Videos from the Field

Videos from the Field

Videos from the Field

SARE, in partnership with Cooking Up A Story, has produced a series of how-to videos showcasing production and marketing practices used by some of the nation’s most successful sustainable farmers and ranchers. Taking the viewer on a journey with the producer, each video demonstrates an innovative strategy developed with SARE support, showing how producers everywhere can boost profits, protect their land and water and revitalize communities.

SARE’s From the Field videos are available through Cooking Up A Story’s searchable archive. The videos produced to date can also be viewed directly below.

  Video Title Featured Producer(s)
An old windmill and cows on Texas High Plains
The Ogallala Aquifer of the Texas High Plains: A Race Against Time (26:32) The Texas Alliance for Water Conservation
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Adding Cover Crops to a No-Till System (14:48)

Growing Cover Crops with a Cash Crop (2:11)

No-Till Farmer: Steward of the Land (5:10)

Dan Forgey (Gettysburg, South Dakota)
Man on tractor

Energy Independence: On-Farm Biodiesel Fuel Production (16:03)

Growing Biodiesel Crops: A Couple of Tips (1:31)

Roger Rainville (Alburgh, Vermont)
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Direct Marketing for Farmers and Ranchers (13:55)

Connecting with Customers (2:28)

Cattle, Sheep, Grain and Hay: The Imperial Stock Ranch Story (4:32)

Jeanne and Dan Carver (Shaniko, Oregon)
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Thermal Banking Greenhouses (14:12)

Thermal Banking for Cold Storage (2:15)

Earthen Path Organic Farm (6:11)

Steven Schwen (Lake City, Minnesota)
Cows walking in pasture.

Sustainable 12 Aprils Dairy Grazing Program (16:16)

Total Mix Ration Feed for Dairy Cows (2:15)

Tom Trantham (Pelzer, South Carolina)

How SARE Supports Farmer-Driven Sustainability

Type: Multimedia

The most pressing challenges that face U.S. agriculture today require science-based solutions developed by partnerships of farmers, ranchers, researchers and educators. Discover how the SARE program enables such partnerships to flourish and meet the needs of agricultural communities across the country.

Improving the Management of Rangeland Ecosystems

Type: Multimedia

California's rangelands face a wide range of challenges, from invasive species and pests to flooding and drought. Much of the knowledge of how to manage rangelands effectively resides in the personal experience of land managers. To capitalize on this collective wisdom, University of California Davis researchers partnered with ranchers around the region to compile a database of site-specific management information that can help everybody take better care of the land.

Building a Local Food Movement

Type: Multimedia

Over the last few decades, agriculture in western North Carolina has transformed from a reliance on tobacco to a diversified, self-sustaining industry intertwined with local communities and economies. In this video, learn how one organization has worked alongside local farmers and communities to support this transformation.

Bringing Independent Farmers into the Marketplace

Type: Multimedia

Small- and mid-sized farms are increasingly turning to supermarkets as a means to earn more for their products and to participate in local economies. In this video, Diana Endicott discusses how she decided to take this route 15 years ago when it was less typical, and how her efforts have resulted in a 100-member co-op today that sells to 30 stores in the Kansas City area.

Improving Soil Health Through Cover Crops

Type: Multimedia

Farmers around the country are discovering the power of cover crops to curb erosion and improve soil health. This video is from Pennsylvania, where a Penn State researcher and a grain farmer are partnering to spread the word.

The Ogallala Aquifer of the Texas High Plains: A Race Against Time

The Texas Alliance for Water Conservation

Type: Multimedia

As the drought in the Texas High Plains continues to intensify, a unique partnership of producers and researchers is working diligently to find economically viable alternatives to the region’s irrigation-dependent crop monocultures.

Growing Biodiesel Crops: A Couple of Tips

Roger Rainville

Type: Multimedia

In this short video, Rainville describes his philosophy for trying something new on your farm. It’s all about making the most of the learning curve.

Total Mix Ration Feed for Dairy Cows

Tom Trantham

Type: Multimedia

How can Tom Trantham’s cows graze alfalfa and not be susceptible to bloat? The short answer: feed the cows a total mix ration (TMR) each evening.

Energy Independence: On-Farm Biodiesel Fuel Production

Roger Rainville

Type: Multimedia

Roger Rainville is ahead of the curve when it comes to reducing costs on his farm near Alburgh, Vt. He’s currently producing biodiesel from canola and sunflower for about $1.70 a gallon.

Sustainable 12 Aprils Dairy Grazing

Tom Trantham

Type: Multimedia

When rising feed costs threatened to put his once-successful confined feeding dairy out of business, Tom Trantham made the switch to a pasture-based rotational grazing system, and now his operation has never been stronger.

Connecting with Customers

Jeanne Carver

Type: Multimedia

Jeanne Carver describes the importance of listening to customers when developing new value-added markets for your farm products.

Cattle, Sheep, Grain and Hay: The Imperial Stock Ranch Story

Jeanne Carver

Type: Multimedia

The Imperial Stock Ranch, which began in 1871, faces a new and serious challenge to its very survival: how to create new markets for its products.

Direct Marketing for Farmers and Ranchers

Jeanne Carver

Type: Multimedia

The Imperial Stock Ranch increased profits by using direct, value-added marketing of wool products.

No-Till Farmer: Steward of the Land

Dan Forgey

Type: Multimedia

Dan Forgey has farmed for 40 years based on the belief that if you take care of the land, it will take care of you, evidenced by his commitment to no-till, cover crops and crop diversity.

Growing Cover Crops with a Cash Crop

Dan Forgey

Type: Multimedia

Dan Forgey describes how he grows cover crop mixes in synch with a cash crop of corn, and gets strong yields without chemical fertilizer.

Adding Cover Crops to a No-Till System

Dan Forgey

Type: Multimedia

South Dakota farm manager Dan Forgey has improved soil quality and the bottom line by successfully introducing cover crops to his long-term no-till system.

Earthen Path Organic Farm

Steven Schwen

Type: Multimedia

Steven Schwen’s farming roots were established during the ‘back to the land’ movement in the 1970s. Earthen Path Organic Farm grew out of his vision of a sustainable world based on local economies.

Thermal Banking Greenhouses

Steven Schwen

Type: Multimedia

Steven Schwen uses thermal banking to significantly reduce the energy costs of running a greenhouse for cold-season production.

Thermal Banking for Cold Storage

Steven Schwen

Type: Multimedia

Steven Schwen's innovative energy conservation strategy uses thermal banking technology to conserve heat in his greenhouse and for cold storage.

Find recorded broadcasts, speaker presentations and formal outcomes (when available) from the National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health, held Feb. 17-19 in Omaha, Neb. more

 

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