Specialty Crops

Specialty Crops

Specialty Crops

2003 High Tunnel Production Manual

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A 17-chapter season extension manual covering commercial hoop house and high tunnel production of vegetables, berries and cut flowers. For purchase only.

A Bright Future for Hops Farmers in Michigan

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

With local demand on the rise, Michigan farmers are bringing hops production back to their state.

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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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.

Apples and Winegrapes: Integrated Farming Practices

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

Two experts share state-of-the-art strategies and latest research in biological controls for managing wine grape and apple pests. Hear about the “positive point system” that a group of California wine growers has adopted to measure continuous improvement.

Award Winning Farm Family Conducts Research and Outreach on Traditional Hmong Herbs

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

In Minnesota, Mhonpaj Lee, NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher grant recipient, is researching and documenting information about traditional Hmong herbs. In addition to her job as a translator at Hennepin County Medical Center, Lee farms with her family. They are currently offering shares from the first certified organic Hmong owned and operated Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) operation.

Basic Pest Management of Insects and Mites in High Tunnels

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This presentation gives an overview of key pest management strategies in commercial hoop houses or high tunnels, and greenhouses: cultural practices, plant resistance, the use of beneficial insects, grafting and sprays.

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Beekeeping: Controlling Pests Sustainably

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

We’ve heard about the decline of honey bees. Mites and other hive pests might be contributing to the problem. New research and on-the-ground strategies are controlling pests using natural, sustainable methods.

Berry Soil and Nutrient Management

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This manual has been designed as a comprehensive guide for educators and commercial berry growers interested in improving berry crop soil and nutrient management.

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Biofumigation for soil health in organic high tunnel and conventional field vegetable production systems

Type: Southern SARE Project Report

This project evaluated biofumigation as a control for two broad-spectrum soil-borne diseases that each pose a severe challenge to a different emerging vegetable production system.

Biological Control Practices for High-Tunnel Crop Production

Type: Northeast SARE Project Report

Extensive on-farm research evaluating the use of predator and parasitoid insects to control target pests on Solanacous crops, those grown most frequently in high tunnels or hoop houses in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Building Soils for Better Crops, 3rd Edition

Sustainable Soil Management

Type: Book

Building Soils for Better Crops is a one-of-a-kind, practical guide to ecological soil management, now expanded and in full color.

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Building a Farmer-Based Industry from the Ground Up

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Missouri farmers interested in growing elderberries—a high-value specialty crop worth up to $25 per pound—are now better equipped to do so.

Cluster thinning effects on crop yield and quality of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grown in the Eastern US

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc are important grape varieties that can produce excellent wine grapes and wine in the East, but optimal yields through cluster thinning have not been established.

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Comparing Four Ultra-Low-Cost Season Extension Structures on a Missouri Farm

Farmer and Rancher Innovations

Type: North Central SARE Ag Innovations

This project compared winter production using four structures: EZ Build-n-Gro Cold Frames (Farmtek); cattle panel greenhouses; modified low tunnels; and standard small cold frames.

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Constructing a High Tunnel

Type: Northeast SARE Multimedia

This Rutgers University website includes a 61-image demonstration of high tunnel construction, with detailed information on site selection, design, cost and crop management.

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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Cost-Effective Asian Pear Thinning for Productivity and Fruit Quality

Type: Fact Sheet

This fact sheet provides a brief introduction to plant growth regulators and directions on how to use MaxCel as a crop thinner for Asian pears to reduce the cost of hand thinning, while also delivering fruit yields and sizes comparable to those of untreated, hand-thinned control trees. 

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Cover Cropping: On-Farm, Solar-Powered Soil Building

Type: Southern SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This information sheet gives an overview of how to use cover crops to maintain good levels of nutrients and organic matter in the soil.

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Cover Crops for All Seasons

Expanding the cover crop tool box for organic vegetable producers

Type: Southern SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This Virginia Association for Biological Farming information sheet provides research-based information on a cover crop “toolbox” from which growers can select cover crops most suited to their regions and production systems.

