MFM Membership Rules
Morningside Farmers' Market Membership Rules
Adopted Feb 1997 Updated September 24, 2015
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The Morningside Farmers’ Market (MFM) is a producer-only market. It was founded to provide organic, local products to Atlanta consumers. The Market works to support local organic growers by providing a direct market for their products in an atmosphere that is conducive to the exchange of information and ideas between the original producer and the consumer. It aims to educate Georgia consumers about the importance of organic agricultural systems and larger issues surrounding ecology and organic food production.
Along with certified organic producers, we welcome farmers who are organic under the $5,000 rule of the National Organic Standards, as well as producers of value-added food stuffs and hand-crafted goods that reflect the same values of sustainability as employed by the farmers and which meet our established standards.
LOCATION, DATES & HOURS OF OPERATION
The Morningside Farmers’ Market is located in the parking area at 1393 N. Highland Avenue. MFM operates every Saturday, year-round. Hours of operation are 7:30 am to 11:30 am from April 1st to Dec. 31st and 8:00 am to 11:30 am from Jan. 1st through Mar. 31st.
Active Members: Any individual who is actively engaged in the production of the products he/she sells, who is the original producer of all such products, and who meets the qualifications for membership of the corporation as stated in Article V, Section 6 of the MFM by-laws and the requirements set forth below, may become an active member upon application, acceptance by the Board of Directors, and payment of dues. The Board of Directors of the corporation shall have the power at any time to determine who is eligible for active membership according to the rules of the corporation and to set a limit on the number of active members according to the size and number of selling locations.
A. Active members are members who represent producers/purveyors who have sold at markets operated by the corporation for at least 22 weeks during the previous season. Such members are active market members. This requirement may be changed by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.
B. Active members are eligible to reserve a space for the season if available. This requirement may be changed by a majority vote of the Board. Reservations are made per member unit. The procedure for reservations will be determined by the Board of Directors.
C. Active members are the voting members of the corporation. One vote is allotted per member unit.
D. At least one member of each active producer/purveyor unit must attend one
general membership meeting each year.
E. Active members must allow their farms to be inspected by a committee designated by The Board of Directors whenever such an inspection is requested by the Board.
F. Members must reapply annually for membership before April 1st.
Associate Members: Any producer/purveyor who is actively engaged in the production of the products he/she sells, who is the original producer of all such products, and who meets the qualifications for membership as stated in Article V, Section 6 of the MFM by-laws and the requirements set forth below, may become an associate member upon application, acceptance by the Board of Directors, and payment of dues. The Board of Directors shall have the power at any time to determine who is eligible for associate membership according to the rules of the corporation and to set a limit on the number of associate members according to the size and number of selling locations.
WHAT CAN BE SOLD
1. Any vegetable grown by the vendor which meets certified organic standards.
2. Any fruits, nuts or berries grown by the vendor which meet certified organic
3. Any plant grown by the vendor which meets certified organic standards.
4. Eggs produced by the vendor’s poultry which meets MFM standards.
5. Honey produced by the vendor’s bees which meets MFM standards.
6. Baked goods made by the vendor which meet MFM standards.
7. Value-added products, including cheese, produced by the vendor which meet MFM
8. Fresh cut or dried flowers grown by the vendor which meet certified organic
9. Fire wood, cut by the vendor.
10. Compost produced and bagged by the vendor.
11. Fish and meat from animals raised on the vendor’s premises, which meets MFM
12. Fish and seafood which is wild harvested in a sustainable manner by the vendor.
(Exempted from geographic limits.)
13. Crafts items must be handmade locally.
GUIDELINES FOR VENDORS
1. All vendors must be paid members in good standing of the Morningside Farmers' Market (MFM).
2. All vendors must have all required Georgia Department of Agriculture certifications and applicable licenses. Please see MFM standards and application for details.
3. All produce farmers must be certified organic by a USDA-approved certifying body, or must be covered by the under $5,000 rule of the National Organic Standards. Produce vendors shall display their certification clearly at their market stand.
4. The Board of Directors of the Morningside Farmers Market reserves the right to prohibit any vendor from selling at the market for any reason.
