Kara Kroeger

Kara KroegerSustainable Agriculture Specialist
Southwest Regional Office

Topic Areas: Business Planning and Marketing, Livestock, Local Foods, Soil Health

Specific Areas of Expertise: Adaptive grazing, grass-fed beef production, soil microbial health, soil amending, soil health and human health, farm wholesale readiness preparation

Kara Kroeger’s mission is to create awareness of human, animal, and ecosystem health through regenerative agriculture education and outreach. Her multi-faceted career has led her to the title of Sustainable Agriculture Specialist at the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) in San Antonio, Texas. In this position, she promotes holistic management tools that lead to improved soil health and can increase the nutrient density of food. Her work at NCAT includes oversight of the Soil for Water initiative, which aims to create a critical mass of producers who are applying regenerative agricultural practices that help to catch and hold more water in the soil. Additionally, she works with farmers and ranchers to improve wholesale readiness and promote local foods to broader markets such as cooperatives and institutions.

Prior to focusing on agriculture, Kara received her Certified Herbalist designation at The Rocky Mountain Center of Botanical Studies in 1999, as well as a Certified Nutritionist designation from The American Health Science University in 2003. Kara also had the fortune of working as a chef under renowned Chef Jesse Griffiths, founder of Dai Due in Austin, Texas. Through her well-rounded understanding of food and nutrition, Kara also operates Foundation Culinary, a nutrition consulting/private chef business focusing on holistic health.

Education:
Bachelor of Science in General Agriculture, Texas State University

Featured Publications and Presentations:

Understanding the Soil Microbiome with Nicole Masters

A Talk with Fred Provenza. Part 1 [Podcast]

A Talk with Fred Provenza. Part 2 [Podcast]

Pasture Biodiversity for Animal Health [YouTube]

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