Small Farms Publications

27 Publications

Management to Reduce N2O Emissions in Organic Vegetable Production Systems

Cogger, C., A. Fortuna, D. Collins. Feb 27, 2014. The second of a two-part webinar series on Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Soil Quality in Long-term Integrated and Transitional Reduced Tillage Organic Systems.

This is the focus of our current research. How do different organic vegetable production systems affect N2O emissions, and how do other outcomes of those systems affect their potential for adoption?

  • Systems include full tillage with high-carbon amendment (compost), full tillage with low carbon amendment (broiler litter), pasture-vegetable rotation, and reduced tillage cover crop mulch.
  • Measurements include N2O and CO2 emissions, soil N, microbial ecology focused on denitrification organisms, crop yield, and soil quality. Measurements are focused on key times during the season, including amendment application and tillage, irrigation, and freeze-thaw.

Intended audience is other researchers, and interested extension faculty and farmers.

Why the Concern about Nitrous Oxide Emissions?

Cogger, C., A. Fortuna, D. Collins. Feb 25, 2014. The first of a two-part webinar series on Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Soil Quality in Long-term Integrated and Transitional Reduced Tillage Organic Systems.

Topics for this webinar include:

  • Source and properties of N2O as a greenhouse gas, its relative contribution to global
  • warming, and the role of agriculture in N2O emissions
  • Review of the nitrogen cycle and the production of N2O
  • The relationship between organic practices and N2O production
  • How we measure N2O emissions

Intended audience is extension faculty and farmers who want a big picture perspective on why we’re interested in nitrous oxide emissions.

Survey Highlights: Farmers Markets and the Experiences of Market Managers in Washington State

Ostrom, M. & Donovan, C. 2013.

Summary Report: Farmers Markets and the Experiences of Market Managers in Washington State

Ostrom, M. and C. Donovan. 2013.

Profile of Small Farms in Washington State Agriculture

Ostrom, M. & C. Donovan. 2013. WSU Fact Sheet FS072E.  The fact sheet shows overall trends in farm numbers and the structure of agriculture in Washington.

Researching Farmer Characteristics and Strategically Deploying the Data

Recorded webinar presented Sept 25, 2013 by WSU Small Farms Program’s Colleen Donovan.  Hosted by Farmers Market Coalition.

Educational Opportunities

CSANR Educational Opportunities pages include WSU degree program information and continuing education opportunities.

Soil Fertility in Organic Systems: A Guide for Gardeners and Small Acreage Farmers

Collins,D. C. Miles, C. Cogger, R. Koenig. 2013.  Pacific Northwest Extension Publication PNW646.

Washington State Farmers Market Management Toolkit

Kinney, K. & C. Donovan. 2012. The “Washington State Farmers Market Management Toolkit” is designed to provide timely information, tips, and templates to farmers market managers, board members, volunteers and other organizers as they negotiate the ever-increasing demands of running a farmers market.  All chapters are available for download.

Washington State Farmers Market Manual

Ostrom, M. & Z. Lyons. 2012. The Washington State Farmers Market Association, WSU Small Farms Program and Washington State Department of Agriculture have collaborated to update the “Washington State Farmers Market Manual” (Second Edition). The updated Manual is an excellent overview for communities looking to start a farmers market and for new market managers, boards and agricultural professionals working to support farmers markets.

Farm Succession Planning – May 2009

Article in Sustaining the Pacific Northwest Newsletter

Washington Farmer Views on Environmental Policy

2005. CSANR Research Brief.

Building a Healthy Future for Family Farms: Washington State Family Farming Summit

Washington State Family Farming Summit October 13-14, 2003 Wenatchee, Washington.

Farmer to Farmer Program – March 2005

Article in Sustaining the Pacific Northwest Newsletter

New Crop of Farmers Ready to Go in Washington: Where’s the Land? – December 2005

Article in Sustaining the Pacific Northwest Newsletter

King County Food System Atlas

CSANR Technical Report 2005. Ostrom, M., R. Hines, and R. Warren.

Chelan County Food System Atlas

CSANR Technical Report 2005. Ostrom, M., S. Garrett, J. Qazi, R. Hines, and F. Taber.

Small Farms: The Heart of Washington Agriculture

CSANR Technical Report 2005

The Importance of Direct Marketing for Washington Farmers

CSANR Research Brief 2005

Consumer Food Purchasing: Interest in Local and Direct Markets

CSANR Research Brief 2005

Communal Farming with the Women of Iscayachi: Rock Phosphate and Manure Use in Small Farming Systems in Bolivia – December 2004

Article in Sustaining the Pacific Northwest Newsletter

A Partnership for Fish & Farms – September 2003

Article in Sustaining the Pacific Northwest Newsletter

Federal Farmland Preservation Program Links Land Protection to Farm Succession – June 2003

Article in Sustaining the Pacific Northwest Newsletter

What the Farmer Gains from a Farm Stay – September 2003

Article in Sustaining the Pacific Northwest Newsletter

Farm Visit to S & S Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Homestead Farm – September 2003

Article in Sustaining the Pacific Northwest Newsletter

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