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together 1000 or more stories about organic, regenerative
agriculture that illustrate holistic, values-based ways to
farm satisfyingly and successsfully. Click
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us know. They are listed here in four U.S. geographical regions, and then in an International section.
NORTH CENTRAL REGION
13, 2007: Delivering on a quality promise Mainstream convenience
store brings fresh, local food to East Lansing, MI neighborhood.
13, 2007: Striking a balance Family learns that good farming
is like an evolving dance.
16, 2007: Pioneering Illinois farmer recounts transition to
organic An appetite for experimentation tempered by cautious
risk taking forge a successful operation.
16, 2007: The end was the beginning: Things are much better
five years into a re-started CSA Taking a break to streamline
its whole structure—and persevering through drought
and disappointment—is bringing the next generation back
to the farm.
10, 2006: A garden of sustainability Wildrose Farm is
bursting with a diversity of flora and fauna, thanks to the
careful planting locations and management of a couple dedicated
to keeping the land healthy.
13, 2006: Finding a way to establish a market-driven school
farm How an internship, a college and food service mavericks
helped a kid from the ‘burbs get passionate about a
farm of her own.
13, 2006: Dairy demand pushes market for organic hay in Upper
Midwest, Northeast Grass-blends most favored by cows,
boosting trust in RFQ ratings by the farmers who feed them.
9, 2006: Schutte's sustainable success Central Illinois
farmer wins 2006 Upper Midwest Organic Farmer of the Year
Award sponsored by MOSES and The Rodale Institute.
8, 2005: Training boosts pasture-dairy start-up Wisconsin's
Beginning Dairy Farmers’ School helps aspiring producers
gain practical experience before taking on a herd of their
2, 2005: She screams (sometimes) Sue Huber, the
owner of Sibby’s Premium Organic Ice Cream, shares the
highs and lows of pursuing a dream
March 31, 2005: A second chance at life For Gerry and
Ann Klinkner, going organic was part of rebuilding a healthy,
small family farm after confronting a frightening diagnosis.
17, 2005: A construction project brings together organic transplants
and true Wisconsin originals Vern and Ole have
been running heavy equipment in Vernon County, WI for more
years than Harmony Valley farmers Rich and Linda have memories—but
shared work and food build mutual respect between these “locals”
and their organic neighbors.
17, 2005: Holding on to the family farm As a fifth-generation
Iowa farmer, Jeff Klinge's primary motivation for going organic
was to find a way to boost profitability without expanding
his acreage. But he's found there are other rewards as well.
22, 2005: A rich mix of the new ... and old In scenic
northeast Iowa, organic farmer Dan Specht combines conservation,
grass-based livestock production and open-pollinated corn
breeding. It's a unique--yet in many ways traditional--farming
strategy that honors the diversity of this region's natural
and agricultural heritage.
9, 2004: Creating local food options in an urban setting
How one woman channeled her discovery about the perils of
an industrial food system into creating local options for
healthy, sustainably produced food in her own Chicago neighborhood
14, 2004: Leading the way in organic ag research and extension
Seven years ago, in the heart of corn and soybean
country, Kathleen Delate became America's first organic agriculture
extension specialist. Since then, she's been working closely
with Iowa farmers to increase and improve organic production
and marketing. And now she's got tenure.
15, 2004: From conventional dairy to certified organic, grass-based
creamery Thanks to a bit of imagination, entrepreneurship,
and lots of hard work, this Minnesota dairy is being passed
to the next generation as a thriving, integrated on-farm business
14, 2004: "Good farming, clear thinking, right living"
The Wallaces of Iowa may have done more than any other single
family to shape the nature of agriculture in the United States.
14, 2004: In praise of country life In rural Adair County,
Iowa, a birthplace museum, meeting center and organic farm
pay tribute to legendary ag secretary Henry A. Wallace by
keeping his rich legacy alive, not just as a memory but as
a vital living tradition.
July 20, 2004: Niche opportunity gets Iowa farmer’s
goat – in a good way Compared to conventional hogs,
meat goats bring a relatively quick return with high consumer
demand, yet have low overhead costs and management needs.
Even the skeptics are starting to ask questions.
11, 2004: CROPP contracts brings profitability to Ohio grass-based,
organic dairies Situated among the rolling pastures
near Baltic, Ohio, Owen Nisley’s organic “Evergreen
Acres” farm features an on-farm market, a variety of
spelt products, a flock of free-range chickens, and a certified-organic
herd of 42 Jersey dairy cows.
May 13, 2004: Sufi vision inspires southern Illinois farm
Dayempur Farm strives for economic, agricultural, social and
energy sustainability -- Inspired by a holistic agricultural
project in Bangladesh that combines farming and care for the
poor, this community and its farm want to show what’s
possible when God is the center of everything.
20, 2004: Farming the fungi kingdom—organically
Ohio couple develops mushroom hobby into viable second career
19, 2004: Carrots to the core Iowa organic farmer finds
his niche with a long-season favorite.
6, 2004: Shooting Star David and Edie Griffiths
reflect on nearly two decades in the biodynamic yogurt business
March 23, 2004: A one-time lawyer trades in his legal practice
to nurture and harvest wild medicinals Ginseng,
goldenseal, black cohosh, skull cap, snake root... Eastern
Ohio's Bruce Buren makes a decent living off of what most
farmers dismiss as weeds and wasted land.
March 23, 2004: Market makers Four years ago,
a group of farmers in northern Minnesota were having trouble
accessing markets for their organic grain crops. So they bought
a processing and storage facility in their own backyard.
January 13, 2004: A conventional farmer rescued by cover crops
and a diverse rotation The neighbors may not approve of
his shaggy winter fields, but Rich Bennett says the cover
crops and reduced inputs he adopted on his Northern Ohio farm
in the mid-80s saved him economically.
