The Small Farm Innovations Co-Operative builds and develops collaborations between small farms, college agriculture programs and agri-businesses to implement projects that meet three objectives:

1) Through field trials on small working farms, to scientifically test, track and optimize the usefulness of innovations in agricultural technology, eco-system preservation and sustainable farming practices.

2) To provide practical on-farm experience to people interested in the dynamic science and art of growing high quality foods for local communities using natural sustainable growing practices and technologies.

3) To grow better quality crops with higher yields while preserving the environment and educating adult students about small wild farmlands.

Field trials are important to the advancement of sustainable farming innovations that have proven their worth in the lab. Small farmers are intrigued by the possibilities of innovations, yet their focus is on their farmland, the quality of their crops and their yields. When they agree to a field trial and the innovation works, the farmer and his lieutenants enthusiastically harvest, but much too often the documenting of data points is not as precise as it needs to be to understand the reason the field trial worked.

Students in agriculture programs have access to teachers, some school agriculture lands and other tremendous school resources, yet this education, not farming. Our Small Farm Innovations Co-Op puts students onto the farms and under the tutelage of affiliate farmers and their field staff as a part of school accredited classes.

Our Small Farm Innovations Co-Operative projects give adult students a full taste of contemporary farming that they cannot get on-campus, and they bring enthusiastic student resources onto small farms to document and provide accurate, consistent metrics to field trials that will advance the technology and practices of natural sustainable small farming.

 

Want to learn more about our Small Farm Innovations Co-Op?  We would love to talk to you. Fill out the form on this page or contact us by phone at 805-845-4949.

 

Additional Wild Farmlands On-Farm Education projects and events for 2016 are currently being planned and budgeted. Use the form to the right to join our email list or check back with this website often for news and updates.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Lizards-200The Wild Farmlands Foundation is committed to building relationships between small wilderness farmers and their local communities.  We are actively looking for foundations, businesses, individuals, youth groups, schools, clubs and other organizations that want to partner with us to build a strong community of support for small wild farmlands.

Farmer aFFILIATES

chuy-250Small farms have the heritage, the knowledge, the heart and the opportunity to optimize and extend the delivery of premium quality produce to local communities while protecting and sustaining irreplaceable ecosystems for future generations. All Wild Farmlands farmer and advisor affiliates have agreed to formally associate themselves with the Foundation, our mission and vision.

BEST IN CLASS

CSS Logo 250x146The challenge of implementing innovations for the small sustainable farmer is not a lack of opportunity, but rather a lack of time and resources. Which innovations or practices will actually work under the specific conditions of each farm? The Wild Farmlands Best In Class program accelerates our affiliate farmers' access to proven beneficial sustainable and natural agricultural innovations and practices. 

     

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