Eleven organic farmers in Oregon and Washington worked closely with Oregon State University faculty to improve potato quality and profitability through a participatory learning process and on-farm, farmer-directed research.

This project, affectionately known as OSPUD, encouraged an exchange of existing integrated management knowledge and promoted farmer innovation. It is our aspiration that, in working collectively, we may learn more about the wide variety of management issues facing small organic farmers, including soils, nutrients, insects, diseases, weeds, tuber quality and profitability.

The first two years of OSPUD were supported by Western SARE Grant SW05-091.

In October 2008, OSPUD was awarded the James and Mildred Oldfield - E.R. Jackman Team Award for collaborative research by OSU’s College of Agriculture.