Farming for the Future: Cultivating the Next Generation of Farmers

Project Overview

Project Type: Research and Education
Funds awarded in 2003: $145,800.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2007
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $14,580.00
Region: Western
State: Washington
Principal Investigator:
Brad Gaolach
Washington State University Extension
Dr. Marcia Ostrom
School of Environment, Washington State University

Annual Reports


  • Agronomic: corn, potatoes, grass (misc. perennial), hay
  • Fruits: apples, grapes, peaches, plums, berries (strawberries)
  • Vegetables: artichokes, asparagus, beans, beets, broccoli, cabbages, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucurbits, eggplant, garlic, greens (leafy), lentils, onions, parsnips, peas (culinary), peppers, rutabagas, sweet corn, tomatoes, turnips, brussel sprouts
  • Additional Plants: herbs, ornamentals
  • Animals: bovine, poultry, goats, rabbits, swine, sheep
  • Animal Products: dairy


  • Animal Production: free-range, manure management, grazing - multispecies, pasture fertility, preventive practices, grazing - rotational, feed/forage
  • Crop Production: continuous cropping, cover crops, intercropping, multiple cropping, nutrient cycling, organic fertilizers, relay cropping, strip tillage, conservation tillage
  • Education and Training: extension, farmer to farmer
  • Farm Business Management: whole farm planning, new enterprise development, budgets/cost and returns, community-supported agriculture, marketing management, agricultural finance
  • Natural Resources/Environment: biodiversity, habitat enhancement, hedgerows, indicators, soil stabilization
  • Pest Management: allelopathy, biological control, biorational pesticides, botanical pesticides, chemical control, competition, compost extracts, cultural control, disease vectors, economic threshold, flame, genetic resistance, integrated pest management, mulches - killed, mulches - living, physical control, prevention, row covers (for pests), trap crops, traps, mulching - vegetative, weather monitoring
  • Soil Management: green manures, organic matter, soil analysis, composting, soil quality/health
  • Sustainable Communities: 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.