For Organic Farmers. By Organic Farmers.
For seventy years, Rodale Institute has supported organic farmers with the research and education they need to succeed. In 2016 we launched the Organic Farmers Association to unite organic farmers for a better future together.
There are two types of Memberships. To SIGN UP, CLICK HERE.
• Farm Membership: Certified organic farmers, or farmers in transition to organic, should select this membership. Farm Memberships will receive a periodical survey on issues and policy important to organic farmers, so we can be your voice in Washington, D.C.
• Supporter Membership: Not a farmer, but want to support the organic farmers that make our planet a better place? You'll receive the same great benefits, including New Farm magazine, webinars and discounts to workshops and events!
At Rodale Institute, we know organic farmers are at the core of successful organic movement. The goals of Organic Farmers Association include:
• Continuing education and research to help organic farmers succeed. Education includes practical topics like pest, disease and weed management; soil health; organic livestock; and more. It also includes policy issues, marketing, industry news and research. Education will be delivered through bi-annual issues of our membership publication, New Farm Magazine, as well as online webinars, e-newsletters, and workshops.
• Connecting organic farmers. An important aspect of a national organic farmers’ organization is to unify organic growers from around the country into a solidified network. This allow organic farmers to share advice and knowledge; share resources; and buy/sell/rent commodities, land and equipment.
• Most importantly, a strong voice for organic farmers. Right now, a lot of people say they speak for organic farmers. Giving organic farmers true representation in policy and Washington, D.C. on the issues important to us is our number one goal.
One Farm, One Vote
How does policy work with Organic Farmers Association? In our membership structure, every organic farm, and every organic farmer, is created equal. That means that regardless of the size of your operation you pay a flat rate for membership- $100/year- and get one vote on policy issues. Everyone has a voice at the table and everyone is represented equally.
Our Lobbyist- Elizabeth Kucinich
Advocacy efforts will be led by Elizabeth Kucinich, Board Policy Chair for Rodale Institute. Kucinich has extensive policy experience in Washington, D.C., including serving as the former director of policy at the Center for Food Safety and former director of government affairs at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). Elizabeth is an advisory council member of DC EFF, the world’s largest environmental film festival, and is a producer of GMO OMG and Organic Rising.
Policy efforts will be determined based on the collective voice of the organic farmer members, not on views held by Rodale Institute.
New Farm Magazine: New Farm Magazine, which has existed for organic farmers since 1979, will be mailed to all Organic Farmers Association members. Issues will be mailed in spring and fall. Content will include research, industry news, farming methods, member profiles and more.
Additional Benefits For Members:
• Members will receive Bi-Annual Issues of our membership publication New Farm Magazine.
• Members will receive free access to our 2017 educational webinar series.
• Members will receive a 10% discount to all Rodale Institute workshops. To see our 2017 workshops, please visit our Events Calendar.
• Members will have access to Organic Farmers Association logo to use on their website or promotional materials.
Contact: Have an issue that’s on your mind? A story idea for New Farm? Maybe you just want to update your billing information or mailing address? Please contact OFA@RodaleInstitute.org.
Additional Resources for Organic Farmers Association Members:
• Organic Transition Course- 15-hour online program designed to help you understand the National Organic Standards and use them as your framework for transition to organic.
• Organic Price Report- Find out weekly prices for organic and conventional crops.
• Farmer’s Connect- A chance to connect with other organic farmers. You can post a classified ad, ask questions, and share information.
• Organic System Plan- Assemble the necessary documentation to apply for organic certification through an accredited certifying agent.
• Crop Conversion Calculator- Plan the financial impact of transitioning farmland to organic.
• Organic No-Till- Learn more about Organic No-Till Farming Techniques.
• Farmer Training- Learn more about farmer training opportunities at Rodale Institute.
• Farm Research- Learn more about farm research at Rodale Institute.