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From cover crops to regenerative grazing and organic production to marketing, ATTRA - Voices from the Field is your weekly sustainable agriculture podcast. Voices from the Field is produced by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). Since 1976, NCAT has provided relevant information, individualized technical assistance and in-depth resources to support sustainable agriculture and accessible energy solutions. Learn more at NCAT.ORG and ATTRA.NCAT.ORG.

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From cover crops to regenerative grazing and organic production to marketing, ATTRA - Voices from the Field is your weekly sustainable agriculture podcast. Voices from the Field is produced by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). Since 1976, NCAT has provided relevant information, individualized technical assistance and in-depth resources to support sustainable agriculture and accessible energy solutions. Learn more at NCAT.ORG and ATTRA.NCAT.ORG.

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English

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800-275-6228


Episodes
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A Closer Look at Draft Horses

5/8/2024
In this episode of Voices from the Field, NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Tracy Mumma talks with her husband, David Sturman, and daughter, Lina Sturman, about using draft horses on the farm. They discuss some of the jobs horses can do, including logging and agritourism, and some of the different hitches that can help make effective use of horsepower. They also cover some important considerations for anyone considering using draft horses on the farm, based on decades of shared experience using draft horses in Montana. Related ATTRA Resources: · Draft Animal Power for Farming · Episode 333. Draft Animals 101 · Episode 334. Teaming Up with Oxen Additional Resources: · Small Farmer’s Journal · Draft Animal Power Network Contact Tracy Mumma at tracym@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 access to our trusted, practical sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at ATTRA.NCAT.ORG.

Duration:00:36:16

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Principles Before Practices with Jenny Pluhar

5/1/2024
In this episode of Voices from the Field, NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Darron Gaus joins Peggy Sechrist, a pioneer in the organic beef industry in Texas and a long-time Holistic Management International educator. Darron, who is based in Victoria, Texas, co-leads a working group with Peggy in Texas as part of NCAT’s Soil for Water Southern SARE project. That project includes some great conversations with members of the working group – a four-state team of producers, scientists, and universities trying to key in on some of the barriers keeping more operations from adopting regenerative grazing methods. Today’s conversation is between Peggy and Jenny Pluhar, Executive Director of the Texas Grazing Land Coalition, and ranch manager for Taylor Ranches in the panhandle of Texas. She is also the co-author of the book Texas Range Plants. Jenny details her work with the Texas Grazing Land Coalition and the new project the coalition is working on, called “Principles Before Practices.” Related ATTRA Resources: · Livestock · Climate Solutions · Soil Related NCAT Resources: · Soil for Water Other Resources: · AG Proud · Texas Grazing Land Coalition · Texas Grazing Land Coalition Facebook page · U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef · Texas Range Plants Contact Darron Gaus at darrong@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 access to our trusted, practical sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at ATTRA.NCAT.ORG.

Duration:00:39:20

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The Home-Scale Forest Garden with Dani Baker

4/24/2024
In this episode of Voices from the Field, NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Gabriella Soto-Velez talks with author and farmer Dani Baker. Since her retirement from another career and subsequent inspiration from an Extension class on permaculture, Dani has become well known for her takes on creating “resilient edible landscapes.” She and Gabriella discuss the benefits that come from realizing that nature knows what it is doing. Related ATTRA Resources: · Permaculture · Climate Change and Perennial Fruit and Nut Production: Investing in Resilience in Uncertain Times · Weekly Wednesday Workshop: Permaculture 101 Other Resources: · Home-Scale Forest Garden with Dani Baker preview · The Home-Scale Forest Garden: How to Plan, Plant, and Tend a Resilient Edible Landscape · Cross Island Farms Contact Gabriella Soto-Velez at gabriellas@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 access to our trusted, practical sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at ATTRA.NCAT.ORG.

Duration:00:36:16

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Mid-Scale Biodigester with Matt Steiman of Dickinson College Organic Farm