5. Farmer members who produce crafts and value-added items will receive preference in selling these items at market.
6. Non-organic products will be taken on a case-by-case basis by the MFM Board of
Directors to determine how to proceed. It is the right of the MFM to prohibit the
selling of non-organic products, in order to preserve the reputation of the market. If the Board of Directors determines that a non-organic product may be sold, that item shall be clearly indicated as such with signage. Preference will be given to certified organic products. All efforts shall be made to give reasonable notice to vendors whose items are subject to removal.
7. For all non-certified organic products such as meats or value added products, vendors must submit the MFM producer declarations and adhere to MFM standards.
8. All new vendor applications will be juried by the MFM Board of Directors to determine if the product fits within the makeup of the market.
9. All vendors must allow their farm or place of business to be inspected by a
representative(s) designated by the board of directors, before being approved for sales and whenever such an inspection is requested by the board.
10. All vendors must live and produce all products being sold within the State of Georgia or within 150 miles of Atlanta.
11. All produce must be of highest quality. The MFM Board of Directors will make every effort to resolve any issues that arise about the quality of a vendor's produce.
12. All vendors selling by the pound must use a certified scale.
13. All vendors, their employees and associates shall dress and act in a professional manner with customers, vendors and staff.
14. All food vendors must carry liability insurance and must provide proof of insurance to the market manager. The Morningside Market only carries General Liability insurance for the market and does not cover vendors’ products or businesses.
15. CSA distribution is not permitted at MFM. Marketing for CSAs is acceptable, as long as the items in the vendor's CSA program meet MFM standards and 80% are produced by the vendor. Marketing of vendor home delivery services or CSA's where products offered are not 80% vendor produced or in accordance with MFM standards is not permitted.
16. The prices of all products offered for sale at market shall be indicated plainly by tags or labels on products or on the booth table immediately adjacent to where the products are placed. For products that are not displayed on a booth table, a price list shall be clearly visible at the booth for customers to see. Failure to mark products with clear pricing can result in Market Manager or Board Director to have product removed from sale at market.
FEES & RESERVATIONS
1. For new vendors seeking membership, there is a $30 non-refundable application fee which must be submitted with the application and related documents.
2. Each vendor must pay an annual non-refundable membership fee of $30 payable
before April 1 of each calendar year or before first sale.
3. Weekly vendor fees are $25.00 for 10 x 10 spaces or $50.00 for 10 x 15 spaces. 10 x15 spaces require a one year commitment with fees payable all weeks the market is open. Arrangements may be made to accommodate half spaces. (Note: 10 x 15 spaces are limited and are available only for active members.)
4. It is the responsibility of each vendor to submit their weekly fees to the Market
Manager before the end of each market day. If a vendor does not pay their fees in a timely manner, that vendor may not reserve a booth for the following week, or any subsequent week until such time that all fees have been paid to MFM.
5. Receipts shall be given to all vendors by the market manager to insure fairness and accuracy of accounting.
6. Vendors are responsible for collecting and paying sales tax.
7. Any member in good standing can request an annual accounting of MFM market
receipts and such request shall be honored within four weeks.
8. Week-to-week reservations are made by calling the Market Manager. The
assignments will be made on seniority for active members and a first-come first served basis for associate members. Yearly booth reservations are available for active members. These reservations are subject to MFM Board of Directors assignment based on seniority and market needs.
9. If a vendor is not able to participate on a particular Saturday, the vendor must let the Market Manager know by the preceding Wednesday. If notice is not given, the vendor will be subjected to the booth fees for that day, since the space could have been used for another vendor. Lack of compliance may lead to alteration in
BOOTH & PARKING
1. Vendors must have vehicles out of the parking lot 30 minutes prior to the start of market and be completed with setup by the start of market.
2. Vendors may not move their vehicles in or out of the market area during the hours of operation.
3. Vendor vehicles are only permitted on the site for active loading and unloading.
4. All booths and vehicles must be cleared of the parking lot no more than 30 minutes after the close of market. Vendors may not leave vehicles in the parking lot after market.
5. No sales may be made after the close of market in order to clear the parking lot in a timely manner.
6. Vendors are responsible for their own display, tables, umbrellas, and money; for keeping booth space clean and tidy; and for cleaning up before leaving. A broom will be available for vendors upon request.
7. Vendors must keep all sidewalks and designated walkways clear. If the market manager determines that a vendor is not staying within the allotted width, the vendor may be required to pay extra booth fees. Vendors are to respect each other’s spaces and not crowd other vendors, sidewalks or designated walkways.
