Community Development

Community Development

Community Development

A Range Management Curriculum and Participatory Planning Project for the Tohono O’odham Nation

SW02-051, Maria Fernandez-Gimenez, Arizona

Type: Western SARE Project Summary

Abundant High Tunnels Provide a Community Boost in West Virginia

Type: Northeast SARE From the Field Profile

An educational program in West Virginia spurred a seven-fold increase in the number of high tunnels in the state, giving farmers a new way to increase their on-farm income while providing communities with more locally grown produce.

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. 

Assessing the Economic Impacts of Regional Food Hubs: the Case of Regional Access

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This report assesses the economic impact of food hubs on the distribution and sale of local foods.

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Barbara Norman Receives NCR-SARE Diversity Program Grant

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

NCR-SARE developed a Diversity Goals Narrative to clarify NCR-SARE’s goals for its new diversity initiative and initiated a special call for the Diversity Research and Education Grant Program.The special call for the Diversity Research and Education Grant Program’s purpose was to fund people and/or projects that could help NCR-SARE reach and work with underserved audiences to improve agricultural sustainability in the region.

Begin Farming Ohio

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This website makes it easy for Ohio’s beginning farmers to find valuable services and resources.

Begin Farming Ohio Website Launched to Assist Beginning Farmers

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

This website represents the collaborative efforts of: the Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy; Ohio Department of Agriculture, Sustainable Agriculture; Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA); the Organic Food and Farming Education & Research Program of the Ohio State University Ohio Agriculture Research and Development Center; and the Ohio State University Extension. These entities, working together as Begin Farming Ohio, aim to build Ohio’s capacity to provide, expand, enhance, and sustain services to beginning farmers.

Bridging the Gap Between Low-Income Consumers and Local Farmers

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Lessons learned from The Neighborhood Market, a program where community members buy locally grown produce at a lower price.

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Building Local and Regional Food Systems

Type: Topic Brief

Growing in popularity on dinner tables and in restaurants, schools and grocery stores around the nation, local food has become more than a buzzword. Local and regional food sales totaled an estimated $6.1 billion in 2012, and the movement is now one of the USDA’s funding priorities: In 2014 alone, the Secretary of Agriculture announced that hundreds of millions of dollars would go to economic development in rural areas, small businesses, value-added market growth, food hubs and more. This topic brief is a companion to the Farm to Table: Building Local and Regional Food Systems topic room, which has tools for business planning, marketing, distribution and logistics issues.

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Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities

A Guide to Federal Programs for Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry, Entrepreneurship, Conservation, Food Systems and Community Development

Type: Book

This guide lists funding opportunities offered by federal programs, and is indispensable for anyone seeking government help to foster their innovative enterprise in forestry and agriculture. 

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Case Studies: Training the Trainers in Community-Based Food Systems

Type: Southern SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

These case studies highlight the project planning and development of 12 county-based teams trained to assist in the development of community-based food systems in North Carolina. 

Cheshire Labor and Infrastructure Needs Assessment

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Research in Cheshire County, NH to determine how to promote the economic viability of local farmers.

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Civic Agriculture: Prosperous Communities Through Quality Agriculture

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

How do we grow communities with our natural, local assets? These experts talk about rural development that begins with community-based organizations, local entrepreneurship and farm and ranch businesses that build communities.

Community-Based Food System Assessment and Planning

Type: Southern SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This guide was created to help communities conduct their own food system assessment and provide them with guidance on planning the development of a local food system.

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Community and Local Food Resources Website

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This website provides resources for rural communities looking to strengthen their local food systems.

Cooperative Extension Farm to School Resources

Type: Southern SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Farm to School resources available from ASAP in North Carolina.

Cooperative Farming

Frameworks for Working Together

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A cooperative is both a type of business and an attitude. 

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Creating Change in the Food System: The Role of Regional Food Networks in Iowa

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Case study of an effort to build local and regional food commerce using a community of practice.

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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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Creating an Agricultural Commission in Your Hometown

New American Farm Conference Poster

Type: Poster

Creating an Agricultural Commission in Your Hometown, presented by Lynda Brushett (New Hampshire).

