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Natural Farmer Shares Her Story


Assist OFRF Help Natural Farmers

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For a lot of natural producers, natural is a lifestyle and so they 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 clear up the various challenges we have 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 Purple Hills Area of Tallahassee, Florida. They develop produce and honey, and create quite a lot of worth added merchandise by their on-farm industrial kitchen. But it surely isn’t all the time simple. “There are such a lot of challenges that natural farmers face, so we want as a lot analysis and new concepts as potential to assist us achieve success,” Mary defined.

Whereas she first discovered OFRF by our training and analysis supplies, OFRF’s federal advocacy is what’s most necessary 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 crucial to our skill to proceed and OFRF is working to enhance and develop applications – like cost-share – that assist farmers succeed.”

Mary’s story is kind of widespread: Farmers want sensible info that may assist clear up 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 Phipps on tractor

Mary joined the board as a result of she believes in OFRF’s analysis, training and advocacy work. Observe Mary’s lead and contribute at the moment! Your reward shall be matched greenback for greenback, growing the affect of your donation. And don’t neglect, there are various methods to assist OFRF.

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