3, 2003: Angelic Organics manages the economics of a 1,000-member
CSA The owners of the Illinois-based CSA shared their
mission statement, organizational chart and business plans
with attendees at the recent Biodynamic Farming Conference
in Ames, Iowa
24, 2003: Ohio grain farmer replaces inputs with sweat
It took a while for Dean McIlvaine's diversified 830-acre
organic grain farm to get in a groove, but now he's cookin':
rich soils, resilience in bad weather years, organic premiums,
a better bottom line... and the priceless pleasure of more
time in the fields.
September 12, 2003: A city girl takes the plunge and buys
the farm Twelve years ago Janet Hahn returned to Ohio
to care for her mother and fell in love with the life of an
1, 2003: Minnesota dairy grazier likes low-cost feeds, wintering
cows outdoors 12 years ago, Dan Middendorf switched from
a conventional stall barn dairy operation to year-round grazing.
He tripled his herd size, halved his per cow production, and
says its the only thing that makes sense.
23, 2003: Collaborative CSA in N.E. Iowa successfully serves
an all-rural market Ten farm families contribute to the
CSA, a buyers’ club, and a cooperative that markets
produce to local institutions.
2, 2003: Two veteran CSA farmers share their insights
Richard de Wilde and Linda Halley have been running a successful
CSA for 11 years. Every other month they’ll share practical
details on what works and doesn’t work, from production
and presentation, to marketing and member retention.
20, 2003: Organic egg production seminar proves popular at
upper Midwest Organic Conference Medium scale organic
egg producer Dean Dickel describes his operation and analyzes
2003: Iowa Pork Producers Focus on Animal Welfare
The Wilson brothers' hogs are more fun to be with, easier
to handle, get a premium price . . . and smell a darn sight
better, too. December
20, 2002: Steve Mckaskle's personal cotton research
center An organic cotton trailblazer, this Missouri
farmer beats weevils, doubters with persistent experimentation
16, 2002: The Rosmanns builds
healthy relationships with customers through organic grains,
3, 2002: Vic and Cindy
Madsen run a diversified operation in southwest Iowa that
emphasizes customer relations & direct marketing.
11, 2002: Dick and Sharon Thompson have 35 years
of hard proof that regenerative agriculture can outperform
25, 2002: Tom & Irene Frantzen manage for
quality in soil, hogs and life.
2002: Michigan farmers sell direct to Japan Over
the last four years, two brothers and a loose affiliation
of independent growers have sold most of their organic food
grade soybeans directly to buyers in Japan.
& Ted Bartlett, Silver Creek Farm:
Retail marketer uses trade secrets to create a successful
DeWilde & Linda Halley:
Local farmers use big city money to live a rural dream.
Doerr, Dancing Winds Farm:
Dairy farmer takes time
to reassess the real meaning of success.
and Lei Gunthorp:
Sustainable agriculture helps pig farmer
turn a profit where there once was none.
& Jan Shepherd, Shepherd Farms:
Niche markets raise profit margins but
& Gary Endicott, Rainbow Farms:
Banding together to build an alternative
16, 2007: A vision of Misty Brook Positive perseverance
enables a young couple to live out their dream.
14, 2007: Boston common Nonprofit community farm strives
to make good food a bridge between culture and class.
11, 2007: Chucking the classroom for the carrot patch
A CSA intern grows both vegetables and herself.
12, 2007: The right web-based mailing program frees farmers
to farm, allows shareholders to pitch in with CSA communications
CSA coordinator explains how PHPlist has saved her farm enough
to fund low-income shares and micro-loans for new greenhouses.
12, 2007: Fighting for the future of our family farm Young
farming couple challenges standard-practice eminent-domain
laws and asked for community support.
12, 2007: Young farmer couple and established landowner explore
innovative land access with trust, hard work and patience
in Old Virginia They wanted to farm. He wanted young farmers
on his land. So they—and their lawyers—worked
out an agreement tailored to their needs now and going forward.
14, 2006: First-season, firsthand, soil-health indicators
What well-fed, biologically active soil looks, feels and yields
12, 2006: Keeping it close to home: Allowing on-farm slaughter
for buyers Five things to keep in mind for health, safety,
liability and happy customers.
12, 2006: Farmers enter town’s economy through weekly
market, cooperative venture and a supportive brewpub Sustainability
center gives grad students experience in ag production, marketing
and economic networking that drives local economy.
15, 2006: A family affair Dave and Joy Stutzman—and
their children—fine-tune their growing business raising
15, 2006: Educating the public without breaking the bank
Incorporating community programs into your farm business doesn't
have to be an overwhelming burden. Quiet Creek Herb Farm turned
non-profit to make their educational dreams a reality.
15, 2006: Uncommon fruit: Delectable, pest-resistant, exotic
and attractive Pawpaws, hardy kiwifruits, shipovas and
other varieties offer tremendous potential for even northern
8, 2006: Small is beautiful…and profitable Urban
farmers in Philadelphia demonstrate that you don’t need
a whole lot of land—or fancy equipment—to see
8, 2006: “Grazing taller” captures benefits for
pasture, cattle and building soil Observing impacts underground,
across seasons and at milking, this dairyman is figuring out
how to solve global warming while improving quality of life.
8, 2006: Ethnic goat marketing made simple: the right goat,
at the right weight, on the right day, slaughtered the right
way One farmer's discoveries on filling a cultural niche
with food, and managing the expectations that come attached.
12, 2006: Getting your farm on the web on the cheap The
Weltons run a 1-acre specialty vegetable farm and are used
to maximizing space and resources. When it came to creating
their farm's first webpage, they learned less really is more.
13, 2006: Eastern farmers stitch organic infrastructure for
hay on the fly Local and regional networks stretched by
spot demand from weather extremes; goal is still on-farm balance
of forage and livestock.
9, 2006: A new chance for an old farm Miller takes a chance
on a crumbling old farm in central Pennsylvania and finds,
after a number of humbling lessons, that meat goats just might
be her salvation.
16, 2006: Historic Tidewater plantation sustains farming through
organic grains and turning crowds into customers Regional
demand for organic grains and local interest in on-farm experiences
keep large acreage farm active.
16, 2006: Farming felt deeply, and without limits Growing
healthy food with people working at the top of their game
provides special education for this young farmer seeking a
career that is engaging, dynamic and thrilling.