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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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Crop Rotation on Organic Farms

A Planning Manual

Type: Book

Crop rotation strategies that can be applied under various field conditions for conventional or organic crops to improve soil quality and health, and manage pests, diseases, and weeds

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Design and Construction of a High Tunnel in West Virginia

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Detailed information on hoop house or high tunnel construction, with specific considerations for West Virginia.

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Developing Hazelnut Germplasm for the Upper Midwest

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Researchers are working to develop a viable bush-type hazelnut industry in the Upper Midwest by combining the productivity of European hazelnuts with the disease resistance and winter hardiness of American hazelnuts.

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Developing an Energy Efficient, Solar-Heated Greenhouse in Maryland

Farmer and Rancher Innovations

Type: Northeast SARE Ag Innovations

This project investigated the effectiveness of energy-efficient greenhouse design and the ability of water-heating solar panels to heat a greenhouse as a propane alternative.

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Diversity Initiatives Underway

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Funded in 2005 through the Farmer Rancher Grant Program, Pov Huns’ high tunnel project, “Can Screened High Tunnels Extend the Growing Season of Bitter Melon in the Midwest?” (FNC05-551) aimed to determine whether pest control and season extension could make a tropical vegetable such as bitter melon protable by using a high tunnel on his Kansas City farm.

Elderberries

Type: Portfolio Brief Sheet

As opportunities have emerged to increase both the production and processing of elderberry across the value chain, the historically medicinal plant is gaining popularity among farmers. With the resurgence of elderberry cultivation in the North Central region and the rest of the United States, NCR-SARE has funded a variety of projects featuring elderberries.

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Evaluating the Potential of Oyster Mushroom Compost Waste for Plant-Parasitic Nematode Management

Type: Western SARE From the Field Profile

Farmers in Hawaii manage plant-parasitic nematodes, which can cause significant yield losses in a number of crops, through the use of nematicides. Many farmers are looking for alternative methods for managing nematodes in the soil. Shelby Ching had learned that edible mushrooms, such as the oyster mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus), have been known to create a toxin to incapacitate nematodes. She hypothesized that oyster mushroom substrate can be utilized in the management of nematodes in the soil. Ching developed this Western SARE Graduate Student project to develop an approach of nematode management using oyster mushroom compost waste that will be easily accessible to farmers, with an added benefit of the production of edible mushrooms.

Evaluation of Supplemental Flowering Plant Strips for Sustainable Enhancement of Beneficial Insects

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

The primary short-term goal of this graduate student grant project was to test a strategy for utilization of  native plants to increase biodiversity in a perennial fruit system. This project is of particular relevance to specialty crop farmers that are under pressure to reduce pesticide inputs while also producing the highest quality food. 

EverCrisp: A New Apple Variety in the Midwest

Type: From the Field Profile

A grassroots apple-breeding program has released its first apple variety, EverCrisp. The variety was bred by the Midwest Apple Improvement Association (MAIA), a group of more than 140 apple growers who are interested in developing new varieties for the Midwest.

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Expanding Winter Harvest and Sales for New England Vegetable Crops

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This University of Massachusetts website offers resources on winter vegetable crop storage, marketing and low-cost season extension through structures such as hoop houses and low tunnels. 

FARMDATA

Web- Based Organic Vegetable Farm Data Entry and Reporting

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

FARMDATA is an online system for tracking and reporting crop production data, particularly for organic vegetable growers. The system can be used for keeping records on seeding, transplanting, harvest, cover crops, compost, fertilization, irrigation, pest scouting and spraying activities, packing, distribution and customer invoicing. FARMDATA uses smart forms that help with calculations and remember key data.

Fair Trade Strategy for Northeast "Eco-Growers"

Type: Northeast SARE From the Field Profile

Faced with rising costs and foreign competition, a group of apple growers launched a cooperative direct marketing effort for their sustainably raised fruit.

