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Small Farms Team

Sustainable Agriculture

Building Better Rural Places: Federal Programs for Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry, Conservation and Community Development. This book describes federal programs/resources/grants which assist with adding value, diversity, and adopting sustainable practices for agricultural and forest product enterprises. An overview, what is offered by each program and grant-writing tips are included. 152 pages pdf, 2004..

Diversifying Cropping Systems. This bulletin explains reasons for diversifying, describes many agronomic crop alternatives, gives examples of on-farm successes, and provides an extensive resource list. 20 pages pdf, 2004..

Exploring Sustainability in Agriculture Created by the SARE program, this bulletin profiles ten U.S. farmers’ applications of sustainable principles. It includes a list of sustainable elements to apply to farms as well as hints to help consumers make ecologically friendly. 16 pages pdf.

Meeting the Diverse Needs of Limited-Resource Producers: An Educator’s Guide. This SARE bulletin is written for those working with “producers who lack economic resources, formal education and/or access to government resources”. It features nine success stories describing the adaptation of innovative programs to reach varied areas. It also provides “how-to” ideas for educators; describes socio-economic characteristics/barriers to working with varied audiences; gives proven teaching methods and successful connection strategies. 16 pages pdf, 2004.

The New American Farmer, 2nd Edition. This collection of in-depth interviews with farmers and ranchers details the effects of successful, sustainable farm operation practices on farm profitability, quality of life, rural communities and the environment. 200 pages pdf, 2005.

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