8, 2005: Preserving Peacework: a long-term alternative to
farm ownership Farmers, CSA members and a land trust team
up to turn a vision of community supported agriculture in
perpetuity into reality.
8, 2005: Ultimate season extension Winter CSAs like the
Community Supported Garden (CSG) at Genesis Farm use root
cellars, hoophouses and on-farm processing to fill members'
11, 2005: Pennsylvania farmer links organic, conventional
farming communities No-Till+ project cooperator Kirby
Reichert grows no-till corn, organic hay and specialty rye
straw, among other crops—and keeps an open mind.
11, 2005: Cover-cropping guru Steve Groff champions fall-planted
forage radish mixes to renovate field lanes Interplanting
with oats boosts erosion control with radish’s “biotilling”
and weed suppressing abilities, while adding clover or vetch
can provide nitrogen for following crops.
16, 2005: Cultivating the soil, cultivating youth
The Food Project builds human character through regenerative
agriculture that engages diverse youth in creative growing,
marketing and community service.
September 16, 2005: A not so raw deal Elly Hushour may
have stumbled into farming, but her dedication to the health
benefits and unique flavor of raw goat milk, cheese, yogurt
and meat has turned her stumble into a stride as Patches of
Star Dairy continues to grow.
Wishing Stone Farm: Suburban business man makes marketing
magic on farm
15, 2005: Banking on BARC Thanks in part to the
work of weed ecologist John Teasdale, the USDA Agricultural
Research Service's oldest experiment station is doing some
of the agency's most forward-looking work.
June 16, 2005: Getting started with pastured chickens, Part
I Or... How 6 chickens became 300 in just a year
2, 2005; Biodynamic farm in southeastern Pennsylvania cultivates
organic farmers and human dignity Camphill Village
at Kimberton Hills, one of over 100 similar intentional communities
world wide, couples holistic farming practices with a supportive
community for special needs residents.
22, 2005: City markets, a farmer's best friend
Moie Crawford (and her husband Jim) have been direct marketing
in Washington, DC since the early '70s. In this article, adapted
from her workshop on city marketing at the Pennsylvania Association
for Sustainable Agriculture conference (held earlier this
month), Moie makes an impassioned case for the rewards of
marketing in the city--most of which are NOT financial. (Though
there IS that, too.)
22, 2005: Got milk cows? Get worms, make compost and sustain
your dairy farm By adding value to the non-dairy output
of their dairy herd, Orner Farms has created a revenue stream
independent of fluctuating milk prices. Composting led to
vermicompost, which led to compost tea production, which led
to expanding potential markets.
10, 2005: Internet buying clubs combine emerging technologies
and community values Two entrepreneurs committed
to the local food movement are about to make their marketing
models available to the public.
23, 2005: Hard times for a big organic orchard
One New England farmer shares some of the struggles and triumphs
of going organic
December 9, 2004: One person's trash is another person's treasure
Intervale Compost Products keeps organic materials out of
county landfills while generating a revenue stream for the
non-profit Intervale Foundation.
9, 2004: Farmer Smith goes to Burlington This
Intervale Farm Program veteran finds politics and farming
to be fairly comfortable bedfellows.
9, 2004: Thinking small After two seasons at
the Intervale, Spencer and Mara Welton of Half Pint Farm are
showing how much can be done in a little space
December 9, 2004: All for one: Diggers' Mirth Collective
A group of friends shares in the labor and rewards of farming
23, 2004: Farming for health and well-being A community
of caring individuals in the Berkshire mountains of western
Massachusetts discovers that farmwork is therapy ... and healing
is a two-way street.
9, 2004: Newly organic, an old New England dairy thrives
Bucking convention and the conventional, one farming family
in a remote corner of Massachusetts fine tunes its operation
and sets its priorities to take tangible steps toward being
2004: The Apprentice It’s not just a way
to trump up cheap labor, says Brookfield Farm’s manager,
but a committed partnership that requires a real investment
from both farmer and student.
August 31, 2004:
From table to farm Manhattan restaurateurs and
local food supporters turn to sustainable wine-grape growing
on Long Island's North Fork
July 2, 2004: Pennsylvania
wine-grape grower pioneers sustainable vineyard management
methods The Roth family has been part of southern
Pennsylvania's fruit world for four generations. Reigning
patriarch Phil Roth—now in his seventh decade—is
challenging himself and his fellow growers to cut back on
11, 2004: A future for organic apple growing in the Northeast
In the humid Eastern states, expanding marketing opportunities
are matched by stubborn production challenges. But new disease
and pest management tools may be tipping the balance in favor
of locally-grown organic tree fruits.
20, 2004: The Gandhi of greenhouses PART II Direct questions
to the master of low-tech season extension yield direct, practical
answers that anyone can use to build their own passive-solar
5, 2004: The Gandhi of greenhouses PART I Eager students
flock to rural Pennsylvania from near and far to learn from
the master of low-input season extension
13, 2004: Stars of the Chesapeake A few of the many inspiring
farmers whose presentations enlivened the Future Harvest-CASA
21, 2003: Lilies Make Everyone Smile Pennsylvania
grower Paul Shumaker finds a fragrant niche in cut lilies.
September 30, 2003: Not just a farm, but a creative community
Roy Brubaker, his family, and six interns collaborate,
innovate and share labor, food and meaning on the Brubakers'
30-acre organic produce farm in western Pennsylvania.
2003: Goooooo BLUE! Developing organic management
strategies near the birthplace of commercial blueberry cultivation:
John Marchese trades in a six-figure salary for the chance
to raise organic blueberries in Ocean County, New Jersey...
picking up where his dad left off when he died suddenly in
1, 2003: Landed Jersey Girls In East Coast lore “Jersey
Girls” hang out in malls, not in fields of organic vegetables.
Yet, in central New Jersey, more young women are getting into
farming—and thriving. Is it part of a national trend?
