Information from Other Organizations

Host a Better Field Day
from SARE
You’ve done some interesting work: You had a great idea, tried it on your farm and got surprising results. Now, you want to share those results with other farmers and ranchers. The only problem is, you’re busy and constantly pressed for time. Who has time to plan a field day? Thankfully, SARE’s new Farmer Field Day Toolkit is here to take off some of the pressure and get the right tools and tips into your hands.

Our free, digital Farmer Field Day Toolkit is a comprehensive resource of step-by-step instructions, timelines, and downloadable tools and templates for planning and hosting a successful event. Plus, users will learn the ins and outs of working with the media, creating press releases and PSAs, generating public interest, capturing the event with video and sharing it online.

Organic Transition: A business planner for farmers, ranchers and food entrepreneurs
from SARE
The Organic Transition Plannerwill walk you through the development of an actionable business transition plan that is suitable for yourself, your management team or a lender.

Soil Health and Organic Farming – Building Organic Matter for Healthy Soils: An Overview
from Organic Farming Research Foundation
email registration required
A discussion of the attributes of healthy soil, the central role of organic matter, and how to monitor and enhance soil organic matter and soil health in organic production.

Soil Health and Organic Farming – Weed Management: An Ecological Approach
from Organic Farming Research Foundation
email registration required
An ecological approach to integrated weed management tools that reduce the need for soil disturbance.

Soil Health and Organic Farming – Practical Conservation Tillage
from Organic Farming Research Foundation
email registration required
The impacts of tillage on soil health, including practical, soil-friendly tillage practices for organic systems.Organic Farming Research Foundation

Organic Production topic room
from SARE
Assists organic producers who are struggling to manage pests, fertility and tillage in compliance with stringent organic standards. Including a wide range of free materials developed by SARE, SARE grant recipients and experts in the field, Organic Production addresses:

●  Pest Management: Use pest life cycles and biological factors to influence pest growth and management.
●   Whole Systems: Manage your organic operation as an integrated, whole system.
●   Seeds: Grow and save your own organic seeds.
●   Fertility Management: Optimize fertility using cover crops, manure, crop rotation and organic fertilizers.
●   Certification: Understand USDA certification, agencies, regulations and cost.
●   …and more!

Food Safety Planning Down on the Farm: Examples from Ohio Certified Organic Farms
from the Ohio Department of Agriculture
The publication identifies challenges that these farms faced in developing their own food safety plans and explores what changes they made to reduce their risk.

Whether or not you are certified organic, we hope you’ll see yourself in these profiles, be able to take away new ideas, and feel less intimidated by food safety planning and costs.