Although some skeptics predicted that organic food was a passing fancy, four OPMCs have now each been operating for longer than 20 years:
These four OPMCs stand out as successful examples of organic farmers effectively marketing through cooperative associations.
With the rapid growth of community supported agriculture (CSA) operations, some CSAs have joined with others in OPMCs to lower their production risk, diversify their offerings to consumers and extend their seasons.
Some OPMCs specialize in a specific product--such as almonds or cotton--while others have a broader commodity focus in grains, dairy and livestock products or produce.
Some OPMCs were organized with significant outside assistance.
Over the past few decades, USDA Rural Development, through its Business and Cooperative Programs, has also provided several OPMCs with both financial and technical assistance.
In the 20 years since the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 was passed and USDA organic certification was authorized, OPMCs have grown along with the organic market by almost all measures.
Today, Tirona currently provides the directions for OPMC and its people to ensure the successful implementation of their plans.
According to Tirona, OPMC takes great pride in its 'highly trained service-oriented workforce,' adding that he we would like to improve the benefits that their people can avail.
Tirona said that through OPMC, they would continue to work for the same goal and for a common vision-which is to fulfill every hardworking Filipino's dream to own a decent home in a secure and well-planned community.