2003: Organic—and sustainable—in South Jersey
Beginning in 1999, Bob Muth started transitioning acres to
organic. He now has nine of his 80 acres certified organic
. . . and is wondering if he should go all the way organic
with his CSA, farm stand and wholesale operations.
10, 2003: No idealistic myth: The REAL Kretschmann Farm
Don Kretschmann describes the evolution of their farm and
3, 2003: Supplying good food to local people in a busy world
Don and Becky Kretschmann share the insights they've gained
over 32 years of farming--including the secret to running
a successful CSA
3, 2003: His farm isn’t quite an acre . . . but this
‘small farmer’ makes it work After investing
a whole lot of elbow grease and making his fair share of mistakes,
Scott Kuntzer does more with less and makes a decent living.
30, 2003: The early birds get the returns Getting a jump
on the growing season brings more loyal customers, more flexibility
and more cash -- so get yourself some simple-to-build fieldhouses
and start growing early. Paul and Sandy Arnold describe in
detail how they use these field houses ... and what they make
off of them.
13, 2003: Are small farmstead creameries the wave of the future?
Eight cows. One farmer. Many happy customers and a rural New
York community with a new dairy operation in a time of terrible
milk prices. This is Sam and Denise Hendren’s story.
12, 2003: The Bechtolds keep their dairy operation simple
... and survive Ken and Julie Bechtold make aged, raw
milk cheddar and colby on their north Jersey farm. No milk
pipeline, vintage cheese vats, aging instead of pasteurization:
It all adds up to no debt, a decent income, and great cheese.
6, 2003: Wanted: Consumers seek like-minded farmer looking
for long term CSA relationship The Philadelphia area's
newest organic farm started as a consumer dream ... and it
only took three years to realize that dream.
1, 2003: How to improve profitability through season extension
We’re talking row covers, temporary season extension
houses and frost irrigation, and it works. Paul and Sandy
Arnold of Argyle, NY have done the math on it.
12, 2003: Planning Ahead Pays off for Maryland Farmer
Maryland farmer, Ed Fry, recounts the lessons he's learned
maintaining a small family farm.
4, 2003: Direct Marketing and Diversification Go Hand and
and quality reign supreme on Chris Petersheim's organic veggie
farm to capture those direct market customers.
17, 2003: New farm dreams DO come true
Maybe not the way you thought they would. But with planning,
persistence and a little luck it is possible to get started
in farming today. New Farm® columnists Melanie and George
Devault tell their own story.
2002: Chicken Day at the Salatin Farm, Part 2
Where chickens are sold before they're raised. And customers
pay full cost of delivery.
2002: 'Chicken Day' at the Farm of Many Faces, Part 1
Reveals how a couple working 50 hours a week for six months
on 8 hectares can NET $25,000.
2002: Super Greenhouse Steve Moore's greenhouse
uses no fossil fuels, only the sun's energy
from March through Christmas.
2002: How Mary-Howell and Klaas Martens made the transition
to organic Eight lessons
our future NewFarm.org columnists learned in the last ten
years as they moved to organic field crop production on over
& Fogler Families, Double D Farm:
Maine farmers find sharing the land
improves soil and increases yeilds.
& Cheri Groff, Cedar Meadow Farm:
Permanent cover crop stops soil from
& Adele Hayes, Sap Bush Hollow Farm:
Diversity and a little direct mail magic
turn family farm into profitable operation.
Henderson, Peacework Organic Farm:
CSA farm expects more then a yearly
fee; members gladly dig in.
& Cynthia Major, Major Farm:
Finding their niche: Vermont couple
uses perserverance and selective breeding to find success
in a new market.
& Moie Crawford: Variety and cooperation the keys
to Pennsylvania farmers' success.
Matthews & family: Customized crop rotation stops
soil erosion with profitable produce.
17, 2008: Kentucky vintner’s diverse enterprise hosts
unlikely farmhands Old-world sheep weed, fertilize and
prove to be a big draw for cash customers.
16, 2007: Heartland Mill continues to pioneer organic agriculture
Hugely successful Kansas grain mill operators share humble
beginnings regenerating the land.
13, 2007: The Real deal in organic pastured poultry A
sixth-generation farmer finds trial and error, observation
and pig-headed persistence leads him to pasturing organic
chickens in a moveable yurt system.
11, 2007: From the Garden State to the Sunshine State
A New Jersey farm girl discovers there is a future for farming
10, 2006: Central Kentucky farmer uses tobacco funds and ingenuity
to begin winery with a local flavor Despite challenging
conditions in a “dry” county, vineyard enterprise
holds promise for high-value profit.
9, 2006: Selling sustainably produced cut flowers to retailers
When you provide the best product and service to match, you
get to choose your customers.
16, 2006: New to livestock, former tobacco farmers ponder
the omnivorous option Meat goat production is one of the
many hands-on demonstration projects under way at Kentucky
State University to help the state's farmers meet new market
15, 2005: Back to school, back to the land In
North Carolina, community college students learn how to become
small-scale farmers with an affordable, two-year program combining
classroom and field experience
D. Evans: Goat hair growth research leads Oklahoma farmer
to more efficient herd management and better profits
16, 2005: Do-it-yourself poultry processing made easy -- sort
of A Texas couple negotiates the permitting requirements
for on-farm, small-scale slaughtering.
19, 2005: Flower power pushes Hill Country farm to new heights
Frank and Pamela Arnosky started with $1,000, twelve acres
in the middle of nowhere, a tent to live in and a passion
for flowers. Now they're grossing $500,000 a year.
22, 2005: Citrus down by the bayou On the very
northern edge of this country's citrus growing zone, organic
citrus farmers Lester and Linda L'Hoste have suffered killing
frosts and fruit-killing bugs. Down in Louisiana, organic
is a lonely and challenging proposition, but they're up for
August 17, 2004:
Pasture proves superior for North Carolina dairyman Going
with a grass-based system brought him profit, collaborations
with researchers and a supportive farmer network of like-minded
September 30, 2003:
Ups and downs of worm growing keep Georgia farmer on his toes
Worm farming can be lucrative, says Jack Brantley of Bear
Creek Worm Farm, but it's like any other live-animal feeding
operation. It takes experience, skill and patience. He recommends
Urban Harvest The concept and a plucky, grassroots
citizens' group by the same name are turning brownfields into
greenfields deep in the heart of Texas.
