Rodale Institute, the global leader of regenerative organic agriculture, is “putting its money where its mouth is” by investing $2 million with Iroquois Valley Farmland Real Estate Investment Trust, a farmland finance company that works with mission-driven investors to provide organic and regenerative farmers land security through long-term leases and mortgages.
The Organic Produce Network recently announced a virtual online event featuring Stew Leonard, Jr., President and CEO of Stew Leonard’s and Scott Schuette, Vice president of produce and floral for Fresh Thyme Market, discussing how the organic fresh produce industry has fared at retail in 2020, sales and consumer purchasing behavior, merchandising opportunities and a preview of what to expect in 2021.
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Most modern crop cultivars have been bred and selected to perform well in conventional farming systems over wide geographic ranges. As a result, organic farmers have relatively few options for purchasing regionally adapted cultivars suited to organic production.
Total organic fresh produce sales and volume continued to register double-digit growth in the third quarter of 2020, with July-September sales increasing 16% and volume up 15% from the same period in 2019, according to a report released exclusively by the Organic Produce Network and Category Partners.