The Organic Trade Association is moving its headquarters from Greenfield, Mass., to Brattleboro, Vt., later this fall.

OTA headquarters moving to Vermont


The association’s home has been in Greenfield since 1990 but is moving to Vermont because of its dedication to organic agriculture with its Sen. Patrick Leahy, who was part of the Senate Agriculture Committee and the writer of the Organic Foods Production Act part of the 1990 Farm Bill. Leahy also won the association’s first Public Servant Award.

Vermont ranked 10th in the U.S. for amount of organic farms, which made $73 million in 2008.

“I have long worked with the Organic Trade Association in Washington on organic policy matters and am delighted it has chosen Vermont as its home base and to bring these jobs to Brattleboro,” Leahy said in a news release.

The Graduate Center itself has a U.S. Department of Agriculture service center with the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Rural Development and the Windham County Conservation District.

“Marlboro College Graduate Center’s state-of-the-art facility in downtown Brattleboro will provide a nice complement to OTA’s Washington, D.C., office,” Christine Bushway, OTA’s executive director and chief executive officer, said in the release.