Ohio State University has published a guide for those who want to transition to organic farming or who have made the move but need to update their farm plan.

Titled the "Organic Whole Farm Planning Workbook, the 8.5-by-11-inch 108-page soil-bound publication serves as a companion to the university's "A Transition Guide to Certified Organic Crop Management," which was published earlier in 2008.

Both are the products of the university's Organic Food and Farming Education and Research Program, based in Wooster.

Deb Stinner, the organic program’s administrative coordinator, says the workbook further supports the transition process by guiding the user through developing a holistic transition plan. It also helps the producer complete an organic farm plan that's required by certifying agencies.

The workbook features questions to answer, conditions to describe, factors to rate and records to start keeping 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.

“The workbook is designed to be user-friendly,” Stinner says. “It’s coil-bound so it’s easy to write in. There’s an extensive list of resources at the end.

“(The workbook is) targeted at transitional farmers. But it can also be a valuable tool for existing organic farmers who are considering adding a new enterprise to their operation or who need to submit an updated farm plan.”

To order Organic Whole Farm Planning Workbook, $20, or Transition Guide to Certified Organic Crop Management, $15, send your request to OFFER, 201 Thorne Hall, OSU/OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, OH 44691. Make checks payable to OSU/OFFER.

For more information, call (330) 202-3528.

Both books are printed on sturdy, high-quality recycled paper with soy inks.

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