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 Cornell University, Penn State University and the University of Massachusetts. 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.

Download the most recent versions of the Red Tomato Eco protocols:

Red Tomato Core Eco Protocol 2020 v2_8

Red Tomato Eco Apple Supplement 2020 v3_0

Red Tomato Eco Stone Fruit Supplement 2020 v2_9

Eco Apple Quick Guide 2020 v10_3



Last updated March 12, 2020.

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