Increasing Capacity



It’s pretty simple. Technical assistance helps individuals and organizations tackle complex challenges by strengthening their internal capacities to meet issues head on. Oregon Tilth helps organizations fill knowledge gaps by linking clients, members and partners to quality resources and training. Whether its understanding soil science or navigating public programs, our work enables organic practitioners to access expertise and resources that support their efforts to conserve our environment, enhance our health and foster strong marketplaces.

We focus our technical assistance on the following values:

+ Building capacity helps make a hopeful vision a reality.

We see clients, members and partners as leading vehicles of change for a more sustainable food system. Increasing organizational capacity is an investment in strengthening the foundation for successful impact. Whether supporting access to grants to offering training opportunities, Oregon Tilth believes that helping organizations do what they do best starts with building capacity, inside and out.

+ Knowledge gaps are strategic opportunities to deepen commitment.

Our practitioner networks respond to challenges by turning to each other to leverage resources and information. Oregon Tilth offers targeted trainings through its certification and education offerings to tackle developing issues. Whether co-hosting the biennial Organicology conference with technical workshops, producing an annual line-up of webinar trainings or acting as a clearinghouse for information resources, we believe knowledge should never be a roadblock for success. In fact, knowledge gaps are relationship building opportunities to engage and exchange with each other toward shared goals.

+ Public investment in technical assistance supports quality improvement.

Our comprehensive strategy for improving access for all organic producers to quality information resources starts with integrating technical assistance into state and federal programs. Integrating technical services into public policies helps build and develop a skilled workforce, enhancing the work of organic practitioners from the ground up.

+ Strategic partnerships leverage access to important tools and data.

The diversity of needs of farmers, processors and operators means that one program can’t serve them all. We participate in ongoing conversations with a host of partners – universities, nonprofits and others – to find better ways to help organic producers access what they need when they need it.