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Getting Started in Livestock: Lessons Learned

Getting Started in Livestock: Lessons Learned

By Linda Coffey, NCAT Livestock Specialist Thinking back to 1986 and our first farm is a fun thing to do. From then until now, we’ve raised a lot of livestock and have done several types of enterprises—feeder to finish, dairy, eggs, breeding stock, birth to finish. NCAT Southeast Regional Director and Livestock Specialist Margo Hale… Continue Reading

Healthy Animals, Happy Farm

Healthy Animals, Happy Farm

Strategies for Sheep and Goat Care By Linda Coffey, NCAT Livestock Specialist If you have raised sheep or goats, you likely have experienced the joy of “lamb races,” in which a group of lambs will suddenly get the urge to run and play, just for the fun of it. This week, I watched for at… Continue Reading

Ready for Anything: Preparing for the Unexpected and the Inevitable

Ready for Anything: Preparing for the Unexpected and the Inevitable

By Ann Baier, NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Foreword: After the recent passing of her mother, Ann reflects on some valuable lessons and preparations, especially relevant in the time of a pandemic. Building resilience in agriculture and communities is at the heart of our work at the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). For over 40… Continue Reading

Incubator Farm Project in its Second Season

Incubator Farm Project in its Second Season

By Luke Freeman, NCAT Horticulture Specialist Photo at right: Sunflowers bloom in the farm plot of Jenni Vaughn, who joined the Incubator Farm Project in 2019. New Incubator Farmers We are excited to announce that we have two new incubator farmers participating in the Woolsey Incubator Farm program in Fayetteville, AR! Their names are Lucy… Continue Reading

Selling Meat During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Selling Meat During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Margo Hale, NCAT Southeast Regional Director and NCAT Livestock Specialist When the COVID-19 pandemic started, I, like many of you, was focused on working from home while also homeschooling my daughters. I was busy postponing and rescheduling several NCAT training events and figuring out how to best serve our ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture clients. As… Continue Reading

Earth Day Goes Virtual

Earth Day Goes Virtual

As we celebrate Earth Day 2020, the Earth looks and feels quite different than it normally does. This year marks the 50th celebration of Earth Day and the COVID-19 pandemic, has drastically impacted our physical, social, and economic worlds. Even so, people are banding together and finding a “new normal,” — one that demonstrates resilience. We can still pursue our projects and initiatives, though; we just need to do it differently. And, at least for now, our communication must be virtual. Continue Reading

Rethinking Crop Insurance

Rethinking Crop Insurance

By Jeff Schahczenski, NCAT Agricultural and Natural Resource Economist I have been awakened to a re-evaluation of risk and uncertainty. Going to the grocery store has – hopefully only for a short time – become more risky.  I also have been thinking more and more about how are personal and societal understanding and measurement of… Continue Reading

Farmer Veteran COVID-19 Listening Session

Farmer Veteran COVID-19 Listening Session

Please join NCAT for a listening and information session on Tuesday, April 14, at 11 a.m. CDT. During these uncertain times NCAT hopes to create a space for farmer veterans where you can share your challenges and strategies for resiliency. Most importantly, we want to give you a chance to connect with each other. Margo… Continue Reading

Maintain Your Own Tractor

Maintain Your Own Tractor

Maintaining Your Tractor NCAT has released  a five-part video series called “Maintaining Your Tractor”on YouTube. This series walks viewers through the three main factors that keep a diesel engine running smoothly: clean air clean fuel lubrication Farm and equipment educator Shane LaBrake joins NCAT Northeast Regional Director Andy Pressman (author of Equipment and Tools for… Continue Reading

Armed to Farm: 2019 Year in Review

Armed to Farm: 2019 Year in Review

Our 2019 Armed to Farm (ATF) trainings came to a close back in October, after a record seven week-long events. We held our first ATF in the Midwest, and marked a milestone – our 20th training. We also introduced Armed to Farm 2.0, a next-level training created just for Armed to Farm alumni. Want to… Continue Reading

Put a Certification Label On It?

Put a Certification Label On It?

