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Episode 204. School Purchasing Cooperative in Ohio

Thu, 05/20/2021 - 12:55
In this episode, Tammy Howard, a National Center for Appropriate Technology sustainable agriculture specialist at NCAT’s Rocky Mountain West Regional Office, talks with Alison Patrick of the Feed our Future initiative, based in northeast Ohio. Tammy and Alison talk about the Feed our Future Farm to School pilot program, which led to the development of a school purchasing cooperative and a wide expansion of local produce purchasing. She also discusses the important role that food hubs have played in providing the quantity and consistency that school require. Related ATTRA Resources: Feasibility for a Central Texas Food Hub Food Hubs Food...

Episode 203. Supporting Beginning Farmers Market Vendors

Fri, 05/14/2021 - 12:18
In this episode, Maura Henn, a community food system specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology’s Western Regional Office in Butte, Montana, talks with representatives of the Oregon Farmers Market Association. They are Kelly Crane, OFMA’s executive director; Amanda Cross, OFMA’s programs manager; and Mallory Rahe, PhD, assistant extension professor of Agriculture and Applied Economics at the University of Missouri. The discussion centers on OFMA’s beginning vendor support network and the ways OFMA aids beginning vendors. Related ATTRA Resources: Tips for Selling at Farmers Markets Farmers Markets: Marketing and Business Guide Low-Income Local Food Access – Podcast Celebrating Farmers...

Episode 202. Ag Strategies for Ogallala Aquifer. Part 2

Thu, 05/13/2021 - 11:34
This episode is the second of a two-part discussion with Kara Kroeger, a sustainable agriculture specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology’s Southwest Regional Office in San Antonio, Texas, and Dr. Chris Grotegut of Hereford, Texas, which is located in the Texas Panhandle. Chris is a veterinarian, farmer, and stockman, as well as a cutting-edge producer of organic crops and livestock. Hereford has rich agricultural history that is fueled by the waters of Ogallala Aquifer, which has been in perilous decline over the past hundred years as land has been plowed for row cropping and cattle feedlots. This decline...

Episode 201. Ag Strategies for Ogallala Aquifer. Part 1

Wed, 05/12/2021 - 14:40
This episode is the first of a two-part discussion with Kara Kroeger, a sustainable agriculture specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology’s Southwest Regional Office in San Antonio, Texas, and Dr. Chris Grotegut of Hereford, Texas, which is located in the Texas Panhandle. Chris is a veterinarian, farmer, and stockman, as well as a cutting-edge producer of organic crops and livestock. Hereford has rich agricultural history that is fueled by the waters of Ogallala Aquifer, which has been in perilous decline over the past hundred years as land has been plowed for row cropping and cattle feedlots. This decline...

Episode 200. Practicas de Agricultura Regenerativa

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 11:15
Entrevista en Radio Bilingüe del especialista en agricultura sostenible Martin Guerena del Centro Nacional de Tecnología Apropiada sobre algunas prácticas que promueven la salud y fertilidad del suelo. Recursos de ATTRA Recursos en Español El Manejo Sostenible del Suelo Los Cinco Principios de la Salud del Suelo Suelos Salinos y Sódicos Solarización y Biosolarización del Suelo Hojas de Datos: Compost Para obtener más información sobre este tema, puede ponerse en contacto con Martin Guerena directamente en marting@ncat.org NCAT Facebook Granja SIFT de NCAT SITIO Website Oficina del suroeste: Website / Facebook Oficina occidental: Website / Facebook Oficina de Rocky Mountain...

Episode 199. Why Farm to School?

Wed, 04/28/2021 - 11:31
This episode is a the second part of a discussion between Ben Thomas of California Alliance of Family Farms, Hope Sippola of Fiery Ginger Farm in West Sacramento, California, and Vince Caguin of the Natomas, California, Unified School District. The conversation begins with Vince asking Hope and Vince what inspires them to be involved in farm-to-school markets. In the first part of the discussion, Hope and Vince talk about ways the relationship between Fiery Ginger Farm and the school district has evolved and how the farm set about maintaining school sales through the COVID 19 pandemic. The link to that...

