Florida Certified Organic Growers & Consumers
Founded in 1987, Florida Certified Organic Growers & Consumers is a human services nonprofit focused on alliances & advocacy. It is a relatively small organization, with $3.3m in revenue and 42 employees. Florida Certified Organic Growers & Consumers is headquartered in Gainesville, FL and its COO is Ram Balasubramanian as of December, 2018.
Quality certification services (qcs) offers usda iso guide 17065 and usda national organic program accredited certification options for farming, wildcrafting, livestock, processing, packing and handling operations. Qcs certifies more than 1100 farms and processors in 38 states and 17 countries, meeting the needs of operations regardless of type, location or size. Qcs offers the following certification options: certified organic, certified transitional, certified hormone, antibiotic free, organic aquaculture, globalg.a.p., produce harmonized gap, qcs aquaponics gap, food justice certification, and specific trade practices.
The education and outreach program promotes organic and sustainable agriculture and healthy and just food systems, working diligently to educate producers, consumers, media, institutions and governments about the benefits of organic and sustainable agriculture. Staff present tours, conferences, workshops, classes and other educational opportunities to a wide audience ranging from school children to farmers and agronomists in the united states and foreign countries on topics including, but not limited to: organic and sustainable farming practices, farm bill programs and opportunities, certification options, food systems, issues related to social justice and opportunities and challenges of the organic market place. It also operates direct projects that serve to help some of those most in need while serving as a model for others.