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OFRF Co-sponsors NOC’s Pre NOSB Meeting

On April 15, OFRF co-sponsored the National Organic Coalition’s (NOC) Pre National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Spring meeting. This half day event gathered over 200 organic advocates, farmers, researchers, and brands to discuss some of the most pressing issues in organic agriculture. The event was held virtually, allowing people from across the country to attend and participate. 

OFRF hosted Breakout Session A: Can Organic Farming Help Solve the Climate Crisis? where our renowned Research Program Associate, Mark Schonbeck and OFRF’s new Education and Research Manager, Thelma Velez, discussed the ways science demonstrates that organic farming systems can help sequester carbon, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and build resilience to future inclement weather events. 

Along with breakout groups on a wide variety of topics, the event included detailed federal policy updates from NOC’s Steve Etka. He discussed organic cost-share, NOP rules that need to be finalized, racial equity, and potential ways that carbon markets can be used as greenwashing. We also heard from Christie Badger about the topics to be discussed at the NOSB’s meeting (held April 28-30). The event closed with a farmer panel discussion.  

If you couldn’t make it to the meeting, you can find the recording, presentation slides, and notes for all of the breakout groups, including OFRF’s in this link.

By |2021-05-07T20:06:31+00:00May 7th, 2021|News, Press Release|

Investing in the future, together

Friends,

You have likely observed the disastrous effects of climate change around you: irregular rainfall patterns, rising sea levels, disappearance of pollinators and native plant habitats, coupled with appearance of invasive species, pests and diseases. That is why in 2005, I decided to devote a significant part of my research portfolio to organic farming. We have a moral obligation and responsibility to play a role, no matter how small, in addressing the ways climate change threatens our everyday life. 

Will you join me in supporting organic farming systems by donating to OFRF? Plus, you can double your impact as your donation will be matched dollar for dollar for the next month. 

I committed myself to investing in organic and the future of agriculture to fight climate change for future generations, train the next cohorts of researchers and farmers in organic farming practices, and invest in science that will help support sustainable food systems. The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) works to ensure all farmers have the research they need and that is why I have chosen to support OFRF by serving as a board member.

As an educator, scientist, and researcher at Tuskegee University, I have dedicated my career to training students, researchers, and farmers in organic farming systems. Through my efforts and those of millions of scientists in the world, we conduct research to discover new ways to reduce or eliminate the effects of climate change. By adopting agricultural practices that sequester carbon into soil, we can lower greenhouse gas emissions.

I hope you will invest in future generations and support OFRF

Your support is crucial in addressing the climate crisis and we cannot do it alone. Your donation will have a major impact on improving production practices and supporting farmers with research, education, and advocacy. Please consider donating to OFRF to meet the challenge of our time. 

With warm regards,

Kokoasse Kpomblekou-A, PhD
Research Professor of Plant and Soil Science
Department of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences (DAES)
Tuskegee University

(Photos: Berson J. Valcin, one of Kokoasse’s student’s, takes a selfie with other students and Kokoasse while conducting field research; Kokoasse and colleagues in a sweet potato field)

By |2021-04-26T17:56:47+00:00April 22nd, 2021|News|

Program Coordinator

Program Coordinator
Organic Farming Research Foundation

ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND

The mission of the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) is to foster the improvement
and widespread adoption of organic farming systems. OFRF envisions a future where organic
farming is the leading form of agriculture. Since our founding in 1990, OFRF has sponsored
organic farming research, education, and outreach to support organic and transitioning farmers
across North America. This work is complemented by efforts to share our findings with policy
makers, agricultural institutions, and federal agencies to support broader change and advance the
organic sector.

POSITION OVERVIEW

The OFRF Program Coordinator is a full-time, benefited, non-exempt position based out of our
Santa Cruz, CA office. The Program Coordinator reports to the Education & Research Program
Manager.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Administer OFRF’s research grant making program, including outreach, grant
    application processing, and facilitating and compiling the Board’s review and
    scoring of proposals.
  • Assess and track the impact of OFRF research projects by maintaining and strengthening
    relationships with OFRF-funded researchers, past and present. Maintain a searchable
    tracking system of past and present OFRF-funded projects in our online database.
  • Support implementation of a variety of research and educational projects, such as
    building collaborations and engagement with external partners, assisting with
    curriculum development, doing online research, organizing datasets, scheduling
    meetings and conference calls, etc.
  • Perform outreach to disseminate the results of OFRF-funded research and increase
    awareness of best organic practices, including writing blogs and creating
    promotional materials.
  • Create communication and outreach materials to promote the use of our research and
    education materials, and increase attendance at OFRF events.
  • Organize and coordinate research and education events, such as our annual research
    forum, including managing calls for abstracts, coordinating scholarship awards, and
    organizing materials and event logistics.
  • Represent OFRF at conferences and events, and support stakeholder outreach.
  • Other tasks, as assigned by your supervisor.

DESIRED SKILLS

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a related field
  • A minimum of two years of experience working in agriculture, community education and
    outreach, or a related field
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to adhere to strict deadlines
  • Proficiency with Mac and PC and common software applications and
    communication programs/platforms
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills (including visual
    presentations)
  • Excellent attention to detail and critical thinking skills
  • Ability to handle and track multiple fast-paced projects at a time
  • Ability to work and communicate professionally with a diverse group of
    individuals under strict timelines to accomplish goals
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Knowledge of organic agriculture principles and practices is a plus

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

OFRF offers a full range of benefits, and a great work environment. We look for co-workers
who can have fun while working as hard as we do for a cause we love. Compensation fort the
Program Coordinator position starts at $21-24 per hour, depending on experience.

TO APPLY

Submit your complete packet with “Program Coordinator” in subject line via email to: jobs@ofrf.org

All qualified applicants should submit:

  • A cover letter stating your interest and qualifications.
  • A resume outlining your skills and experience.

Please visit www.ofrf.org to learn more about the Organic Farming Research Foundation.
Organic Farming Research Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

By |2020-01-31T19:12:50+00:00January 31st, 2020|Job Openings|

April Jones Thatcher

Founder and Farmer of April Joy Farm

April Jones Thatcher is founder and farmer of April Joy Farm, a first generation, diversified farm near Ridgefield, WA. Her WSDA certified organic farm has served wholesale and retail customers in Clark County since 2009. April has an undergraduate degree in civil engineering and an M.B.A. in entrepreneurship. She is passionate about soil health, livestock welfare, and nurturing community. 

By |2020-01-17T22:47:10+00:00January 17th, 2020|Board|