OPN Connect Newsletter 226 · July 15, 2021

Top 5 Organic News to Help You Grow

1. Stemilt’s Juiciest Artisan Organics Stone Fruit Makes Grand Debut

It’s time to get those napkins out because Stemilt’s Artisan Organics™ peaches and nectarines are now in season. Stemilt’s 100-percent certified organic peaches and nectarines made their grand debut late last week, with good sizing and spectacular color. Marketing Director Brianna Shales says this year's heat led to "exceptionally high sugar levels" in the fruit.      Read More

2. Rodale Institute, Davines Group Launch Italian Regenerative Organic Center

Stemilt September 2021

Davines Village, a carbon-neutral village just outside of Parma, Italy, will become the site of the Davines Group–Rodale Institute European Regenerative Organic Center, the first international Regional Resource Center by Rodale Institute.    Read More

3. OFRF Now Accepting Letters of Intent for 2021 Research Grants

The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) is excited to announce that they are now accepting Letters of Intent (LOI) for their research grant program. In this grant cycle, in addition to continuing to support farmer-led research, OFRF is prioritizing applications from early career researchers and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). OFRF believes it is critical to foster the next generation of researchers and support historically underserved and marginalized communities while also ensuring all farmers have the most up-to-date and science-based information.     Learn More


Organics Unlimited September 2021

4. Western Growers Releases Video Series on Drought

 In “No Water = No Crops,” a series of videos released by Western Growers, three California farmers show the impact the drought is having on their operations and the cascading losses that result to farmworkers and their communities. “This is one of the most difficult decisions I’ve had to make in a long time,” said Joe Del Bosque of Del Bosque Farms, who sacrificed his asparagus field, which still had five years of productivity left.      Read More

5. How a Business Executive Is Bringing Back His Family’s Historic Black Lexington Farm

Jim Coleman has been a business and economic development executive and lived in 13 cities across the country, but his goal now is to grow organic vegetables “that won’t hurt people,” make his family farm economically sustainable, and share with children and adults the opportunities in farming and the beauty of the land his family has owned for four generations.     Read More

Starr Ranch September 2021

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