River Friendly Farm Certification evaluates agricultural practices based on five categories: Soil Health, Nutrient Management, Pest Management, Farmstead Management, and Waterway Protection.
Within each category, there are criteria that, if applicable to the product growth/production, must be met for the farm to quality as River-Friendly Certified.
To qualify for the River Friendly Farm Certification, applicants must meet every relevant criterion.
In most cases, applicants will be prompted to select one or more techniques or practices they employ related to the criteria. These are designed to guide the subsequent narrative description. There is no minimum number needed to qualify for any given criteria.
In the “Description” area, applicants must record a detailed description of the best management practices they employ to achieve the criteria. If the applicant is claiming an exemption, please describe why your farm qualifies for an exemption.
Responses will be verified by an approved by an independent River Friendly Farm certifying agent during an on-site visit.