27, 2003: New organic farmers' markets emerge in Georgia...but
change is slow Veteran farmers hold their breath as they
relaunch metro market in Atlanta
2003: Approaching harvest time, a Georgia farmer shares his
wealth Skip Glover and his wife Cookie grow far more than
7 acres of mixed vegetables and cut flowers. They cultivate
connections with diverse people throughout the Atlanta area,
and their product has become the knowledge they've gained.
Carter: Conservation tillage sends
residue burning up in smoke.
& Shirley Harris,
Harris Farms: Farming and marketing
small pays off big for these tennessee farmers.
Judice & family,
Northside Planting LLC: Rasing
cane, profitability, and consciousness.
& Peggy Sechrist: Managed
grazing brings herd closer to holistic vision.
Pastured poultry makes a city girl's dream come true.
Green & family, Green Farm: Hard times call for organic
measures. Peanut farmer turns organic, then turns a value-deficient
commodity into a smooth and creamy sustainable product.
and Betsy Hitt, Peregrine Farm: Streamlining means getting
smaller . . . and better.
18, 2007: Lessons learned in a mature organic sector To
some extent, organic apple growers in the Pacific Northwest
are suffering from their own success. But the rewards of organic
orchard management go beyond price premiums, say the owners
and managers of Pine Creek Orchards.
13, 2007: Continuing a lifetime of innovation, Alberta couple
pioneers organic fruit wine enterprise Fermentation of
indigenous crops, hardy apples and even alfalfa add sparkling
value to crops.
15, 2007: Going (well) against the grain, emmer and all
New farmers choose remote fields to pioneer organic, then
direct-sale grain crops.
8, 2005: Taos pueblo couple farms and cooks in the old ways
that work Their restaurant gives diners tastes of the
New Mexican high desert that have been savored for centuries.
16, 2005: From fleece to finished product (Tierra Wools,
Part II) Transforming Churro wool into rugs and tapestries
requires more hard work--from shearing and washing to spinning,
dyeing, weaving and managing the Tierra Wools' retail store.
2, 2005: Linking old traditions with contemporary enterprise
(Tierra Wools, Part I) In the high range country of northern
New Mexico, a community of ranchers, shepherds and weavers
has found new markets for the rare Navajo-Churro, a 400-year
old sheep breed that was nearly lost for good.
16, 2005: New life on the Big Island In the wake of the
Hawai'ian sugar industry's decline, small organic producers
like Lou Russo and Bari Green emphasize diverse cropping systems,
local markets and long-term sustainability.
12, 2005: The yellow revolution In eastern Washington,
potato farmer Dale Gies has pioneered the use of mustards
to build soil organic matter and eliminate the need for chemical
12, 2005: Three farmers, many lives Graduates of the ALBA
program--now independent farmers--say what they value
most is growing food without chemicals, working with family
members and being their own bosses.
12, 2005: From the ground up In the heart of California's
Salinas Valley, former farmworkers are getting a chance to
start farms of their own.
19, 2005: Way beyond organic California maverick Jim Cochran
became the first strawberry farmer, and the first organic
farmer, to sign a contract with United Farm Workers. And his
management innovations haven't stopped there.
27, 2005: Independent innovation On
the banks of the Willamette River, this farmer and seedsman
has turned his operation into one-man alternative agricultural
27, 2005: Ahead of the curve Phil Coturri has
been growing organic wine grapes in Sonoma for 25 years, and
10 years ago helped set the trend for organic olive oil production
in California. For both crops, his management principles center
on diverse cover crops, composts, careful use of irrigation
and constant attention to the flavors of the final product.
27, 2005: The whole(sale) deal Eugene, Oregon-based Organically
Grown Company is the largest wholesaler of organic produce
in the Pacific Northwest. For more than two decades, they've
responded to the complex demands of an evolving organic marketplace
while remaining committed to supporting local growers.
7, 2005: The story of our intentions (From Renewing the
Countryside: Four Corners Region) At Lost Cabin Ranch in north-central
Arizona, farm, family and work have evolved together into
a sustainable, interdependent whole.
9, 2004: Hope on the range Eighteen years ago, Oregon
rancher Connie Hatfield drove to the city and asked a health
club owner what he thought about red meat. His answer helped
shape Oregon Country Beef, now one of the most successful
rancher-managed, certified natural beef labels in the country.
23, 2004: Flowers and fine olive oil in California’s
Central Valley Mike and Diane Madison sell 20,000
bunches of cut flowers a year through direct market and retail.
They also grow clementines and high quality olives for oil.
An innovative member arrangement—picking olives in exchange
for oil—allows them to avoid the headaches and anxieties
of being employers.
November 23, 2004: Learning to create abundance in the rough
shadow of the Rockies (From Renewing the Countryside:
Four Corners Region) Chuck Barry and Rosie Carter make a living
on three acres in the high desert at Stone Free Farm.
15, 2004: Local with a vengeance Grant Gibbs
won't sell his organic produce and meats beyond a 20-mile
radius of his farm in the Northern Cascades of Washington.
He'd rather feed it to his hogs than take it out on the interstate--and
he's doing just fine.
28, 2004: My name is Joel Huesby, and I’m a recovering
farmer … The fourth generation head of
Thundering Hooves Farm talks about his family’s long
journey from sustainable farming and ranching, through four
decades of chemical nightmare and depleted soils, and back
to economic and ecological sustainability, beginning in the
28, 2004: Portrait of a pioneering California organic wine
family 62,000 bottles a year, 90 acres of vineyard, grape
contracts with 18 neighboring organic farms, sales in 44 states,
Asia and Europe—and the family still has time for politics
and agricultural innovation.
28, 2004: All in the family Outside of Durango, Colorado,
the James Ranch is using holistic management, direct marketing,
and community involvement to build a sustainable livelihood
for all the members of the clan.
