Colin Mitchell

Sustainable Agriculture Specialist
Southwest Regional Office

Topic Areas: Crops, Livestock, Organic Livestock, Local Food, Policy, Soil Health

Specific Areas of Expertise: Agroforestry, regenerative grazing, cover crops, row crops, whole-farm planning, permaculture, keyline design, ecosystem service markets, compost production, urban farming, urban and regional planning

Colin Mitchell joined the National Center for Appropriate Technology in 2018. Previously, he spent the years after his internship with the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia working on and managing sustainable agriculture and development projects across central Texas and the U.S., including the planning and development of an agrihood development. Colin is passionate about helping farmers and ranchers improve the health of their soils and the integration of livestock, crops, and trees and shrubs to create more resilient and diverse agroecosystems.

Bachelor of Arts in Government, with minor in Geography and the Environment, University of Texas at Austin
Permaculture Design Certificate, Permaculture Research Institute

Previous Experience:
Farm Manager and Sustainability Planner, May 2016 – June 2017
Pegasus Planning and Development/Elgin Agrarian Community, Austin, TX
Managed planning and development of a 4 acre sustainable farm and food forest for an agrihood project; Developed organic waste reduction, rain water catchment, and green infrastructure strategies; Established relationships withs local stakeholders, farmers, and USDA, FSA, and NRCS; Restored degraded land using a mesquite root plow, cover crops, and other agroecological methods.

Farmer and Sustainable Ag Project Manager, 5/2016-3/2018
Multiple sustainable and organic farms, Oregon, California, Texas
Worked on sustainable and organic farms and managed sustainability upgrades at some farms in Oregon, California and Texas including gravity fed irrigation, cover cropping, the creations of berms and swales, and more.

Project Management Intern, 8/2015-5/2016
Permaculture Research Institute, New South Wales, Australia
Performed daily operational tasks on a multi-faceted 70-acre regenerative farm and educational nonprofit; Designed and implemented sustainable farm procedures and systems; Rotated cattle, fowl, and goats through a holistic grazing system among agroforestry and water- catchment features.

Current Professional Affiliations and Committees:
Statewide At-Large Director, Texas Organic Farmer and Gardener Association

Urban Agriculture Subcommittee Member, USDA NRCS Texas State Technical Advisory Committee

Advisory Committee, Texas State University Small Producers Initiative

Featured Publications and Presentations:

Payments for Ecosystem Services

Perspectives on Agroforestry (Part I)

Iron and Clay Cowpea and Cover Crop Inoculation

Climate Smart Agriculture

Conservation Easements and Ecosystem Service Markets


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