WEEKLY CUSTOMER NEWSLETTER
The weekly customer newsletter is critically important to customers for planning their shopping at market each Saturday. It is the responsibility of each vendor who will sell at market on the upcoming Saturday to publish their product list for the weekly customer newsletter, by the newsletter deadline, end of day 11:59 PM Wednesday.
If a vendor who will sell at market on the upcoming Saturday does not publish their product list for the customer newsletter by the deadline: the first time within each calendar year, the vendor will receive a written notice by email, with a reminder about the deadline; for the remainder of that calendar year, each subsequent time a vendor does not publish a product list for the customer newsletter by the deadline, the weekly vendor fee will be $20 more for that week (or if the vendor is not at market that week, then the weekly vendor fee will be $20 more for the next week the vendor is at market). The increased booth fee is not intended to be a money-maker for the market, and Morningside Market Inc will donate any additional amount collected related to this rule, to a charity of its choosing.
MARKETING & CHEF DEMO
1. Prior to each chef demo, the Demonstration Manager walks the guest chef of the week around the market to greet all the vendors and discuss your products. We ask that all farmers offer the chef whatever they may need for their cooking demo. You will know what the chef will be working with in advance and can be prepared.
2. Once a month, the Market Manager will request a produce and other products forecast from the membership. Your response is required, as it is essential to adequately plan for chef demonstrations, education, festival activities and publicity for the MFM.
ENFORCEMENT & BOARD OF DIRECTORS
1. The MFM Board of Directors reserves the right to inspect any MFM Member's farm or place of production at any time. Such inspections may or may not be announced. The primary purpose will be to determine whether the Member is in compliance with MFM rules and by-laws.
2. The Morningside Farmers’ Market Membership rules and by-laws will be enforced by the MFM Board of Directors and the Market Manager. If a vendor appears to be in violation of rules or by-laws, the Board of Directors shall address the issue by granting the vendor an opportunity to provide information on their behalf. The Board shall make a determination as to whether there has been a violation and shall determine its enforcement actions at its sole discretion in a manner it deems fair and just.
3. The Board of Directors retains the right to limit or revoke any vendor's membership in the MFM at any time for any reason.
Morningside Farmers Market Value-Added Products Standards:
These standards apply to the following types of items which may be submitted for approval for sale to the MFM: jams, preserves, jellies, pastas, charcuterie, cheese, pickles, juices, frozen or dried fruit and vegetables, granola, sauces, baked goods, and other prepared food items.
MFM requires that 80% of the ingredients by total volume in these value-added products be certified organic to be sold at the market. The vendor shall be required to submit organic certification documents as proof of the organic status of the items they wish to sell. If their items are not certified organic but meet the MFM standards requiring that the item be comprised of a minimum of 80% certified organic ingredients, the vendor shall be required to submit receipts quarterly in March, June, August and December, which clearly represent the certified organic status of those ingredients. Non-organic products shall be taken on a case-by-case basis by the MFM Board of Directors. MFM retains the right to prohibit the sale of non-organic products at its sole discretion, in order to best preserve the reputation of the market, or for other reasons.
In addition, the MFM asks that value-added vendors attempt to use locally sourced ingredients whenever possible.
All value-added food items must meet state and local health regulations, including the inspection of the value-added food sellers’ kitchens by Georgia Department of Agriculture health inspectors and labeling in compliance with the regulations. Vendors must have a copy of their inspection form on file with the MFM market manager, as well as with them when selling at market.
All items sold as organic must meet the requirements of the National Organic Program. Vendors of organic items must have a copy of their certification on file with the market manager. All other items which meet the MFM standards must have a copy of their Value-Added Producer Declaration on file with the market manager. In addition, their approved items shall be clearly indicated as containing a minimum of 80% organic ingredients but not being certified organic with approved signage. The size and language of the sign shall be approved by the MFM Board of Directors prior to the sale or display of such items.
Morningside Farmers Market Brokering Rules:
Products may be brokered by a MFM member in good standing for another MFM member in good standing. Product brokering requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis and judged by the Board of Directors in its sole discretion. Standards for brokering:
1) Formal request in writing or email to the Market Manager or a Board member is submitted by the vendor for another member’s specific product to be brokered.
2) Brokered products may not exceed 25% of a vendor's items. Brokered items must be labeled at the stand and producer-identified.
