NOFA/RI seeks additional Organic Advisors to offer technical assistance to ranchers and farmers wishing to transition to organic production methods. Experienced organic ranchers and farmers will be paired with aspiring, new or transitioning ranchers and farmers who will provide assistance on these and other topics:
- Farm and/or ranch planning
- Marketing, business planning, record keeping
- Soil health
- Raised bed production
- Cover crops and crop rotation
- Pest and disease management
- Greenhouse and high tunnel growing
- Safe tractor, tool and implement use
- Salad green production
- Cut flower production
- Growing herbs and producing herbal products
- Livestock production and marketing
- Fencing, rotational grazing
- Pasture, forage health
- Weed control
- Post-harvest handling and marketing
- Value added production and marketing
- Marketing at Farmer’s Markets
- Organic certification
- Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) assistance
Farmers receiving assistance may be working towards organic certification, or they may wish to produce their crops in a more sustainable manner.
Compensation and mileage reimbursement is available for Organic Advisors through a generous USDA Specialty Crop Block Program grant for farm viability via the RI Department of Environmental Management’s Division of Agriculture and a USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program grant sponsored by the Southside Community Land Trust. These grants allow NOFA/RI to offer this technical assistance at no charge to the Advisee.
Learn more about the Organic Advisor programs here.
Apply to become an Organic Farm Advisor here.
Apply to become an Organic Livestock Advisor here.