About the OFFER Program

cultivation at Ohio State organic farmAbout the OFFER Program 

The OFFER program was established in 1998 in response to requests by organic producers and supporters to provide science-based information to Ohio’s existing organic farmers and to newcomers to organic production and marketing. 

Mission Statement

Our Mission is to provide research and educational support for producers, processors, and marketers of organic foods with the goal of expanding the abundance, quality, and variety of certified organic foods available to consumers.

Program Team

As of 2022, the OFFER program is part of Ohio State's Agroecosystems Management Program and is under the direction of Dr. Douglas Jackson-Smith. Other staff directly related to OFFER include program coordinator Brian Gwin; program manager Cassy Brown; and Cheryl Fischnich, office manager for both AMP and OFFER. 

Land Resources

About 40 acres of land near the CFAES Wooster Campus were originally allocated to the program. Today OFFER’s land resources include land on three farms near Wooster and at the John Hirzel Sustainable Agriculture Farming Systems Research Site in northwestern Ohio. Read more

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