3) Signage shall be 11” x 14” minimum containing the product name in large letters with information identifying that the name of the vendor that produced the product, and that it is being brokered by the vendor selling it, must be posted at market adjacent to the product in an obvious visible location to customers.
4) The broker-member must receive written Board of Director approval for each item to be brokered before selling.
Brokered / resold items will be removed from MFM in favor of vendor produced items. Reasonable efforts shall be made to give notice to brokers whose items are subject to such removal.
Standards for Value Added Products that the Member Does not Produce
The Bylaws of Morningside Market Inc which govern the corporation say that MFM is “a marketplace which allows for the direct marketing of products from the original producer to the end consumer” and members must be “the original producer” of their products.
In the following limited circumstances, the Board of Directors will consider requests by previously approved Members to sell value-added products that they do not produce; but is not obligated to approve such requests. Requests by members to sell value-added products that they do not produce will be considered on a case-by-case basis and judged by the Board of Directors in its sole discretion. Standards for value-added products that the member does not produce:
1) Product meets all MFM standards for value-added products, including but not limited to containing 80% or more Organic ingredients and Certifications of source producer & receipts of reseller are made available to the MFM Board and any other pertinent documentation requested by the Board of Directors.
2) Product is used as an ingredient in a value-added product produced by the Member and that the Board of Directors has already approved; and the ingredient can not be grown or produced locally within 150 miles of Atlanta.
3) Value-added products not produced by the vendor may not exceed 10% of a vendor's items.
4) Value-added products not produced by the vendor must be labeled at the stand and producer-identified. Signage shall be 11” x 14” minimum containing the product name in large letters with information identifying that the name of the producer that produced the value-added product, and that it is being re-sold by the vendor, must be posted at market adjacent to the product in an obvious visible location to customers.
Morningside Farmers Market Livestock Producer Guidelines
The following guidelines have been created to help operate the Morningside Farmers Market specifically pertaining to the sale of meat, poultry, and eggs (but not value-added meat products).
1. Farmers who sell meat, poultry, and eggs must comply with Georgia State and Federal laws designed to ensure the meat and poultry products sent into commerce are wholesome, unadulterated, and properly labeled. The Georgia Department of Agriculture enforces these laws. Sellers must obtain and maintain all licenses, permits, and certifications required by law relative to their participation in the market.
2. In addition to following state and federal laws, MFM vendors must comply with MFM rules and livestock standards pertaining to the sale of livestock products at the market.
3. Products which can be sold include: Meat and eggs from animals raised on the MFM approved vendor’s premises. Sellers must keep on file both receipts of purchase, or birth log, and slaughter of livestock and poultry. Upon inspection seller must be able to produce receipts. If you purchase feed from a feed store or outlet, you must provide receipts which clearly document that the feed is certified organic. Receipts must be submitted quarterly to the market manager in March, June, September and December.
4. No live animals may be sold or given away at the market.
5. MFM reserves the right to grant site specific variances and/or exemptions.
The Morningside Farmers Market Livestock Standards are based on the Certified Naturally Grown and the USDA National Organic Program standards with some modifications. Modifications specifically address living conditions, access to pasture, feed requirements and origin of livestock.
Allowed and prohibited substances, methods, and ingredients in livestock production and handling. (205.105)
To be sold at Morningside Market the product must be produced and handled without the use of:
(a) Synthetic substances and ingredients, except as provided in 205.601 or 205.603;
(b) Nonsynthetic substances prohibited in 205.602 or 205.604;
(c) Excluded methods, except for vaccines, Provided, That, the vaccines are approved in accordance with 205.600(a);
(d) Ionizing radiation, as described in Food and Drug Administration regulation, 21 CFR 179.26;
(e) Sewage sludge.
Land requirements. (205.202)
The fields and farm parcels from which harvested crops are intended to be used for feed, forage or grain production for livestock or livestock products must be certified organic.
Origin of livestock. (205.236)
(a) Livestock products that are to be sold at MFM must be from livestock under
continuous Organic management from the last third of gestation or hatching, except:
1) Poultry. Poultry or edible poultry products must be from poultry that has been under
continuous organic management beginning no later than the second day of life;
2) Dairy animals. Milk or milk products must be from animals that have been under
continuous Organic management for the past six months or longer.
