Marin Organic Certified Agriculture (MOCA)

Stefan P. Parnay, Agriculture, Weights and Measures - Marin County

The Marin County Department of Agriculture is accredited by the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) as an official organic certification agency. Marin Organic Certified Organic Agriculture (MOCA) serves the local agricultural community who are promoting sustainable farming practices. Organic production systems strive to achieve agro-ecosystems that are ecologically, socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable. Organic farming emphasizes a greater cooperation with nature without reliance on synthetic inputs. All California organic producers register in their principal county of operation.

Consumer demand for certified organic products is increasing with an expectation by consumers that organic products are verifiable. MOCA was developed to provide a professional service to local individual and business operations engaged in the production and distribution of organically grown commodities. The main duty of MOCA is to uphold the standards of the USDA National Organic Program, and document/verify operations’ practices of sustainable agriculture. One of the most important benefits of the MOCA program is as a local service that promotes productions of organic value-added products by Marin’s family farms.

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