For a lot of natural producers, natural is a lifestyle they usually can’t think about farming every other method. Mary Phipps is a type of farmers. She joined the OFRF board in 2021, however has been utilizing OFRF sources for practically 15 years. “I first heard about OFRF from one other natural farmer in our space in 2008 and began utilizing OFRF data on our farm to assist us resolve the various challenges we had been dealing with. I instantly signed up for the publication and have been following alongside and benefiting from OFRF ever since.”
Mary’s farm, Orchard Pond, is a diversified natural farm within the Pink Hills Area of Tallahassee, Florida. They develop produce and honey, and create various worth added merchandise by their on-farm business kitchen. But it surely isn’t at all times simple. “There are such a lot of challenges that natural farmers face, so we want as a lot analysis and new concepts as doable to assist us achieve success,” Mary defined.
Whereas she first discovered OFRF by our schooling and analysis supplies, OFRF’s federal advocacy is what’s most essential to her these days. “I’ve been filling out our natural certification cost-share paperwork, so it’s on my thoughts. USDA’s cost-share program is so essential to our capacity to proceed and OFRF is working to enhance and develop packages – like cost-share – that assist farmers succeed.”
Mary’s story is kind of frequent: Farmers want sensible data that may assist resolve on-farm challenges, and elevated assist from the USDA and Congress. Natural farmers can’t do that alone and OFRF works behind the scenes to assist natural farmers thrive.
Mary joined the board as a result of she believes in OFRF’s analysis, schooling and advocacy work. Comply with Mary’s lead and contribute at this time! Your present will likely be matched greenback for greenback, rising the influence of your donation. And don’t neglect, there are various methods to assist OFRF.