Episode 198. Schools and Covid

Wed, 04/21/2021 - 11:33
A Conversation with Fiery Ginger Farm and Natomas Unified School District Ben Thomas of CA Alliance of Family Farms, Hope Sippola of Fiery Ginger Farms, and Vince Caguin of Natomas, California, Unified School District This episode is a the first part of a discussion between Ben Thomas of California Alliance of Family Farms, Hope Sippola of Fiery Ginger Farm in West Sacramento, California, and Vince Caguin of the Natomas, California, Unified School District. Hope and Vince discuss how the relationship between Fiery Ginger Farm and the school district has evolved and how the farm set about maintaining school sales through...

Episode 197. Mortality Composting

Wed, 04/14/2021 - 11:58
In this episode, Andrew Coggins, director of NCAT’s Rocky Mountain West Regional Office in Butte, Montana, talks with Cora Helm, owner and operator of LC Compost Solutions. The business, located near Helena, Montana, includes what is called “mortality composting,” which Cora sees as method for organic waste reduction and a sustainable alternative to land-filling, burial, and cremation for livestock and other deceased animal companions. Related ATTRA Resources: Soils and Compost Other Resources: LC Compost Solutions For more information on this topic, you can contact Andrew Coggins directly via email at andrewc@ncat.org. Please complete a brief survey to let us know...

Episode 196. Beekeeping and Agri-tourism

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 12:35
Multiple income streams can help farmers creatively overcome financial obstacles. In this episode, NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Justin Duncan talks with Edward Morgan, Jr., about how he did just that with his beekeeping operation. Related ATTRA Resources: Beekeeping for Beginners Beekeeping/Apiculture Entertainment Farming and Agri-Tourism Beekeeping: Considerations for the Ecological Beekeeper For more information on this topic, you can contact Justin Duncan directly via email at justind@ncat.org. Please complete a brief survey to let us know your thoughts about the content of this podcast. You can get in touch with NCAT/ATTRA specialists and find our other extensive, and free, sustainable-agriculture...

Farm to School Podcasts

Mon, 04/05/2021 - 11:22
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Episode 195. State Partnerships for School Markets

Wed, 03/31/2021 - 11:41
In this episode, Jenileigh Harris, a National Farm to School Network program associate, talks with Alma Maquitico from Anthony Youth Farm in southern New Mexico. Anthony Youth Farm is a small organic farm that provides farming and training opportunities for rural and low-income youth and sells its products to schools through a purchasing cooperative program facilitated by the New Mexico Public Education Department. Jenileigh and Alma talk about Alma’s experience working with organizations and entities across the state to collaboratively develop state-run programs that reduce school market access barriers for small producers of color. This podcast is one of a...

Episode 194. Food Hubs and School Sales

Wed, 03/24/2021 - 11:04
In this episode, Lacy Stephens of the National Farm to School Network talks with Alicia Ellingsworth of the Kansas City Food Hub and KC Farm School. Alicia shares the benefits, opportunities, and strategies for successful school sales from the perspective of a food hub operator and also shares insight on the benefits of selling through a food hub from the perspective of the producer. She also shares insight on the unique relationship between KC Food Hub and KC Farm School that opens up the world of food and farming to children and the community. This podcast is one of a...

Episode 193. Accessing USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

Wed, 03/17/2021 - 12:16
In this podcast, Lacy Stephens of the National Farm to School Network talks with Joseph Martinez of Arizona Microgreens, based in Phoenix, Arizona. Arizona Microgreens produce organically-grown microgreens – like micro salad mixes, micro kale, and pea shoots – for restaurants, farmers markets, schools, and hospitals throughout Arizona. Joseph discusses the opportunities, challenges, and benefits of selling his produce to local schools for use in the USDA’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. This podcast is one of a number of case studies feature farmers successfully navigating school sales as part of Bringing the Farm to School, a training program being...

Episode 192. Electric Fencing 101. Part 2

Wed, 03/10/2021 - 10:59
In this episode, Nina Prater, a sustainable agriculture specialist with NCAT’s southeast office in Fayetteville, Arkansas, continues a discussion about electric fencing with her husband, Jeremy Prater. Jeremy is the owner and operator of Cedar Creek Farm, a sustainable diversified livestock operation in the Ozarks of Arkansas. Jeremy has used electric fencing to manage cattle, goats, hogs, and poultry. They go into detail about the equipment itself and how to use it effectively. In the previous episode, Nina and Jeremy discussed why electric fencing is such a useful tool in management-intensive grazing; the NRCS’s cost-share program for electric fence; how...