14, 2004: Cultivating long-term relationships In the dry
lands of eastern Washington, WSU plant breeder Steve Jones
is working with—and for—farmers to develop a commercially-viable
September 14, 2004: Closing the loop (From Renewing the
Countryside: Washington) It started ten years ago with "a
rototiller and an idea." Today, Full Circle Farm grows
organic produce for 500 CSA members, 50 restaurants, 15 grocery
stores, 12 farmers' markets and 4 wholesalers.
13, 2004: Jerzy Boys Farm grows award winning fruit in North
Central Washington How an ill-fated cross-country
motorcycle trip turned Wynne Weinreb and Scott Beaton into
icons of sustainable fruit production.
31, 2004: Conservation measures improve profits On the
EC Bar Ranch in northeastern Arizona, Jim Crosswhite got radical—and
started cooperating with government scientists to implement
environmental restoration strategies on his land. Eight years
later, he counts a wealth of economic as well as ecological
3, 2004: Big things on a little place On Sandia Pueblo
in north-central New Mexico, Sam Montoya revitalized a tired
piece of land—and is now earning a comfortable retirement
20, 2004: In search of the real tough cowboy Part 3 To
survive in the 21st century, ranchers need to be skilled natural
resource managers—and good communicators.
2, 2004: One set of guiding principles, a wealth of different
practices Part 2 The key to Holistic Range Management
is thinking creatively and independently, adapting its rules
to the ever-changing conditions of ranch life.
14, 2004: Seeing the big picture Part 1 Ranchers who practice
Holistic Resource Management in Wyoming focus on keeping the
native grasses healthy—everything else follows from
2004: Cracking the organic nut Pecan grower Sally
Harper has led the way toward organic management and marketing
for this traditional southern New Mexican crop
May 11, 2004: Rotating cattle provide whole-farm fertility
for dry beans and veggies at 7-year-old Ernie's Organics
Fred and Judy Brossy grow irrigated beans, potatoes and wheat
on the arid plains of Idaho. Most of their crop is pre-sold,
at a premium, insuring a decent livelihood for them and their
5, 2004: Exploring agritourism in Hawaii From 2-acre coffee
growers to 15,000-acre sugar plantations, Hawaii's farmers
get on board with the state's tourism industry
March 5, 2004: Bus ride yields cornucopia of innovative farming
ideas in action
Hilo’s raspberry revolution: The manager of
a large-scale raspberry farm proves that nature knows best,
converting a third of the 500-acre operation he oversees to
organic while scaling back chemical use on the rest; Blue
Heron Bounty: the manager of a 20-acre biodynamic
farm tells how he keeps a crew in business, and customers
in produce nearly year-round, all while giving back to the
February 13, 2004: Endless experimentation and a restless
search for new and better cheeses
Redwood Hill goat dairy made a name for itself in the
80s. Despite warnings from the Milk Advisory Board that the
niche was filled, newcomer Capricious Cheese established its
own unique reputation. This is the story of two very different
goat dairies who found direct-marketing success with meticulous
management and distinctive products.
February 13, 2004: Magic bus ride yields sustainable farms
of many scales: Four Sisters Farm, a modest hillside
13, 2004: Magic bus ride yields sustainable farms of many
scales: Home on the Range, a sprawling ranch
where holistically managed grass-fed beef cattle are raised
30, 2004: Converted to organic cotton, for health and profit
A third-generation New Mexico farmer finds environmental benefits
and eager markets with certified organic Pima cotton.
29, 2004: Respecting the individual ... goat, that is
California goat dairy Redwood Hill proves you can
increase herd size without sacrificing management standards.
The first of two parts on this successful goat cheese operation.
January 7, 2004: The secret life of cheese Cheese
is the way a specific region or landscape tells its story
through milk, in the same manner that wine is how a place
tells its story through fruit or grapes and for biodynamic
farmer Ernie Harvey this means knowing the land as well as
7, 2003: Northern California’s Full Belly Farm redefines
what it means to be a family farmer Despite its 35 full-time
workers, 15 retail accounts, 15 wholesale accounts, 650 member
CSA and three farmers’ markets almost year ‘round,
Full Belly still has the heart and soul of a family farm.
18, 2003: From money pit to economic provider for a farm family
and its employees ... in just 4 years! Julia Wiley of
Mariquita Farm says that to run a CSA successfully, you have
to grow well. That’s a given. But you also have to know
how to nurture a whole human community. Here’s the story
of how their CSA began.
28, 2003: A lush, chaotic garden of fruit trees in the outback
of northern California Guru Ram Das Orchards is commercially
successful, but its wild beauty is obviously inspired by the
unearthly, life-long love affair Didar Singh Khalsa has with
17, 2003: Simple, complex and raw:
the amazing success of Organic Pastures Dairy
Third generation Fresno dairyman Mark McAfee has designed
a "pro-cow" environment that leads to pathogen-free
Ha, Mauna Kea Banana Farm & Kea’au Plantation:
Banana farmer battles devastating disease by pairing alternative
and conventional practices.
& Marie Heath, M&M Heath Farms:
Diversification in the field and market become part of former
conventional agriculturist's guiding principles.
Quinn Farm and Ranch:
Organic wheat production yields premium prices and eliminates
Cooperative farming of organic wheat is a step toward revitalization
in Costilla Valley.
& Wynette Sills, Pleasant Grove Farms:
Rice trades off with wheat, oats and grain sorghum for improved
Bohman: Treading lightly saves rancher/farmer from losing
livelyhood and more.
Frasier: Holistic range management brings economic
and ecological success to Colorado farmer.
14, 2007: West African rice farmers explore alternatives to
cheap, dangerous insecticides Farmer-to-farmer training
and on-farm research grow local adapted knowledge of biologically
based integrated pest management that embraces biodiversity,
careful observation and beneficial insects.
9, 2007: Bootstrapping the organic market for NZ lamb
In 20 years of raising organic lamb in New Zealand's Wairarapa
region, Ian and Heather Atkinson have seen—and helped
shape—the market's evolution from export niche to emerging
12, 2007: Harvesting a sense of place from Italy's agriculture
The life of a campanilismo farmer teaches the author
a lesson in the interconnectedness of land, food and family,
and the true art of sustainability.