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Creating an Agricultural Commission in Your Hometown

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Learn how your community can protect farmland, give farmers a voice and encourage economic growth.

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Curriculum Helps USDA Build Bridge to American Indians

Type: Western SARE From the Field Profile

A landmark curriculum that helps USDA professionals better serve American Indians is being widely adopted throughout the West, and garnered its writers USDA’s 2011 National Extension Diversity Award.

Developing a Sustainable Market for Small Farms in a Rural Community

FW01-025, Diane Green, Idaho

Type: Western SARE Project Summary

Economic Analysis and Policy Development to Support Multiple Benefits

New American Farm Conference Poster

Type: Poster

Economic Analysis and Policy Development to Support Multiple Benefits, presented by George Boody (Minnesota).

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Edible Avalon Curriculum

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This summer program curriculum teaches youth about local food systems and sustainable agriculture.  

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Evaluation of the Intervale Center Food Hub

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This evaluation highlights practices from the Intervale Food Hub that were critical to its success.

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Extending Use of Hedgerows

EW03-007, Sam Earnshaw, California

Type: Western SARE Project Summary

Farm Direct Distribution

FW07-303, Brigitte Moran, California

Type: Western SARE Project Summary

Farm Internship Program Increases Farm Profitability and Quality of Life

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Meeting Seasonal Labor Demands by Integrating a Farm Internship Program

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

The 16-acre Suncrest Gardens produces vegetables sold through community supported agriculture (CSA) subscriptions, raspberries, and a diversified line of homemade products including jams, handcrafted soaps, and wood-fired pizza. Owner Heather Secrist sought seasonal, low-cost labor to help with farmwork to increase production and free up time needed for other business activities, so she explored developing a farm internship program.

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Farmer-Led Learning Groups to Mentor Beginning Farmers

New American Farm Conference Poster

Type: Poster

Farmer-Led Learning Groups to Mentor Beginning Farmers, presented by Billie Best (Massachusetts).

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Farmers Market Managers Training Manual

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This comprehensive training resource provides tools for market managers to be effective and to overcome common obstacles they face.

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Farmland ConneCTions

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A guide for towns, institutions, and land trusts using or leasing farmland.

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Farmland Tenure: A Toolkit

SW04-121, Steve Schwartz, California

Type: Western SARE Project Summary

Farms to Schools (and Other Institutions)

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

A farm-to-school expert describes how to get off on the right foot when marketing to schools, while a staff member of the New North Florida Cooperative talks about how the cooperative marketed to a larger institution, the Department of Defense’s Food Service Program.

Farm to Fork in North Carolina

Type: Southern SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This guide provides key action ideas for building a sustainable food economy in North Carolina.

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Farm to Hospital Toolkit

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Tools farmers and hospitals can use to increase direct hospital purchases from local producers.

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Farm-to-School Lessons from the Wisconsin Homegrown Lunch Project

New American Farm Conference Poster

Type: Poster

Farm-to-School Lessons from the Wisconsin Homegrown Lunch Project, presented by Doug Wubben (Wisconsin).

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Farm to School Project

Henning Sehmsdorf, Washington

Type: Western SARE Project Summary

Fieldhands and Foodways: A Cultural and Historical Urban Farm Program

Fieldhands and Foodways

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

For over 15 years Venice Williams has taught youth about sustainable agriculture at several community gardens, including Alice’s Garden, a two-acre urban community garden in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The land was once part of abolitionist Deacon Samuel Brown’s farm, and the location is rich in African American history. In 2010, Williams started Fieldhands and Foodways, a program that blends agriculture education with African and African American history and culture.

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Food, Culture and Communities

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

Many American cultures are losing their traditions of healthy foods. Hear about an initiative that connects good food with urban communities and high-risk youth, and another that bring nutritious, traditional foods, like “kneel-down bread”, back to Navajo communities.

Granby Sampler

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This resource reviews steps taken to build a successful multi-farm CSA in Granby, Conn.

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Great Falls Food Hub Feasibility Assessment

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Results and implementation plan from a feasibility assessment of the Great Falls Food Hub.

