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Don’t Miss The Urban Farms Webinar

Are urban farms really viable for commercial urban farm april2014purposes?  Get the answer to this and other challenges surrounding
urban agriculture at our April 29th webinar, “Urban Farms: Commercial Farms or Socially Minded Operations?”  NCAT’s agriculture specialist Andy Pressman is one of two featured speakers who will cover the latest research on urban farming.  Click here for more information and to register.


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Since 1976 the National Center for Appropriate Technology has been serving economically disadvantaged people by providing information and access to appropriate technologies that can help improve their lives. Learn more about NCAT

Sustainable Agriculture

The ATTRA project has served as the premier source of information about sustainable agriculture for U.S. farmers and other agriculturists for more than twenty years. What is ATTRA? In this video, staff members introduce ATTRA’s resources and mission.

Save Energy

For more than 32 years NCAT’s energy team has helped implement energy conservation and efficiency improvements that result in cost savings while directly impacting climate change. Our specialists have expertise in commercial, residential, and farm energy. More information can be found on our Energy Page.


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Conference: Small-Scale Intensive Farm Training (SIFT)
Topic: Hands-On Coop Building and Chicken Basics
Presenter: Tammy Howard, ~ NCAT Specialist
Location: Butte, Montana
Date: 2014-06-18
Registration Info: Build a backyard chicken coop with us and learn the basics of chicken maintenance. Attendance is free but registration is required. Email to reserve your spot.
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Conference: Small-Scale Intensive Farm Training (SIFT)
Topic: Building a Cold Frame
Presenter: Tammy Howard, ~ NCAT Specialist
Location: Butte, Montana
Date: 2014-05-30
Registration Info: Learn how to build your own cold frame to start your growing season a little early, and extend it later into the fall. Windows for building your own will be for sale. We will also hold a plant sale on this day, 3 to 6 p.m. Attendance is free but registration is required; email to reserve a place.
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Posted: 2014-04-21 13:55:50
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Conference: Urban Farming Business Basics
Topic: Starting A Farm Business
Presenter: Marisa Alcorta, ~ NCAT Specialist
Location: Stockton, CA
Date: 2014-05-03
Registration Info: Fourth in a series of workshops designed to help urban farmers plan and implement a successful business operation.
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Posted: 2014-03-31 12:08:38
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Conference: NCAT
Topic: Urban Farms: Commercial Farms or Socially Minded Operations
Presenter: Andy Pressman, ~ NCAT Specialist
Location: Webinar
Date: 2014-04-29
Registration Info: This webinar provides an analysis of the differences between nonprofit and commercial urban farms, and is based on research conducted by researchers at NYU, Penn State, and NCAT-ATTRA. Andy Pressman is one of two featured speakers. Register online.
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Posted: 2014-04-21 13:37:53
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Conference: Farming for Success in the 21st Century: Webinar Series for Agriculture Conservation Professionals
Topic: Soil Building for Climate Resilience
Presenter: Rex Dufour, ~ NCAT Specialist
Location: Online
Date: 2014-04-28
Registration Info: This three-part webinar series is geared to agricultural conservation professionals such as RCD, Extension and NRCS staff. This webinar will discuss the multiple benefits of keeping nutrients such as carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) in balance as well as practical methods for increasing soil organic matter.
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Posted: 2014-04-21 14:01:32
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NCAT Newsletters


    A monthly newsletter featuring local solutions for a sustainable future.
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  • ATTRAnews

    Six times each year, the free ATTRAnews brings you up to date on the latest developments in sustainable agriculture, what's happening at the USDA and with Sustainable Agriculture Working Groups around the country.
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  • Weekly Harvest

    Issued every Wednesday, the Weekly Harvest e-newsletter is a Web digest of sustainable agriculture news, resources, events and funding opportunities gleaned from the Internet and featured on the ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service website.
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  • Cosecha Mensual

    NCAT's Spanish-language electronic newsletter on sustainable agriculture is issued monthly. Subscribers enjoy news items and reviews of Spanish-language resources.
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  • Smart Growth Online Newsletter

    State by State news headlines will be sent to you biweekly. These include news summaries, information on the latest print, web, audio, and visual resources, and smart growth events.
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  • The Networker

    A quarterly bulletin compiled by the LIHEAP Clearinghouse.
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  • SIFT News

    SIFT (Small-Scale Intensive Farm Training program) was created to help every community increase their food security by producing their own healthy food. SIFT, with NCAT, is developing a working, sustainably managed, demonstration farm on five acres at our Butte, Montana, headquarters. Learn how to commercially produce high-value, nutrient-rich food on small parcels of land.
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