Certified Naturally Grown vs. Certified Organic vs. Who Cares By Guy K. Ames, CNG grower and NCAT Horticulture Specialist When you work hard to produce food in an ecologically sound way that customers can purchase without fear of pesticide residues, you may wonder if you should take the next step and make it “official” through… Continue Reading

New Partnerships Will Grow Farm to School Efforts

New Partnerships Will Grow Farm to School Efforts

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and the National Farm to School Network (NFSN) are pleased to announce their partnership with the USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS) to develop farm to school trainings for agricultural producers. The goal of the partnership is to help agricultural producers build their… Continue Reading

NCAT Participates in Alcorn State University Small Farmers’ Conference

NCAT Participates in Alcorn State University Small Farmers’ Conference

The NCAT Gulf States staff were pleased to participate in the 2019 Alcorn State University Small Farmer’s Conference. Sponsors, vendors, organization representatives, farmers, and members of other diverse groups traveled from all over Mississippi to attend the three-day event held at the Tunica Arena and Expo Center in Tunica, Mississippi, April 1 to 3. Each… Continue Reading

Join Our Wholesale Readiness Trainings in Texas

Join Our Wholesale Readiness Trainings in Texas

NCAT and The Common Market Texas are seeking produce growers looking to prepare for and succeed in selling to wholesale markets. The Common Market, originally started in Philadelphia, is a “nonprofit regional food distributor with a mission to connect communities with good food from sustainable family farms.” Common Market has recently expanded to Houston. NCAT… Continue Reading

New Food Processing Guidebook for Farmers Available!

New Food Processing Guidebook for Farmers Available!

With help from a team of farmers, economists, and food experts, Mike Morris (National Center for Appropriate Technology) and Sue Beckwith (Texas Center for Local Food) have created an entertaining and useful new workbook, Beyond Fresh: a Food Processing Guide for Texas Farmers. Available from NCAT’s ATTRA website here for just $19.95, the book walks… Continue Reading

NCAT’s partnership with the International Rescue Committee

Over the last two years NCAT has partnered with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to provide on-farm training to refugee farmers. For our readers who are unfamiliar with the role of the IRC, here is a little background: the IRC is dedicated to minimizing the many challenges that affect the global south. They respond to… Continue Reading

Produce Growers: Register Now for Postharvest Handling Workshop

Produce Growers: Register Now for Postharvest Handling Workshop

On Wednesday, October 10, NCAT agriculture specialists Luke Freeman and Andy Pressman will team up with educators from the University of Arkansas and Heifer USA to present Scaling up Your Produce Farm: Postharvest Handling for Intermediated Markets. This one-day workshop is designed to help fruit and vegetable growers enter new markets. Workshop Details This on-farm workshop will… Continue Reading

Sheep and Goat Producer Dewayne Smith Shares his Wisdom

Sheep and Goat Producer Dewayne Smith Shares his Wisdom

At a Small Ruminants workshop NCAT held in 2016, Mississippi goat producer Mr. Dewayne Smith spoke to the attendees about the learning curve for farming.  He said, “No matter what we’re talking about, you cannot skip a step, you cannot find a shortcut.  A shortcut will cost you in the end.  You have got to… Continue Reading

Food Safety Training: Getting Acquainted with Good Agricultural Practices

Food Safety Training: Getting Acquainted with Good Agricultural Practices

Guest Post by NCAT Horticulture Specialist Luke Freeman In August I visited Caston’s Blueberry Farm in Onia, Arkansas, for a food safety training that focused on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certification and preparing farmers for a GAP audit. Many produce growers in the state are becoming interested in GAP certification as large buyers are starting… Continue Reading

WABI News Featured Maine Armed to Farm

WABI News Featured Maine Armed to Farm

Read the original story and see the video here. Story by Alyssa Thurlow of WABI. MONROE, Maine (WABI) “We have a saying in our family, better be lucky than good because we didn’t know half of what Maine does for it’s farmers.” From the military to farming, you could say the owners of Chase Stream… Continue Reading

Farm-Based Food Safety Training Coming to Montana

Farm-Based Food Safety Training Coming to Montana

Fresh-produce farmers will be able to see and experience practical on-farm solutions to developing their food safety plans this summer at two farm-based food safety trainings. These workshops are designed for fresh-produce growers who want to enter into wholesale markets that may require a food safety plan, or for producers who are curious about the… Continue Reading

Montana Farm to Institution Producer Webinar, Thursday March 2nd

Montana Farm to Institution Producer Webinar, Thursday March 2nd

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) hosted a free, one-hour webinar for farmers and ranchers about selling to schools, hospitals, and other institutions. The webinar may be viewed here. Institutions in Montana represent a huge, but largely untapped market for our farmers and ranchers. The webinar will address the major concerns about working with… Continue Reading

