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In this podcast Nina Prater, agriculture specialist at NCAT's Southeast Regional office in Fayetteville, Arkansas, has a conversation with her NCAT colleague Guy Ames, horticulture specialist and owner-operator of Ames Orchard and Nursery in Elkins, Arkansas. Guy has been farming in Arkansas since 1971, but became interested in heirloom apples in 1980. In this episode, discover things you might not have known, such as: What qualifies as an heirloom? What’s in a name? How do you decide what variety to grow? Guy and Nina also talks about the history of heirloom apples, some pros and cons, and the role heirloom apples...

In this episode, Lee Rinehart, an agriculture specialist with NCAT's ATTRA sustainable agriculture program, talks with Jill Pegnataro of GreenWave, a nonprofit focused on expanding opportunities for fisherman and farmers to start sustainable shellfish and aquatic plant farming enterprises. Jill works as a farm manager and instructor with GreenWave in New Haven, Connecticut. Lee works out of NCAT's Northeast Regional Office in Keene, New Hampshire. Jill and Lee talk about how Jill got into vertical ocean farming, how vertical ocean farming works, the skills and resources some needs to begin ocean farming, and how to get started. For more information on this...

Energy Corps member Michael Daniel explains how to build a Biochar Retort Kiln. He presents the benefits to using biochar as a soil amendment in a garden as well as various materials you can obtain on a budget....

Organic farmers and ranchers conserve biodiversity and natural resources because their agricultural production systems depend upon healthy ecosystems. In this webinar, conservation professionals and landowners can learn how Natural Resources Conservation Service conservation practices and enhancements can provide high-value production and biodiversity benefits while at the same time aiding producers in obtaining or maintaining their USDA organic status. The webinar’s presenters are Jo Ann Baumgartner, director of the Wild Farm Alliance, and Harriet Behan, an organic specialist with Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service....

NCAT Agricultural Specialists Luke Freeman and Margo Hale introduce the topic of crop planning for vegetable growers wanting to scale up into wholesale or institutional markets. A resources and links PDF you can use to further your crop planning knowledge is available for download here: https://attra.ncat.org/downloads/Crop-Planning-for-Vegetable-Growers-Webinar-Resources.pdf...

NCAT Sustainable Agriculture specialist Justin Duncan shows step-by-step how to use cultivation techniques to turn land overrun with grass and weeds into a field ready for planting. Learn more about the SOAR Partnership: http://portal.utpa.edhttps://portal.utpa.edu/utpa_main/daa_home/cose_home/biology_home/biology_research/agroecology_home/soaru/utpa_main/daa_...

In this video Jose Hernandez will show you how to cluster thin table grapes in the high tunnel. Cluster thinning supports the development of larger grape clusters and improved berry quality by balancing the number of clusters to shoot length. All the grape clusters are removed from shoots that are less than 8 inches long. One grape cluster is left on shoots that are 8 to 20 inches long. And two clusters are left on shoots that are over 20 inches long. This video was produced by NCAT and is part of the High Tunnel Grape Project funded by Southern...

In this video Dr. Any Allen will show you how to winter prune table grapes using the balanced pruning method. The balanced pruning formula used is 30+10, leaving 30 buds for the first pound of prunings removed plus 10 buds for each pound of prunings after that. This video was produced by NCAT and is part of the High Tunnel Grape Project funded by Southern SARE and led by the University of Arkansas in collaboration with Cooperative Extension, the National Center for Appropriate Technology, and the Arkansas Association of Grape Growers. Future videos will discuss pruning, harvest, and pest management...

In this video we show you how to prune and train young grape vines to a trellis system in a high tunnel with Horticulture Professor Dr. Elena Garcia from the University of Arkansas. For this demonstration we are using the Geneva Double Curtain trellis system and a Modified Double High Cordon system in a Haygrove high tunnel at Barnhill Orchards in Lonoke, Arkansas. There are many advantages to growing grapes in a high tunnel in the Southeast, including higher yield, better fruit quality, and decreased disease pressure. This video was produced by NCAT and is part of the High Tunnel...