4/17/2024
In this episode of Voices from the Field, NCAT Northeast Coordinator and Agriculture Specialist Chris Lent talks to Matt Steiman, the Farm Energy and Livestock Manager at Dickinson College Organic Farm in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, about the farm’s new biodigester. A farm-based biodigester can turn cow manure and food waste into natural gas to produce electricity for the farm to use and to sell to the utility grid. Matt and Chris discuss Matt’s research over the past 14 years on turning waste streams into biofuels and how that research led to the new biodigester’s design and its installation at the farm. The discussion covers the unusual scale of the project, which was designed to manage the manure from 150 dairy cows and up to three tons of food waste daily. The project is meant to demonstrate to mid-sized farms across Pennsylvania and elsewhere that it is possible to manage waste streams in an environmentally sound way by transforming them into a source of carbon-neutral energy. Related ATTRA Resources: · Biodiesel Use, Handling, and Fuel Quality · Micro-Scale Biogas Production: A Beginners Guide · Anaerobic Digestion of Animal Waters: Factors to Consider Other Resources: · Biogas – Dickinson College Organic Farm · Dickinson College YouTube Channel · USDA Rural Energy for America Program Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Guaranteed Loans & Grants · USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) On-Farm Energy Initiative Contact Chris Lent at chrisl@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 access to our trusted, practical sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at ATTRA.NCAT.ORG.

Duration:00:48:32

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Farm to School with Ridge to Reef Farm on St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

4/10/2024
In this episode of Voices from the Field, NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Gabriella Soto-Velez talks with Nate Olive, the owner of Ridge to Reef Farm on St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. Nate talks about the innovative market- diversification strategies that have contributed to his farming success and the challenges and opportunities of the St. Croix market. Related ATTRA Resources: · ATTRA Internship Hub · Subtropical Soil Health Initiative · Cover Crops for Hot and Humid Areas Other Resources: · Ridge to Reef Farm Contact Gabriella Soto-Velez at gabriellas@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 access to our trusted, practical sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at ATTRA.NCAT.ORG.

Duration:00:48:32

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Poke Salad, Mullein, and Other Crop Alternatives in Southern Arkansas

4/3/2024
In this episode of Voices from the Field, Kandi Williams of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s Small Farms Program talks with Arkansas farmer Michael Henegan about his farming heritage and some of his methods to reach markets that others don't by wildcrafting local herbs and plants, including mullein and poke salad. Kandi also works with the Silas H. Hunt Community Development Corporation, which partnered in producing this podcast. This podcast was also produced by the National Center for Appropriate Technology through the ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture program, under a cooperative agreement with USDA Rural Development. This podcast was also made possible in part by funding from the Southern Risk Management Education Center, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, through the University of Arkansas. Related ATTRA Resources: · Business and Marketing · Risk Management Other Resources: · Milliesbarn Veggie Farm Contact Justin Duncan 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 access to our trusted, practical sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at ATTRA.NCAT.ORG.

Duration:00:44:15

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Southern Small-Scale Grains with Iriel Edwards

3/27/2024
In this episode of Voices from the Field, Audrey Kolde, an NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist, talks with Iriel Edwards, the farmer and owner of The Dancing Radicle Farm in Alexandria, Louisiana. Iriel is also a Certifier and Regional Organizer with the Real Organic Project. Prior to starting her own farm, Iriel managed Jubilee Justice's 5-acre organic farm in Alexandria and worked with Black farming communities in the Southeast. Iriel and Audrey discuss the challenges and potential of farming small-scale grains, particularly Louisiana rice. They delve into the necessary components for small-scale success, including community involvement and cooperative models, inspiring us to embrace innovation and collaboration toward a brighter future. Related ATTRA Resources: · Disease and Insect Management in Organic Small Grains · Nutrient Management in Organic Small Grains · Weed Management in Organic Small Grains · The Real Story Behind the Real Organic Movement Other Resources: · Real Organic Project · Jubilee Justice · Iriel Edwards: USDA Discrimination, Land Access, and Collective Liberation Contact Iriel Edwards at iriel@realorganicproject.org Contact Audrey Kolde at audreyk@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 access to our trusted, practical sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at ATTRA.NCAT.ORG.

Duration:00:44:15

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Managing Risk in the Ark-La-Tex Region

3/20/2024
In this episode of Voices from the Field, Kandi Williams of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s Small Farms Program talks with Hope, Arkansas, farmer Ernestine Maxfield about ways for limited-resource producers to manage risk in the Ark-La-Tex region. The Ark-La-Tex region is a socio-economic, tri-state region where Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas meet. Kandi also works with the Silas H. Hunt Community Development Corporation, which partnered in producing this podcast. This podcast was also produced by the National Center for Appropriate Technology through the ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture program, under a cooperative agreement with USDA Rural Development. This podcast was also made possible in part by funding from the Southern Risk Management Education Center, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, through the University of Arkansas. Related ATTRA Resources: · Risk Management · Business and Marketing · Farmer Start-Up Other Resources: · Silas H. Hunt Community Development Corporation · University of Arkansas Small Farm Program · Southern Risk Management Education Center Contact Justin Duncan at justindj@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 access to our trusted, practical sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at ATTRA.NCAT.ORG.

