Sustaining Agriculture and Community: Moving the Farm Improvement Club Program Beyond the Farm Gate

Project Overview

Project Type: Research and Education
Funds awarded in 1996: $124,425.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/1999
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $131,937.81
Region: Western
State: Montana
Principal Investigator:
Jonda Crosby
Alternative Energy Resources Organization

Annual Reports


  • Agronomic: barley, canola, flax, oats, rye, safflower, sunflower, wheat, grass (misc. perennial), hay
  • Fruits: apples, berries (other), cherries
  • Vegetables: beans, beets, broccoli, cabbages, carrots, cauliflower, eggplant, garlic, lentils, onions, parsnips, peas (culinary), peppers, tomatoes
  • Additional Plants: herbs, native plants
  • Animals: bovine, poultry, sheep, swine


  • Animal Production: feed/forage, grazing - multispecies, pasture renovation, range improvement, grazing - rotational, stockpiled forages, winter forage
  • Crop Production: conservation tillage
  • Education and Training: technical assistance, farmer to farmer, networking, on-farm/ranch research, participatory research, study circle
  • Farm Business Management: new enterprise development, cooperatives, community-supported agriculture, marketing management, market study, value added
  • Natural Resources/Environment: biodiversity, indicators, riparian buffers, riverbank protection, soil stabilization, wildlife
  • Pest Management: allelopathy, competition, compost extracts, field monitoring/scouting, flame, integrated pest management, mulches - killed, mulches - living, mating disruption, physical control, mulching - vegetative, weed ecology
  • Production Systems: transitioning to organic, holistic management, permaculture
  • Soil Management: earthworms, green manures, organic matter, soil analysis
  • Sustainable Communities: new business opportunities, partnerships, public participation, urban agriculture, urban/rural integration, social capital, social networks
    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.