In this video we show you how to plant dormant, bare-root grape vines in a high tunnel with Viticulture Professor Dr. Andy Allen from Arkansas Tech University. There are many advantages to growing grapes in a high tunnel in the Southeast, including higher yield, better fruit quality, and decreased disease pressure. This video was produced by NCAT and is part of the High Tunnel Grape Project funded by Southern SARE and led by the University of Arkansas in collaboration with Cooperative Extension, the National Center for Appropriate Technology, and the Arkansas Association of Grape Growers. Future videos in the series...

Dave Scott, a livestock specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology and co-owner of Montana Highland Lamb near Whitehall, Montana, discusses the operation's composting system....

In this episode, Nina Prater, an agriculture specialist with NCAT's ATTRA sustainable agriculture program talks with farmer Janet Bachmann about Janet's production practices at Riverbend Gardens in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Nina works out of NCAT's Southeast Regional office in Fayetteville, where Janet, who also is a former NCAT agriculture specialist, has been farming since 1989. They talk about specialty cut flower production and marketing and how Janet makes it all work as a one-woman operation. For more information on this topic, you can contact Nina Prater directly at ninap@ncat.org Related ATTRA Resources: Specialty Cut Flower Production and Marketing Market Gardening: A Start-Up Guide Farmers Markets: Marketing and...

With support from the USDA, NCAT Agriculture Specialists Marisa Alcorta and Rex Dufour have helped Spanish-speaking farmers in California's Central Valley experiment with cover crops to improve soil quality and provide habitat for beneficial insects and pollinators. This video documents Elias Cosio, an almond grower from near Modesto who has been collaborating with NCAT and NRCS as he plants the first cover crop in his orchard...

This webinar covers how TSPs, NRCS personnel, and Conservation Planners of all types can promote sound environmental practices that enhance biodiversity conservation and improve the production capabilities of organic farm, ranch, wild crop harvest, and handling operations. National Organic Program (NOP) regulations require the conservation of soil, water, wetlands, woodlands, and wildlife resources. Recently, the NOP modified its auditing of organic certification agencies, which is resulting in more scrutiny being paid to conservation by organic operations. This webinar discusses how conservation professionals can instruct existing and transitioning organic operators to maintain and improve the natural resources on their working lands through the...

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) with 10 partners are offering a webinar series on how to become a Technical Service Provider (TSP) for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and assist transitioning and certified organic producers. The webinars are part of an NRCS National Conservation Innovation Project. "Doing NRCS Conservation Activity Planning for Organic Farmers and Ranchers" is presented by Katy Green, who is perhaps the most experienced TSP working with NRCS and organic producers in the United States. Katy will share her efforts at developing conservation activity plans in compliance with NRCS standards (known in NRCS lingo as...

This webinar, broadcast October 25, 2012, focuses on tools and techniques for small-scale crop production. National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) Agriculture Specialist Andy Pressman discusses the importance of investing in good quality and well-designed tools, their different purposes, and how to use them to properly plant and maintain crops....

This webinar addresses multi-species cover crops that can be used to improve soil health, increase biological diversity, and benefit the bottom line in no-till grain operations. An increasing number of grain farmers are experimenting with these "cocktails" of cover crops such as legumes, grasses, and companion crops to keep the soil covered year-round. During this webinar, Jay Fuhrer, District Conservationist with the National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) in Bismarck, North Dakota, shared his experience with this innovative no-till approach. Fuhrer presented four on-farm case studies to illustrate how to successfully use cover crop "cocktails" to enhance crop production and livestock forage...

In this episode, Rockiell Woods, director of NCAT's Gulf States Office in Jackson, Mississippi, begins an occasional series on scaling up agriculture operations with Bill Evans, director of horticulture with Up in Farms Food Hub in Jackson. Rockiell and Bill talk about when scaling up – increasing production or investing in ways to reduce costs – is appropriate. They also set the stage for discussing other issues a small producer considering scaling up would need to address, such as marketing, finance, and labor costs. For more information on this subject, you can contact Rockiell Woods directly via email at rockw@ncat.org. Related ATTRA Resources: Food...