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Guide to Financing Community Supported Farms

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This guide outlines alternative, local funding sources that farmers can use to finance their farm business,

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Hands-On Produce Preparation Workshop Guide

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Host workshops to break the barriers that prevent schools from sourcing their food locally.

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Healthy Issues

A Midwest Homecoming Conference Session

Type: Presentation

Individual presentations on marketing pasture-raised beef, health insurance rebates for CSA participation and indigenous seed saving.

Helping Appalachian Farmers Tap New Markets

Type: Southern SARE From the Field Profile

Hundreds of farmers in Appalachia making the switch to sustainable methods have received vital help from SARE-supported Appalachian Sustainable Development.

How-to-Guide for Aspiring Urban Micro-Agricultural Entrepreneurs

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Created for city residents who want to increase their access to fresh, healthy and affordable food. 

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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.

Integrated Production Systems in Micronesia

Type: Western SARE From the Field Profile

According the Dr. Virendra Verma, College of Micronesia - FSM, there is a crucial need to increase agricultural production in Micronesia by generating the ability to successfully raise livestock and grow food and feed crops for sustenance. This can be accomplished by training local farmers in appropriate and skillful use of sustainable and integrated agriculture systems.

Integrating Traditional Foods with Aquaponics in the Desert Southwest

Type: Western SARE From the Field Profile

Farmer Aaron Cardona designed his project to research building a more affordable aquaponic system on his farm, which could be replicated by others in the region, creating an economic opportunity. The system would also produce culturally relevant food as a means of bringing back traditional foods into the local population’s diet; thus, improving the health of the community.

Kriemhild Dairy Farms

Type: Northeast SARE From the Field Profile

The localvore movement leads to multifarm cooperation.

Land Grant Student Makes Key Discoveries in Exurban Farming

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Graduate student's research on agriculture at the rural-urban interface has profound implications for government farm policy.

Land Link Programs in the Northeast

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This report summarizes activities and outcomes of land link programs in the Northeast and provides recommendations to existing and new programs.

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Land and Power

Sustainable Agriculture and African Americans

Type: Book

Renowned experts' articles, essays and poems offering historical and contemporary Black perspectives on sustainable agriculture.

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Large-Scale Help for Small-Scale Farmers

Type: Northeast SARE From the Field Profile

The New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, supported by SARE grants, has helped dozens of small farmers in Massachusetts establish their roots.

Larry Thompson Video Presentation

Farmland Preservation

Type: Western SARE Multimedia

Larry Thompson, Damascus Oregon farmer and Western SARE alumni, talks about successful strategies necessary for farmers and farmland protection.

Local Food: Strong Communities

Type: Topic Room

Find out how to address community needs as you grow a strong local food system. In-depth information on farm labor, healthy people, and underserved and urban communities.

Local Foods

Type: North Central SARE Promotional Product

A growing group of people are interested in getting more local foods into the hands of consumers -- and providing additional marketing channels for farmers to produce sustainable, local foods. “Scaling Up” local food refers to the process of building the system necessary to make local food available to a wider segment of the population than currently possible. NCR-SARE has supported research and education in some of the key challenge areas to scaling up local foods including agricultural production, storage and transportation, and marketing and sales.

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Local Harvest

A Multifarm CSA Handbook

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Local Harvest: A Multifarm CSA Handbook offers straightforward guidance on cooperative marketing, an innovative practice that is helping CSAs stay strong and viable over the long term.

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Lt. Gov. Greg Bell Video Presentation

Land Use Planning

Type: Western SARE Multimedia

Utah Lt. Governor Greg Bell addresses strategic planning during a development down-cycle.

Meeting the Diverse Needs of Limited-Resource Producers

An Educator's Guide

Type: Bulletin

A 16-page bulletin intended to be a resource for agricultural educators, heads of community development and agricultural organizations, government agency staff and others who want to better connect with and improve the lives of farmers and ranchers who remain hard to reach.

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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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Mount Pleasant Local Food and Farm Assessment

Type: Southern SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

An assessment of the needs and opportunities associated with developing a regional food system. 

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Multi-Species Pasture Stacking Systems

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Down a winding country road in Garnett, Kansas stands the Bauman farm, where agriculture is a family affair. Upon purchasing the farm in 2001, the family’s first farm venture was to raise pastured chickens and livestock. Today, the Baumans sell about 7,000 broiler chickens each year and an average 350 dozen eggs a week.

