Building Capacity in Sustainable Agriculture: A Comprehensive Training Program in Organic Farming Systems

Project Overview

Project Type: Professional Development Program
Funds awarded in 1997: $97,500.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2000
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $20,592.00
Region: Southern
State: North Carolina
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Nancy Creamer
North Carolina State University

Annual Reports


  • Fruits: berries (strawberries)
  • Animals: bovine, goats, swine
  • Animal Products: dairy


  • Animal Production: feed/forage, housing, parasite control, free-range, manure management, grazing - multispecies, grazing - rotational, winter forage
  • Crop Production: conservation tillage
  • Education and Training: demonstration, extension, farmer to farmer
  • Farm Business Management: new enterprise development, budgets/cost and returns, community-supported agriculture, marketing management, whole farm planning
  • Natural Resources/Environment: biodiversity, hedgerows
  • Pest Management: allelopathy, biological control, botanical pesticides, competition, cultural control, disease vectors, economic threshold, field monitoring/scouting, flame, genetic resistance, integrated pest management, mulches - killed, mulches - living, mating disruption, physical control, cultivation, prevention, row covers (for pests), sanitation, trap crops, mulching - vegetative, weed ecology, weeder geese/poultry
  • Production Systems: holistic management
  • Soil Management: composting, green manures, organic matter, soil analysis, nutrient mineralization, soil quality/health
  • Sustainable Communities: partnerships, public participation, analysis of personal/family life
    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.