Duration:00:25:25

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NCAT/SARE: Chestnuts in Southeastern Ohio. A Cooperative Small Farm Effort

3/13/2024
This episode of Voices from the Field was produced in partnership with ATTRA and the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program. To learn more about SARE’s library of practical information and available grants to fund projects that advance sustainable agriculture, visit sare.org. In this episode, NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Tyler Jenkins dives into the world of chestnuts with Michelle Ajamian, who works with Rural Action as a network developer for Appalachian Staple Foods Collaborative. Michelle shares her experiences and insights from her work in southeastern Ohio as a project developer and advocate for small-scale farming. She discusses her efforts to establish a thriving market for chestnut growers in the region. Chestnuts are a sustainable and nutritious crop with deep roots in American agriculture. Michelle explores the success stories of cultivating chestnuts – from fostering community partnerships to promoting environmentally friendly practices. Resources: · Demonstrating Higher Yields and Market Opportunities of Mixed Annual and Perennial Intensive Planting in Appalachian Ohio · Producing Culinary Chestnut Flour with Michelle Ajamian and Amy Miller · Consider Chestnuts: A Potential Perennial for Market Farms · Rural Action · Appalachian Staple Foods Collaborative Contact Tyler Jenkins at tylerj@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 access to our trusted, practical sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at ATTRA.NCAT.ORG.

Duration:00:25:25

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Meet NCAT: Tammy Barnes Shares Her Journey

3/6/2024
In this episode of Voices from the Field,NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Tyler Jenkins introduces us to new NCAT staff member Tammy Barnes. Tammy, who is also a sustainable agriculture specialist, will be focusing on carbon planning from Kentucky. Tammy shares her wealth of experience and the insights garnered from an extensive career dedicated to sustainable agriculture, from equestrian and other livestock management, to cropping systems and holistic farm management. She also shares the story of her sustainable agriculture career and long history of farmer support and advocacy. She details the path that led her to NCAT – as well as her goals now that she is on the team. ATTRA Resources: · Livestock · Crops · Soil for Water · Farmer Equity Project Other Resources: · Accelerating Appalachia Contact Tyler Jenkins and Tammy Barnes at tylerj@ncat.org and tammyb@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 access to our trusted, practical sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at ATTRA.NCAT.ORG.

Duration:00:27:52

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Crop Resilience Through Diversification and Schedule Modification in Northeast Texas. Part 2

2/28/2024
In this episode of Voices from the Field, Milton and Diann Woods of Milliesbarn Veggie Farm in Eagle Lake, Texas, talk with NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Justin Duncan about how they overcame various risks on their farm by choosing the right crops – both for their environment and in accordance with the needs of their clientele. This podcast is produced by the National Center for Appropriate Technology through the ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture program, under a cooperative agreement with USDA Rural Development. This podcast was also made possible in part by funding from the Southern Risk Management Education Center, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, through the University of Arkansas. Related ATTRA Resources: · Crop Resilience Through Diversification and Schedule Modification in Northeast Texas. Part 1 · Business and Marketing · Risk Management Other Resources: · Milliesbarn Veggie Farm Contact Justin Duncan 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 access to our trusted, practical sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at ATTRA.NCAT.ORG.

Duration:00:47:52

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Crop Resilience Through Diversification and Schedule Modification in Northeast Texas. Part 1

2/21/2024
In this episode of Voices from the Field, Grace Brown, the founder of Uncle Paul’s Agritourism & Educational Farm in Tyler, Texas, talks with NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Justin Duncan about how she overcame various risks on the farm by choosing the right crops – both for the local environment and in accordance with the needs of their clientele. This podcast is produced by the National Center for Appropriate Technology through the ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture program, under a cooperative agreement with USDA Rural Development. This podcast was also made possible in part by funding from the Southern Risk Management Education Center, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, through the University of Arkansas. Related ATTRA Resources: · Business and Marketing · Risk Management Contact Justin Duncan 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 access to our trusted, practical sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at ATTRA.NCAT.ORG.

