State of organics

Eight Mile Creek Farm

Eight Mile Creek Farm, a certified organic farm in Westerlo.

Agriculture fact of the day: New York State had the third most certified organic farms* in the nation in 2011, with 597 -- according to the USDA. The two states ahead of it: California, with 1,898; and Oregon, with 870. New York ranks 4th in total acreage for organic farms. [USDA]

The state's certified organic farms produced products worth about $107 million. But almost half those farms had sales of less than $50,000 a year. About 40 had sales of more than $500,000.

The number one product from New York organic farms, by total sales value: organic milk, which makes up more than half of organic sales by farms (about $60 million). Certified organic milk represented about 1.5 percent of the state's total milk production by volume, and more than 2 percent by sales. [TU] [USDA]

* There are farms that adhere to many organic practices, but aren't necessarily certified organic. This number doesn't include them.

Earlier on AOA:
+ The organic milk shortage
+ Touring the Hilltowns, a farm at a time


This is great news. Let's hope fracking doesn't ruin it.

I love the photo with this post. That farm looks so peaceful.

@Kristi: When I visited that farm earlier this year, Pam McSweeney -- the owner -- described it as her "oasis" and talked about how it makes her feel calm and close to nature. The place is like something out a kids book about farms.

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