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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.

    Study Explores the Effects of Stress on Farmer Well-Being

    Study Explores the Effects of Stress on Farmer Well-Being

    In this episode of Voices from the Field, North Carolina State University researcher Dr. Andrew Smolski and NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Justin Duncan look at farmer well-being through the lens of a Southern SARE funded project. 
     The project, “Navigating Financial and Mental Health Crises,” is aimed at understanding how farmers are accessing resources that address farm finances, stress management, and farming practices, as well as how they have navigated through financial crises. It also shares the wisdom farmers say they have gained through the challenges they faced. 
     This podcast was produced by the National Center for Appropriate Technology through the ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture program, under a cooperative agreement with USDA Rural Development. ATTRA.NCAT.ORG. It also is funded by a grant from Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education. Project 2019-38640-29878 
     Related ATTRA Resources: 
    ·         Farmer Well-Being 
    ·         Helping Farmers in Financial Crisis 
      Other Resources 
    ·         Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network 
    ·         AgrAbility 
     
    Contact Justine 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 our trusted, practical sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at ATTRA.NCAT.ORG.  
    Learn about NCAT’s other innovative sustainable agriculture programs.  

    • 31 min
    Tootie's Tempeh: Bringing Organic Plant-Based Proteins to Local Consumers and Institutions

    Tootie's Tempeh: Bringing Organic Plant-Based Proteins to Local Consumers and Institutions

    In this episode of Voices from the Field, NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Chris Lent has a conversation with Sarah Speare of Tootie's Tempeh in Biddeford, Maine.  


     NCAT and two other organizations – Health Care Without Harm and the Plant Forward Future Project -- partnered to form a producer cohort in the Northeast to develop and market plant-based proteins to hospitals.  


     The project is funded by a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant, and Sarah is part of the producer cohort. She and Chris talk about sourcing beans from organic farms, using worker-owned cooperatives as a business model, manufacturing tempeh, and marketing plant-based proteins to both consumers and hospitals.   


     They also get into strategies for helping plant-based protein food companies thrive in the Northeast. 


    Related ATTRA Resources: 


    Farm to Healthcare Farm to Healthcare Tipsheet: Procuring Local Food, Improving Health Scaling Up for Institutional Markets: Midwest Case Studies Other Resources: 


    Tootie’s Tempeh Health Care Without Harm USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program  Contact Chris Lent via email 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 our trusted, practical sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at ATTRA.NCAT.ORG.  


    Learn about NCAT’s other cutting-edge sustainable agriculture programs.  

    • 38 min
    She's Raising Sheep: Minnesota Shepherd Janet McNally. Part 2

    She's Raising Sheep: Minnesota Shepherd Janet McNally. Part 2

    Minnesota shepherd Janet McNally has learned from facing challenges. In fact, dealing with a wolf pack bent on her flock as a food source was one of the factors that led her to regenerative grazing. In this episode of Voices from the Field, NCAT Regenerative Grazing Specialist Linda Poole talks with Janet about her successes and challenges, including those wolves, along with parasites, drought, tornadoes, wildfires, and Minnesota’s infamous winters.   


    ATTRA Resources: 


    ·         Livestock and Pasture


    ·         She’s Raising Sheep. Janet McNally of Minnesota. Part 1


     ·         She’s Raising Sheep: Indiana’s Denice Rackley 


    ·         She’s Raising Sheep: New Zealand Shepherd Bev Towbridge 


    ·         She’s Raising Sheep: Montana Shepherd Becky Weed 


    ·         She’s Raising Sheep: California Shepherd Lani Estill 


    Outside Resources: 


    ·         Tamarack Lamb and Wool 


    ·         Graze 


    ·         Grassfed Exchange 2014 – Janet McNally 


    Contact Linda Poole via email 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 our trusted, practical sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at ATTRA.NCAT.ORG. 


    Learn about NCAT’s other cutting-edge sustainable agriculture programs. 

