WOOSTER, Ohio — Ohio State University’s Organic Food and Farming Education and Research Program has released its Organic Whole Farm Planning Workbook.
The new book serves as a companion volume to the program’s A Transition Guide to Certified Organic Crop Management, which came out earlier this year.
The workbook further supports the transition process by guiding the user through developing a holistic transition plan and producing a completed organic farm plan as required by certifying agencies.
Evaluating Your Current Farm Operation (history, mapping, climate, soil); Defining Your Goal (based on Alan Savory’s Holistic Management approach); Writing Your Transition Plan and Pulling It All Together (the importance of integration, monitoring and record-keeping) are the book’s four chapters.
There are questions to answer, conditions to describe, factors to rate and records to start keeping plus sample certification forms, neighbor notification letters and more.
The author is Margaret Frericks Huelsman, who also wrote the transition guide. She formerly was program manager of Ohio State’s Integrated Pest Management Program and holds a doctorate in environmental science from Ohio State.
Order the workbook, $20, and Transition Guide to Certified Organic Crop Management, $15, from Organic Food and Farming Education and Research Program, 201 Thorne Hall, OSU/OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, OH 44691. Make checks payable to OSU/OFFER.
For more information call 330-202-3528.