… help choosing a certifier.
Over a year ago we began working with the Organic Farming Research
Foundation to survey organic certifiers in the U.S. What was their
fee structure? What types and sizes of farms did they typically
serve? What special services did they offer? What states did they
We took the answers to these questions and developed The
New Farm Guide to U.S. Organic Certifiers. About two-thirds
of U.S. certifiers are now listed in the Guide, which is the only
qualitative guide to certifiers in the country. I’m delighted
by it. You can browse all certifiers, compare two certifiers side
by side, or search for certifiers by particular criteria. Please
check it out--and use the related discussion
forum to comment on how we can improve it. We hope
you’ll also take the time to comment on your own experiences,
positive and negative, with certifiers. The more people use the
guide and comment on certifiers, the more motivation certifiers
will have to join the listing, stay current and upgrade their services,
and the more likely we are to create an open, competitive environment
around selecting certifiers. Check
the guide out now.
Rodale Institute NEWS!
As many of you know, NewFarm.Org is brought to you by The Rodale
Institute, a well-known research and training organization for organic
and sustainable agriculture. One of the things we do each year is
sponsor field days, and there's one coming up on July 22,
on our farm here in eastern PA. Presentations will feature research
and practical advice on promoting mycorrhizal fungi populations
to improve crop health, and how beneficial soil fauna (from microarthropods
to ground beetles) can help manage weeds. The event is free and
open to the public, but pre-registration is required. To register
(and learn more about the event) click
You may not have heard about another Institute
web site, kidsregen.org--a
fun, colorful, lively web site for children about gardening and
the natural world. Each year KidsRegen.org sponsors an Organic School
Garden Awards contest to honor outstanding organic school gardens.
Grades K-12, including home schools, can win a top prize of $1,000.
Deadline for entries is October 31, 2005. If you know a school that
values organic gardening, help the reap some cash prizes and get
a little recognition. Click
here for the complete rules and details.
Organic no-till research catches
on: Our no-till roller/crimper research has caught
the attention of lots of folks, including researchers at Michigan
State University's Kellogg Biological Station. Their first-year
results are nothing short of amazing. They drilled feed-grade soybeans
into knocked-down cover crops of cereal rye and hairy vetch, and
their yields were 50 percent higher than the average soybean yields
in the area for that year.
Now, one of the MSU researchers has moved to Illinois, and he’ll
be experimenting with an identical roller there. Check
out Laura Sayre’s article to read about these
developments, and join
the no-till discussion forum to ask questions and learn
New student farms added to directory:
Three new student farms have been added to our bulging
directory. Check them out, and join
ag ed forums to see what educators and students are
saying about student farms and sustainable ag programs. By the way,
we got a request from a doctoral student at UC Davis to set up an
electronic library for housing materials that help people establish
sutainable ag education programs--excel spreadsheets, PDF documents,
Word documents, etc. We CAN and WILL do it if you send your valuable
documents to firstname.lastname@example.org.
programs need your support!
Farmer fave's--SARE, ATTRA and the Organic Transitions Program--face
crippling budget cuts in a number of states. Act
before June 13!
Coming in the next month: We
have around 20 articles on farmers and farming in Senegal, West
Africa, which we’ve been wanting to feature for some time.
Finally, we’ll begin our series on farming in Senegal in two
weeks. In four weeks we’ll add a “weed page”—a
collection of articles, farm profiles and research on weeds which
will include the latest on our research collaborations with Penn
State and with the Agricultural Research Service station in Beltsville,
Maryland. The weed page will also feature a discussion forum where
we hope you join in to talk about weed problems, weed management
successes and more.
Chris Hill, Executive Editor
Even the sheep at Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, in southeastern
PA, find themselves in a supportive community in tune with the natural
rhythms of life.
See below for more.
The butter master
renews the countryside
By choosing to locate its headquarters and butter plant in rural
Wisconsin, Organic Valley has had a big impact on several small
towns and the folks who live there.
See below for more.
Thanks again to all of you who've donated money to help us restart
the Organic Price Index. We now have:
We'll be adding current prices starting next week, and this money
will allow us to keep going for several months while we work to
resolve our funding problem. The total amount needed to keep the
OPX alive and well for a year is $120,000. Please donate now to
keep your prices coming.
here to donate.
No-till organic spreads to Michigan,
No-till rolls on through the Midwest, picking up enthusiasts wherever
See at left for more.
An urgent warning to CSA farmers to keep from overwhelming their
members with summer squash.
See below for more.
NEW FARM BOOKSTORE
Been to our bookstore
lately? Check out featured titles on farmstead cheesemaking, saving
America's endangered foods, corn growing in Africa, and the founding
of the Camphill movement. PLUS:
by the sea
Poet, organic farmer and NOFA-New York governing
council president Scott Chaskey talks with New Farm about farming,
writing, soil, CSAs, the Organic Rule and his new book, This
Common Ground, a lyrical reflection on 16 years managing
a CSA on Long Island's South Fork.
DOUBLE REVIEW: A
World of Presidia AND Values of Agrarian Landscapes
with a view
Two handsome books offer nourishment for the
Have a book recommendation for us? Let us know
by emailing senior writer Laura Sayre at email@example.com.