OFRF Research Helps Farmers in Southeast Meet Year-Round Demand for Organic Broccoli

Jeanine Davis and her team of researchers at North Carolina University have submitted their final report on a four-year participatory organic broccoli project funded by OFRF.

OFRF Publishes Soil Educational Guide

OFRF is pleased to announce the publication of its new educational guide titled, Soil Microbial Interactions and Organic Farming. This resource explores the role of microorganisms, like bacteria, in creating healthy soil ecosystems that benefit organic farms. Microorganisms help create healthy soil, remove soil contaminants through bioremediation, and improve plant health by controlling weeds and plant disease.
In 2015, OFRF surveyed organic farmers to find out about their most pressing challenges and research needs. They rated research and information on soil health as the highest priority. The guide addresses this need and provides information for organic farmers on how to build healthy soils through incorporating the benefits of a diverse soil microbiome. 
Download the guide here.

OFRF Funded Research Produces GMO-Resistant Corn

Corn is an incredibly productive crop that works well in organic crop rotations in many parts of North America. An influx of transgenic (GMO) corn varieties since the mid-1990s, like RoundUp Ready corn, have made it increasingly difficult to grow uncontaminated organic corn—or find corn seed that is free of transgene contamination.

Message from New Board Chair Don Lareau

I am honored to be serving as the new Chair of the Board for OFRF. As an organic family farmer in Western Colorado, I work daily to ensure our farm’s success and know the importance of the work OFRF does in research, education, and advocacy. This spring, I invite you to consider OFRF as a partner in the work of supporting organic agriculture.

Sowing the Seeds for an Organic Future

I am honored to be serving as the new Chair of the Board for OFRF. As an organic family farmer in Western Colorado, I work daily to ensure our farm’s success and know the importance of the work OFRF does in research, education, and advocacy.

OFRF Gives Comments at NOSB Spring Meeting

OFRF’s Policy Associate, Jane Shey, attended and gave comments to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) spring meeting in Washington, D.C. on April 25th. The NOSB typically meets twice per year. During meetings, the NOSB listens to public comments, discusses its agenda items, and then votes in a public forum.

New Corn Varieties Bred for Resistance to GMOs

Although certified organic farms are prohibited from using Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), organic growers have no control over the varieties grown by neighboring farmers, who may choose a GMO corn variety (approximately 80% of commercial field corn seed sold in the U.S. each year).

Organic Quinoa Thriving in Cool Coastal Climates

Prized for its versatility and nutritional value, quinoa is growing in popularity with home cooks and professional chefs alike. Closely related to beets and spinach, quinoa is prized for being an excellent source of protein with high levels of amino acids, vitamins, and fatty acids. Although quinoa is relatively new in North America, the crop has been grown in South America for centuries.

Growing Kosher Spelt Teaches Mindfulness

A recent article in the New York Times tells the story of a bakery in Brooklyn, New York that specializes in producing a special kind of matzo called shmurah, which means guided or watched. The matzo is used for the first night of Passover. The watching begins while the grain is still growing in the field and continues through the harvest and preparation to ensure the grain meets kosher restrictions—mainly that it hasn’t been allowed to ferment.

Deploying Microbes as a Seed Treatment to Protect Against Soil-borne Plant Pathogens

Plant diseases, especially those caused by soil-borne seed infecting pathogens, pose a serious threat to organic greenhouse and field production. There is a critical need for new techniques and technologies to combat seed and seedling diseases, and organic farmers have identified this as a top research priority.

Both solid and liquid forms of organic amendments such as compost and vermicompost have proven successful in controlling plant pathogens. The working hypothesis is that microbes are closely associated with disease suppression. OFRF provided a research grant in 2014 to Rick Carr at the Rodale Institute (pictured in photo) to establish a proof-of-concept that compost microbes can be deployed on the surface of seeds before sowing to protect against soil-borne plant pathogens. He recently submitted his final project report.


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