People to People: Enhancing the Quality of Life and Profitability of Family Farms

Project Overview

Project Type: Research and Education
Funds awarded in 1999: $58,000.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2002
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $18,000.00
Region: North Central
State: Minnesota
Project Coordinator:
Lynda Converse
Sustainable Farming Assn of Central Minnesota

Annual Reports


  • Agronomic: barley, corn, flax, millet, oats, potatoes, rye, spelt, soybeans, sunflower, wheat, grass (misc. perennial), hay
  • Fruits: melons, apples, berries (other), berries (cranberries), cherries, grapes, plums, berries (strawberries)
  • Nuts: hazelnuts
  • Vegetables: asparagus, beans, beets, broccoli, cabbages, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucurbits, garlic, onions, parsnips, peas (culinary), peppers, rutabagas, sweet corn, tomatoes, turnips, brussel sprouts
  • Additional Plants: herbs, native plants, ornamentals, trees
  • Animals: bees, bovine, poultry, goats, swine, sheep
  • Animal Products: dairy


  • Animal Production: animal protection and health, feed/forage, feed formulation, feed rations, free-range, grazing - multispecies, grazing - rotational, homeopathy, housing, manure management, mineral supplements, pasture renovation, pasture fertility, preventive practices, probiotics, stockpiled forages, winter forage
  • Crop Production: windbreaks
  • Education and Training: decision support system, demonstration, display, extension, farmer to farmer, focus group, mentoring, networking, on-farm/ranch research, participatory research, study circle, technical assistance
  • Farm Business Management: agricultural finance, budgets/cost and returns, community-supported agriculture, cooperatives, feasibility study, market study, marketing management, new enterprise development, risk management, value added, whole farm planning
  • Natural Resources/Environment: biodiversity, grass waterways, habitat enhancement, hedges - woody, riparian buffers, riverbank protection, soil stabilization, wetlands, wildlife
  • Pest Management: allelopathy, field monitoring/scouting, flame, mulches - living, mulching - vegetative, physical control, prevention, sanitation, smother crops, weather monitoring
  • Production Systems: agroecosystems, transitioning to organic
  • Soil Management: composting, earthworms, green manures, nutrient mineralization, organic matter, soil analysis, soil quality/health
  • Sustainable Communities: community services, employment opportunities, new business opportunities, partnerships, public participation, quality of life, social networks, sustainability measures, urban/rural integration
    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.