Episode 138. Organic Pioneer: Tom Willey

In this episode of Voices from the Field, Martin Guerena, a sustainable agriculture specialist with NCAT’s ATTRA sustainable agriculture program, has a conversation with Tom Willey, one of the pioneers of organic agriculture in the Central Valley of California.

Martin works out of the NCAT Western Regional Office in Davis, California.

Tom – “farmer emeritus” at T and D Willey Farms, the operation he co-founded in Madera, California – discusses his entry into agriculture and the organic movement, the importance of finding mentors, what the past can teach us going forward, and some of the challenges he sees in the future of organic agriculture.

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Related ATTRA Resources:

Organic Farming

A Conversation with Amigo Bob

Other Resources:

T and D Willey Farms

Ecological Farming Association

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