Wind Energy

  Benefits of Wind Power Is Wind Energy Practical for You? Conditions for Stand-Alone Systems Conditions for Grid-Connected Systems Is Your Site Right? Additional Considerations Frequently Asked Questions   Wind Energy System Basics Unlike yesteryear’s windmill, today’s wind turbines use technological innovations that have substantially reduced the cost of electricity generated from wind power. In… Continue Reading

Microhydropower

  Microhydropower (source: energy.gov) If you have water flowing through your property, you might consider building a small hydropower system to generate electricity. Microhydropower systems usually generate up to 100 kilowatts of electricity. Most of the hydropower systems used by homeowners and small business owners, including farmers and ranchers, would qualify as microhydropower systems. But… Continue Reading

Geothermal Energy

Geothermal Many technologies have been developed to take advantage of geothermal energy—the heat from the earth. This heat can be drawn from several sources: hot water or steam reservoirs deep in the earth that are accessed by drilling; geothermal reservoirs located near the earth’s surface, mostly located in the western U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii; and… Continue Reading

Residential Efficiency Measures

New Homes Read NCAT’s New Home Buyers Guide to Energy: Montana Residential Buyer’s Guide Energy-Efficient New Homes Are you an architect, builder, or Realtor looking for a way to make the houses you design, build, or sell more appealing to potential clients? Or perhaps a consumer planning to build a new home? One of the… Continue Reading

Residential Energy

  Residential Energy Services Residential Efficiency Measures   Residential Energy Publications   Next Home Planning Guide to Energy Efficiency New Home Buyers Guide to Energy Residential Mechanical Ventilation Heating and Cooling Buyers Guide Homebuilder Brief — Residential Energy Code Montana Residential Energy Code Handbook Weatherization and Asbestos Montana Asbestos-Safe Weatherization Demonstration Project Continue Reading

Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association Conference in San Antonio

The Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association (TOFGA)–the one and only grassroots organization supporting Texas organic farmers and gardeners–is holding its annual conference in San Antonio for the first time, January 30-31. Picture yourself in farm and foodie heaven: organic farmers from all over the state, workshops for home gardeners, a trade show, and a… Continue Reading

It’s Giving Tuesday

If you are on a limited income, like Jack and Eva, a 10% saving in your energy bill can mean the difference in having enough money for food, or medicine, or other necessities. It doesn’t always take much to have a big impact. A residential weatherization kit – one with low-flow faucets and shower heads,… Continue Reading

You shop. Amazon gives.

Amazon.com is supporting nonprofit organizations such as NCAT through a percentage-of-purchase program known as Amazon Smile. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of the buyer’s choice. It has the same products, same prices, and same service as the regular Amazon. All you have to do is create… Continue Reading

Des Moines schools serve Midwest Menu for Food Day

In celebration of Food Day, Des Moines Public Schools’ Food and Nutrition Services invites media guests to join students for lunch in Hillis Elementary School’s cafeteria for a special Farm to School Month “Midwest Menu.” Throughout the district, Des Moines Public Schools will be featuring locally grown fruits and vegetables, along with regionally-sourced chicken drumsticks, in… Continue Reading

Terra Preta Farm

Juan Raygoza earned his M.S. degree in Soil Science from Texas A&M-Kingsville. In addition to farming in Edinburg, he works for the University of Texas-Pan American. In 2013 he was awarded a Young Farmer Grant from the Texas Department of Agriculture. He also spoke at the annual meeting of USDA’s Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development… Continue Reading

Organic Consultant Leslie McKinnon

Leslie McKinnon Leslie McKinnon obtained her education and research experience in soil microbiology, entomology, and biological control from Texas A & M University. Her experience led to a career with the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) as Coordinator of the Organic Certification Program. After leaving that position, Leslie has been self-employed as a consultant, helping… Continue Reading

Tecolote Farm

Tecolote Farm Farm-at-a-Glance Located near Webberville, 13 miles east of the capital Grow over 150 vegetables Created their certified organic vegetable CSA in 1994 Organic Veggie Delivery Service Contact info: info@tecolotefarm.net Katie Kraemer Pitre and David Pitre are the founders of Tecolote Farm, the longest-running Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in the state. David earned his… Continue Reading

King’s Crossing Farm

Farm-at-a-Glance 800 tree organic pecan orchard in San Saba, 110 acres Certified organic for 12 years Sell a wide range of vegetables and herbs Contact info: jbyrd@centex.net or (372) 372-7615 John and Jimma Byrd own and manage a 110-acre organic pecan orchard in San Saba called King’s Crossing Farm. They’ve been certified organic for 12… Continue Reading

