Western SARE Project Products

Western SARE Project Products

Western SARE Project Products

Curricula, manuals, fact sheets and other information products developed by grantees as part of their SARE-funded research.

A Guide for Hawai’i’s Farmers

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This guide was developed to assist new farmers in tropical small-island settings.

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A Sunn Hemp Cover Crop for Soil Health and Nematode Management

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

These University of Hawaii fact sheets and virtual field day explain how to use sunn hemp as a cover crop to control weeds, nematodes and other pests, add soil nutrients, prevent erosion, and contribute to a more robust and complex community of beneficial nematodes.

Agricultural Composting and Water Quality Fact Sheet

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This publication is designed to assist farmers in conducting efficient, cost-effective, on-farm composting that presents reduced risk to surface and groundwater quality. It was written for operators of small to medium-size on-farm composting enterprises who handle about 100 to 5,000 tons of raw organic material per year.

Agritourism Training Materials

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This curriculum was designed to provide detailed training resources for agricultural professionals and farmers interested in expanding their income sources and entering the agritourism industry. 

Anaerobic Soil Disinfestation to Control Soil Borne Pathogens Webinar

Type: Western SARE Multimedia

In the webinar the presenters briefly review the development and use of anaerobic soil disinfestation (ASD) techniques for control of soil borne pathogens in various crops and regions around the world, and then focus on the current state of knowledge and use of ASD in California primarily for strawberry production. We discuss the latest research findings relating to the efficacy of the technique, mechanisms underlying disease suppression, and our experience with growers using the technique in their own operations.

Building Soils in Alaska Communities

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Many Alaska communities have stated an interest in food production but perceive that a lack of adequate soils inhibits gardening. Most Alaskan producers confront related soil problems, such as thin root zones, nutrient-poor soils with low organic material contents, and some issues with permafrost. Despite the high cost of shipping, some producers actually import all of their garden soils from the continental United States on a barge, unaware that many of the necessary soil components can be found locally. This video demonstrates soil building and raised bed construction.

Collaborative Grazing for Sage-Grouse: Centennial Valley

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This video portrays the Collaborative Grazing for Sage-Grouse Project in the Centennial Valley focusing on understanding how grazing management affects sage-grouse survival. Better understanding will be important to increasing sage-grouse populations.

Constructing a Low-Cost High Tunnel

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Specs, diagrams and photos of high tunnel construction, by Utah State University Cooperative Extension.

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Cranberry Nutrient Management Guide for South Coastal Oregon

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Cranberries are produced on approximately 3,000 acres in Coos and Curry counties. This nutrient management guide provides nutrient application information and recommendations for south coastal Oregon.

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Creating Farmer Networks: A Toolkit for Promoting Vibrant Farm Communities

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This toolkit provides information and resources needed to create a successful farmer network. It is intended for farmers, extension agents, community organizers, and other agricultural professionals.

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E3A Energy Efficiency and Alternatives

E3A provides free downloadable fact sheets, links to resources, and more on the topics of anaerobic digesters, biodiesel, farm energy, home energy, micro-hydro, small wind, solar electricity and solar hot water.

Estimating Plant-Available Nitrogen Release from Cover Crops

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This Oregon State University fact sheet explains the basics of plant-available nitrogen (PAN); when to kill cover crops for the maximum PAN benefit; step-by-step instructions on how to perform site-specific measurements to predict PAN from your cover crop; and case studies from the Willamette Valley.

Farm Internship Handbook: Oregon

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This handbook is designed to provide helpful hints to improve the quality of on-farm internships.

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Farm Scale Variation of Soil Quality Indices and Association with Edaphic Properties

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Soil organisms can be used as indicators of dynamic soil quality because their community structure and population density are sensitive to management changes. However, edaphic properties can also affect soil organisms and spatial variability can confound their utility for soil evaluation.

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Farm Stay U.S. Website

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This farmer-created, consumer-oriented website lists hundreds of farms and ranches around the country that offer accommodations.

Good Agricultural Practices Program for New Mexico

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This website includes workshop/training and educational information on GAPs.

