Published Feb 3, 2011

170 Leaders

By Teresa Opheim

Goals are dreams with deadlines, they say.

All of us on staff are inspired by the PFI dream of farms that are prized for their diversity and communities alive with diverse connections between farmers and friends of farmers. To make this dream a reality, we set yearly goals to measure our progress.

Here are some of our achievements for 2010:

1. PFI provided more than 80 opportunities for members to network with and learn from each other.

2. 170 farmers and friends of farmers took a leadership role in PFI.

3. PFI strengthened its on-farm research and demonstration program, working with 73 cooperators, and expanded its research program to include graziers, fruit and vegetable producers, and friends of farmers.

4. PFI celebrated its 25th anniversary by launching a robust beginning farmer program (including a Savings Incentive Program).

5. PFI ended the fiscal year in the organization’s strongest financial position in its history and established an endowment to help fund future work.

To me personally, the leadership goal is the most exciting and energizing. It shows just how strong PFI really is. Congratulations to all PFI members who hosted a field day, participated in on-farm research and demonstration, were spokespeople for the organization, or served on a PFI board or committee.

We are build a broad-based movement for sustainable agriculture that continues. To do so, we need these leaders, who have stepped forward and offered their skills and expertise!

A PFI leader, Francis Thicke