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Conversations from the Field Archives

ATTRA talks to movers and shakers in the sustainable ag movement

Conversations from the Field features interviews with sustainable agriculture leaders form around the country. It is designed to highlight successful practices, creative programs, and progressive ideas, and to encourage readers to develop a more comprehensive understanding of the sustainable ag movement. We welcome your feedback on Conversations from the Field.

Farmers Market Coalition
NCAT agriculture specialist Tammy Hinman shares her conversation with Stacy Miller, the Executive Director of the Farmers Market Coalition. Stacy has worked with farmers markets from a variety of vantage points: vendor, manager, researcher, and consumer. Read More » by Tammy Hinman
September 20, 2010
Certified Arkansas Farmers Market (CAFM)
Jody Hardin is a farmer, economist and activist. In 2005, he and five other Arkansas farmers founded the Certified Arkansas Farmers Market network (CAFM), a farmer-owned and -managed network of outdoor and online markets. Read More » by Katy Deaton
April 30, 2010
Appalachian Staple Foods Collaborative
NCAT agriculture specialist Andy Pressman and sustainable agriculture intern Hannah Sharp spoke with Michelle Ajamian and Brandon Jaeger of the Appalachian Staple Foods Collaborative (ASFC), located in Athens, Ohio.
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by Andy Pressman
March 3, 2010
Uprising Organics Farm
Uprising Organics is a 3-acre farm near the Nooksack River in Whatcom County. Owners Goldberg and Campbell specialize in producing local, open-pollinated and organic seed.
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by Tammy Hinman
June 3, 2009
Klass Martin Thumbnail MARY-HOWELL and KLASS MARTINS
Patrick Madden award winners.
Mary-Howell and Klaas are pioneer organic grain farmers in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. They have been farming organically since 1991 and together with their children they manage 1400 acres of organic field and processing-vegetable crops. Read More » by Tammy Hinman
October 3, 2008
Brockman Thumbnail HENRY BROCKMAN
Patrick Madden Award Winner
Illinois organic farmer Henry Brockman is featured in the second installment of our interviews with winners of the 2008 Patrick Madden Award for Sustainable Agriculture presented by SARE.
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by Tammy Hinman
July 10, 2008
Pepper Thumbnail LARHEA PEPPER
Organic Exchange and Patrick Madden Award Winner
Terry and LaRhea Pepper of O'Donnell, Texas, were among the first U.S. producers of organic cotton and co-founded the Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Cooperative, which established Texas as an international leader in organic cotton production. Read More » by Tammy Hinman
May 23, 2008
Wilson Thumbnail DAVE WILSON
Research Agronomist
The Rodale Institute
Dave Wilson is The Rodale Institute's (TRI) Research Agronomist in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Dave conducts research on organic farming systems at the 300-acre Rodale Institute farm. Read More » by Andy Pressman
April 04, 2008
Moyer Thumbnail JEFF MOYER
Farm Manager
The Rodale Institute
Jeff Moyer has worked with The Rodale Institute for more than 30 years. NCAT Program Specialist Andy Pressman talked with Moyer about reduced and no-till practices and the invention of the cover crop roller. Read More » by Andy Pressman
January 29, 2008
Hutchison Thumbnail KATHRYN HUTCHISON
VISTA volunteer and AERO staff member
Kathryn Hutchison is a VISTA volunteer working with the Alternative Energy Resources Organization (AERO) in Helena, Montana. Her efforts in 2007 resulted in several nascent community gardens throughout Montana's capital city. Read More » by Tammy Hinman
August 17, 2007
Pirog Thumbnail RICH PIROG
Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University
Pirog's work on food miles, ecolabels, and place-based foods has been publicized in magazines and media outlets across the globe and is often cited in college courses that focus on food systems and sustainable ag. Read More » by Tammy Hinman
June 19, 2007
Canales Thumbnail EUGENE CANALES
Farm Equipment Idea Man
In 1973 Eugene Canales bought land near the little Sacramento Valley town of Gridley, California. He wanted to farm, but lived in San Francisco where he worked for the federal government. At first he only came up to his land on weekends. Read More » by Karen Van Epen
May 7, 2007
Kelly Thumbnail DEBI KELLY
The Missouri Alternatives Center
Debi Kelly is the Project Manager for the Missouri Alternatives Center (MAC). She provides information and resources to Missouri farmers, Extension staff, government personnel and others. Read More » by Tammy Hinman
April 25, 2007
Lund Thumbnail MIKEL LUND
A History of Innovation
Lund talks about his involvement with the NRCS CSP program and his life as an organic farmer in northeastern Montana. Read More » By Jeff Schahczenski
February 12, 2007
Beverly Thumbnail MOLLY BEVERLY
Local Foods Champion in the Radically Changing West
Molly Beverly is considered a pioneer in her region for procuring, using, and advocating local and sustainable foods. Read More » by Tammy Hinman
October 15, 2006
Heifer Ranch Thumbnail HEIFER RANCH
CSA Serves as Model for Southern Producers
For over 60 years, Heifer International has worked with communities to end hunger and poverty and to care for the earth. Heifer has three learning centers that provide experiential learning for youth and adults and provide working examples of the type of sustainable ag they support around the world. Read More » by Margo Hale
September 21, 2006
Frisch Thumbnail TRACY FRISCH
The Regional Farm & Food Project
The Regional Farm & Food Project (RFFP) is a member supported, farmer focused, non-profit organization serving New York's greater Hudson-Mohawk Valley foodshed. Read More » by Tammy Hinman
August 3, 2006
Slotnick Thumbnail JOSH SLOTNIK
Local Foods and Sustainability
Josh Slotnick, a community farm director and sustainable agriculture educator, to discuss the importance of local foods and sustainable agriculture. Read More » by John Webb
March 28, 2006


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