Episode 90. A Conversation with Atina Diffley

In this episode, NCAT community foods outreach specialist Daniel Prial, and Andy Pressman, director of NCAT’s Northeast Regional office in Keene, New Hampshire, talk to Atina Diffley, author of Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works, a 2013 Minnesota Book Award winner.

Both Andy and Daniel work with NCAT’s ATTRA sustainable agriculture program.

Atina is a Minnesota organic farmer and public speaker. Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works is a memoir based on Atina’s life running the Gardens of Eagan organic vegetable farm. Her advocacy has addressed the pressures of suburban development, and she successfully led a legal and citizen campaign opposing Koch Industries to create an organic mitigation plan for organic farms in Minnesota.

Andy and Daniel have a wide-ranging discussion on organic production with Atina, touching on intermediary markets, the links between risk management and crop diversity, strategies for scaling up production, pricing, labor, the history of the organic movement, and more.

If you would like more information on this topic, you can contact Andy Pressman and Daniel Prial directly via email at andyp@ncat.org and danielp@ncat.org

Related ATTRA Resources

Organic Farming

Scaling Up Your Vegetable Farm for Regional Markets

Scaling Up for Regional Markets

On Farm Food Safety and FSMA

Sustainable Farming Internships and Apprenticeships

Beginning Farmer Tutorials

Positive Practices in Farm Labor Management

Tips for Selling to: Wholesale Buyers at Terminal Markets

Scheduling Vegetable Plantings for Continuous Harvest

Other Resources

Atina Diffley website (including information on purchasing Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works)

Family Farmed

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