In this episode, Omar Rodriguez, a sustainable agriculture specialist with NCAT's ATTRA sustainable agriculture program, has a conversation about biostimulants with Meerae Park, a master’s degree student in the Plant Sciences Department at the University of California Davis. Omar, who works out of NCAT’s Western Regional Office in Davis, California, and Meerae give an overview of biostimulants – which are generally described as substances that aren’t fertilizers, pesticides, or growth regulators but can affect plants’ yield, quality, and vigor. They discuss categories of biostimulants, how they may affect plants, the sometimes difficult task of defining which substances are biostimulants, how farmers can...

In this episode, Margo Hale, director of NCAT Southeast Regional Office in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Linda Coffey, a livestock specialist with NCAT’s ATTRA sustainable agriculture program, discuss some timely spring topics that are impacting their own farms: pastures, parasites, and predators. Margo and Linda, whose farms are both in the Fayetteville area, talk about handling excess forage, electronet tips and warnings, weeds and poisonous plants, and grazing recordkeeping. They also touch on pasture management to minimize internal parasite problems and the use of livestock guardian animals to protect stock from predation.  They refer to a number of resources and invite listeners to...

In this episode, John Wallace, manager of NCAT's SIFT farm, talks with Robin Kelson of the Good Seed Company in Whitefish, Montana. Robin and John discuss questions that beginning seed savers often have as well as resources that are available for those who want to get into the subject in more depth.
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In this episode, Andrew Coggins, the Sustainable Agriculture Project Coordinator with NCAT ATTRA’s SIFT – Small-Scale Intensive Farm Training program – talks with John Wallace, who manages NCAT’s SIFT farm. Andrew and John are both specialists with NCAT’s ATTRA – the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service – and work at NCAT’s headquarters in Butte, Montana, where the SIFT farm is located. Butte is in a USDA zone 3 area, and its cold climate and short growing season can be … let’s just say challenging. Starting in 2017, the SIFT farm began growing fruit bushes to see which would thrive best in Butte,...

In this episode, Colin Mitchell, an agriculture specialist with NCAT’s ATTRA – the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service – talks with Daniel Reyes, the founder of the Myco Alliance in Austin, Texas. Colin works out of the NCAT Southwest Regional Office in San Antonio, Texas. Mycology is the study of fungi, an important topic in agriculture and soil science. Myco Alliance is a science and education company focusing on mycology in the central Texas area. In this podcast, Colin and Daniel cover a range of topics, from raising mushrooms – a type of fungi – to the role of fungi in soil...

In this episode, Al Kurki, a specialist with NCAT’s ATTRA, the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service, at NCAT’s headquarters in Butte, Montana, talks about growing oilseed and oilseed production with Bob Quinn of Big Sandy, Montana. Bob operates Quinn Farms and the Oil Barn in Big Sandy, Montana. The Oil Barn is a processing plant that produces 100% organic, high-oleic safflower oil that is grown and pressed in Montana. Al and Bob discuss growing oilseeds, processing them on the farm, and marketing the oil to institutional and retail markets – along with some sound advice for producers who might be interested in...

In this episode, Rock Woods, director of the National Center for Appropriate Technology's Gulf States Office in Jackson, Mississippi, talks with Dr. William Evans concerning Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) standards. Dr. Evans is the director of horticulture with Up in Farms LLC. Up in Farms is a food hub located in Jackson. Up in Farms coordinates production schedules with farmers based upon the demand by regional buyers, such as grocery stores, restaurants, schools, and commercial distributors. It also provides support and training necessary to deliver high-quality products on time and at a sustainable price. Additionally, the hub aggregates produce directly from...

In this episode, Andrew Coggins, an agriculture specialist with  NCAT's ATTRA, the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service, at NCAT's headquarters in Butte, Montana, talks about the process NCAT followed to build two new high tunnels on its SIFT demonstration farm at the Butte office. The high tunnels were supported in part by a grant from the USDA NRCS's Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQUIP). For information on this topic, or about applying for the EQUIP program, you can contact Andrew directly at andrewc@ncat.org. Related ATTRA Resources: High Tunnels in Urban Agriculture High Tunnel Fruit and Grape Production for Eastern Growers High Tunnels for Vegetable Production in...

