Below is a chart created from data published in the October, 2011 edition of AARP Bulletin listing the top 20 states in terms of number of certified organic farms. Also provided is a calculation showing how many residents there are per certified organic farm in each of these states, as well as a national average.
While it is not surprising that California has the most certified organic farms in the nation, it was a surprise to me that Wisconsin is second and the only other state to have more than 1,000. It was also not surprising to me that Vermont leads the nation in certified organic farms on a per capita basis with one for every 1,165 residents.
As a resident of Michigan and given it’s abundance of farms and micro-climates, I was surprised there were not more certified organic farms in my state.