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The Closer to Home report looks at Oklahoma’ food system from farm to table, asking how we can make our fields and tables healthier.
Provides Instructors a Useful Framework for Teaching the Essential Points of Sustainable Agriculture. Use as a Supplemental Text for Courses in Agriculture, the Environmental Sciences, and Rural Sociology.
This report relates the Kerr Center’s experiences with small-scale farming and gardening tools during a decade of bio-extensive management on the Cannon Horticulture Plots. Tools evaluated include spades, digging forks, broadforks, hoes, and more.
This publication outlines the origins of organic agriculture, highlighting the concepts that define it as a distinct and sustainable approach to farming.
Sweet Sorghum: Production and Processing, enduringly popular and useful, is now available in an updated second edition! Download or order a copy today!
This report presents the results of our 2012 heirloom sweet potato variety trial.
This report contains an overview of insights and observations from three years of grant-funded investigation of small-scale technologies and techniques for growing sweet potatoes that might benefit gardeners and small market growers.
This document contains policy recommendations covering environmental issues, fair markets and contracts, marketing, education and research, and rural development. Also: guiding principles, mission and values of the Kerr Center. For state and national use.
This report outlines the “bio-extensive” approach to fertility and weed management used on the Cannon Horticulture Plots.
This fact sheet describes how to eliminate bermudagrass from future vegetable fields using a sorghum-sudangrass cover crop.
This presentation gives an extensive overview of setting up an organic farming system.
This is a list, by item, of sources of seeds, tools, and supplies used in the Kerr Center horticulture program.
This is a list of resources and description of basic equipment necessary for soil preparation and seeding in different farming methods.
This report includes guidelines and an organic system plan to help determine whether an organic farming operation meets the USDA standards.
This report describes the demonstration organic market garden planted as a teaching tool for the 2014 Oklahoma Beginning Farmer & Rancher Program.
This is an FAQ-format summary of organic farming for producers considering certification.
This report defines and describes heirloom vegetable varieties and discusses their implications.
This report outlines how to control grasses and weeds, and build soil life, health, and fertility organically, using cover crops and rotations.
This presentation discusses the management of crop pests on an organic market farm.
This handout has guidelines for farmers and sellers at farmers markets to reduce the risk of foodborne illness.
This publication describes our project to establish native pollinator plants using organic techniques.
This handout lists various supplies and equipment used in the Kerr Center’s organic horticulture program.
This Oklahoma Producer Grant project fact sheet describes several practices – including permanent sod, limited-access watering points, and buffer strips – to improve water quality in ponds.
This Oklahoma Producer Grant project fact sheet includes a farm/ranch profile, project objectives, project description (water line, watering points, results), and tips/lessons learned.
This report covers site preparation, lime application, fertilization, weed control, legume selection, seed inoculation, estimating establishment costs, grazing management, companion grasses, winter and summer annual and perennial legumes, and pasture surveying.
This presentation covers ways to use grazing rotations and stocking of multiple livestock species to manage parasites in meat goats.
This article describes the implementation and results of two agroforestry projects undertaken on the Kerr Center ranch in the 1990s.
This intern report describes the chicken tractor used in the Kerr Center’s pastured poultry projects from 2009-2010.
This paper, by a former Kerr Center intern, explores the pros and cons of large-scale vermicomposting.
This intern report describes which feedstocks produce the most suitable biochar in a two-barrel biochar retort of a design used at the Kerr Center.
This intern report describes the results of a series of trials designed to determine whether adding different mineral salts affected the quality of biochar produced in a two-barrel retort of a design used at the Kerr Center.
This intern report describes the results of a series of trials designed to determine which materials produce the most suitable biochar in a two-barrel biochar retort of a design used at the Kerr Center.
This report presents the results of our 2011 heirloom sweet potato variety trial.
This report presents the results of our 2012 no-till organic pumpkin/warm season cover crop trial.
This report presents the results of our 2011 flour and meal corn demonstration.
This report provides an overview of the general requirements for organic certification and for food processing facilities, followed by a discussion of four different on-farm enterprises, including table eggs.
This report presents the results of our 2010 grafted heirloom tomato variety trial.
This fact sheet contains information on planting and growing narrow-leaf mountain mint, Pycnanthemum tenuifolium.
Rationale and preliminary results for using cover crops killed in place in raised beds as a low-till market vegetable production system
Summarizes U.S. food labeling laws; discusses economics of food labeling; analyzes labeling of organic and genetically modified foods, with a comparison of those cases between the United States and the European Union.
Brief guide to compliance with the National Organic Standard’s regulations for using manure and manure-compost in certified organic farming operations
Brief summary of issues in organic food and farming from a customer’s point of view: definition, benefits, GMOs, pesticides, regulatory agencies, labeling, shopping
This paper critically examines the impacts of the increasing use of the Ogallala-with specific focus on the situation in the Oklahoma and Texas Panhandle regions, and the possibility of adopting sustainable development practices to curb the increasing aquifer water depletion and deterioration.
If April showers bring May flowers, now’s the time to learn what to watch for – or plant – in your pollinator gardens. Several recent Kerr Center publications can help – download them all as an Earth Day treat! Then, pass that treat along to pollinators by putting the information to work, giving them a hand by preserving habitat and planting pollinator-friendly plants, trees and shrubs.