In this episode, Rich Myers of the National Center for Appropriate Technology talks with Gil Senger of Candlewick Farms in New York about how starting a Christmas tree farm led him to begin selling mushrooms. 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...

In this episode, Rich Myers of the National Center for Appropriate Technology talks with Austin Harley, a second-generation blueberry farmer near Covert, Michigan. Harley talks about changing market strategies as producers in more states choose blueberries as a crop; the labor market, and the challenges of dealing with plant-specific insect pests. Related ATTRA Resources: Blueberries: Organic Production Fruits 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...

In this episode, NCAT's Daniel Prial has a conversation with Cary Junior of the Southeast Michigan Producers Association. SEMPA is a cooperative of black, rural farmers outside Detroit. Its focus is getting the cooperative's produce into urban areas, especially areas with high food insecurity. For more information on this topic, you can contact Daniel Prial directly at danielp@ncat.org. Related ATTRA Resources: Local Food Systems Low-Income Local Food Access podcast Other Resources: SE Michigan Producers Association Facebook 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,...

In this episode, Luke Freeman, horticulture specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology, talks with Hannah Hemmelgarn, education program coordinator at The Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri. The conversation focuses on the wide-ranging possibilities of agroforestry and how producers can determine which may work for their operation. Hannah also lists some available resources. For more information on this topic, you can contact Luke Freeman directly at lukef@ncat.org. Related ATTRA Resources: Agroforestry Fruit Trees, Bushes, and Vines for Natural Growing in the Ozarks Other Resources: The Center for Agroforestry, University of Missouri Please call ATTRA with any and all of your sustainable agriculture questions...

In this series of podcasts, Thomas Schroeder, Sustainable Ag Specialist in NCAT's Southwest reginal office sat down with Pedro Schambon, owner/operator of My Father's Farm, to talk about food safety and scaling up to wholesale markets. My Father's Farm is a certified organic farm situated on 52 acres in Seguin, Texas, growing year-round both in-field and in greenhouse settings. Pedro talks in depth about the changes that they needed to make to their facilities, practices and overall approach to food safety, GAP and FSMA as they made the transition from CSA/Farmer's Market grower to Wholesale producer. In this episode, he talks about changes the farm made to safely transport, package, and trace its produce as well as advice for new farmers.
In this series of podcasts, Thomas Schroeder, Sustainable Ag Specialist in NCAT's Southwest regional office sat down with Pedro Schambon, owner/operator of My Father's Farm, to talk about food safety and scaling up to wholesale markets. My Father's Farm is a certified organic farm situated on 52 acres in Seguin, Texas, growing year-round both in-field and in greenhouse settings. Pedro talks in depth about the changes that they needed to make to their facilities, practices and overall approach to food safety, GAP and FSMA as they made the transition from CSA/Farmer's Market grower to Wholesale producer. In this episode, he talks about changes the farm make in how it packs produce.
In this series of podcasts, Thomas Schroeder, Sustainable Ag Specialist in NCAT's Southwest regional office sat down with Pedro Schambon, owner/operator of My Father's Farm, to talk about food safety and scaling up to wholesale markets. My Father's Farm is a certified organic farm situated on 52 acres in Seguin, Texas, growing year-round both in-field and in greenhouse settings. Pedro talks in depth about the changes that they needed to make to their facilities, practices and overall approach to food safety, GAP and FSMA as they made the transition from CSA/Farmer's Market grower to Wholesale producer. In this episode, he addresses changes the farm made in how it harvests its crops and the value of GAP and FSMA audits in determining practices to make their produce safer.

In this episode, internal GAP auditor David Wise talks with Tom McCamat of the Forbidden Fruit Orchard near Paradise, Montana, about the cooling equipment and strategy he uses for his peach crop. The interview is part of a video series, "Farm-Based Approach to Food Safety – the Internal GAP Audit."...

In this episode, Tom McCamat of Forbidden Fruit Orchard near Paradise, Montana, discusses the picking and packing operation on the peach orchard. The interview is part of a video series, "Farm-Based Approach to Food Safety – the Internal GAP Audit."...

In this episode, Dylan Strike of Strike Farm near Bozeman, Montana, talks with internal GAP auditor David Wise about how the diversified operation traces its crops. The interview is part of a video series, "Farm-Based Approach to Food Safety – the Internal GAP Audit."...

