For a lot of natural producers, natural is a lifestyle they usually can’t think about farming some other manner. 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 info on our farm to assist us remedy the numerous challenges we have been going through. 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 Crimson Hills Area of Tallahassee, Florida. They develop produce and honey, and create a variety of worth added merchandise by their on-farm industrial kitchen. But it surely isn’t at all times straightforward. “There are such a lot of challenges that natural farmers face, so we’d like 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 recently. “I’ve been filling out our natural certification cost-share paperwork, so it’s on my thoughts. USDA’s cost-share program is so vital to our capability to proceed and OFRF is working to enhance and develop applications – like cost-share – that assist farmers succeed.”
Mary’s story is sort of frequent: Farmers want sensible info that may assist remedy on-farm challenges, and elevated help 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. Observe Mary’s lead and contribute as we speak! Your present can be matched greenback for greenback, rising the impression of your donation. And don’t overlook, there are a lot of methods to help OFRF.