We are an interdisciplinary team built of university faculty, staff, students, cooperative extension and farmers. Our project includes:
University of Maine
Michigan State University
Dan Brainard, Associate Professor, Horticulture
Zsofia Szendrei, Assistant Professor, Entomology
Vicki Morrone, MSU Center for Regional Food Systems, Organic Specialist for Organic Production
We work with extension partners across the project region to connect with farmers and build growing network of farms that are performing trials, adapting and expanding their reduced tillage practices.
Organic Grower Advisors
The organic reduced tillage project started with farmers. In winter 2015, we brought together eleven experienced
vegetable farmers to outline the skills needed to adopt a reduced tillage farming system in a three-day intensive workshop. Each grower shared the knowledge and experience from their own approach to reduced tillage on their farm. Together, with help of a trained facilitator, they developed a list of the tasks that an organic farmer should consider to be successful in planning, implementing and evaluating reduced in vegetable systems. This workshop 1) built a working farmer team to create information-sharing relationships; 2) broadened researcher notions of the various approaches to RT; 3) provided an extension template for reduced farm articles and fact sheets; and 4) provided farmer input for the design and implementation of field experiments.
Organic RT Grower Advisors:
- Jay Armour – Four Winds Farm – Gardiner, NY
- Rick Baruc, Seeds of Solidarity – Orange, MA
- Jean-Paul Courtens, Roxbury Farm – Kinderhook, NY
- Janaki Fisher-Merritt, Food Farm – Wrenshall, MN
- Rob Johanson – Goranson Farm – Dresden, ME
- Lou Johns, Blue Heron Farm – Lodi, NY
- Susana Lein, Salamander Springs Farm – Berea, KY
- Jim Meyer, Cascadian Home Farm – Rockport, WA
- Rick Pedersen, Pedersen Farm – Seneca Castle, NY
- Lisa Turner, Laughing Stock Farm – Freeport, ME
- Tom Zilke – Zilke Vegetable Farm – Milan, MI
Current research and extension materials are based upon work that is supported by the NationalInstitute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number award # 2014-51300-22244.