Family Farm Compares Sweet Corn Varieties

Studying Consumer and Producer Satisfaction

Type: From the Field Profile

Marissa Kruthaup and her brother started selling produce at the farmers market when their family’s home garden produced too many melons one year. Today, they own and run Kruthaup Family Farm CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), which operates on their parents’ 70-acre farm. In order to keep her family business thriving, Marissa compared different sweet corn production systems.

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Farm Food Safety

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This website provides educational resources for farmers interested in learning about GAPs. Some materials available in Spanish.

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Farm in North Central Michigan is the First to Produce Canola Oil in the State

B&B Farms find success in first season as canola growers

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Dan and Bonnie Blackledge have started a canola oil business on their farm in Marion, Michigan. B & B Farms Canola Oil’s first pressing was only about 50 gallons, but it stands out as the first canola oil grown and pressed in Michigan.

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Focusing on Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Production in High Tunnels

Type: North Central SARE Presentation

This webinar covers hoop house and high tunnel production of tomatoes, winter vegetables, flowers and small fruit. It was presented by NCR SARE, Michigan State University, Purdue University and the University of Illinois on Nov. 13, 2008.

For Vegetable Farmers, a New No-Till Tool in Forage Radish

Type: Northeast SARE From the Field Profile

University of Maryland researchers are exploring the benefits of forage radish, a relatively new cover crop species that they have found fits well with no-till spring planting for organic farmers, boosting yields and profits.

From Fruit to Fuel

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Missouri farmer Dan West turns his waste fruit into valuable ethanol.

Ginger: An ancient crop in the New World

Type: Northeast SARE From the Field Profile

An idle greenhouse sparks a new idea.

Grafting Rootstocks onto Heirloom and Locally Adapted Tomato Selections to Confer Resistance to Soil Borne Diseases and Increase Nutrient Uptake for...

New American Farm Conference Poster

Type: Poster

Grafting Rootstocks onto Heirloom and Locally Adapted Tomato Selections to Confer Resistance to Soil Borne Diseases and Increase Nutrient Uptake for Market Gardeners, presented by Mary Peet (North Carolina).

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Grafting Tomatoes in Multi-Bay High Tunnels as a Way to Overcome Soil-Borne Diseases

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This presentation summarizes a 2008 grant to evaluate ‘Maxifort’ rootstock for its ability to manage verticillium wilt and other soil-borne diseases in hoop house or high tunnel farming systems.

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Grafting for Disease Management in Organic Tomato Production

Type: Southern SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

In this webinar, learn about tomato grafting and how it can be used to manage diseases in organic open-field and high tunnel farming systems.

Greenhouse IPM with an Emphasis on Biocontrols

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This in-depth manual was designed to help commercial greenhouse growers implement biological control and integrated pest management (IPM).

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Greenhouse Water Barrier

New American Farm Conference Poster

Type: Poster

Greenhouse Water Barrier, presented by Ernest Wusstig (Guam).

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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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Guide to USDA's NASS End of Season Fruit and Vegetable Inquiry

A plain language guide

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This plain language helps farmers complete the USDA-NASS End of Season Fruit and Vegetable Survey. The guide explains the survey's purpose and step-by-step instructions for completing the forms.

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Harvest Frequency, Yield and Economics of Summer Squash

New American Farm Conference Poster

Type: Poster

Harvest Frequency, Yield and Economics of Summer Squash, presented by Karen Strickler (Idaho).

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Harvesting Crops for Market

A plain language guide

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This plain language guide has information on when to harvest vegetables, how to prepare produce for harvest, and safe handling of produce after harvest.

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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.

High Tunnel Temperature Management

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Temperature management is one of the most critical factors in successful production of many high tunnel crops. This West Virginia University fact sheet includes recommended temperature ranges for common crops.

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High Tunnel Winter Cropping Systems

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This audio/slideshow presentation by Lewis Jett, West Virginia Extension Service, is on the use of high tunnels for winter crop production, including design, temperature management, bed preparation, crop selection and seeding.

