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The National Center for Appropriate Technology’s popular summer gardening and market-farming workshop series begins May 21 with a practical look at preparing an organic garden. NCAT operates a high-altitude urban demonstration farm in Butte through its Small-Scale Intensive Farm Training program (SIFT) that is focused on food production for the good of the community. NCAT staff will host the free monthly Saturday workshops from 10 a.m. to noon. RSVP for the SIFT Series events here. The workshops will be held at NCAT’s SIFT farm, located at 3040 Continental Drive in Butte. The May 21 workshop will be a hands-on lesson in composting basics, including organic potting...

As a young, would-be organic farmer in the early 1970s, I drooled over the nursery catalog photographs of plump, succulent bunches of grapes as if they were the very essence and promise of good farming and good health. The genus containing grapes is Vitis, a word from the proto-Indo-European root, which means “living or life itself.” Wow. Grapes=life itself!
By Guy K. Ames, NCAT Horticulture Specialist...

Damian Valdez and Jamie Williamson run an organic herb, tea, medicinal plant, and dye plant farm in Eastern San Diego, on what is considered to be Luiseño Payómkawichum native land. Operating from an ethic of "leave no trace," Jamie and Damian discuss how to farm organically in San Diego's harsh desert climate, in a way that honors this sacred native land and that ensures that it is kept intact for generations to come. For Jamie and Damian, "leave no trace" farming means farming in a way that honors the past while preserving the future. It involves knowing your landscape and...

Related ATTRA Webinar: Lessons from the Hemp Field The Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides has released two short videos featuring organic producers in Oregon who raise hemp, talking about their approaches to pest management. The videos feature small-scale producer True Roots Organics in Nyssa, Oregon, and mid-scale producer Rainshadow Organics in Central Oregon, hemp growers taking preventative approaches through holistic farm management. ...

I had been looking forward to a visit to the Burroughs Family Farms with university extension and beginning farmers alike, to learn from this multigenerational farm family about how they integrate raising pastured laying hens with their certified organic farm enterprises. With a decade of experience with poultry, they are refining their practices by moving coops through their pastures and orchards to build soil health and fertility while producing nutrient-dense eggs. Every season brings new learning opportunities.
By Ann Baier, Sustainable Agriculture Specialist...

Burroughs Family Farm Videos Playlist Burroughs Family Farm raises pastured poultry together with other enterprises on their multigenerational, diversified, organic regenerative farm in Merced County, California. Rose Marie “Rosie” Burroughs interviews three generations of family members about daily care of laying hens, organic certification, livestock guardian dogs, fencing, integration of poultry with other enterprises, and mobile henhouse construction. Playlist Videos: Introducing Burroughs Family Farms, an Organic, Regenerative Multi-Generational Farm Burroughs Family Farms: Daily Care of Pastured Poultry Burroughs Family Farms: Organic Certification of Laying Hens Burroughs Family Farms: Livestock Guardian Dogs for Poultry and Sheep Burroughs Family Farms: Fencing for Poultry, Sheep, and Cattle Burroughs Family Farms:...

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), a 15-member volunteer advisory board appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture, meets twice each year in a public forum to discuss and vote on recommendations to the USDA. USDA notes that the open meetings allow for public input on topics of interest to the organic community, and resulting standards support farmer and consumer confidence in the integrity of the USDA organic seal. The public comment days for the Fall Meeting are October 13-14, 2021, followed by the public meetings October 19-21, 2021. The meeting Zoom links, agenda, proposals, discussion documents, and Federal Register notice...

In this episode of Voices from the Field, NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Omar Rodriguez introduces Katherine Favor, NCAT’s newest specialist at its Western Regional Office in Davis, California. Katherine is a self-identified agroforestry nerd, perennial plant enthusiast, wine farmer, and yerba maté lover. She has worked on, designed, consulted for, and managed regenerative agriculture systems for more than 10 years. Her love of viticulture and agroforestry took her from Southern California to Montana, Paraguay, and Argentina before she finally ended up in Northern California at NCAT. She is passionate about the intersection of natural resources conservation, food security, and community well-being, and...

In this bonus podcast, Lacy Stephens of the National Farm to School Network talks with Joseph Martinez of Arizona Microgreens, based in Phoenix, Arizona. Arizona Microgreens produce organically-grown microgreens – like micro salad mixes, micro kale, and pea shoots – for restaurants, farmers markets, schools, and hospitals throughout Arizona. Joseph discusses the opportunities, challenges, and benefits of selling his produce to local schools for use in the USDA’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. This podcast is one of a number of case studies feature farmers successfully navigating school sales as part of Bringing the Farm to School, a training program being developed by...