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January 19 - June 16, 2019 Blanco, Texas Earth Repair Corps is offering a six-weekend intensive Permaculture Design Course that will introduce participants to the ethics, principles, and methods of Permaculture while learning how to design, create, and…

March 8-10, 2019 Mills River, North Carolina Organic Growers School’s Spring Conference offers regionally specific workshops on organic growing and sustainable living. The event includes several full-day, pre-conference workshops, followed by classes in 18 different tracks, including beginning farmer, experienced farmer, livestock, poultry, mushrooms, pollinators, and permaculture.

Western Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) Farm Internship Curriculum and Handbook   Tom and Maud Powell and Michael Moss, Sustainable Farmers, Jackson County, OR. Technical advisor: Tim Franklin, Jacksonville, OR. Curriculum advisor: Peter O’Connell, Jacksonville, OR. Web advisor: National Center for Appropriate Technology, Butte, MT. Published 2007 Updated 2010 &copy NCAT   Biodynamics Learning Objectives The learner will: Understand the basics of biodynamics, including the history, the approach, and the preparations   Historical Overview – Justus Von Liebig (1803-73) “father of Ag. Chemistry” – NPK WWI brought NO3 (saltpeter) fertilizer made from bomb making surplus Tanks became tractors Poison...

The market for mushrooms continues to grow due to interest in their culinary, nutritional, and health benefits. They also show potential for use in waste management. However, as fungi, mushrooms have life cycles very different from those of green plants. The choice of species to raise depends both on the growth media available and on market considerations. Oyster mushrooms, which grow on many substrates, are easiest for a beginner. Shiitake mushrooms already have earned considerable consumer demand. Only two mycorrhizal mushrooms, morels and truffles, have been commercially cultivated. Mushroom cultivation offers benefits to market gardens when it is integrated into the existing production system. A careful analysis of potential markets must be the first step in deciding whether to raise mushrooms to sell. Many information resources are available for further research.

You can find additional information on a wide variety of sustainable agriculture topics in ATTRA publications and resource lists, as well as from agencies, universities and organizations. Links to some of the many available information sources are listed below. Videos NCAT Publications SARE Publications USDA Sustainable Agriculture Programs Sustainable Agriculture Working Groups University and Extension Sustainable Agriculture Programs Non-profit Organizations State Sustainable or Organic Agriculture Websites Regional Centers for Rural Development Agricultural Directories and Virtual Libraries Links to Other Education Information Links to Sustainable Agriculture Educational Programs   ⇒ Videos ⇒ SARE Publications The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)...

Urban agriculture is reshaping our cities, and urban farmers and gardeners are creating new opportunities for increasing the economic, social, and environmental effects of growing food in and around cities. There are many benefits to growing food in urban areas, and these benefits are being realized by communities, policy makers, and food-system entrepreneurs. As a result, access to land, capital, and markets is creating the necessary environment for farmers to manage a profitable urban farm. This section provides information and resources specific to urban agriculture. It includes information on community gardens, as well as information for helping urban farmers manage...

Answer: Living hedges are fences made of living trees and shrubs. Their installation and use is common in many parts of the world, including Europe, Asia, and Australia. While historically used in this country as livestock fencing, living hedges are…

Answer: Living fences are fences made of live trees and shrubs. Their installation and use is common in many parts of the world, including Europe, Asia, and Australia. While historically used in the United States as livestock fencing, living hedges are…

B.C. ArizonaAnswer: The Turkish filbert tree (Corylus colurna), of Persian origin, was imported into the northwestern United States, where it is well-adapted. That area has become the center of commercial hazelnut production in this country. There…