3) New breeds and expansion of a herd or flock. A producer who wishes to start raising a new breed of livestock or to expand a current herd or flock may buy-in non-organic
animals under these conditions:
(i) The producer has been unable to identify organic or naturally grown sources for this breed within the region.
(ii) The bought-in animals have not been treated with growth hormones;
(iii) The bought-in animals are raised according to the MFM livestock standards as soon as they arrive on the farm;
(iv) No livestock products shall be sold, labeled or represented as organically grown until after the livestock have been under continuous Organic management for nine months or more, unless the livestock are to be used as dairy animals only, in which case their milk may be sold as organically grown after six months of continuous Organic management.
(b) The following are prohibited:
(1) Livestock or edible livestock products that are removed from a MFM approved
operation and subsequently managed on a non-MFM approved operation may not be
(2) Livestock that has not been under continuous Organic management for the most
recent nine months or for animals younger than nine months, since the last third of
gestation may not be sold.
(3) The milk or milk products of dairy stock that has not been under continuous Organic
management for the most recent six months may not be sold.
(4) No livestock of any kind that have ever been treated with hormones may be sold.
(c) The producer of a MFM approved livestock operation must maintain records
sufficient to preserve the identity of all organically managed animals and edible animal
products produced on the operation.
Livestock feed. (205.237)
(a) The producer of a MFM approved livestock operation must provide livestock with a
total feed ration composed of agricultural products, including pasture and forage, that are produced and, if applicable, handled in accordance with Organic standards. Except, that, non-synthetic substances and synthetic substances allowed under 205.603 may be used as feed additives and supplements.
(b) The producer of a MFM approved livestock operation must not:
(1) Use animal drugs, including hormones, to promote growth;
(2) Provide feed supplements or additives in amounts above those needed for adequate
nutrition and health maintenance for the species at its specific stage of life;
(3) Feed plastic pellets for roughage;
(4) Feed formulas containing urea or manure;
(5) Feed mammalian or poultry slaughter by-products to mammals or poultry; or
(6) Use feed, feed additives, and feed supplements in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
(7) Feed meat products in any form to herbivorous livestock; or
(8) Feed meat products derived from a given species back to that same species
(9) Prevent dairy animals from grazing pasture during lactation, except as allowed under
(c) For ruminants, grazed pasture must provide a significant portion of the total feed
requirements, but not less than 30% of the dry matter intake on an average daily basis
during the entire growing season, and for no fewer than 120 days per year (The 120
minimum is based on the short growing season of the Northeast United States. In areas
with longer growing seasons, like the Pacific Northwest, the number of days on pasture
should be correspondingly greater, and may be as many as 200 days or more).
(d) The producer shall moderate the use of feed concentrates (cereal grains in any form) so as not to compromise any animal's health.
Livestock health care practice standard. (205.238)
(a) The producer must establish and maintain preventive livestock health care practices,
(1) Selection of species and types of livestock with regard to suitability for site-specific
conditions and resistance to prevalent diseases and parasites;
(2) Provision of a feed ration sufficient to meet nutritional requirements, including
vitamins, minerals, protein and/or amino acids, fatty acids, energy sources, and fiber
(3) Establishment of appropriate housing, pasture conditions, and sanitation practices to
minimize the occurrence and spread of diseases and parasites;
(4) Provision of conditions which allow for exercise, freedom of movement, and
reduction of stress appropriate to the species;
(5) Performance of physical alterations as needed to promote the animal's welfare and in a manner that minimizes pain and stress; and
(6) Administration of vaccines and other veterinary biologics.
(b) When preventive practices and veterinary biologics are inadequate to prevent
sickness, a producer may administer synthetic medications: Provided, that, such
medications are allowed under 205.603. Parasiticides allowed under 205.603 may be used on
(1) Breeder stock, when used prior to the last third of gestation but not during lactation
for progeny that are to be sold, labeled, or represented as produced in accordance with
Organic standards; and
(2) Dairy stock, when used a minimum of 90 days prior to the production of milk or milk
products that are to be sold, labeled, or represented as organically grown.
(c) The producer of MFM approved livestock must not:
(1) Sell any animal or edible product derived from any animal treated with antibiotics,
any substance that contains a synthetic substance not allowed under 205.603, or any
substance that contains a non-synthetic substance prohibited in 205.604.