High Tunnels

Using Low-Cost Technology to Increase Yields, Improve Quality and Extend the Season

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This manual on using high tunnels or hoop houses for season extension includes case studies, a supplier list and chapters on marketing, site selection, construction and types, and soil, pest and environmental management.

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How to Graft Greenhouse Tomatoes

Type: Multimedia

This 20-minute video, produced by the University of Vermont Extension, features farmer Mike Collins taking viewers through each step of the tomato grafting process. Grafting can be an effective way of battling soil-borne diseases in hoop house or high tunnel vegetable production systems.

How to Manage the Blue Orchard Bee

Type: Book

How to Manage the Blue Orchard Bee explains how to use this alternative pollinator successfully, including nesting, rearing and wintering, how to manage predators, and more. Available only online.

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Increasing Production in Native Stands of PawPaws; Using Animals to Manage PawPaw Patches

New American Farm Conference Poster

Type: Poster

Increasing Production in Native Stands of PawPaws; Using Animals to Manage PawPaw Patches, presented by Chris Chmiel (Ohio).

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Innovative Greenhouse Design: Extend Your Season!

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

Learn how to combine renewable energy and innovative greenhouse design and siting to grow new, lucrative crops and extend your growing season. Two hands-on experts share their experiences and strategies.

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.

Kansas State High Tunnel Video Series

Type: North Central SARE Multimedia

This video series was developed by Kansas State Research and Extension, and includes segments on the following topics related to commercial high tunnel or hoop house production:

Overview | Design | What to Plant | Basic Management Considerations | Intensive Management | Resources

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.

Local Food: Food Safety

Type: Topic Room

Find out how to be compliant with today's food safety regulations.

Management Practices and Cover Crops for Reducing Tillage, Enhancing Soil Quality, and Managing Weeds

Type: Western SARE From the Field Profile

When Douglas Collins, Washington State University, brought together a research and producer group, they identified a “lack of successful examples of reduced-till practices for systems similar to theirs and in the maritime Northwest climate” as a critical gap to making this system change. Producers were specifically interested in identifying species of cover crops to use in organic reduced-till systems; planting and termination timing for cover crops; weed management techniques; and field equipment necessary to adopt these systems.” Consequently, Collins and his team developed the project “Selecting Management Practices and Cover Crops for Reducing Tillage, Enhancing Soil Quality, and Managing Weeds in Western Washington” with the long-term goal to increase organic farmer economic and environmental sustainability in western Washington through soil conservation in reduced tillage systems.

Management Practices for Organic Orchard Nutrition

New American Farm Conference Poster

Type: Poster

Management Practices for Organic Orchard Nutrition, presented by Curt R. Rom (Arkansas).

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Managing A Challenging Subterranean Clover Pest: Sustainable Control Using Insect Pathogens

Type: Western SARE From the Field Profile

When attacked by the clover root borer, red clover can only be raised for two years due to the reduction in yield, causing economic hardship. According to Oregon State University graduate student Anis Lestari, “Insect pathogens provide an effective means of suppressing pests but have received less attention compared with other biological control agents. For pests that develop below ground, insect pathogens may offer the best management option.” As a student, she developed this Western SARE project with the goal to investigate the virulence of insect pathogens against the clover root borer.

Managing Alternative Pollinators

A Handbook for Beekeepers, Growers and Conservationists

Type: Book

Managing Alternative Pollinators: A Handbook for Beekeepers, Growers and Conservationists is a first-of-its-kind, step-by-step, full-color guide for rearing and managing bumble bees, mason bees, leafcutter bees and other bee species that provide pollination alternatives to the rapidly declining honey bee.

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Managing Cover Crops Profitably, 3rd Edition

Type: Book

Managing Cover Crops Profitably explores how and why cover crops work and provides all the information needed to build cover crops into any farming operation.

