Organic Whole Farm Planning Workbook
Product Code: OWF-1
Transitioning to organic farming? Already switched, but needing to update your farm plan? Get step-by-step help in this workbook from Ohio State's Organic Food and Farming Education and Research (OFFER) Program. It serves as a companion volume to OFFER's A Transition Guide to Certified Organic Crop Management (April 2008; $15; available at this site). The workbook further supports the transition process by guiding you in 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 workbook's four chapters. There are questions to answer, conditions to describe, factors to rate and records to start keeping - all with plenty of space provided to do it - 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. The workbook is designed to be user-friendly, is coil-bound so it's easy to write in, and has an extensive list of resources at the end. "(The workbook is) targeted at transitional farmers," said ....