Episode 191. Electric Fencing 101. Part 1

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 11:01
In this episode, Nina Prater, a sustainable agriculture specialist with NCAT’s southeast office in Fayetteville, Arkansas, talks about electric fencing with her husband, Jeremy Prater. Jerry is the owner and operator of Cedar Creek Farm, a sustainable diversified livestock operation in the Ozarks of Arkansas. Jeremy has used electric fencing to manage cattle, goats, hogs, and poultry. In this episode, Nina and Jeremy talk about why electric fencing is such a useful tool in management-intensive grazing; the NRCS’s cost-share program for electric fence; how to adapt existing fence; and other ways electric fencing can be used to contain and manage...

Episode 190. Alderspring Ranch. Part 2

Wed, 02/24/2021 - 11:06

This episode is the second in a two-part series featuring NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Kara Kroeger talking with family members Glenn, Melanie, and Linnaea Elzinga from Alderspring Ranch in Idaho. Glenn and his family raise wild, organic grass-fed beef on their remote family ranch and deliver their products to customers across the nation. In this episode, they discuss the family’s innovative marketing strategies and tools. In the first part of the series, they discuss the family dynamics they have cultivated, how each family member determines his or her role, and the effects of COVID-19, among other topics. The link to...

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Episode 189. Alderspring Ranch. Part 1

Wed, 02/17/2021 - 12:21

This episode is the first in a two-part series featuring NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Kara Kroeger talking with ifamily members Glenn, Malanie, and Linnea Elzinga from Alderspring Ranch in Idaho. Glenn and his family raise wild, organic grass-fed beef on their remote family ranch and deliver their products to customers across the nation. In this episode, they discuss the family dynamics they have cultivate, how each family member determines his or her role and the effects of COVID-19, among other topics. In the upcoming second part of the conversation, they talk about Alderspring’s innovative marketing tools. For more information on...

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Episode 188. Perspectives on Agroforestry with Rowan Reid. Part 2

Wed, 02/10/2021 - 11:31

In this episode, the second of a two-part series, NCAT Southwest Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Colin Mitchell continues his conversation with guest Rowan Reid from Australia on agroforestry -— farming with trees. Rowan was a senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne for 20 years, is the managing director at the Australian Agroforestry Foundation, and has written or co-authored eight books, including his most recent release: Heartwood: The Art and Science of Growing Trees for Conservation and Profit. In part two, Colin and Rowan talk about tools farmers need for producing high- value timber on their farm, fire management, farmer- to- farmer...

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Episode 187. Perspectives on Agroforestry with Rowan Reid. Part 1

Wed, 02/03/2021 - 14:55

In this episode, the first of two, NCAT Southwest Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Colin Mitchell speaks with guest Rowan Reid from Australia to discuss agroforestry — farming with trees. Rowan was a senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne for 20 years and is managing director of the Australian Agroforestry Foundation. He has written or co-authored eight books, including his most recent release: Heartwood: The Art and Science of Growing Trees for Conservation and Profit. Colin and Rowan talk about balancing conservation and production, defining agroforestry, Rowan’s path to become a “forester among farmers”; and how agroforestry can help improve the...

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Episode 186. Is Farm to School Right for You?

Wed, 01/27/2021 - 12:30

In this episode, Kei Matsunami, the National Center for Appropriate Technology’s Montana local foods specialist, talks with Chris Gaskell of Grasmick Produce of Twin Falls and Boise, Idaho. Grasmick Produce is Montana’s contracted USDA Foods and DoD Fresh vendor. Chris talks about how he has worked with local producers to offer more Montana-grown fruits and vegetables to schools participating in farm-to-school efforts. He discusses requirements, such as volume and item specification, as well as important considerations regarding distribution logistics and pricing. This conversation with Chris Gaskell is part of a series of podcasts and videos for Bringing the Farm to...

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