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Missouri Producer Envisions Future Fiber Fuel Jobs

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

In Kingsville, MO, a perennial and native seed crop producer has been developing and processing energy crops and agricultural residues into biomass engineered fiber fuel, and now he and other producers in MO could help determine the future of cellulosic-based biofuels.

Moving Nursery Producers Toward Sustainable Practices Fact Sheets

Type: Southern SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

These fact sheets discuss alternative containers, marketing and crop selection, alternatives to synthetic herbicides and integrated pest management in commercial nursery plant production.

Natural Pest Management in New York High Tunnel and Greenhouse Structures

Type: Northeast SARE Project Report

This 2007 Research and Education Grant, awarded to Cornell University, studied the use of predatory insects, resistant varieties and microbial fungicides to control pest and disease damage in commercial greenhouses and hoop house or high tunnel farming systems.

New Mexico Grower Saved by the Sun

Type: Western SARE From the Field Profile

Don Bustos has used solar energy to cut his winter greenhouse heating bill to almost nothing.

New York Cover Crops Decision Tool

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This online tool is designed for the soil, climate, cropping practices and seed market in New York and nearby states.

New York Farmer Uses Hanging Gutters to Utilize Overhead Space in Hoop House

Farmer and Rancher Innovations

Type: Northeast SARE Ag Innovations

This project looked at increasing the productivity and cost effectiveness of growing more crops in a hoop house by utilizing the overhead space through innovative design.

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Niche Nuts

Nut Crop Production, Processing, and Marketing in the North Central Region

Type: From the Field Profile

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, America’s top nut producers are California, producing nearly 90% of tree nuts in America; Georgia, New Mexico, and Texas, raising 75% of America’s pecan crop; and Oregon, raising the majority of America’s hazelnut crop.

Kurt Belser is the owner of the The Wingnuttery in Albany, Ohio, where he grows, produces, and wild harvests hickory nuts, black walnuts, chestnuts and hazelnuts. In 2012, he received an NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher grant to create a prototype regional-scale nut production, processing, and value-adding system in Southeast Ohio. His goal is to create a regional-scale nut processing facility that will be replicable for other areas in the region, and wherever nuts are a viable crop.

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No-Till and Organic

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

No longer are no-till and organic at odds. New research efforts are developing no-till organic vegetable and field crops systems that are saving farmers tons of soil and reducing weed control costs.

Nutrient Management Plans: Oregon

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This document is an instruction guide for creating and implementing a nutrient management plan on certified or transitioning organic lands in Oregon.

Oilseed Production in the Northeast

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A 48-page booklet on sunflower and canola production in the Northeast. 

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On-Farm Fertigation Trials in Kansas City-Area Organic High Tunnels

Farmer and Rancher Innovations

Type: North Central SARE Ag Innovations

Five certified organic farms in the Kansas City area did one-year comparisons of the use of compost, fertigation and foliar feeding on high tunnel tomatoes, with respect to quantity and quality of yields.

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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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Organic Broccoli Production Manual

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Steps that farmers took to scale up organic broccoli production to meet local wholesale demand. 

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Organic Control of White Mold in High Tunnels

Type: Southern SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This video presents information on the high tunnel production system most commonly used in Kentucky; the disease cycle of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum; and two control tactics compatible with national organic standards, solarization and biofumigation.

Organic Heirloom Tomato Production in High Tunnel and Open Field Systems

Research Innovations

Type: Southern SARE Ag Innovations

A replicated, systems-level comparison study was carried out to evaluate the production of the popular heirloom tomato, Cherokee Purple, under organically managed high tunnel and open field systems.

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Organic Production of Blackberries in High Tunnels in West Virginia

Farmer and Rancher Innovations

Type: Northeast SARE Ag Innovations

The objective of this season extension project was to evaluate the feasibility of growing blackberries organically within a commercial high tunnel or hoop house in central West Virginia, including pest management, cultivar and management considerations.

