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Flowers Replace Insecticides in Lettuce Production

January 21, 2015 - Research generated by the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service in the heart of America’s Salad Bowl is showing how lettuce growers can control pests without the use of insecticides, by allowing a few flowering plants to grow among the salad greens.

Reserve Your Seat - Tickets Now Available for OFRF's 18th Annual Luncheon at Expo West

 

Join us on Thursday, March 5, 2015, from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm on the sunny Grand Plaza of the Anaheim Convention Center, as we celebrate a quarter-century of organic community, hard work, and innovation.

Network with the movers and shakers of the natural and organic industry, and enjoy a spectacular seasonal organic feast prepared by guest chefs Chris Blobaum and Donna Prizgintas.

Click here to order tickets!

Celebrity Chefs Reunite for OFRF 25th Anniversary Luncheon at Expo West

Chef Donna Prizgintas, who presided over OFRF’s very first Annual Luncheon at the Natural Products Expo West trade show in 1998, is re-uniting with longtime colleague du cuisine Chris Blobaum to help celebrate our Foundation’s 25th anniversary year.

This year’s luncheon, the 18th we have celebrated at Expo West, takes place March 5th 2015, outdoors on the sunny Grand Plaza of the Anaheim Convention Center. This landmark celebration is being co-sponsored by a number of OFRF's generous supporters, including New Hope Media, Aramark, Amy's Kitchen, Lundberg Family Farms, Santa Cruz Organics, and Nature's Path.

Chef Donna, a 15-year volunteer for OFRF, will be flying in from her home in Ames, Iowa, where she co-hosts the DonnaLonna Kitchen cooking show on public radio, and creates sumptuous all-organic menus for special events. Chef Chris, a nationally-known executive chef who has volunteered in the Expo West kitchen for about 14 years, will be making the trip from Atlanta, where he currently runs ten restaurants in five upscale hotels.

Soils on Organic Farms Could Reverse Effects of Climate Change

From our friends at the Rodale Institute comes a new study titled “Regenerative Organic Agriculture and Climate Change.”  The study investigates how farming systems affect greenhouse gas emission, and shows the benefits of organic agriculture in slowing and even slowing climate change. Key to that process is how organic farmers manage their soil.  The study concludes that greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced by 40 percent if all current cropland was managed organically.

Organic Seed Survey Seeks Input from Certified Organic Crop Producers

OFRF invites your participation in a national seed survey conducted by our friends at the Organic Seed Alliance, an organization we are proud to support in numerous endeavors, including the recently published set of four manuals to help farmers breed the seed they need, as well as the Organic Participa

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is pleased to announce the release of the FY 2014 RFA for the Crop Protection and Pest Management program.

The purpose of the Crop Protection and Pest Management program addresses high priority issues related to pests and their management using IPM approaches at the state, regional and national levels. The CPPM program supports projects that will increase food security and respond effectively to other major societal challenges with comprehensive IPM approaches that are economically viable, environmentally sound and will help protect human health.

There’s still time to apply for a 2014 research grant from Organic Farming Research Foundation!

There’s still time to apply for a 2014 research grant from
Organic Farming Research Foundation!

 
 
The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) invites proposals from all applicants, and particularly encourages farmers, ranchers, researchers, and Extension personnel to consider applying for funding.
 
Funding is offered for research on organic farming and food systems and the dissemination of these research results to organic farmers and the greater agricultural and research communities.  Farmers and ranchers often find that working with a professional researcher helps to design and carry out a research project, and OFRF encourages applications from such partnerships.

Through our grants program, OFRF has supported innovative approaches in subjects ranging from disease, weed, and insect management, to bees and pollinators, nutrient management, and cover crops. Past grants have been awarded to projects such as Developing “Organic Ready” Maize Populations; Farmer-based Plant Breeding for Organic Quinoa, Buckwheat, and Spelt; and Grafting Vegetables for Soil-Borne Disease Resistance.  For more information about what OFRF funds and how those studies can benefit your organic farm, please click here.

 
The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) grants program is open to all applicants residing in Canada, Mexico and the United States.
 
Note: Our annual grant cycle has changed. We are now only accepting proposals in the spring for one cycle of awards per year. The next application deadline will be in 2015 and a RFP will be released for that cycle later this fall.
 

Rich Everett, Everett Family Farm

photo of Rich Everett, Everett Family FarmWhen asked why he farms organically, Rich replied--

"There really is no alternative.  It's always been important to us to instill the value of growing healthy food and the connection of where it comes from.  We learn a lot by trial and error and the young farmers who launch their farming careers here."

Check out what's going on at Everett Family Farm.

Jim Cochran, Swanton Berry Farm

"Farming production is not the hard part. Without a solid handle on marketing, you can't grow the right things at the right time at the right price. You have to know your market really well."

- Jim Cochran, Organic Farmer -
Swanton Berry Farm

 

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