Episode 126. A Beginning Farmer Tells Her Story

In this episode, Margo Hale, director of NCAT’s Southeast Regional Office in Fayetteville, Arkansas, interviews Lauren Stine, a beginning farmer in Northwest Arkansas. Lauren shares how she went from being a lawyer in California to raising goats in Arkansas. She talks about the keys to her success, obstacles she has faced, and the resources that have helped her. Lauren also explains the ways she is educating others about pastured-based livestock production.

For more information on this topic, you can contact Margo Hale directly at margoh@ncat.org.

Related ATTRA Resources:

ATTRA Farm Start-Up resources

ATTRA Internship Database

Farm Business Start-Up Checksheet

Getting Started in Farming Tutorial

Using Social Media to Grow Your Farm Business video

Using Facebook to Grow Your Farm Business video

Using Instagram to Grow Your Farm Business video

Other Resources:

Lauren Stine’s farm on Instagram

Ozark Pasture Beef

Are You Truly Ready to Buy a Farm?

“Beginning Farmers Identify Three Barriers

Sacred Cow

Southern SAWG Conference—Raising, Finishing and Marketing Pasture-Raised Meat Short Course

Please call ATTRA with any and all of your sustainable agriculture questions at 800-346-9140 or e-mail us at askanag@ncat.org. Our two dozen specialists can help you with a vast array of topics, everything from farm planning to pest management, from produce to livestock, and soils to aquaculture.

You can get in touch with NCAT/ATTRA specialists and find our other extensive, and free, sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at NCAT/ATTRA’s website.

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Western Regional Office: Website / Facebook

Rocky Mountain West Regional Office: Website / Facebook

Gulf States Regional Office: Website / Facebook

Southeast Regional Office: Website / Facebook

Northeast Regional Office: Website / Facebook


The National Center for Appropriate Technology, in cooperation with USDA Rural Development, Montana State University, and Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (WSARE), is pleased to announce the 1st Annual Soil Health Innovations Conference. This national conference will be held at Montana State University on March 30 and 31, 2020.

The 2020 Soil Health Innovations Conference will bring together producers, industry professionals, educators, and students who are at the cutting edge of soil health across the country: On-farm practices, soil biology, carbon markets, and public policy. Join us for a far-reaching exploration of agriculture’s sustainable future.

For more information and to register go to https://soilinnovations.ncat.org/