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Organic Winter Production Scheduling in Unheated High Tunnels in Colorado

Research Innovations

Type: Western SARE Ag Innovations

Colorado State University researchers and five farmers explored winter production scheduling for optimal yields of hardy organic vegetable crops in unheated high tunnels.

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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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Predatory Mites for Organic Thrips Control in High Tunnel Cucumbers

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A presentation of research on biological control methods in New York high tunnel or hoop house farming systems, including cultural practices, plant resistance, grafting, rotations, sprays and beneficials.

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Production and Marketing of Beach Plum, a Heritage Fruit Crop

Type: Fact Sheet

Beach plum (Prunus maritima Marsh) is one of several shrubby plums native to North America. The jams produced from this fruit command premium prices at farm stands and specialty markets, even in comparison with jam made from other locally grown fruit. However, the wild-collected supply of fruit does not meet this niche market’s demand.

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Rainwater Catchment from a High Tunnel for Irrigation Use

Type: North Central SARE Multimedia

This Iowa State University video/fact sheet describes how to build a system to catch, store and reuse the rainwater for high tunnel irrigation.

Raising Livestock and Crops Simultaneously in Unheated Greenhouses

FW07-031, John Socolofsky, Colorado

Type: Western SARE Project Summary

This farmer project assessed whether greenhouse crops can be raised in hoop structures heated by livestock's body heat and manure compost.

Reduced Tillage and Cover Cropping Systems for Organic Vegetable Production

Type: Southern SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This information sheet captures research by Virginia Tech and the Virginia Association for Biological Farming to develop cover crop-based, reduced-tillage systems for organic vegetable production.

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Research Leads to Profitable, Sustainable Approaches to Onion Production

Type: Northeast SARE From the Field Profile

Cornell University Extension Vegetable Specialist Christine Hoepting is helping onion growers improve yields and save money through her research in conservation tillage, mulches, planting techniques and soil fertility.

Researcher Shares Grafting Techniques with Agricultural Educators

Vegetable Grafting Training for Agricultural Professionals

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

A Lincoln University researcher is training extension educators on emerging plant grafting technology and the relevant physiology.

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Researchers Aim to Conserve Bees for Michigan Berry Growers

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Researchers at Michigan State University are developing best management strategies for conserving wild bee communities for Michigan's blueberry farms.

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Rice Growing Manual for the Northeast USA

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

By Takeshi and Linda Akaogi, this manual focuses on those aspects of rice growing that are particular to the northeast area based on their experience.

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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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Scaling Up by Developing a Planting Cart

Improving Worker Comfort and Efficiency

Type: From the Field Profile

Perkins’ Good Earth Farm is a small family farm that operates on 19 acres. They currently grow only one-quarter acre of organic garlic but hope to increase their productivity in this area by 50 percent. Two major challenges in achieving this goal are the cost of additional labor and worker comfort during planting and harvesting. Dan and Julie Perkins applied for an NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher grant to explore a way to improve worker comfort and efficiency.

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Season Extension: An Overview

High Tunnels and Other Season Extension Techniques

Type: Topic Room

Don't know a hoop house from a greenhouse? Learn the basic ABCs of season extension.

Season Extension: Fertility Management

High Tunnels and Other Season Extension Techniques

Type: Topic Room

Learn more about providing adequate fertility to crops being grown in high tunnels or hoop houses, greenhouses and other season extension structures.

Season Extension: Marketing and Economics

High Tunnels and Other Season Extension Techniques

Type: Topic Room

Information on budgeting, financial analysis, business planning and marketing strategies for high tunnels and other season extension enterprises.

Season Extension: Pest Management

High Tunnels and Other Season Extension Techniques

Type: Topic Room

Information on how to handle pests and disease in the special growing environment of a high tunnel or hoop house, greenhouse or other season extension structure.

Season Extension: Types and Construction

High Tunnels and Other Season Extension Techniques

Type: Topic Room

Learn how to build a variety of season extension structures, and discover construction techniques for specialized features.

