NOFA-NJ Comment: The following article, published November 25, 2018 by National Geographic, offers a hopeful, reasoned view of why conventional farmers are shifting to organic practices. The personal stories shared by farmers, along with utterly spectacular photography by George Steinmetz, make this a must read. Of particular importance are descriptions of the challenges faced by operations undergoing the transition to organic. For example, “A study of 1,800 farmers transitioning to organic agriculture pointed to mentoring and one-on-one technical assistance as both critical and hard to come by.” NOFA-NJ offers both, and much more. The article also mentions the shortage of younger people entering farming, another area that NOFA-NJ is addressing. In 2018, our entry-level course in our Beginning Farmer curriculum was booked to capacity with a waiting list! To read the full article, please click here.
Organic food sales in the U.S. doubled over the last decade, but organic farming hasn’t kept pace. That may change as farmers partner with brands.