Rodale Institute is pleased to announce Dr. Gladis Zinati, Associate Research Scientist, as a 2016 grant recipient, from Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF), in "field evaluation of designed compost extracts for organic weed suppression."
Organic Farming Research Foundation is a non-profit foundation that works to foster the improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming systems. OFRF cultivates organic research, education, and federal policies that bring more farmers and acreage into organic production.
In addition to being a grant recipient , Rodale Institute provided funding to OFRF’s grantmaking through our “Your 2 Cents” program. Your 2 Cents is a way for companies to support organic researchers, farmers, veterans, and students studying the most pressing issues of organic agriculture. “Your 2 Cents” began nearly five years ago. Companies participate by donating 2 pennies per case of goods. Nearly 40 companies participate, including Wedderspoon, Salba Smart, Brad’s Raw, Wild Planet and more.
Grant recipients were determined by OFRF's Board of Directors, consisting of organic agriculture researchers, industry leaders, and farmers. From the numerous credible and relevant research grant proposals submitted, six projects were chosen. These six grantees were selected based on the relevance of their proposed research project to fostering the improvement or adoption of organic farming systems, as well as ways in which organic farmers or ranchers can utilize proposed results in their operations. All OFRF-funded research must involve farmers or ranchers in project design and implementation, take place on certified organic land, and include strong education and outreach components. Since its founding in 1990, OFRF has awarded 332 grants to organic researchers and farmers, investing more than $3,000,000.
OFRF's 2016 grant recipients include Amélie Gaudin (University of California, Davis), Juan Carlos Melgar Jimenez (Clemson University), Justin Renkema (University of Florida), Erin Silva (University of Wisconsin), and Iris Vaisman (Organic Alberta).