Season Extension: Variety Trials and Selection

High Tunnels and Other Season Extension Techniques

Type: Topic Room

These resources can help you determine which vegetable and berry crops will be best suited to your season extension goals and growing conditions, especially in hoop house or high tunnel production.

Season Extension: Water Management

High Tunnels and Other Season Extension Techniques

Type: Topic Room

Since natural moisture is not readily available, irrigation is an important part of growing crops in greenhouses, hoop houses or high tunnels, and other season extension structures.

Season Extension and Crop Multiplication with a Moveable Hoophouse in an Organic System

FW07-319, Ed Page, Colorado

Type: Western SARE Project Summary

By testing a moveable hoop house that slides on rails, this project has the potential to extend the growing season to as many as 250 days, nearly double the current average of 140 days. Markets for the fruit and vegetables at new seasonal points will allow for greater production and profit.

Season-Long Strawberry Production with Everbearers for Northeastern Producers

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This 70-page guide outlines profitable production techniques and research on everbearing strawberry varieties, including information on both field production and the use of high tunnels for season extension.

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Selling at a Farmers Market

A plain language guide

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This plain language guide guide explains how to begin selling at a farmers' market, including choosing a market, applying for space, designing displays, setting prices, making sales and keeping records.

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Shiitake Mushrooms

Best Management Practices for Log-Based Shiitake Cultivation in the Northeast

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A 57-page guide to producing these gourmet mushrooms.

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Small-scale oilseed processing guide

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Oilseed crops present an opportunity for farmers in the Northeast to diversify with a crop typically grown in the Midwestern and Great Plains regions. Many of the crops are adaptable and have been grown in the Northeast--some for a number of years, and others only recently.

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Smart Water Use on Your Farm or Ranch

Type: Bulletin

As producers throughout the nation grow increasingly concerned about water scarcity, farmers, ranchers and agricultural educators are beginning to explore new, conservation-oriented approaches to water use.

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Solar Energy for Winter Food Production

New American Farm Conference Poster

Type: Poster

Solar Energy for Winter Food Production, presented by Don Bustos (New Mexico).

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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.

Spring Seedbed Characteristics after Winter-Killed Cover Crops

Type: Northeast SARE Multimedia

Dr. Ray Weil and Natalie Lounsbury have been investigating the possibility of no-till planting early spring vegetables such as spinach and lettuce after a forage radish cover crop without the use of herbicides. They discuss soil moisture, temperature and nutrient status in early spring as well as seedling emergence and yield.

Steel in the Field

A Farmer's Guide to Weed Management Tools

Type: Book

Weed control demands time, labor and expense for every farmer every year. Steel in the Field shows how today's implements and techniques can control weeds while reducing—or eliminating—herbicides. Available only online.

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Student Studies Soil Management and Organic Blueberry Production in Michigan

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Michigan State University (MSU) graduate student, Jesse Sadowsky, received an NCR-SARE $9,900 Graduate Student Grant to conduct an observational study to examine the effects of both organic and conventional management on plant health and soil biology in blueberry fields in Michigan.

Success Basics in High Tunnel Production: Three Maryland Case Studies

Research Innovations

Type: Northeast SARE Ag Innovations

This three-year study involved five innovative farmers in building high tunnels to investigate best practices in high-tunnel construction, tomato production and factors influencing profitability.

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Sustainable Apple Production

A Midwest Homecoming Conference Session

Type: Presentation

Learn about growing apples using methods that will reduce off-farm inputs for pest management, expand market access and increase access to federal conservation programs.

Sustainable Pest Management in Greenhouses and High Tunnels

Type: Fact Sheet

From 2007 to 2009, Cornell researchers in New York used a SARE grant to study the efficacy of biological insect control in minimally heated greenhouses and high tunnels or hoop houses. This fact sheet reports the results and provides detailed advice on how growers can use natural enemies to manage insect pests in minimally heated greenhouses and unheated high tunnels.

