Friday, December 7, 2012

Equipment & Tools for Small-Scale Intensive Crop Production

ATTRA (Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas) is a great resource for beginning farmers.  They have tons of great publications and videos available plus they can answer your specific questions.

A recent email I received told about a new publication and webinar on equipment and tools for small scale farmers.  Below is the Introduction to the publication and below that is the webinar.  I hope you find these helpful.

Equipment & Tools for Small-Scale Intensive Crop Production
The use of appropriate agricultural equipment and tools for small-scale intensive crop production contributes to the viability of the farm by enhancing production efficiency. Equipment and tools are necessary for plant propagation, soil preparation, planting, pest and weed control, irrigation, harvesting, post-harvest handling, storage, and distribution. Sustainable agriculture can be a labor-intensive business and by selecting the appropriate tool for the task at hand, farmers can increase profits by increasing crop yields, improving crop quality, and reducing expenses. Factors to consider when choosing appropriate agricultural equipment and tools include the location and growing conditions of the farm, the type of crops being grown, the production practices being used, and how the crops will be marketed.

Tools for Small Scale Production archived webinar.

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