With the help of a grant from the NCRSARE Farmer Rancher grant program, the Baumans experimented with pasturing different species of animals in the same area. With the “pasture stacking” project, the family increased their broiler chickens’ average weight by 50 percent.

Nebraska Nonprofit Teaches Youth and Community About Sustainability

Young Urban Farmers

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

A nonprofit organization that has made a difference for beginning, immigrant, and refugee farmers in Lincoln, Nebraska is now reaching out to youth.

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Nurturing a Culture Shift in School Cafeterias

Type: Western SARE From the Field Profile

A network of school gardens in Bellingham, Wash., is helping strengthen ties between local farmers and school food service administrators.

Partnership for Monitoring Rangeland and Riparian Health in Red Rock Canyon Watershed, Santa Cruz

FW05-005, Richard Collins, Arizona

Type: Western SARE Project Summary

Partnerships for Sustainable Communities

New American Farm Conference Poster

Type: Poster

Partnerships for Sustainable Communities, presented by Bob Zabawa (Alabama).

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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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Place-Based Foods of Appalachia

From Rarity to Community Restoration and Market Recovery

Type: Southern SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A publication to foster recognition of the Appalachia region and encourage preservation of heirloom seed varieties.

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Portable Extension Office for Program Literature Exchange

EW98-011, Bob Barber, Hawaii

Type: Southern SARE Project Summary

Propagation of Alaska Native Plants for Restoration and Landscape Use

SW02-045, Michael Emers, Alaska

Type: Western SARE Project Summary

Researchers and Educators Collaborate to Teach Youth about Cover Crops

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Across the region, farmers are planting cover crops,  method of revitalizing soil, curbing erosion, and managing pests. Steve Sutera, an Extension educator at South Dakota State University (SDSU), saw an opportunity to bring together Bon Homme County’s Extension service, FFA Chapter, 4-H Club, and ongoing research at SDSU.

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Resources for Vermont's Beginning Farmers

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This website provides new and beginning farmers in Vermont with information to help them succeed.

Rural Revitalization through Farm-Based Enterprise

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

For decades, John Allen has helped farmers develop business skills and strategies, improving their profitability and helping to revitalize rural communities.

SARE Publications Kit

Type: National SARE Promotional Product

Order an entire set of SARE Outreach books and bulletins for one low price.


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SARE and Local Food Systems

Type: Southern SARE Bulletin

Promoting Local Food

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SARE and the Social Sciences

Type: Southern SARE Bulletin

Southern SARE and the Social Sciences

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School Teacher Grows Community Through Gardens

Growing a Future

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

At the time of this project, Dan Kenney was a school teacher and coordinator of DeKalb County Community Gardens (DCCG), a nonprofit organization that helps establish school and neighborhood gardens throughout DeKalb County.

Kenney noticed that many of his students didn’t make the connection that the foods they ate were a result of the agricultural activities they saw going on around them. With approximately 14 percent of the county’s residents considered food insecure and about half of the students in the county receiving reduced or free lunches, chances were they weren’t getting much fresh food. Kenney saw this problem and decided to enact change.

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Sharing Your Farm: Six Ideas from Women Farmers for Hosting Farm Tours

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This 2-page highlight offers six ideas from women farmers for hosting farm tours.

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Stitching Together a Region's Prosperity, Nutrition and Sustainability

Type: Western SARE From the Field Profile

The San Joaquin Valley of California is one of the most productive and diverse agricultural areas in the country. However, Daniel O’Connell of the Sequoia Riverlands Trust (SRT), along with local producers, gathered data that identified challenges in building a healthier regional food system.  These challenges, similar those many other regions face, included  lack of infrastructure to provide for adequate distribution channels, minimal awareness by consumers about where and how to access product in the region,  land use decisions on the urban-rural edge that impacted farmers with pressures that drove up land and production costs, and the Valley’s disconnect from broader, statewide food systems thought, policy changes and economic benefits from localized trends like value-added processing.

