Growing Highly Nutritious Staple Food Crops Using Intensive and Sustainable Agriculture Systems

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2007: $5,730.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2008
Region: North Central
State: Ohio
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Annual Reports


  • Agronomic: buckwheat, grass (misc. perennial), millet, potatoes
  • Fruits: berries (strawberries)


  • Crop Production: alley cropping, cover crops
  • Pest Management: integrated pest management
  • Soil Management: soil quality/health

    Proposal summary:

    In response to the problem of unsustainable staple-crop agriculture, this project will explore growing four highly nutritious staple food crops, amaranth, buckwheat, millet, and quinoa, in the Western Allegheny Plateau of Southeastern Ohio. Trial plantings will serve as demonstrations of these crops in this climate, as well as the use of staple food crops within sophisticated systems of sustainable agriculture.

    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.