff online to ask questions about transitioning to organic and certification, developing your Organic System Plans (OSPs), and more.

Register in advance through Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMpcu2ppjosG9X-9IfwFXSjBvZgewME5z8U

Questions? Contact Felicia Bell at feliciab@ncat.org.

west-southwest
Feb27

Organic Office Hours

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm (PST) | Online

Virtual - Drop-in, technical assistance. No registration required.

Curious about what it takes to transition your operation to organic? Or a newly certified producer with questions on how to stay in compliance? Just ask Jamie! Join weekly zooms with organic expert, farmer, and inspector Jamie Collins from Serendipity Farms and learn about Organic certification, Organic System Plans, how to certify organic, and more.  All questions and experience levels welcome!

Join office hours any and every Tuesday, 11am-noon PST via zoom.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89941176462?pwd=EGapsifPoPsOvOjCTGaOU1BruUKNdC.1
Meeting ID: 899 4117 6462
Passcode: organic

If this time does not work, email organictransitionprogram@gmail.com to schedule a consultation with Jamie.

northwest
Feb28

Why Organic? A Conversation with farmers and advocates in the Organic Landscape

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4:00 pm - 5:30 pm (Pacific) | Online

Virtual Workshop

This event will be held in English and Spanish.

Where does organic certification stand in today’s sustainable food system landscape? What are the actual benefits of certifying your small farm? Hear from organic leaders from Rodale Institute, National Organic Coalition and Viva Farms. Together, we will discuss the history of organic, how it can contribute to your marketing and sustainability plans, alternative certification opportunities, and more – all in the context of the rapidly growing crisis of climate change. Viva Farms is proud to host this workshop and make it available to farmers and food systems leaders across the country via Zoom. This work is brought to you in part by the USDA’s Transition to Organic Partnership Program.

¿Qué lugar ocupa la certificación orgánica en el panorama actual de los sistemas alimentarios sostenibles? ¿Cuáles son los beneficios reales de certificar su pequeña explotación agrícola? Escuche a los líderes ecológicos del Instituto Rodale, la Coalición Nacional Ecológica y Viva Farms. Juntos, vamos a discutir la historia de la agricultura orgánica, cómo puede contribuir a sus planes de marketing y sostenibilidad, oportunidades de certificación alternativas, y mucho más – todo ello en el contexto de la creciente crisis del cambio climático. Viva Farms se enorgullece de acoger este taller y ponerlo a disposición de los agricultores y los líderes de los sistemas alimentarios de todo el país a través de Zoom. Este trabajo es traído a usted en parte por la transición del USDA al Programa de Asociación Orgánica.

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Feb29

Soil Amendments for Organic Farms

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11:45 am - 1:00 pm (EST) | Online

Virtual Workshop

This webinar will discuss a soil health-based approach to using soil amendments on organic farms. We will review chemical soil testing and help attendees understand how to correctly identify and apply organic-certified amendments. This session is geared towards farming mentees in the Transition to Organic Partnership Program (TOPP) mentorship program.

southeast
Mar01

Organic Commodities and Livestock Conference

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8:00 am - 4:00 pm (EST) | 408 Garner Chapel Road Mount Olive, NC 28365

Conference

In partnership with North Carolina State University, the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association hosts the annual Organic Commodities and Livestock Conference as a one-day conference each winter in North Carolina.

This event centers on certified organic commodities, commercial-scale specialty crops, and pasture-based livestock. The conference is a full day of educational sessions, research updates, panel discussions, and networking.

Learn more and register: Organic Commodities & Livestock Conference – Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

News

Texas TOPP Newsletter February 2024

February 05, 2024
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Alaska Food Policy Council Annual Conference

January 08, 2024

Midwest TOPP Newsletter November 2023

November 30, 2023
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Organic Workforce Development

November 30, 2023
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Year In Review

November 30, 2023
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Transition to Organic Partnership Program Releases National TOPP Website

October 04, 2023
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Texas TOPP News October 2023

October 03, 2023
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Midwest TOPP Newsletter September 2023

September 20, 2023
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GROWING ORGANIC COMMUNITY

September 20, 2023
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INCLUDING NRCS IN YOUR TOPP PROJECTS

September 20, 2023
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Meet TOPP

September 20, 2023
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