Sustainable Concrete Post Construction for Fencing and Trellising of Organic Crops

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2007: $4,300.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2009
Region: North Central
State: Ohio
Project Coordinator:
Stephen Pearce
Ohio River Vista Vineyard, Winery & Research Station

Annual Reports


  • Fruits: grapes


  • Education and Training: demonstration, display, extension, farmer to farmer, mentoring, on-farm/ranch research, participatory research, workshop
  • Farm Business Management: new enterprise development, budgets/cost and returns, feasibility study, agricultural finance, value added
  • Sustainable Communities: new business opportunities, public participation, employment opportunities, social networks, sustainability measures

    Proposal summary:

    Organic agriculture prohibits the use of treated posts, but untreated pine posts deteriorate in as little as 3 years and rarely last beyond 7 years. Comparably priced concrete posts manufactured by the family farmer are the best sustainable alternative.

    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.