Grower Track and Trace Handbook and Videos

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Circle Fresh Farms is a network of small- to medium-sized greenhouses producing certified organic fresh vegetables. In order to remain competitive and compliant with emerging expectations to provide farm-to-consumer product tracking systems, Circle Fresh needed to create a product track and trace system that was compatible with industry standards and also accessible in cost and complexity for smaller producers.
After extensive assessment of the circumstances, resource constraints and operational dynamics of this diversity of producers, PTI Print and Circle Fresh developed a system that successfully implemented both product tracking and inventory management and financial system integration.
As part of the implementation of the pilot program, Circle Fresh has also developed a step-by-step track and trace implementation handbook for small-to-medium scale producers and a series of on-line video tutorials to guide producers through all of the major steps in establishing a successful track and trace system.

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Growing Camelina for Biodiesel

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

The University of Wyoming bulletin, Is Biodiesel from Camelina Right for You?, and summary reports based on research trials in Wyoming and Montana.

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Growing Grapes in Hawaii

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

The basis for this project was to show that grapes could again become a viable crop for Hawaii growers at low elevations. This addition of a crop, in demand by chefs, could greatly contribute to small farm sustainability.The history and horticultural needs are outlined in this extension publication, as are basic marketing needs and nutritional information.

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Habitat Management in Vineyards

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This manual explores practical steps to restore agricultural biodiversity at the field and landscape level, thus breaking the monoculture nature of vineyards and  reducing their ecological vulnerability. The most obvious advantage of diversification is a reduced risk of crop failure due to invasions by unwanted species and  subsequent pest infestations. The manual focuses on ways in which increased plant biodiversity can contribute to stabilizing pest population by creating an appropriate ecological infrastructure within and around vineyards.

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High Tunnel Specialty Crop Production in Colorado

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This hour-long webinar covers high tunnel and hoop house construction, summer and winter vegetable production and the economics of high tunnel production. It also identifies areas where additional research is needed to improve commercial production.

Incubator Land Management & Teaching Ecological Land Use Webinar

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A webinar for agricultural professionals to increase their ability to initiate, support, and develop farmer training programs, led by NIFTI and ALBA.

Integrating Small Goat Herd Production with Fruits and Vegetable Production

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This report resulted from a project in Hawaii with the purpose to develop a diversified production system by integrating the farm’s goat production enterprise into a crop production enterprise, where both goats and crops benefit from each other.

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Integrating Traditional Foods with Aquaponics in the Desert Southwest

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Claudio Rodriguez takes you through the basics of aquaponic growing at Arevalos Farm in McNeal, AZ. Project partially funded by Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.

Large Raspberry Aphid

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Large raspberry aphid is notable as a vector of viruses in Rubus, including Raspberry leaf mottle virus (RLMV, semi-persistent) and Raspberry latent virus (RpLV, persistent) in red raspberry, and Black raspberry necrosis virus (BRNV, non-persistent) in black raspberry. These viruses are to blame for decreased cane vigor and field decline requiring frequent replanting, as well as crumbling fruit symptoms in red raspberry.

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Late-Season Strawberry Production Using Day-Neutral Cultivars in High-Elevation High Tunnels

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This journal article discusses research trials involving day-neutral cultivars, high tunnels (hoop houses), low tunnels and targeted heating in North Logan, Utah, to extend the seasonal availability of local strawberries.

Livestock Mortality Composting Manual

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Mortality management threatens the sustainability of livestock production in many ways. Composting mortalities is an alternative that holds promise for the achievement of environmental protection, economic sustainability and job creation. Incluye los recursos en español.

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Living on the Land

Stewardship for Small Acreages

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

One of the most comprehensive and adaptable curricula in the country for training natural resource professionals to, in turn, teach small-acreage landowners how to care for their soil, air and water while maximizing the land’s value.

