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Rice Harvest 2009

Rice Harvest 2009

A Farmer’s View from the Field Greg Massa, of Massa Organics, spends around 3 weeks of time harvesting his rice fields. A lot of that time is spent in the cab of a John Deere 9770 STS, affixed with a stripper header. It is well equipped inside with a control panel (a button pusher’s heaven!), […]

A Sustainable Farmer Talks Corn (video)

A Sustainable Farmer Talks Corn (video)

Organic farmer Anthony Boutard, of Ayers Creek Farm, shares the history behind the different varieties of corn that he grows, and describes their more notable uses.

Farm To School: A Conversation with Marion Kalb-part 3

Farm To School: A Conversation with Marion Kalb-part 3

In this final segment, Marion Kalb, director of the Farm To School program, suggests practical ways to work with food service directors, and others, to bring fresh, locally produced foods into the school cafeteria lunchroom. Kalb shares success stories of schools in different areas of the country that have offered kids fresh vegetables and fruits, […]

Farm To School: A Conversation with Marion Kalb-part 2

Farm To School: A Conversation with Marion Kalb-part 2

Part 2: Marion Kalb continues the conversation around the Farm To School program, acknowledging that added costs for fresh foods are a challenge, but also explaining practical ways to overcome some of those obstacles. Pointing out, in some cases, the cost of fresh, locally supplied foods are less expensive than their out of state counterparts. […]

Added Value: Direct Marketing for Farmers and Ranchers (Video)

Added Value: Direct Marketing for Farmers and Ranchers (Video)

The Imperial Stock Ranch, which began in 1871, faces a new and serious challenge to its very survival: how to create new markets for its products to compensate for longstanding existing markets that have declined or shifted overseas. Some bold steps were needed to rethink what to do with the wool from the sheep they raise on their 30,000 acre ranch in Eastern Oregon. Their solution? Direct, value-added marketing to yarn retailers and apparel designers.