At OFRF, we build the vital infrastructure that supports the success of organic farmers. Our four areas of focus are: POLICY, where we grow champions in Congress and federal agencies; EDUCATION, where we work to integrate organic farming programs into all agricultural universities; GRANTMAKING that expands the adoption of organic farming and practices while addressing urgent issues faced by many organic farmers in America; and building COMMUNITY to cultivate a broader and deeper connection among organic supporters. Please join us.
OFRF conducts original research about organic farming in the U.S. Since 1992, OFRF has conducted four National Organic Farmers' Surveys, collecting information about organic farmers' research and information needs, their experiences in the organic marketplace, effects of GMOs on organic production and markets, organic farmer demographics and much more.
OFRF strives to build a deep connection between organic farmers and their supporters. We work to unite people from all aspects of the organic world by building a strong base of grassroots advocates and growing our direct advocacy in Washington D.C. through Organic Advocacy Training Sessions (OATS). OFRF is expanding the awareness of healthy organic food connecting with a healthier country through a deeper and broader base of supporters. Join the organic community today by signing up for OFRF e-news.
Our policy initiatives consist of four areas of priority: Secure a substantial increase in government support for organic agriculture. Ensure that land grant universities have an organic research and extension program and workplans developed with the participation of organic farmers. Cultivate state and federal policies that help to assure the economic viability of organic family farmers. Support organic farmers' rights to grow and sell their products without the threat of pesticide and GMO contamination.
OFRF seeks to share new insights into organic farming systems with all farmers who use or want to adopt organic practices. The results of research projects funded by OFRF generate information useful to farmers who are working to develop and improve integrated, systems-level organic management practices. Every OFRF-funded project is required to have an outreach component that disseminates the results to the grower and research communities. These often include field days, farm tours, grower conference presentations and publication in grower newsletters.