Strengthening and Sustaining Agriculture on American Indian Lands

New American Farm Conference Poster

Type: Poster

Strengthening and Sustaining Agriculture on American Indian Lands, presented by Staci Emm (Nevada).

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Successful Launching of Wyoming Reservation Farmers Market

Type: Western SARE From the Field Profile

Because of high obesity and diabetes rates and a lack of locally-grown foods on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Washakie, Wyoming, Justine Russell launched her PDP-funded project with the goal of increasing awareness of the potential for a farmers market on the Reservation. In less than two years, she and her partners accomplished so much more than increasing awareness.

Sustainable Community Innovation Grants

Type: Southern SARE Bulletin

Sustainable Community Innovation Grants

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Sustainable Food Purchasing Guide

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This guide was written to help institutions determine how to source more sustainable food options.

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Sustainable Food Systems for Georgia’s Agrarian Future

Type: Southern SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This report analyzes the need for food hubs in Georgia to help facilitate a regional food system.

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Sustainable Forage and Livestock System for the Island of Tinian

SW06-042, Allan Sabaldica, Northern Mariana Islands

Type: Western SARE Project Summary

Sustaining an Agricultural Region: Capay Valley Grown

FW05-026, Judith Redmond, California

Type: Western SARE Project Summary

Tanana Chiefs Conference Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program

FRTEP, Heidi Rader, Alaska

Type: Western SARE Project Summary

The Baltimore Farm Alliance

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Lessons learned while building a farm alliance in Baltimore, MD.

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The New American Farmer, 2nd Edition

Profiles of Agricultural Innovation

Type: Book

Hailing from small vegetable farms, cattle ranches and grain farms covering thousands of acres, the producers in The New American Farmer, 2nd edition have embraced new sustainable approaches to agriculture.

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The New Farmers' Market

2nd Edition: Farm-Fresh Ideas for Producers, Managers & Communities

Type: Book

The New Farmers' Market - 2nd Edition - is a must-have resource for growers interested in selling their farm or market garden products through farmers' markets, as well as for market managers and city planners in starting, managing, and promoting a market.


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Training in Marine Ornamental Farming for Extension Professionals in Micronesia

Type: Western SARE From the Field Profile

According to Simon Ellis, director of the Marine and Environmental Research Institute of Pohnpei (MERIP), one of the most successful aquaculture enterprises in the FSM and RMI to date has been farming of marine ornamental invertebrates for supplying home aquariums in the United States and Europe. Ellis designed his Western SARE Professional Development Program project, “Training in Marine Ornamental Farming for Extension Professionals in Micronesia,” with the assumption that the marine ornamental aquaculture industry in Micronesia could be improved by better skills, knowledge, and communication between practitioners.

Turning Urban Lots into Lots of Food

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Will Allen is using innovative soil-building techniques and educational programs to lead the way in urban agriculture.

Video: Community CROPS's Growing Farmers Training Program

Type: North Central SARE Multimedia

Community CROPS's Growing Farmers Training Program received an NCR-SARE Research and Education Grant to bring together existing farmers, extension staff, and area farm training programs to help beginning farmers successfully grow increasingly larger amounts of food and market it locally. This video features staff from Community CROPS talking about the program.

Winter and Summer Hoophouse Production for Small-Scale Growers

FW06-036, Brad Jaeckel, Idaho

Type: Western SARE Project Summary

Brad Jaeckel tested high tunnel or hoop house production of a diversity of winter and summer vegetables. A handful of Moscow, Idaho, area growers have used hoop houses for season extension, but not yet for winter crops.

Working With Your Food Safety Inspector

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

How food safety inspectors and small scale processors can work together to meet regulations. 

Youth Grow Fresh Food with Edible Avalon's Summer Youth Program

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

In southeastern Michigan, a dedicated non-profit organization is growing and delivering fresh produce to low-income residents through a youth program. “Edible Avalon” is an organic community garden and education program in association with Avalon Housing, the largest provider of permanent, supportive affordable housing for extremely low-income residents in Washtenaw County, MI. 

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Youth Renewing the Countryside

Type: Book

This full-color book profiles 50 inspiring young people—one from every state—who are revitalizing rural America with new enterprises.

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