Demonstrating Organic Wild Crop Utilization and Certification as a Profitable Model for Enhancing Overall Farm Sustainability in the Missouri Ozarks

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2007: $17,736.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2009
Region: North Central
State: Missouri
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  • Additional Plants: herbs, native plants


  • Crop Production: agroforestry, forestry
  • Education and Training: farmer to farmer, participatory research, workshop
  • Farm Business Management: whole farm planning, new enterprise development, marketing management, e-commerce, value added
  • Natural Resources/Environment: biodiversity, riverbank protection
  • Production Systems: organic agriculture, permaculture
  • Sustainable Communities: sustainability measures

    Proposal summary:

    This group project seeks to develop site-specific cost-of-production information for wild crop species in the Missouri Ozarks. The project is part of a larger effort to increase crop and enterprise diversity for local farmers. Wild crops offer great opportunity for increasing farm profitability, while conserving biodiversity, but there are information gaps that need to be filled in order to realize the full potential of wild crops in a sustainable manner. In addition to documenting production practices and economic feasibility of wild crop utilization, this project will also evaluate feasibility of value added production, and disseminate results to other farmers in North Central Region and beyond through field days, fact sheets, web information and local media coverage.

    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.