The Northeast Eco Apple Project, funded by EPA, Region 1 Strategic Agriculture Initiative and an anonymous foundation, qualifies participating growers using a set of mandatory standards for ecological production in the Northeast. Grower adherence to these practices is verified by an on-site, independent third-party inspection prior to harvest. The standards were drafted by the IPM Institute with input from a working group including area growers and consultants, and scientists from University of Massachusetts and Cornell University. Eco Apples are distributed by Red Tomato, a non-profit based in Plainville, MA, working to preserve ecological agriculture in the Northeastern US. The first harvest was in 2005.
Several documents are available to download:
Eco Apple Protocol (.docx)
Eco Apple Quick Guide (.docx)
Eco Stone Fruit Protocol (.docx)
Red Tomato Core Eco Protocol (.pdf)
Last updated June 14, 2016.