The UC Santa Cruz Farm & Garden is now accepting applications for the 2020 Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture. Applications are due by September 30, 2019.
The impact of the Kerr Center’s other programs would be faint if we didn’t get the word out. Be it through publications, videos and slide shows, workshops and events, internships, or online learning, education is our mission!
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Videos, slide shows, reports, fact sheets.
Practical how-to information on organic horticulture, sustainable livestock production, common-sense conservation, sustainable food and agriculture.
A Track Record of Effective Outreach
2000: The organization and sponsorship of the first sustainable agriculture conference in the state, Future Farms 2000, and subsequent Future Farms conferences through 2008.
2001: Publication of the book The Next Green Revolution: Essential Steps to a Healthy Sustainable Agriculture, ranked at the top of a popular list of “Great Books for Sustainable Agriculture.”
2001: Bringing in the Sheaves, the first seminar on Oklahoma’s food system, to discuss health, food, agriculture and community.
2003: The center compiled and published The Oklahoma Food Connection, the first statewide directory of farmers selling directly to the public.
2006: Publication of Closer to Home: Healthier Food, Farms and Families in Oklahoma, the first book about Oklahoma’s food system from farm to table.
2007- 2012: The first forage-based buck tests for meat goats in this region was done on the Kerr Ranch. The test yielded valuable information about how to raise goats sustainably in the region, published in a series of reports.
2012: The Kerr Center launched its three year Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program, funded by a grant from the USDA NIFA program. This kind of free training in sustainable horticulture and livestock production was a first in the state.
2011-2015: The first non-profit in the state to hold educational events and do work to highlight the decline in pollinators and ways to improve pollinator habitat.
The Kerr Center continues to innovate and lead the way as people everywhere recognize the need for sustainability on the farm and in all areas of life.