The Small Farms Working Group
Farmers using sustainable or organic practices and those with small farms often face challenges not experienced on large, conventional farms. The Small Farms Working Group was created to respond to issues of farmers growing specialty crops or using sustainable or organic methods. The working group, with the support of the Southern Region IPM Center, will engage the university extension community to foster the implementation of IPM on small farms.
The Small Farms Working Group includes members from both 1862 and 1890 Land-grant universities, small and mid-sized colleges, IPM programs, Southern SARE, farmers, agricultural consultants, EPA and others. The working group will focus on small, highly diversified farms including farms served by 1890 Land Grant universities as well as those using low input, organic and sustainable methods.
Members of the Working Group met for the first time on June 26-27 in Clemson, SC, to share priorities and decide the future direction of the group. After the workshop, a survey was conducted to evaluate the success of the workshop and the likelihood that the group would continue.
- Newsletter article on Small Farms Working Group meeting
Article "Small Farms Working Group Makes Plans to Train
Public" from "Southern IPM Center Annual Update"
- Small Farms Working Group 2012 Survey Report
Small Farms Working Group Workshop, June 25-27, 2012, Clemson, SC
Participant Survey Response Report