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Orchardists, hobby gardeners, customers and those just beginning to explore fruit growing use our online resources to discuss topics related to organic fruit production, marketing, and policy.

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Learn from experienced fruit growers and industry professionals, access current research, find and share resources, and network with other members through seminars, workshops, field days and our quarterly newsletter, Just Picked!

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OFGA facilitates connections and collaborations with researchers at universities and private companies to address the challenges of managing fruit diseases and pests organically even in humid regions of the US.

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OFGA is a professional organization able to represent the interests of member-growers in discussions about the public policies and programs that affect small growers.

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Introducing our Organizational Members

The Organic Fruit Growers Association (and previously OTFA) has been connecting fruit growers with each other since 2004. We have a helpful community where growers discuss issues, challenges, and successes related to fruit growing, we share information about tools, methods, and opportunities. We help each other with operations management, grant application, and marketing.

As we go through the seasons, planning, pruning, planting, caring for the soil and our trees, bushes, canes, or runners, we often take advantage of products and services offered by other not-for-profit organizations and businesses, and we share our experiences, make recommendations to other growers.

 

We are excited to finally connect those who support our industry with our growers more directly through our organizational membership option. Check out the below providers, recommended by growers like you!

Diana Shipman
Associate Director of
Volunteer Programs

ACDI/VOCA

Farmer-to-Farmer Program

ACDI/VOCA is a non-profit, international development organization based in Washington DC. We have implemented effective economic and social development projects around the world since 1963. Our mission is to achieve better lives for people and communities by increasing economic prosperity and social inclusion.

 

ACDI/VOCA has been a key implementer of the Farmer-to-Farmer Program since its inception in 1985. Established by USAID, the Farmer-to-Farmer Program promotes sustainable practices in agriculture and food security through production, processing and marketing in developing countries around the world. To date, we’ve had the pleasure of working with over 7,000 specialists who have volunteered their talent and expertise with us under this program. Volunteers provide high quality technical assistance through short-term assignments where they build the capacity of local organizations and businesses in the host country. The feedback from host beneficiaries has been overwhelmingly positive and we regularly hear about how the guidance received from a volunteer has changed the way they do business and they have seen noticeable improvements in their businesses.

 

Our Volunteer Program provides for all travel arrangements, lodging and meals for each volunteer for the duration of an assignment, which typically lasts 2-3 weeks. To learn more about current opportunities, please visit www.acdivoca.org/volunteer. If you would like to learn more about our Volunteer Program, please contact me at 202-469-6182 or DShipman@acdivoca.org.

 

Diana Shipman

Associate Director of Volunteer Programs

ACDI/VOCA

 

A few current opportunities (as of March 17, 2020):

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ACDI/VOCA is currently observing a complete travel ban for all international assignments. We are only matching candidates with assignments at this time and will determine an appropriate period of travel once the threat of COVID-19 has passed and international travel restrictions have been lifted.

Tajikistan: Stone Fruit Tree Husbandry, Paivand

Local farmers are requesting volunteer assistance to learn best practices of fruit tree husbandry, pruning methods and the necessary care during harvest/post-harvest seasons. Common fruits grown include apples, plums and apricots with smaller quantities of cherries and peaches. The assignment will last for approximately 2-3 weeks in country. Travel and living expenses will be provided.

https://volunteeropportunities-acdivoca.icims.com/jobs/5594/stone-fruit-tree-husbandry--paivand%2c-tajikistan/job

 

Kyrgyzstan: Fruit Nursery Management

ACDI/VOCA is seeking a fruit tree specialist to introduce modern and effective nursery management methods for Kyrgyz farmers. There are more than 20 private nurseries in the region where this assignment will take place, 8 of which have better conditions than the others. However, there is a lack of access to the innovations of the organizations that work with the nurseries. To fill this knowledge gap, it is expected that the F2F volunteer will teach farmers to get acquainted with international methods on nursery management, including promising commercial varieties, and the technique of pruning various fruit trees and berry bushes, including dwarf and semi-dwarf (rootstocks and seedlings) compatibility of the nursery rotation and disease prevention focusing on cherries and pears. The assignment will last for approximately 2-3 weeks in country. Travel and living expenses will be provided.

https://volunteeropportunities-acdivoca.icims.com/jobs/5592/fruit-tree-winterizing-specialist%2c-kyrgyzstan/job

Armenia: Tree Nursery Specialist

The existing nurseries in Armenia are specialized mainly in fruit-tree sapling production. The scope of this assignment is to help the beneficiaries to improve their skills in fruit-tree production, to meet international standards for similar nurseries, and expand their assortment, considering mixed assortment (fruits and forest species) applicable for agroforestry. The assignment will last for approximately 2-3 weeks in country. Travel and living expenses will be provided.

https://volunteeropportunities-acdivoca.icims.com/jobs/5590/tree-nursery-specialist%2c-armenia/job

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