15, 2007: Agro-ecological and micro-enterprise training transforms
lives of Mexican subsistence farmers and field laborers
A nonprofit founded by two Canadian women creates a thriving
local food system that joins expatriate community and local
14, 2006: Kaata is making our millet plants wilt
Scientists and West African farmers learn together how to
manage a devastating weed—and how to integrate agricultural
science into a treacherous farming environment.
14, 2006: Seeds for peace Restoring ancient seed for Arab
and Jewish organic cooperation.
10, 2006: Long-ended Rodale Institute amaranth trials still
offering hope to Mexican farmers Tiny seeds, big hopes
for this nutritious indigenous seed where corn is the unprofitable
13, 2006: Thriving with peppers, seeds and leaves in Koumpentoum,
Tambacounda region Training in organic agriculture helps
woman develop family enterprise that features income streams
from integrated and biodiverse micro-agroforestry kitchen
8, 2006: Milk and yogurt production, Ourossogui, Matam region
Fulani women learn holistic cooperative development and enterprise
skills to generate value-added revenue, and to inspire other
small-scale farmers in the region—including their daughters—with
options for economic development.
12, 2006: Livestock fattening,Thiawène, Diourbel
Village women’s group pioneers and teaches how “kept”
sheep and goats can improve soil, boost yields and provide
much-needed income in dry Diourbel region.
13, 2006: New interest in old crops, Tambacounda and Theis
regions Kekouta Camara of Touba Fall and Abdoulaye Niang
of Keur Banda identify promising crops that enhance biodiversity,
reduce weather risk, extend crop rotations and attract high-value
9, 2006: Diabou Balde, rice farmer, Manthiankaning, Kolda
Intensive production pressure leaves little space for experiments,
but improvements from increased spacing win respect for new
16, 2006: El-Hadji Hane and Gora Ndiaye, regenerative ag education
and entrepreneurship along the Petite Côte Through
local farmer organizing, commercial promotion of agroforestry
and international connections, two college friends are nurturing
sustainable initiatives along the tourist-impacted “Little
Coast” of Senegal.
12, 2006: Abderahmane Sow, agro-entrepreneur, Belel, Matam
region Starting from scratch with curiosity and a knack
for doing business, this new farmer wants to expand agricultural
opportunity to help the next generation thrive on the land
without leaving the region.
8, 2005: Seydou Diémé, soil conservationist,
Thiès Women often provide the most hands when rural
communities construct stone erosion barriers to conserve and
restore adequate soil moisture for sustainable cropping.
11, 2005: Madame Sall, juice and syrup entrepreneur, Dakar
Buying directly from farmers boosts quality and consumer demand,
but small-scale processor struggles to expand her place in
13, 2005: Doudou Diallo, urban market gardener, Saint-Louis
Strong customer demand for his high-quality vegetables propels
this intensive urban gardener to pursue organics even without
a premium price.
June 3, 2005: Teaching farming as a balance of spirit, soil
and a healthy culture Kibbutz Harduf is not just
a biodynamic farm, it's a biodynamic community
April 20, 2005: Rebels in a communal society
With government ownership of land at 95 percent,
most everything in Israel is done communally, especially farming.
There is the agricultural sector with many different farms
and a living sector, with many different homes, but for those
who have a need to create a small family farm, self-sufficient
and private; they have begun to squat.
February 22, 2005: The ancianas of Santiago Atitlan,
Guatemala reflect on 50 years of hardship and struggle
Don Lotter talks to a group of older women in this heavily
Mayan town, surrounded by volcanoes, who lost their husbands
to death squads and their farms to theft by wealthy ladinos.
10, 2005: Israeli-Arab farmer builds future hope where politics
permeates land and water Laithi combines donated
fields, heirloom seeds, traditional wisdom and farmer networking
throughout Israel to build an agriculture that fits the place
and the time to come
31, 2005: Sizing up organic farming in Mexico
Although domestic demand is still small, land area under organic
management and total value of organic production in Mexico
is expanding at 45 percent a year—twice the rate of
expansion in the U.S. Coffee is by far the country's most
important organic crop.
7, 2005: Amidst political strife and a firing range on the
West Bank, the Zimmermans farm, market and sanctify the land
Combining biblical rituals with remarkable flexibility, the
Zimmermans have thrived because of their faith ... and because
of their ability to shift from export markets, to local markets,
to value-added products in response to the pressures of war
November 23, 2004: Rising from nothing in the desert, idealists
now work amid water, orchards, gardens and fish.
At Kibbutz Neot Smader, amazing agriculture achievement is
the byproduct of a community of transients dedicated to learning
from the land and each other.
September 28, 2004: Seeking life in the desert, on the desert’s
terms As the global climate becomes more harsh,
Elaine Solowey is a botanical pioneer trying to develop ultra-low
water crops before it’s too late.
September 14, 2004: Filling a niche Growing at
4200 feet, Home Farm specializes in mixed salad greens and
specialty breads for the bustling San Isidro Farmers' Market
August 31, 2004: Sustainable U Surrounded by
primary rainforest and fronted by the Caribbean Sea in the
southeastern corner of Costa Rica, U.S. high school students,
local Ticos, and others learn about living off the land and
in harmony with nature, as one teacher’s dream for community
and outdoor education becomes a reality.
3, 2004: Living the good life on Australia’s Gold Coast
Heirloom livestock integrated with tropical perennials
helps couple toward self-sufficiency.
3, 2004: In Agave country … and no one can
afford to grow it! In the tequila country of
Western Mexico, Don meets a farm family mending fences, and
learns a lot about local corn, local booze, the best ropes,
the economics of the Agave … and about the
poignancy of a man’s abiding love for his horse.
