The Standards

NOFA OLC Standards

The Organic Land Care Committee first developed NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care, Practices for Design and Maintenance of Ecological Landscapes in 2001 to present a vision of how organic agricultural principles can be applied to the landscaping profession. Through an education and accreditation program based on these Standards, we hope to make available to the public organic landscaping services that will meet or exceed these standards. We also hope to educate the public about the importance of using standards-based organic landscaping services, because - unlike agriculture - in landscaping there is currently no regulation on using the word “organic.”  The Committee reviews and updates these Standards approximately every three years. The fifth edition, published January 2011, is now available.

NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care, 5th edition, January 2011,  pdf

 

Other Standards for Organic Landscaping

Oregon Tilth has recently develop a similar organic land care program in Oregon using our Standards and Accreditation program as a model (with our permission and support). Please visit their website to find out more http://tilth.org/education-research/organic-land-care-accreditation

Society for Organic Urban Land Care in Victoria, B.C., Canada, has developed a Canadian standard for organic land care with similar goals. They have a 4th edition, 2007, available online at http://www.organiclandcare.org/standard.html