How Can You Help Organic Farmers?

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Submitted by Lola Dannehl-Schickman, Development Associate, OFRF

It's hard to believe fall is in full swing! I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels like they blinked in June and suddenly found themselves in November. That being said, it’s a critically busy time here at OFRF as we continue to rollout our webinars on building soil health and prepare to go to press with several new publications we'll be sharing this winter conference season. Throw in preparations for our organic luncheon at Expo West in March, an Organic Agriculture Research Forum at Organicology in February, and . . . well, you get the idea.

But there is still so much more to do. With the 2018 Farm Bill failing to pass by the September deadline, many programs that support organic agriculture—including federal investment in organic research—were left stranded. This loss of support will have a major impact on organic and transitioning farmers around the country who rely on organic research and other organic programs to overcome the unique challenges of organic agriculture. It also increases pressure on organizations like OFRF to step in and fund the critical on-farm research necessary to advance the growth of organic agriculture as a whole.

Our farmer-first programs focusing on education, advocacy, and research would not be possible without the support of conscientious and engaged readers like you. Your actions make it possible for organic farmers to receive the research and educational support they need to be successful.

Your help is needed now to impact the success of organic farmers. Here are a few ways to get involved today:

Make a direct donation. One OFRF research grant is $20,000. If each one of our newsletter subscribers donated $1.00, we’d be able to fund an additional research project in 2019. No gift is too small!

Become a peer-to-peer fundraiser. Use your social media network to raise funds on behalf of OFRF. The process is easy! Create your fundraising page and then share the link to Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. Friends and family are more likely to support an organization recommended by someone they know and trust. By promoting OFRF, you are letting your on-line community know that our work is worth their support.

Like or Share our Posts on Social Media. Spread the word! Sharing our updates and calls to action ensures more people can get involved and benefit from our organic farmer-centered programs.

Thank you for your commitment to organic farming and engagement with our work. You cannot overestimate the impact your assistance makes on the future of organic farming.