14, 2004: Farmers and customers in a CSA in Morioka Town began
their mutual involvement out of obligation, but the romance
of earth and the power of food won their hearts The
process was rocky, the results amazing. Stumbling into farming,
the farmers learned to balance consumer demand against their
own sheer joy of growing food. Their customers grew to see
the healing power of their food and develop deep respect for
the farmers’ role. Further changes have the farmers
renting out their land and helping families to grow their
11, 2004: Small-scale vertical integration at a roadside fruit
stand farm in British Columbia Over 60 fruits
and vegetables on 10 acres, a remote location, a short growing
season and a pernicious pest: There are plenty of challenges
for organic growers Doug and Michelle Nimchuk. But business
April 23, 2004: Siete Estrellas de Jicotea Making
organic coffee (farms) strong enough to last takes support,
creativity and time.
6, 2004: Biodynamic farming pioneers revolutionize banana
production in the Dominican Republic Three-quarters of
all bananas exported from the Dominican Republic are now certified
organic. Six years ago, none were.
6, 2004: In a region where cabbage is king and chemicals infuse
the landscape, this tiny, determined farmer quietly does things
her way The Tsumagoi region in Gunma prefecture is all
about uniformity. Toki Kuroiwa takes a different path, however,
carrying on the pioneering Natural Agriculture ways of her
late son. Her urban customers have turned into workers and
friends, while her neighbors are slowly being won over by
a system that works – without chemicals.
6, 2004: Using the ordinary to cultivate the mysterious power
of beneficial indigenous microorganisms
Like a cut-rate magician, Philippine farmer and scientist
teaches farmers how to use cheap vodka, generic brown sugar,
milk, rice and local soil to harness local microorganisms
as invisible workhorses on their farms.
5, 2004: Finca la Puebla
Coffee co-op depends on compost, self-processing and premium
organic quality to beat slumping market
February 13, 2004: Natural Agriculture farmer finds locating
a market more challenging than letting go of chemicals
Osamu Yoshino of Chiba prefecture survived a “cold turkey”
switch to no-chemical, no-input farming thanks to supporters
who were willing to pull his weeds. There was only one problem:
nobody would buy the food. Now he's turning his eye on neighboring
organic farmers to see what they can teach each other about
success and spirit.
December 17, 2003: Amid an industrial landscape on a reclaimed
coastland, a Natural Agriculture farmer mellows his soil with
care Nobuaki Nakayasu has it far worse than most farmers,
cramped on his small plot in a suburban nightmare. Yet gradually
and patiently over the past 6 years, a farm has bloomed in
19, 2003: After decades as a conventional farmer, Yasuo Tarumi
put away the pesticides and began to learn from nature
Kyushu Island: Yasuo Tarumi. Observation by the hour and by
the day -- on his knees in the field and from his favorite
farm lookout -- helped the experienced farmer find, in nature,
the answers he needs to manage his 30 acres successfully.
7, 2003: The good life of a small-scale Ontario dairy farmer
depends on being part of a dynamic coop Odelia
Osthaus likes her herd at its current size. She likes the
and her children lead... and the savvy marketing and smart
management of the OntarBio organic farmers' coop make it all
30, 2003: On a sheltered island, the dream of Natural Agriculture
ferments Kishima Island, Part 1: Reiji Murota, Master Farmer.
In a tiny agricultural kingdom bounded by the sea, a Shumei
master farmer has free reign to farm on the wild side. What
he finds – and teaches – keeps pushing out the
frontiers of Natural Agriculture. The first of two parts on
this farm, building on a three-part introduction.
29, 2003: When it comes to organized support for CSAs, Canadians
have a thing or two to teach us, don’t cha know? [or,
eh?] The D-Trois-Pierres CSA, outside of Montreal, Quebec,
is part of a well-organized network of around 70 farms that
are actively promoted and supported by Equiterre, a Quebec-based
organization that champions sustainability and fair trade
2003: Fighting weeds and tradition in Spain's wine country
One-time vineyard gets a make-over and Terragona province
gets its first taste of organic almonds.
28, 2003: In the Himalayas, the Western world has invaded,
but not yet conquered Many families still survive happily
on crops and livestock tended on steeply terraced plots at
high elevations ... AND IT'S ALL ORGANIC, by default.
12, 2003: Beyond the Green Revolution to Regeneration
Mulchand Haria may not have followed the family into traditional
medicine, but his gentle touch and chemical-free remedies
have nursed a parched, depleted earth back to full health
and earned him the title "Doctor" among his fellow
farmers in western India.
22, 2003: Indian farmer creates an organic oasis in a harsh
land On top of dust and floods, chemicals were killing
Vijay Shah's soil and production was falling. He decided it
was time, for a change, to farm WITH nature. On July 1, 1996,
he stopped using chemicals all together.
2003: Organic poultry production: a fledgling industry in
New Zealand Jake and Leigh-Ann Heuvel – currently
raising and processing 2600 free-range, certified organic
“chooks” each week – are the only larger
scale organic producers in New Zealand. Disease control is
their biggest challenge ... that, and keeping up with customer
2003: The rise of the organic kiwi Kiwifruit is a huge
export crop for New Zealand farmers, and organic growers like
Leo and Diane Whittle are leading the entire industry in raising
the environmental "bar" and moving all growers closer
21, 2003: Thailand's Buddhist "Asok" movement builds
organic farms, sustainable communities In a farm economy
devastated by reliance on chemicals, Buddhist monks teach
thousands a new way to grow.
6, 2003: Laos farmer challenges agricultural trend destroying
soil and farmers Thanongsi Solangkoun's silk-farm, organic
restaurant and international learning center offer an alternative
to chemically based agriculture.
28, 2003: Jon Jandai -- farmer, builder and man of leisure
Owner of an 8-acre organic farm in Thailand uses absolutely
no fertilizers or pesticides and becomes one of the first
in the country to use alternative building methods.
2002: Building a farm with a future in Japan
Something horrible has gone wrong with
Japanese agriculture, but one organic farmer adapts virtually
forgotten traditional practices–and sees hope for the
2002: A townswoman finally makes the transition to farmer
By trial and error, and with the help of neighbors,
a former Muscovite becomes a successful farmer.