In this episode, NCAT Horticulture Specialist Tammy Howard speaks with Betsy Miller, Montana Department of Agriculture food-safety coordinator, about new regulations coming into effect as a result of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011. In this podcast, they focus on FSMA’s produce rule....

David Wise is a farm food-safety consultant in Montana. He currently works with farmers throughout the state on helping them with their GAP certification and doing internal auditing of farmers' food-safety plans. In this episode, Tammy Howard talks with him about the internal audit program and different food safety certification programs throughout the state....

Robert Maggiani, a horticulture specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology, talks with Larry Butler, co-owner of Boggy Creek Farm in Austin, Texas. They talk about the farm and the value added products it has sold over the years. The farm's website is available here. There is a short description of the farm here. The conversation is part of the Beyond Fresh project, a SSARE-funded project with the following objectives: 1. Research opportunities for value-added processing of sustainably grown fruits and vegetables in Texas, with special attention to the appropriate scale of production. 2. Increase the sales and profitability of value-added products...

Ocean farming is the new frontier for sustainable and restorative food production. More than that, it holds promise for job creation, coastal community development, and ecosystem restoration. In this podcast Lee Rinehart, a Sustainable Agriculture Specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology, is joined by Bren Smith, executive director of Greenwave, a non-profit focused on expanding opportunities for fisherman and farmers to start sustainable shellfish and aquatic plant farming enterprises. Bren, a former commercial fisherman turned ocean farmer and advocate, explains the multitrophic 3-D Ocean Farming concept, and invites listeners to share in a new vision for seafood production. For...

In this podcast National Center for Appropriate Technology specialist Luke Freeman hold a conversation about blackberries with Dr. John Clark of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. They get in depth on Dr. Clark's broad experience with blackberry research; changes in the industry; and new cultivars that are becoming available....

In this podcast, ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Luke Freeman talks with Dr. Curt Rom of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville about growing organic brambles in high tunnels. They touch on the advantages of growing in high tunnels and some of the obstacles Dr. Rom has dealt with during his research production of blackberries and raspberries. They also touch on the economics of growing organic brambles in high tunnels and how producers have successfully used high tunnels in areas where the climate isn't conducive to growing brambles. Luke recently updated the popular ATTRA publication, "Brambles: Organic Production," which is now...

In this episode of ATTRA: Voices from the Field, John Wallace, who manages the SIFT Farm at NCAT's headquarters in Butte, Montana, talks about the challenges of growing in the relatively short and cool climate at the farm. He discusses what SIFT has learned about overwintering, particularly focusing on parsnips and onion crops. John also talks about the cover crops the farm is experimenting with....

Hot humid areas need especially large and frequent inputs of organic matter to maintain soil fertility, yet standard cover crop recommendations don't always work in these locations. In this podcast drawn from his popular webinar, NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Justin Duncan uses his own organic farming experience in Texas, discusses some particular cover crops (including some unfamiliar in the United States) that can be used build soil organic matter in hot and humid areas in USDA Hardiness Zones 8,9,10 and beyond. The webinar was is a product of the Subtropical Organic Agriculture Research (SOAR) project, and is based upon work supported...

Hot humid areas need especially large and frequent inputs of organic matter to maintain soil fertility, yet standard cover crop recommendations don't always work in these locations. In this podcast drawn from his popular webinar, NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Justin Duncan uses his own organic farming experience in Texas, explains how to choose cover crops (including some unfamiliar in the United States) to build soil organic matter in hot and humid areas in USDA Hardiness Zones 8,9,10 and beyond. The webinar was is a product of the Subtropical Organic Agriculture Research (SOAR) project, and is based upon work supported by the...

Hot humid areas need especially large and frequent inputs of organic matter to maintain soil fertility, yet standard cover crop recommendations don't always work in these locations. In this podcast drawn from his popular webinar, NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Justin Duncan uses his own organic farming experience in Texas, explains how to build soil organic matter in hot and humid areas in USDA Hardiness Zones 8, 9, 10, and beyond. The webinar was is a product of the Subtropical Organic Agriculture Research (SOAR) project, and is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of...