Managing for Wild Bees

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Pollination is a critical component of the crop production cycle, directly contributing to reproductive success for pollinator-dependent crops. Graduate student Hillary Sardinas evaluated the ability of hedgerow restorations to augment hybrid sunflower pollination by the native bee community. She also investigated whether rates of nesting were increased in fields adjacent to hedgerows, as well as whether the presence of hedgerows enhanced the diversity and abundance of the native bee community at different distances into fields.

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Manure Composting for Livestock and Poultry Production

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This Montana State University publication addresses medium- to large-scale composting as a management option for animal producers in cold, semi-arid environments.

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Metropolitan Foodshed Toolkit

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A toolkit of strategies to support the evolution of a sustainable Portland Metropolitan Foodshed.

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Minimizing Nitrogen Loss After Fertilization

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

When nitrogen fertilizers are applied to the soil surface, a significant amount can evaporate into the air if certain management practices aren't used. To reduce this nitrogen volatilization, researchers at Montana State University (MSU) used a SARE grant to research its impacts on yields, in addition to management practices that can be used to reduce nitrogen loss.  

Mixed Cover Crops

Type: Western SARE Multimedia

An informational video on the pros and cons of planting mixed cover crops which are often used to replace fallow. Focus is on effects of cover crops on soil quality in semi-arid regions.

On-Farm Internship Training Binder

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

The Placer Ag Futures Project was conceived as a response to critical issues affecting local agricultural sustainability. This project was intended to help grow a new crop of agricultural professionals that are trained in sustainable agricultural practices.

One part of the Ag Futures Project was the on-farm internship training. The summer internship program consisted of an intensive three-day pre-internship training, a training binder and a nine-week rotating internship, working with producers of different commodities. The internship started with a three-day training program developed and delivered by producers and University of California Cooperative Extension Farm Advisors. The training included classroom sessions on the science of production and husbandry practices, as well as hands-on practical training at several of the participating operations. To augment the training, each intern received a binder of materials related to production and husbandry practices for the relevant crops and species, farm safety and other information.

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Onion Systems Management Strategies for Crop Nutrition, Weeds, Thrips, and Iris Yellow Spot Virus

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Seven videos demonstrating project results and showcasing sustainable crop and pest management practices for onions were developed.

Organic Conservation Training

This is a collaborative project to build the capacity of conservation professionals to assist organic and transitional farmers in planning and implementing conservation practices through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program Organic Initiative. The following guides were created by Oregon Tilth for use by NRCS staff in the Western Region. Specific states covered are Idaho, Nevada, California, and Oregon.

Organic Fertilizer and Cover Crop Calculator

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This free online tool compares the nutrient value and cost of cover crops, organic and synthetic fertilizers and compost. Use this Excel Calculator to develop well balanced and cost effective nutrient management programs for your farm.

Organic Seed, Soils and Sustainable Business

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This project provided agricultural professionals with more knowledge of organic seed, soil management and sustainable business practices. From the trainings, a webinar and tutorial were developed.

Pasture and Grazing Management in the Pacific Northwest

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A book that provides knowledge of ecological processes involved in pasture growth and utilization and an understanding of how management influence those processes for good or bad.

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People of the Land

Sustaining American Indian Agriculture in Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This Extension educator curriculum focuses on successful strategies for increasing the adoption of sustainable practices on reservation lands. 

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Pests and Spring Wheat

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Producers in the northern plains are diversifying and intensifying traditional wheat-based cropping systems by reducing summer fallow and including legume and oilseed crops. This study examined the influence of diversification and intensification on spring wheat yield and quality and associated insects, diseases and weeds.

Pineapple Production in CMNI

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Farmer Joe Borja showcases his increasing production of pineapple in the Marianas Islands.

Powerpoint: Efficiency of Alternate Furrow Irrigation Is It an Alternative?

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Very promising results were obtained from the 2010 and 2011 trials on alternate furrow irrigation for increasing crop water use efficiency in tomatoes without a yield decrease. Learn more from this Powerpoint presentation.

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Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Most County Extension Agents and Educators get questions related to wildlife pests. These may be for backyard wildlife pests or they may be related to traditional or organic farmers or ranchers. The purpose of this handbook is to provide information and access to materials to address the most common wildlife damage questions Extension Agents receive.

