Increasing Capacity Through


Transition to Organic

It’s clear.

Investment in changing over to organic production is a huge gamble for most growers. Unfortunately, this limits our ability to shift away from farming systems that continue to have negative impacts on our public health, biodiversity and food security. Oregon Tilth helps make transition accessible for all farmers—from beginners to longtime conventional practitioners—interested in becoming certified organic producers.

Supporting the frontline practitioners to change our food system

Our initiatives are built on the understanding that transition to certified organic is a shared effort. Through a combination of partnerships and collaborative peer networks, we connect practitioners with each other and to valued resources. Why? We believe transition gives whole communities access to better economic opportunities. It increases resiliency in our landscapes, watersheds and biodiversity. And it is a pathway to define new models for how we underwriting our food future.

Investing in people, ideas and a movement

Despite the attractive market potential for farmers producing or wanting to grow organic products, transition to organic production is full of challenges and uncertainty.

Oregon Tilth collaborates with partners to take on challenges in the organic transition process. Our overarching goal is simple: make organic farming accessible to all producers in order to change the paradigm of our food production system and food economy.

To address all of these challenges and more, Oregon Tilth provides technical assistance and resources for each stage of the transition process, from nutrient management and crop rotations to financing and recordkeeping. We also provide opportunities for convening major players throughout the organic supply chain to connect and innovate with each other. Our education team provides a wide spectrum of specialized trainings and tools to help farmers learning a new production system with different approaches and standards for pest, soil and water management. And we listen to our practitioner networks to identify gaps in the transition process to develop new research and support programs.

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