Duration:00:48:20

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The Center for Grazinglands and Ranch Management: A Conversation

2/14/2024
This week’s episode of Voices from the Field is a conversation about Texas A&M University’s Center for Grazinglands and Ranch Management, hosted by NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Darron Gaus. The Center for Grazinglands and Ranch Management is a coordinated, system-wide effort at Texas A&M aimed at safeguarding the ecologic and economic resiliency of grazing-land resources and ranching operations. The episode features a conversation between the center’s director, Jeff Goodwin, and Peggy Sechrist, a longtime educator for Holistic Management International, about the work being done at Texas A&M and how it will help graziers make profitable decisions. Peggy is an organic beef pioneer in Texas. She and Darron are co-leaders of the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education’s Soil for Water Texas Working Group. Related ATTRA Resources: · Livestock · Pasture, Rangeland and Adaptive Management · Rangeland App: Modern Tool for Graziers · Keep Soil Covered · Minimize Soil Disturbance · Increase Biodiversity · Continuous Live Root · Integrate Livestock Other Resources: · Center for Grazinglands and Ranch Management · Understanding and Evaluating Carbon Contracts Contact Darron Gaus at darrong@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 access to our trusted, practical sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at ATTRA.NCAT.ORG.

Duration:00:48:15

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ATTRA and SARE: Edible Landscaping

2/7/2024
This episode of Voices from the Field was produced in partnership with ATTRA and the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program. To learn more about SARE’s library of practical information and available grants to fund projects that advance sustainable agriculture, visit sare.org. In this episode, NCAT Horticulture Specialist Guy Ames talks with Matthew Lebon, owner of Custom Foodscaping in St. Louis, Missouri. Guy and Matthew talk about “edible landscaping” – which includes plants that produce food in residential, business, and community landscapes. They also discuss the value of “uncommon” crops such as gooseberries, currants, and paw-paws that grow well in the region. Related ATTRA Resources: · Local Food Systems · How to Start Community Agroforesty Projects: Advice from 11 Forest Gardens Other Resources: · Developing a Market for Locally Adapted Organic Fruiting Plants in St. Louis · Custom Foodscaping 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 access to our trusted, practical sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at ATTRA.NCAT.ORG.

Duration:00:28:58

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Ecological Agriculture with Christopher Sacco

1/31/2024
This episode of Voices from the Field is an inspiring conversation with a trailblazer in ecological agriculture. In it, Gabriella Soto-Velez, an NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist in the Gulf States Region, sits down with Christopher Sacco, who needs no introduction for those familiar with sustainable agriculture practices. In 2009, Christopher laid the foundation for Groundswell International, a groundbreaking organization dedicated to empowering small-scale farmers and championing sustainable agriculture methods worldwide. Fast forward to 2024, and Christopher has stepped away from the helm of Groundswell, but his support and passion for the organization’s mission remains steadfast. Christopher’s journey post-Groundswell led him to establish Aegis Conservation Ecology and Regenerative Development, a consulting firm at the forefront of promoting ecological agriculture and regenerative development. Christopher and Gabriella delve deep into the heart of ecological agriculture, exploring its transformative potential, evolution, challenges, and pivotal role in shaping sustainable farming practices through the invaluable insights Christopher’s journey has allowed him to bring to the field. Related ATTRA Resources: · Agroforestry · Quick Tips for Agroforestry · Agroforestry: An Overview Other Resources: · Groundswell International · Enabling Farmer-led Ecosystem Restoration Contact Gabriella Soto-Velez at gabriellas@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 access to our trusted, practical sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at ATTRA.NCAT.ORG.

Duration:00:40:18

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Lessons Learned from a Southern Farmer: Violet Keys of Mississippi

1/24/2024
In this episode of Voices from the Field, NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Felicia Bell talks with beginning farmer Violet Keys about the journey that took her from a career in the military to beginning Synergy in the Garden, a 6-acre urban agriculture operation in Jackson, Mississippi. Violet discusses overcoming her nervousness as she begins her farm – where she plans to grow medicinal herbs, cut flowers, and other crops. She and Felicia also talk about creating a business plan and utilizing USDA financial and planning assistance. Violet shares her dream of creating a “healing space” for veterans that is also an asset to her community. Related ATTRA Resources: · Financing Your Farm: Guidance for Beginning Farmers · Selling to Local and Regional Markets: Barriers and Opportunities for Beginning Farmers · Veteran Resources · Farm Start-Up · Farmer Well-Being Contact Felicia Bell at feliciab@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 access to our trusted, practical sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at ATTRA.NCAT.ORG.