(2) Administer any animal drug, other than vaccinations, in the absence of illness;
(3) Administer hormones for growth promotion;
(4) Administer synthetic parasiticides on a routine basis;
(5) Administer synthetic parasiticides to slaughter stock;
(6) Administer animal drugs in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act; or
(7) Withhold medical treatment from a sick animal in an effort to preserve its status with
MFM. All appropriate medications must be used to restore an animal to health when
methods acceptable to MFM approved production standards fail. Livestock treated with a prohibited substance must be clearly identified and shall not be sold at MFM.
Livestock living conditions. (205.239)
(a) The producer of MFM approved livestock must establish and maintain livestock
living conditions which accommodate the health and natural behavior of animals,
(1) Access to the outdoors, shade, shelter, exercise areas, fresh air, and direct sunlight
suitable to the species, its stage of life, the climate, and the environment; in particular:
(i) Ruminants must spend most of their time on pasture during the growing season, with a minimum of 120 days per year spent grazing on pasture (The 120 minimum is based on the short growing season of the Northeast United States. In areas with longer growing seasons, the number of days on pasture should be correspondingly greater, and may be as many as 200 days or more in areas like the Northwestern U.S. with longer growing seasons.)
(ii) Poultry must be provided a minimum of five square feet per bird outdoors, or at least two square feet per bird if poultry is moved at least once per day to fresh new pasture. All poultry must have at least 1.75 square feet per bird when indoors for short periods of time (such as overnight or during extreme weather).
(2) Appropriate clean, dry bedding. If the bedding is typically consumed by the animal
species, it must comply with the feed requirements of 205.237;
(3) Shelter designed to allow for:
(i) Natural maintenance, comfort behaviors, and opportunity to exercise;
(ii) Temperature level, ventilation, and air circulation suitable to the species; and
(iii) Reduction of potential for livestock injury;
(b) The producer of MFM approved livestock may provide temporary confinement for an
animal because of:
(1) Inclement weather;
(2) Certain short-term conditions related to the animal's stage of life such as:
(i) Final finish stage for slaughter stock, not to exceed 90 days;
(iii) Dairy animals up to 6 months of age.
Note: Lactation is NOT a stage of life that may be used to justify denying pasture for
(3) Conditions under which the health, safety, or well-being of the animal could be
(4) Risk to soil or water quality.
(c) The producer of MFM approved livestock must manage manure in a manner that does not contribute to contamination of crops, soil, or water by plant nutrients, heavy metals, or pathogenic organisms and optimizes recycling of nutrients.
Facility pest management practice standard. (205.271)
(a) The producer or handler of a MFM approved facility must use management practices
to prevent pests, including but not limited to:
(1) Removal of pest habitat, food sources, and breeding areas;
(2) Prevention of access to handling facilities; and
(3) Management of environmental factors, such as temperature, light, humidity,
atmosphere, and air circulation, to prevent pest reproduction.
(b) Pests may be controlled through:
(1) Mechanical or physical controls including but not limited to traps, light, or sound; or
(2) Lures and repellents using non-synthetic or synthetic substances consistent with the
(c) If the practices provided for in paragraphs (a) and (b) of this section are not effective
to prevent or control pests, a non-synthetic or synthetic substance consistent with the
National List may be applied.
(d) Notwithstanding the practices provided for in paragraphs (a), (b), and (c) of this
section, a handler may otherwise use substances to prevent or control pests as required by Federal, State, or local laws and regulations, Provided, that, measures are taken to prevent contact of the organically produced products or ingredients with the substance used.
Commingling and contact with prohibited substance prevention practice standard.
(a) The handler of a MFM approved operation must implement measures necessary to
prevent the commingling of organically grown and non-organically grown products and
protect MFM approved products from contact with prohibited substances.
(b) The following are prohibited for use in the handling of any CNG produced
agricultural product or ingredient labeled in accordance with subpart D of this part:
(1) Packaging materials, and storage containers, or bins that contain a synthetic fungicide, preservative, or fumigant;
(2) The use or reuse of any bag or container that has been in contact with any substance in such a manner as to compromise the integrity of any MFM approved product or ingredient placed in those containers, unless such reusable bag or container has been thoroughly cleaned and poses no risk of contact of the organically produced product or ingredient with the substance used.
Temporary variances. (205.290)
(a) Temporary variances from the requirements in 205.203 through 205.206, 205.236
through 205.239, and 205.271 through 205.272 may be established by consultation with
the MFM Board of Directors.