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Sweetpotato Production for Kentucky

Type: Southern SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A 16-page guidebook covering all aspects of sweetpotato production in Kentucky.

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Tackling the Thorny Issues, Linking Practitioners

Type: Northeast SARE From the Field Profile

Anu Rangarajan, of Cornell University, is advancing the next generation of organic agriculture through research, training and by connecting farmers and educators.

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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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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The Lucrative Sweet Potato Takes Root

Type: Southern SARE From the Field Profile

Extension agents in two states are helping farmers cash in on sweet potatoes: in Kentucky, by diversifying to include the high-value specialty crop, and in Mississippi, by pursuing organic production.

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 Organic Seed Grower

A Farmer's Guide to Vegetable Seed Production

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

The Organic Seed Grower is a comprehensive manual for the serious vegetable grower who is interested in growing high-quality seeds using organic farming practices.

Tomato Grafting for Disease Resistance and Increased Productivity

Type: Fact Sheet

Researchers around the world have demonstrated that grafting—the fusing of a scion (young shoot) onto a resistant rootstock—can protect plants against a variety of soil-borne fungal, bacterial, viral and nematode diseases invarious climates and conditions.

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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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Trained Sheep Grazing Vineyard Floor

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 Manual for Applied Agroforestry Practices

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

The Training Manual for Applied Agroforestry Practices helps to explain agroforestry practices and their applications. It is designed for natural resources professionals and landowners, and includes worksheets and exercises for use as an educational tool. Additionally, the manual is designed to assist in the decision process so that, when established or managed, the agroforestry practice is most effective at achieving the desired objectives.

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Transitioning to Organic Production

Type: Bulletin

Transitioning to Organic Production lays out many promising conversion strategies, covering typical organic farming production practices, innovative marketing ideas and federal standards for certified organic crop production.

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Tri-State Greenhouse IPM Workshops

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Presentations and other resources from workshops on integrated pest management (IPM) for greenhouse growers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, held annually since 2011.

Uncommon Fruits with Market Potential

A Midwest Homecoming Conference Session

Type: Presentation

Learn about producing pawpaw, juneberry, hardy kiwifruit, gooseberry and lingonberry - uncommon fruits with unique flavors - that can be grown with little or no pest management. Consider the potential for ethnic and organic markets. 

Using Low Tunnels to Extend the Growing Season for Organic Strawberries in Alabama

Farmer and Rancher Innovations

Type: Southern SARE Ag Innovations

This project was designed to determine if the strawberry harvest season could be extended, potentially allowing farmers to get their strawberries to the market early for premium prices.

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Using Manually Operated Seeders for Precision Cover Crop Plantings on the Small Farm

Type: Southern SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This information sheet describes research in Virginia on using inexpensive, manually operated seeders to establish consistent cover crop stands.

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Vegetable Bedding Plants Pest Management

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A University of Massachusetts web page with information on integrated pest management (IPM), a practical way to effectively manage pests on vegetable bedding plants.

Vegetables All Year in Northern New Mexico

Type: Western SARE From the Field Profile

Thanks to the effort of two New Mexico State University faculty members and a SARE grant, the farmers of northern New Mexico are finding that vegetables can be successfully grown year-round more....

Walk-In Coolers for Winter Storage

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Resources for farmers interested in on-farm winter storage options for season extension. Each resource offers a case study for a specific facility construction, and both outline important considerations for a winter storage facility.

Winter Storage Options for the Northeast

Education Innovations

Type: Northeast SARE Ag Innovations

To help farmers in the Philadelphia area learn about various winter storage options, the nonprofit Fair Food conducted site visits of well-established winter storage operations in Pennsylvania, Vermont and Quebec.

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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.

Wiser Wine: California Grape Growers Adopt Innovative System to Evaluate Sustainability

Type: Western SARE From the Field Profile

California's massive winegrape industry is growing more sustainable, thanks to the efforts of groups like the Central Coast Vineyard Team.

 

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