Duration:00:48:53

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Episode 337. ATTRA and SARE: Building Local Food Systems in Montana

1/17/2024
This episode of Voices from the Field was produced in partnership with ATTRA and the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program. To learn more about SARE’s library of practical information and available grants to fund projects that advance sustainable agriculture, visit SARE.ORG. In this episode, Maura Henn, an NCAT Local Food Systems Specialist, talks with Michal DeChellis of the Alternative Energy Resources Organization (AERO) in Montana. Michal is AERO’s Program Manager for the Montana Food Economy Initiative (MFEI), a project that has been funded through a Western SARE Grant. Maura and Michal talk about the process of conducting Community Food Assessments around Montana and the importance of bringing together multiple stakeholders from different parts of community food systems when building a coalition for food systems work. Maura and Michal also talk about some of the first projects, which were launched in 2020, and adaptations and improvements made to the 2023-2024 round of community assessments. Related ATTRA Resources: · Farmers Markets · Local Food Systems Other Resources: · Montana Food Economy Initiative · AERO · Montana Food System Resource Library · Butte Community Food Assessment Video Story · Butte Winter Farmers Market · MSU Food Product Development Lab · Montana Harvest of the Month · Iowa State Food Assessment Training Certificate Program · Double SNAP Dollars - Montana · Northern Plains Resource Council Contact Maura Henn at maurah@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 access to our trusted, practical sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at ATTRA.NCAT.ORG.

Duration:00:35:45

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Urban Farmer Overcomes the Houston Heat

1/10/2024
In this episode of Voices from the Field, urban farmer Pasha Angelle of Healing Den Farms in Houston, Texas, discusses how farming realities led her to shift gears and produce microgreens literally in-house rather than crops out in the field in the brutal Texas climate. This risk-management decision has expanded her experience and led her to a new customer base. This podcast is produced by the National Center for Appropriate Technology through the ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture program, under a cooperative agreement with USDA Rural Development. This podcast was also made possible in part by funding from the Southern Risk Management Education Center, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, through the University of Arkansas. Related ATTRA Resources: · Urban Agriculture · Local Food Systems Other Resources: · Healing Den Contact Justin Duncan 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 access to our trusted, practical sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at ATTRA.NCAT.ORG.

Duration:00:18:40

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She’s Raising Sheep: Sheridan Rowe Langford of Texas

1/3/2024
Sheri Langford is a straight-talking Texas shepherd, dog trainer, and retired crime- scene investigator. In this episode of Voices from the Field, Sheri talks with NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Linda Poole about raising Navajo-Churro sheep – which she calls “the mustangs of the sheep world”– with the help of her border collie, Anatolian, and Great Pyrenees guardian dogs. On her Red Feather Ranch, Sheri says, predators are like pilots: there are old predators, and there are bold predators, but, thanks to her dogs, there are no old, bold predators. Sheri also talks about her journey from crime scene investigator to shepherd, how to prepare a flock for wildfire, training sheep to avoid “rope and hoist” milking, and other tales of life with small ruminants. This Voices from the Field episode is part of NCAT’s “She’s Raising Sheep” podcast series. Related ATTRA Resources: · She’s Raising Sheep Series · Tips for Marketing Sheep and Goat Products: Dairy · Tips for Marketing Sheep and Goat Products: Fiber Other Resources: · The Red Feather Ranch · Navajo-Churro Sheep Association · Farm Fresh Forensics: Life Between the Barnyard and the Body Farm Contact Linda Poole at lindap@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 access to our trusted, practical sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at ATTRA.NCAT.ORG.

Duration:00:48:48

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Teaming Up with Oxen

12/20/2023
In this episode of Voices from the Field, NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Tracy Mumma talks with Jim Gronau, who uses oxen as draft animals on his farm in Ontario, Canada. Jim describes some of the environmental, economic, and marketing benefits of using oxen, and he provides pointers for getting started as a teamster and for starting a young team of oxen. Jim also explains what an ox is and talks about how versatile oxen can be on a farm. Finally, Jim reflects on the magic moment when everything comes together and the animals and driver become a team. Related ATTRA Resources: · Episode 333. Draft Animals 101 · Draft Animal Power for Farming Other Resources: · Draft Animal Power Network · Oxen: A Teamster’s Guide to Raising, Training, Driving & Showing · Oxen: Their Care, Training, and Use · Live Power in Agriculture: Working Equines and Bovines Class · Midwest Ox Drovers Association · All Things Oxen · Oxen in Canada · Small Farmer’s Journal · Rural Heritage · World Draft Cattle Symposium Contact Tracy Mumma at tracym@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 access to our trusted, practical sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at ATTRA.NCAT.ORG.

Duration:00:49:02