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Sustainable Agriculture

Farm and Ranch Profiles

There are thousands of ways to farm more sustainably. Here are some examples. Click on each name to read a full profile:

Max Carter, Georgia

  • Cotton, corn, peanuts, soybeans, winter wheat, and rye on 400 acres
  • Conservation tillage, cover crops, innovative rotations

Carmen Fernholz, Minnesota

  • Diversified crops on 350 acres of a 410-acre farm
  • Barley, oats, wheat, flax, corn, soybeans, and alfalfa grown organically
  • Feeder-to-finish hog operation, 800 to 1,200 butchers sold annually

Travis and Amy Forgues, Vermont

  • 80 milking cows on 220-acre pasture-based, organic dairy farm

Greg Gunthorp, Indiana

  • 1,000-1,200 pastured hogs
  • Up to 8,000 range chickens and ducks annually
  • 25 acres of feed corn on 130 acres

Bob Muth, New Jersey

  • 11 acres in mixed vegetables and cut flowers
  • Three-quarters of an acre in strawberries sold from a roadside stand
  • 40 acres of hay

Bob Quinn, Montana

  • Organically grown wheat—khorasan, durum, hard red winter, and soft white—on 4,000 acres
  • Buckwheat, barley, flax, lentils, alfalfa, and peas
  • Processing and direct marketing of organic grain

Richard and Peggy Sechrist, Texas

  • 50-head beef cattle herd
  • 750-1,000 pastured chickens per month
  • Certified organic beef and poultry sold to "natural foods" outlets

Rosa Shareef, Mississippi

  • Pastured poultry, goats, and sheep on 10 acres
  • Member of an 84-acre religious community dedicated to agriculture and rural life

Ed Sills, California

  • Rice, popcorn, wheat, dry beans, corn, cover crop seed on 3,000 acres
  • 100 acres of almonds
  • All crops grown organically

Larry Thompson, Oregon

  • 43 fruit and vegetable crops on 140 acres
  • Direct marketing through farmstand, farmers markets, pick-your-own
  • Educational seasonal events for schoolchildren, families


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