Pedro and Dayana Schambon

Farm-at-a-Glance 52 acre farm in Seguin, TX with 25 greenhouses. Grows over 44 varieties of vegetables, fruits, and herbs year round. Certified organic since 2008. Sells to Urban Acres, Greenling, farmer’s market, and a new Farm to Work program. Pedro & Dayana Schambon founded My Father’s Farm (MFF) in November 2006. The farm is located… Continue Reading

South Tex Organics: Thirty Years of Organic Citrus

Farm-at-a-Glance Located in Mission, TX and harvests from more than 700 certified acres. Harvesting certified organic citrus fruits and vegetables for 30 years. Leading organic wholesale and mail order shipper. Product line consists of the Texas Rio Star grapefruit, several varieties of oranges, Meyer lemons, red and yellow onions, and watermelons. Has shipped citrus fruit… Continue Reading

Gabriel Valley Farms Pioneer Organic Nursery

The folks at Gabriel Valley Farms in Central Texas are pioneers in organic certified wholesale nursery production.  Cathy and Sam Slaughter have been serving Central Texas retail garden centers, landscape companies, and farmers with certified organic plants since 1989. In 2007, they began the process of becoming a certified organic nursery. They received their certification… Continue Reading

Register Now for Pastured Poultry Workshop in Fayetteville, Ark.

Join NCAT’s Southeast Regional Director Margo Hale at an intensive pastured poultry workshop on May 31, 2014, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Terrell “Spence” Spencer of Across the Creek Farm will host the workshop for the American Pastured Poultry Producers Association (APPPA). Across the Creek Farm raises pastured, non-GMO chicken for commercial and direct-to-consumer… Continue Reading

Market Linking Workshop February 20, 2014 in Monterey.

NCAT specialist Ann Baier is organizing a bilingual (English and Spanish) Market Linking Workshop that will expand on the marketing and promotional materials workshop held earlier this year. In January Ann and NCAT specialist Marisa Alcorta spoke to farmers about developing promotional materials for their farms, and strategies for utilizing free advertising to market their… Continue Reading

NCAT AmeriCorps Members Celebrate Service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

By Dan Dean, Energy Corps AmeriCorps Project Coordinator, and Rachel Spencer, FoodCorps Arkansas Fellow NCAT’s FoodCorps and Energy Corps members celebrate service every day, but took some extra time on January 20 in honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Energy Corps members, alumni, and volunteers distributed free Home Weatherization Kits from… Continue Reading

Ann Baier Champions NCAT and Small Farmers

Congratulations to Ann Baier, NCAT Program Specialist, who was invited to talk with Food Chain Radio’s host, Michael Olson, on Good Morning Monterey earlier this week. Ann is a UC Davis graduate with a masters degree in international agriculture development and agronomy. She has experience in providing training and education to minority and limited resource… Continue Reading

Marketing of Farm Products Workshop January 16th

  Marketing of Farm Products Workshop  Where: ALBA: Rural Development Center  1700 Old Stage Road, Salinas, CA 93908 When: January 16, 2014 8:30AM a 12:00PM What: This workshop will focus on  presenting yourself well to potential buyers, and maintaining good working relationship with your customers. Also how to design and develop promotional materials such as labels, business cards, bar… Continue Reading

CA Workshop on Crop Marketing October 17, 2013

Marisa Alcorta, a program specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), will be sharing her expertise on marketing-plan strategies during “Developing a Marketing Plan for Veggies, Fruits, and Other Specialty Crops,” a free workshop on Thursday, October 17, in Pleasant Hill, California. The workshop is sponsored by Alameda County Conservation Partnership, Sustainable Agriculture… Continue Reading

Gulf States Office Hosts Clay County Field Day

  The NCAT Gulf States Office and Gaining Ground – Sustainability Institute of Mississippi (GGSIM) sponsored a farm field day to draw attention to a combined cattle/poultry/swine operation for its sustainable practices. About 70 people attended — lots of them young moms and dads with small children who are interested in buying locally grown food.… Continue Reading

Sustainable Agriculture

The ATTRA project has served as the premier source of information about sustainable agriculture for U.S. farmers and other agriculturists for 20 years. ATTRA is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service. NCAT’s staff of agriculture specialists have produced more than 200 different publications and answered hundreds of thousands of questions on… Continue Reading