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February 11, 2004 - Economics of Sustainable Agriculture- Keeping sustainable small farms, small, viable and sustainable.

At the turn of the last century, over 90% of the US population a was involved in agriculture. Today that number has dwindled to less then 2% of the population. Small family farms have all but disappeared. Making farming economically viable is critical for the future of small-scale farms, the food they grow and environmental benefits they provide.

Join Jerry as we learn about the innovative farming practices and marketing strategies that are pointing the way forward and how consumers can play a more active role in supporting small scale family farms.

  • John Irked, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri, Colombia, MO
  • Jim Crawford, Farmer, New Morning Farm,co- founder of Tuscarawas Organic Growers, Huston town, PA
  • Julia Wiley, co-owner Marquita Farm, Watsonville, CA

    For More Information:

  • Profile of the Crawford's
  • Reflections on the 2003 CSA season (by Julia Wiley at NewFarm.org)
  • Marquita Farm
  • Tuscarora Organic Growers
  • John Ikerd's home page