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Episode 255. Organic Pioneer Michael O’Gorman on Vegetable Production for Profitability

This episode of Voices from the Field is the first of a two-part conversation with organic farming pioneer and founder of the Farmer Veteran Coalition Michael O’Gorman. For 50 years, Michael has spearheaded some of the country’s most influential farming ventures. In this part of the conversation, he and NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Mike Lewis talk about Michael’s history and how good planning and record keeping can help farmers cope with rising prices for inputs and supplies.

Be sure to come back for the second part of the conversation, when the discussion turns to what tomatoes can teach farmers about choosing new crops and how current energy situation may help new farmers get into the business.


ATTRA Resources:

Resource Guide to Organic and Sustainable Vegetable Production

Scaling Up Your Vegetable Farm for Regional Markets


Other Resources:

Farmer Veteran Coalition

Contact Mike Lewis via email at

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