Real Organic Project

We Are The Organic Movement

East Thetford, VT   |  https://www.realorganicproject.org

Mission

The Real Organic Project's mission is to grow people’s understanding of foundational organic values and practices— crops grown in soil and livestock raised on pasture are fundamental to organic farming.

Ruling year info

2018

Co-Director

Dave Chapman

Co-Director

Linley Dixon

Main address

82 Wilson Rd

East Thetford, VT 05043 USA

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EIN

82-4466391

NTEE code info

Garden Club, Horticultural Programs (C42)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Real Organic Project is a farmer-led movement created to distinguish soil-grown and pasture-raised products under USDA organic. In response to the lack of enforcement of some vital USDA Organic standards to protect soil health and animal welfare, organic farmers are rallying together to fight to protect the integrity of the organic label.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Add-On Certification Program

Real Organic Project's certification program operates as an add-on label to USDA certified organic. This means that we only certify farms that are already certified organic as a baseline. Real Organic certification verifies that farms grow their plants in healthy, living soil and raise their animals humanely and on pasture. Real Organic certification helps farmers and consumers differentiate farms that are growing their animals and crops to not only the letter, but also the spirit, of the certified organic standards.

Population(s) Served
Farmers
Adults

The Real Organic Project Symposium is an annual interactive virtual series of talks with more than 50 prominent organic farmers, scientists, climate activists, and food system advocates. The symposium is an educational collaboration bringing together farmers and eaters who are building a saner agriculture for a better future.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Students
Farmers

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Farmers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric tracks the number of USDA organic farms across the country that have sought out and successfully completed the Real Organic certification process.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Real Organic Project exists to take back the word “Organic” from industrial profiteers.

We do this by:

* Identifying, organizing and promoting Real Organic farmers.
* Educating eaters and connecting them to Real Organic farmers.
* Pressuring the USDA to enforce the organic rules with integrity and transparency.

Real Organic Projects' strategies to take back the word Organic include:

* Real Organic certification and label verifying organic farms that foster soil health and animal welfare.
* An annual Real Organic Project Symposium connecting organic farmers, food system advocates and the public.
* A weekly newsletter and podcast series educating and organizing farmers and eaters in the movement.
* Advocacy and organizing to pressure USDA and corporations when organic greenwashing is exposed.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Real Organic Project

Board of directors
as of 1/27/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dave Chapman

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/25/2022,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

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