Caitlin Frame and Andy Smith are young MOFGA-Certified Organic family farmers in Monmouth, an hour north of Portland, Maine. Please consider this video MUST WATCH as these farmers candidly describe the existential dilemma being faced by family-scale organic dairy farmers being forced out-of-business by illegal corporate CAFOs and the innovative efforts they are performing in order to survive.
So far, over 200,000 people have watched this video!
Caitlin and Andy were one of the pioneering 50 farms that participated last Summer in the Pilot Program of the ‘Real Organic Project.’
ROP’s mission is to create a nation-wide “Add-On” program to supplement faltering USDA Certified Organic. When operational, ROP certification will allow consumers to identify and source authentic (“Real”) organic products from honest Certified Organic family farmers who steadfastly believe in and adhere to strict traditional organic standards.
Fraudulent CAFOs and soil-less Corporate Hydroponic operations which illegally label their goods “organic” are banned from ROP program.
Jim is bringing his 25 years’ experience on MOFGA’s Certification Committee to ROP and serves on the ROP Standards Committee.
Wood Prairie Family Farm was another of the 50 Pilot Farms which passed ROP organic inspection in 2018.
Caleb, Jim & Megan