Private Landowners Guide to Forest Certification in the South

Type: Southern SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A publication developed by the LSU Ag Center and Mississippi State University Extension to help guide forest landowners through the process of forest certification.

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Saving Money & Improving Landscapes

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This multimedia project includes four video segments on the economics of behavior. They are: 1) Improve Rangeland Use and Profitability: Using Low Moisture Block to Extend the Grazing Season, 2) Reduce Feed Costs and Improve Feed Efficiency: Let Animals Mix their Own Diets, 3) Improve Rangeland Use and Profitability: Herding and Low Stress Handling, and 4) Cost Effective Weed Management: Training Cows to Eat Them.

Semiochemical-Based Trapping Method for Weevil Pests on Guam

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Semiochemical-based trapping methods were developed for the control of the banana weevil (Cosmopolites sordidus), the New Guinea sugarcane weevil (Rhabdoscelus obscurus) and the sweetpotato weevil (Cylas formicarius) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Photos of trapping systems, as well as trapping dates, were collected and developed into an instruction manual along with the developed methods.

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Sheep Grazing - Alfalfa Economic Tool

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This program was developed from current research for sheep and alfalfa producers as an economic decision and support tool.

Small-Scale Biogas Technology

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This website has information on technology for turning organic waste into biogas for small-scale, on-farm energy applications.

Specialty Crop Production in High Tunnels

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This Utah State University fact sheet series on high tunnel season extension includes production information on raspberries, lettuce, summer squash, tomatoes and strawberries.

Sustainable Agriculture Farming Systems Project

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A quarterly newsletter and 24-minute video outlining this long-term systems project researching the transition to organic production.

Sustainable Ranch Management Assessment Guidebook

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

The purpose of the guidebook is to assist the rancher and/or land manager use business planning and ecological monitoring to ensure the ranch or land is managed in a sustainable manner. Material focuses on:

  • Business planning
  • Financial and ecological monitoring
  • Assessment of ranch management
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Tea Time in the Tropics

A handbook for compost tea production and use

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

The purpose of this book is to critically evaluate the phenomenon of compost tea from three general perspectives: growers, researchers and industry. By integrating these perspectives into a cumulative experience, the authors hope to improve the understanding of the potential and limitations of this technology from scientific, economic and practical points of view.

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Technical Assistance Programs for Agricultural Irrigation Improvements in Arizona

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This guide provides an overview of the different types of technical assistance programs available to growers in Arizona to improve irrigation efficiency or water conservation on farm.

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Temperature Management in High Tunnels

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Understanding a crop's temperature requirements is the key to high tunnel management. This Utah State University fact sheet spells out temperature considerations and how these are best addressed using high tunnels and other season-extending technologies.

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Trained Sheep Grazing Vineyard Floor

Aversion Training

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

According to researchers, training sheep to have a food aversion is a simple process. However, there are important steps to follow to improve the strength of the aversion. This fact sheet describes the aversion training process.

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LiCl Dosage

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

According to researchers, training sheep to have a food aversion is a simple process. However, there are important steps to follow to improve the strength of the aversion. This fact sheet describes how to find the correct dose of LiCl for the aversion training process.

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Training Ag Professionals in IPM

Type: Western SARE Multimedia

A multi-state program in the Columbia River Basin is improving agricultural practices by training young ag professionals in integrated pest management.

Use of Compost for Horse Bedding

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

With Western SARE funding, the Snohomish Conservation District in Washington worked with seven commercial equine facilities in Snohomish County to trial the use of compost as horse stall bedding.

Wireworm Biology and Nonchemical Management in Potatoes

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Larval wireworms are among the most destructive of soil insect pests. This publication reviews the wireworm literature and provides information on wireworm biology, monitoring risk assessment and nonchemical control options that can be integrated into a variety of production systems.

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Energy Training Series

This series has been designed to provide educational training resources focused not only on the technical feasibility of bioenergy generation, but also on approaches and processes that assist communities in understanding the comprehensive implications of bio-based alternative energy.

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