In this episode, Tammy Howard, an agronomy specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology, speaks at a USDA Risk Management Agency sponsored tour of Terrapin Farm near Whitefish, Montana. She discusses the uses of cover crops for various purposes, including fertility, weed management, and increasing biomass. She also discusses crop rotation and termination....

The Northeast SARE funded project described in this webinar, proposed to test whether or not the use of a heat recovery ventilator could effectively increase the average daily temperature during high tunnel winter production in the northeast, and, as a result, increase crop production and profitability. NCAT worked with New Morning Farm, a certified organic farm with experience in winter production, to test run the use of this nontraditional ventilation system. This webinar, presented by project coordinator Chris Lent an agricultural specialist at NCAT, explains the installation process and results of the winter- long project....

Organic farmer Saul Padilla explains his trick for constructing a small hoop house that is inexpensive and very strong. Learn more about the SOAR Partnership: https://portal.utpa.edu/utpa_main/daa_home/cose_home/biology_home/biology_research/agroecology_home/soar Like the SOAR Partnership on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-SOAR-Partnership-1508010529434539/ Visit Yahweh's All Natural Farm & Garden: http://www.yahwehsallnaturalfarm.com/ Like them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YahwehsFarm?fref=ts Funding to develop this video was provided by the Organic Transitions Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2013-51106-20970. Ask an Ag Expert! Free advice from NCAT/ATTRA’s sustainable agriculture specialists. Call 800-346-9140 (English) or 800-411-3222 (Spanish); email askanagexpert@ncat.org or visit the ATTRA website at www.attra.ncat.org....

Organic farmer Saul Padilla shows how using straw mulch helped retain soil moisture for his squash plants during peak Texas temperatures. Learn more about the SOAR Partnership: https://portal.utpa.edu/utpa_main/daa_home/cose_home/biology_home/biology_research/agroecology_home/soar Like the SOAR Partnership on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-SOAR-Partnership-1508010529434539/ Visit Yahweh's All Natural Farm & Garden: http://www.yahwehsallnaturalfarm.com/ Like them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YahwehsFarm?fref=ts Funding to develop this video was provided by the Organic Transitions Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2013-51106-20970....

Specialty melons offer excellent opportunities for small and direct-market growers. Robert Maggiani of NCAT interviews Dr. Kevin Crosby, a plant breeder with Texas A & M University, to learn about recent research and new melon varieties. This video was funded by the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program as administered by the Texas Department of Agriculture....

Urban farmers face many risks in producing safe and affordable food. Some of the risks are common to all types of farming; however, many are unique to the urban setting, including zoning regulations, access to water, and managing contaminated soils. While many cities in the U.S. are working to address some of the needs of urban farmers, profitability remains a challenge. This webinar focuses on the risk management strategies of two urban farms – City Roots Urban Farm in Columbia, S.C., and Newton Community Farm in Newton, M.A. – and how they have overcome several of the barriers facing urban farmers...

Local food was once considered to be in the purview of consumers and small-scale producers. Recently, policymakers, including those residing in cities, began embracing local food systems as a solution to a myriad of urban problems, including lack of green space and a dearth of healthy food availability. As part of this shift in policy, cities and other jurisdictions have embraced production in the urban environment. But at the local and state levels, such policies are often based on a vision of how food might be grown in a city, and do not consider the feasibility or viability of such ventures....

In this webinar, Guy Ames, a horticulture specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology, focus on the need for developing regionally- and locally-adapted fruit crops and how filling that need could benefit organic fruit growers and provide a decent on-farm income for detail-oriented farmers/nurserymen.. He also discusses fruit-plant propagation—including grafting, budding, cuttings, and other forms of asexual propagation....

This video follows a farm family as they grow hydroponic tomatoes from seed all the way to selling at the Fayetteville Farmers' Market....

A hoophouse webinar presented by NCAT specialists Tammy Hinman and Andy Pressman. Topics include the uses and benefits of hoop houses, including increases in crop quality and yields; different types of hoop houses; construction, materials and cost estimates; management of crops, soil fertility, pests and weeds; and the economics and marketing of crops....