Last week, The Packer spoke with Chris Schreiner, executive director at Oregon Tilth, about our recent report produced in collaboration with OSU’s Center for Small Farms and Community Food Systems, Breaking Ground: Farmer Perspectives on Organic Transition:
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“Working with OSU added a level of academic rigor and credibility to both the survey design and subsequent report analyzing the results,” said Chris Schreiner, executive director at Oregon Tilth. “We want the report to inform research, education and extension efforts at Land Grand Universities. Partnering with OSU helped ensure the report would be relevant and useful to this key audience.”
Oregon Tilth will use the information from the survey to create resources to try to lessen obstacles.
“We’ll continue developing our educational resources on topics that farmers ranked as major obstacles,” Schreiner said. “We are hosting an online network for transitioning farmers to ask questions, provide resources as well as share success stories and lessons learned from failures. We also plan to create a mentor-farmer program, designed to pair transitioning farmers with experienced organic farmers.”
The organization plans a follow up study to ask more targeted questions within the farmer demographics that may encourage transition.