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 Digestion Webinar Series

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A series of five free webinars with Washington State University researchers and their collaborators sharing findings as they strive to quantify the climate, air, water, nutrient and economic impacts of integrating emerging, next-generation technologies within anaerobic digestion systems on U.S. dairies.

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.

BioEarth Webinar Series

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A series of four free webinars with Washington State University researchers affiliated with the BioEarth research initiative sharing findings related to climate change impacts on Northwest U.S. water resources, nutrient cycling, and managed and natural ecosystems.

Biological Soil Crusts

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Cheryl McIntyre investigates the influence of biocrusts on the establishment of native perennial grasses and cheatgrass and the conditions under which biocrusts might make rangelands more resistant to exotic grass invasion, and thereby serve as a potential restoration tool for producers.

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.

California Strawberry and Research on Compost for Strawberry Health

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

California strawberry production is at a pivotal point, struggling with new plant diseases due to the phase-out of the fumigant methyl bromide. This video explores the current issues facing strawberry growers in California and explains the use of compost to suppress disease and promote strawberry plant health.

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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Cover Crops in Dryland Cropping Systems

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Southeastern Utah Farmer Interview: Steve Barry

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 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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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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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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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.

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Strategies for Montana Beef to School

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This case study is a total of 39 graphically designed pages and includes an overview of beef to school in Montana; school, processor, and producer needs; an infographic of the beef lifecycle; an infographic of common beef to school partnerships; demographics of Montana schools, producers, and processors; challenges and opportunities for beef to school in Montana; six comprehensive case studies; vocabulary; references and resources; and cuts of beef infographic.

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National Organic Farming Handbook

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This thirty-page resource was developed to support NRCS conservation planners and other agricultural professionals as they work with organic producers. The handbook describes organic systems and identifies key resources to guide conservation planning and implementation on organic farms. Producers and other audiences may also find the handbook useful, particularly the resources listed in various sections.

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.

Oregon's Outback

Sustainable Rangeland Beef

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Oregon’s Outback is a Sustainable Rangeland-Based Beef Production Video Library that highlights best management practices for cow-calf producers and agricultural professionals.

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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Pineapple Production in CMNI

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

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

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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Selecting and Managing Vineyard Cover Crops to Reduce Consumption of Net Basin Water

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

These fact sheets by the Vineyard Team describes their experiments evaluating the impact of five cover crop species on soil moisture depletion and the impact of five timings and termination methods of terminating a grass cover crop on soil moisture depletion.

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.

Solar Energy Training Program

Type: Grantee-Produced Info Project

Fact sheets/bulletins on the fundamentals of solar photovoltaic energy systems. 

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

This book critically evaluates the phenomenon of compost tea and provides a thorough discussion of the composition and process of making compost.

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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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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 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.

Visualizing Soil Properties

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This series of videos illustrating soil processes such erosion, runoff, and infiltration, as well as soil sampling procedures, can be used as a model for demonstrations in a classroom.

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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