Archive for the 'Resources' Category

Farm Commons Resource: Managing Risks of Interns and Volunteers

This guide will explain the laws behind interns and volunteers. It also provides insights and strategies to help farmers reduce liability risks related to interns and volunteers. Continue reading ‘Farm Commons Resource: Managing Risks of Interns and Volunteers’

The Perennial Plate Videos of Ireland

We are in the midst of research for the immigrant family-dinner project, but have also been editing a few of the addtional stories from our trip to Ireland – the first of 3 celebrates the Women of Achill Island.  Please watch HERE for 6 minutes of escape and inspiration in one of the most beautiful spots on earth.


Annuals & Native Grasses for Pollinators

Minnesotans eager to help pollinators now can turn to research at the University of Minnesota Extension, which looked at which annual flowers likeliest to attract bees, butterflies, moths and other insects. Zinnias topped the list of 24 varieties Extension Master Gardeners studied for eight weeks in 2016. Continue reading ‘Annuals & Native Grasses for Pollinators’

Deep Winter Greenhouse Prototype Construction Documents

Hello Deep Winter Producer enthusiasts.  We have updated our Deep Winter Greenhouse prototype construction documents on the DWG Resource website. The tweaks reflect some of the lessons learned from the Organic Consumers Association who were our pioneering prototype producers. Continue reading ‘Deep Winter Greenhouse Prototype Construction Documents’

Spreadsheet Tool for On-Farm Research

Paulo Pagliari, University of Minnesota Extension soil scientist, and Bruce Potter, IPM specialist, recently modified an EXCEL spreadsheet designed to help crop producers and other ag professionals analyze on-farm experiments. This spreadsheet allows you to enter yields for two or three treatments (varieties, pesticides, fertilizers, etc.) with three to eight replications and calculates treatment averages and statistical differences. Continue reading ‘Spreadsheet Tool for On-Farm Research’

National Sustainable Agriculture Oral History Archive

Through a series of video-recorded interviews, this oral history project is documenting the formation and evolution of what today is known as the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), including the federal policy reforms NSAC and its allies have achieved over the last three decades.  Continue reading ‘National Sustainable Agriculture Oral History Archive’

Farm Succession Planning Guide

A new guide, “Your Farmland and the Future: Setting Goals, Taking Action” will be available for free at many upcoming Sustainable Farming Association events. The guide, full of tips from farmland owners and other experts, is also available to download at this linkContinue reading ‘Farm Succession Planning Guide’

Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture Website

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