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 271. Farmer Veteran Finds Passion in Horticulture Therapy

    Episode 271. Farmer Veteran Finds Passion in Horticulture Therapy

    In this episode of Voices from the Field, Margo Hale, NCAT’s ATTRA Program Director, visits with Charley Jordan, a flower farmer in Tennessee. Charley is a military veteran and talks with Margo about his journey to farming. 
    Charley discusses his farm operation and the enterprises he has pursued, including how his military service and farming experience led him to horticulture therapy. Charley shares his passion for horticulture therapy, and for using agriculture to help others heal. Charley also discusses USDA programs and other resources he has used to help his farm. 
    ATTRA Resources: 
    ·         NCAT Armed to FarmNCAT Armed to Farm Facebook 
    ·         Veteran Resources 
    ·         Federal Conservation Resources for Sustainable Farming and Ranching 
    ·         Programs Focus on Farmer Well-Being 
    ·         Veterans Discuss USDA Programs 
    ·         From the Air Force to Alpacas 
    ·         High Tunnels and the NRCS 
     
    Other Resources: 
    ·         University of Tennessee Horticulture Therapy Program 
    ·         Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network 
    ·         Farmer Veteran Coalition  
    ·         USDA Service Center Locator 
    ·         USDA Farm Service Agency 
    Contact Margo Hale at margoh@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 our trusted, practical sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at ATTRA.NCAT.ORG. 

    • 49 min
    Episode 270. Grazing with Wildlife in Mind. Part 2

    Episode 270. Grazing with Wildlife in Mind. Part 2

    This episode of Voices from the Field continues a conversation between Dr. Sam Fuhlendorf of Oklahoma State University and NCAT Grazing Specialist Linda Poole about using grazing to bolster, rather than unintentionally harm, desirable wildlife on farms and ranches. 
    Many regenerative ranchers use mob grazing – dense herds of livestock grazing a place for a very brief time before moving on – to increase grass production and improve soil health. It has been a successful strategy for graziers around the world, but often also affects bird populations and other wildlife.
    Sam and Linda talk about the role of fire in range management and the positive effect it can have for wildlife. They also discuss applying range management strategies on smaller operations and regionally. 
    ATTRA Resources: 
    ·        Grazing with Wildlife in Mind. Part 1
    ·        For the Love of the Wild. Livestock Pastures as Wildlife Habitat
     
    Other Resources: 
    ·        The Prairie Project
    ·         Samuel D. Fuhlendorf Publications
    ·        Conservation of Pattern and Process: Developing an Alternative Paradigm of Rangeland Management
    ·        Animals, Fences and Fires: Heterogeneity and Grassland Management
     
    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 our trusted, practical sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at ATTRA.NCAT.ORG.
    Learn about NCAT’s other innovative sustainable agriculture programs.

    • 40 min
    Grazing with Wildlife in Mind. Part 1

    Grazing with Wildlife in Mind. Part 1

    Many regenerative ranchers use mob grazing – dense herds of livestock grazing a place for a very brief time before moving on – as a way to increase grass production and improve soil health. Graziers from across the globe have had success with this approach, but, hey, what about the wild things? Is it always true that what's good for the herd is good for the bird?  
     This episode of Voices from the Field is the first part of a conversation between Dr. Sam Fuhlendorf of Oklahoma State University and NCAT Grazing Specialist Linda Poole about using grazing to bolster, rather than unintentionally harm, desirable wildlife on farms and ranches.  
     In the next episode, Sam and Linda will talk about applying their strategies to smaller operations. 
      
    ATTRA Resources:  
    For the Love of the Wild. Livestock Pastures as Wildlife Habitat   
    Other Resources:  
    The Prairie Project Samuel D. Fuhlendorf Publications Conservation of Pattern and Process: Developing an Alternative Paradigm of Rangeland Management Animals, Fences and Fires: Heterogeneity and Grassland Management    
    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 our trusted, practical sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at ATTRA.NCAT.ORG. 
    Learn about NCAT’s other innovative sustainable agriculture programs. 
     

    • 41 min

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jess in tn ,

Such a great way to stay up to date on research!

I don’t have time (or the attention span) to read new publications on sustainable agriculture but I do listen to podcasts while I do chores and this is a great way to continue to learn and improve my own farm. Thank you for doing the important work of interpreting the science for practical on farm use.

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