Books, Case Studies, Guidebooks, and Manuals

Books, Case Studies, Guidebooks, and Manuals

Books, Case Studies, Guidebooks, and Manuals

A Guide for Hawai’i’s Farmers

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This guide was developed to assist new farmers in tropical small-island settings.

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Aerated Compost Tea

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Farmer Minor Morgan trialed several sources of compost and several variations of making compost tea and listed the results of these trials. An outcome resulting from this work is a 85 page Field Guide. He believes that this information will be useful to farmers, not only to help them become compliant under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), but also as an important component of an overall food safety plan for the farm.

Cranberry Nutrient Management Guide for South Coastal Oregon

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Cranberries are produced on approximately 3,000 acres in Coos and Curry counties. This nutrient management guide provides nutrient application information and recommendations for south coastal Oregon.

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Creating Farmer Networks: A Toolkit for Promoting Vibrant Farm Communities

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This toolkit provides information and resources needed to create a successful farmer network. It is intended for farmers, extension agents, community organizers, and other agricultural professionals.

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Farm and Food Tourism

Exploring Opportunities

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This curriculum is designed to provide valuable insight into food tourism, agritourism, culinary tourism, and other farm and food products that support the tourism industry and the tourist experience.

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Farm Internship Handbook: Oregon

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This handbook is designed to provide helpful hints to improve the quality of on-farm internships.

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Grower Track and Trace Handbook and Videos

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Circle Fresh Farms is a network of small- to medium-sized greenhouses producing certified organic fresh vegetables. In order to remain competitive and compliant with emerging expectations to provide farm-to-consumer product tracking systems, Circle Fresh needed to create a product track and trace system that was compatible with industry standards and also accessible in cost and complexity for smaller producers.
After extensive assessment of the circumstances, resource constraints and operational dynamics of this diversity of producers, PTI Print and Circle Fresh developed a system that successfully implemented both product tracking and inventory management and financial system integration.
As part of the implementation of the pilot program, Circle Fresh has also developed a step-by-step track and trace implementation handbook for small-to-medium scale producers and a series of on-line video tutorials to guide producers through all of the major steps in establishing a successful track and trace system.

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Habitat Management in Vineyards

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This manual explores practical steps to restore agricultural biodiversity at the field and landscape level, thus breaking the monoculture nature of vineyards and  reducing their ecological vulnerability. The most obvious advantage of diversification is a reduced risk of crop failure due to invasions by unwanted species and  subsequent pest infestations. The manual focuses on ways in which increased plant biodiversity can contribute to stabilizing pest population by creating an appropriate ecological infrastructure within and around vineyards.

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Insects in Wyoming Alfalfa

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Insects in Wyoming Alfalfa is a basic guide to the pests and beneficial insects commonly found in Wyoming alfalfa fields. It includes information on the identification and behaviors of these insects. Also included are important IPM resources for farmers and information about field sampling for insects.

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Livestock Mortality Composting Manual

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Mortality management threatens the sustainability of livestock production in many ways. Composting mortalities is an alternative that holds promise for the achievement of environmental protection, economic sustainability and job creation. Incluye los recursos en español.

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Metropolitan Foodshed Toolkit

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A toolkit of strategies to support the evolution of a sustainable Portland Metropolitan Foodshed.

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Strategies for Montana Beef to School

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This case study is a total of 39 graphically designed pages and includes an overview of beef to school in Montana; school, processor, and producer needs; an infographic of the beef lifecycle; an infographic of common beef to school partnerships; demographics of Montana schools, producers, and processors; challenges and opportunities for beef to school in Montana; six comprehensive case studies; vocabulary; references and resources; and cuts of beef infographic.

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National Organic Farming Handbook

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This thirty-page resource was developed to support NRCS conservation planners and other agricultural professionals as they work with organic producers. The handbook describes organic systems and identifies key resources to guide conservation planning and implementation on organic farms. Producers and other audiences may also find the handbook useful, particularly the resources listed in various sections.

Oilseed Opportunities

Growing Rotational Crops for Biodiesel and Livestock Feed

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Farmers and ranchers in the West are growing some new crops and improving their diversity. Many of these changes are being brought about by rising energy and crop prices and the need to become more self-sufficient. Oilseeds such as canola, sunflower and safflower are part of this change and are being grown successfully as agriculture seeks a local and low cost source of fuel and livestock feed. This bulletin is intended as a guide to producers who are considering growing oilseeds.

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On-Farm Internship Training Binder

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

The Placer Ag Futures Project was conceived as a response to critical issues affecting local agricultural sustainability. This project was intended to help grow a new crop of agricultural professionals that are trained in sustainable agricultural practices.

One part of the Ag Futures Project was the on-farm internship training. The summer internship program consisted of an intensive three-day pre-internship training, a training binder and a nine-week rotating internship, working with producers of different commodities. The internship started with a three-day training program developed and delivered by producers and University of California Cooperative Extension Farm Advisors. The training included classroom sessions on the science of production and husbandry practices, as well as hands-on practical training at several of the participating operations. To augment the training, each intern received a binder of materials related to production and husbandry practices for the relevant crops and species, farm safety and other information.

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Pasture and Grazing Management in the Pacific Northwest

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A book that provides knowledge of ecological processes involved in pasture growth and utilization and an understanding of how management influence those processes for good or bad.

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Sustainable Ranch Management Assessment Guidebook

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

The purpose of the guidebook is to assist the rancher and/or land manager use business planning and ecological monitoring to ensure the ranch or land is managed in a sustainable manner. Material focuses on:

  • Business planning
  • Financial and ecological monitoring
  • Assessment of ranch management
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Tea Time in the Tropics

A handbook for compost tea production and use

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This book critically evaluates the phenomenon of compost tea and provides a thorough discussion of the composition and process of making compost.

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Tools and Approaches for Measuring Ecosystem Services in California's Grasslands and Oak Woodlands

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Ecosystem services are the benefits humans receive from our natural ecosystems and working landscapes. These services include: forage production, erosion control, soil fertility, water storage, flood control, carbon storage, fire control, pollination, water purification, air purification, and others.

While there is increasing interest in managing landscapes for multiple ecosystem services, very few management and restoration projects monitor their impacts, and thus we have little information on the effectiveness of management practices on ecosystem services.

This project developed a monitoring handbook to increase monitoring efforts across management projects and to provide more consistent types of measurements across studies, which will make monitoring measurements more directly comparable.

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Understanding Cost of Production

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Determining on-farm costs of production is a significant task. Diggin' Roots Farm was able to develop the systems and infrastructure to facilitate data collection and integrate this work into everyday tasks.

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2016 Annual Report

For the first time, we are sharing a yearly snapshot of our work. The stories provided here typify the creative, participatory and integrated research Western SARE annually funds – led by land grant institution researchers and graduate students, Extension and other ag professionals, and nonprofit leaders in full partnership with producers.