News

Maureen Wilmot's picture

MOSES

Spring is nature’s way of saying “LETS PARTY!”   - Robin Williams -

The apple trees are pruned, the tomato seeds are planted and cover crops are just about ready to be worked into the soil. My own cover crops will have to wait until I return from MOSES Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service Farming Conference. My small organic garden in California pales in comparison to the scale of most organic farms across the country, it does, however, hint at what it takes to put healthy, organic food on our tables.

Maureen Wilmot's picture

Can We Fuel Nine Billion People?

Has it really come to this?  A trade-off between feeding or fueling our world?  Apparently so.

Recently, I’ve noticed a crop *ahem* of articles addressing the growing debate of land use.  The Feb. 3, 2013 Sunday NY Times featured a story how Western Colorado Valley’s new economy, based on tourism and organic peaches, is now being threatened by polluted water and toxic chemicals as a result of hydraulic fracturing.  The day before, I read of California’s Central Valley ‘solar farms’ are taking over v

Maureen Wilmot's picture

Organic food on our holiday table

There is a lot of uncertainty these days. Will we have a farm bill? Will Congress avert the fiscal crisis? What were the Mayans thinking anyway? One thing I do know is certain, as long as organic farming is the fastest growing sector in agriculture, OFRF will fill an important role in championing the needs of organic farmers. 
 
 
 
Udi Lazimy's picture

Rural America Remains Relevant

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a recent speech that rural America is “becoming less and less relevant” in agricultural politics.  While we agree that the USDA and farm legislators need a more “proactive message, not a reactive message,” as Vilsak pointed out, the reason we don’t have farm legislation for the upcoming 5 years is because it is precisely farm-state, rural legislators who are standing in the way. 

Maureen Wilmot's picture

Let's take flight with organic agriculture

On Friday, thousands of volunteers will flock to fields and shorelines with binoculars for the start of the 113th Annual National Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Last week, I was fortunate enough to get a sneak peak of what birders will see. I had the pleasure of introducing, Mike Sutton, the new Executive Director of California Audubon to the Lundberg Family Farms family members in the Sacramento Delta.

Give Healthy Organics this Holiday Season

The necessity for holiday gift-giving and more hours in the day seem to go hand-in-hand. This year, we make it easier for you. Now you can give organic gifts that your family will love that are healthy, easy, AND!... support organic farming.

Our wonderful partners have agreed to donate a percentage of their sales to OFRF while delivering good organic holidays to your friends and family.

This Thanksgiving, we are very grateful for your continued support. Please share the great work our friends at America's Best Organics, Lisa's Organics, Big Empty Bison Leather, and Uncle Matt's Organic do for American organic farming, everyday.

Faith Grant's picture

Top 3 Reasons for ORGANIC Celebration of Election 2012

#1:  Maintaining the status quo was the best hope we had for getting a Farm Bill passed in 2012.  With consistent key players, (Stabenow, Roberts, Lucas, Peterson), the Farm Bill now has a fighting chance of going to the House floor for a vote in the Lame Duck session. 

Karen Adler's picture

Growing Organic Beans, Counting Organic Beans

This is part 2 of the 3-part series "From the Ground Up: What Does It Mean to be Certified Organic?"

Many people don’t know that part of the organic certification process is keeping good records of farming activities. I’ve spoken with farmers who resist this, saying things like, I’m a farmer, not a bookkeeper. Some even see it as a stumbling block to pursuing certification. 

Faith Grant's picture

Now It's Time to Get Down to Business

The marathon election of 2012 is officially over.  On the all-important Agriculture Committees, leadership posts will likely remain unchanged, barring any surprise power plays.  Current Senate Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) won re-election in a tight race with 58% of the vote.  Ranking Member Pat Roberts (R-KS), who was not up for re-election, will likely keep his second-in-command post on the committee.  In the House, Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) won his eleventh term with a resounding 75% of the vote and will most certainly retain the chairmanship.  Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN) returns for his twelfth term with 60% of the vote and will also continue to lead the Democrats in the second spot on the House Agriculture Committee.  

Udi Lazimy's picture

Organic Farmers Stand Strong

Well folks, it’s over. The flurry of nonstop campaign ads, tele-campaign calls and colorful glossy mailings has ceased, and it’s now time to move forward. While we’re disappointed that California voted down Proposition 37, we’re optimistic about other elements that unfolded on Tuesday.

Pages

Subscribe to News