(b) Temporary variances will not be granted for any practice, material, or procedure
prohibited under 205.105.
Synthetic substances allowed for use in MFM approved livestock production.
In accordance with restrictions specified in this section the following synthetic substances may be used in livestock production for sale at MFM:
(a) As disinfectants, sanitizer, and medical treatments as applicable.
(i) Ethanol-disinfectant and sanitizer only, prohibited as a feed additive.
(ii) Isopropanol-disinfectant only.
(2) Aspirin-approved for health care use to reduce inflammation.
(4) Chlorhexidine - Allowed for surgical procedures conducted by a veterinarian.
Allowed for use as a teat dip when alternative germicidal agents and/or physical barriers
have lost their effectiveness.
(5) Chlorine materials - disinfecting and sanitizing facilities and equipment. Residual
chlorine levels in the water shall not exceed the maximum residual disinfectant limit
under the Safe Drinking Water Act.
(i) Calcium hypochlorite.
(ii) Chlorine dioxide.
(iii) Sodium hypochlorite.
(6) Electrolytes-without antibiotics.
(8) Glycerine - Allowed as a livestock teat dip, must be produced through the hydrolysis
of fats or oils.
(9) Hydrogen peroxide.
(11) Magnesium sulfate.
(12) Oxytocin - use in port parturition therapeutic applications.
(13) Paraciticides. Ivermectin - prohibited in slaughter stock, allowed in emergency
treatment for dairy and breeder stock when preventive management does not prevent
infestation. Milk or milk products from a treated animal cannot be labeled as provided for in subpart D of this part for 90 days following treatment. In breeder stock, treatment
cannot occur during the last third of gestation if the progeny will be sold as organic and
must not be used during the lactation period for breeding stock.
(14) Phosphoric acid - allowed as an equipment cleaner, Provided, That, no direct contact with organically managed livestock or land occurs.
(b) As topical treatment, external parasiticide or local anesthetic as applicable.
(1) Copper sulfate.
(3) Lidocaine - as a local anesthetic. Use requires a withdrawal period of 90 days after
administering to livestock intended for slaughter and 7 days after administering to dairy
(4) Lime, hydrated - as an external pest control, not permitted to cauterize physical
alterations or deodorize animal wastes.
(5) Mineral oil - for topical use and as a lubricant.
(6) Procaine - as a local anesthetic, use requires a withdrawal period of 90 days after
administering to livestock intended for slaughter and 7 days after administering to dairy
(c) As feed supplements - Milk replacers - without antibiotics, as emergency use only, no non-milk products or products from BST treated animals.
(d) As feed additives
(2) Trace minerals, used for enrichment or fortification when FDA approved, including:
(i) Copper sulfate
(ii) Magnesium sulfate
(3) Vitamins, used for enrichment or fortification when FDA approved
(e) As synthetic inert ingredients as classified by the Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA), for use with non-synthetic substances or a synthetic substance listed in this
section and used as an active pesticide ingredient in accordance with any limitations on
the use of such substances.
Non-synthetic substances prohibited for use in MFM approved livestock
The following non-synthetic substances may not be used in MFM approved livestock
Emergency pest or disease treatment. (205.672)
When a prohibited substance is applied to a certified operation due to a Federal or State
emergency pest or disease treatment program and the MFM approved operation
otherwise meets the requirements of this part, the approval status of the operation shall
not be affected as a result of the application of the prohibited substance, provided that:
(b) Any livestock that are treated with a prohibited substance applied as the result of a
Federal or State emergency pest or disease treatment program or product derived from
such treated livestock cannot be sold at MFM, except that:
(1) Milk or milk products may be sold, labeled, or represented as organically grown
beginning 12 months following the last date that the dairy animal was treated with the
prohibited substance; and
(2) The offspring of gestating mammalian breeder stock treated with a prohibited
substance may be considered organically grown: Provided, that, the breeder stock was not in the last third of gestation on the date that the breeder stock was treated with the
Growing season for pasture: The time(s) of year when pasture growth is possible from
natural precipitation or irrigation.
Dry matter intake (livestock feed): The quantity of total feed intake, measured on a
moisture-free basis in order to provide a consistent basis for comparison.
Pasture: Land used for livestock grazing that is managed to provide feed value and
maintain or improve soil, water, and vegetative resources.