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youth : renewing the countryside


Renewing the Countryside


Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE)


SARE’s mission is to advance—to the whole of American agriculture—innovations that improve profitability, stewardship and quality of life by investing in groundbreaking research and education.

Renewing the Countryside builds awareness, support, and resources for farmers, artists, activists, entrepreneurs, educators, and others whose work is helping create healthy, diverse, and sustainable rural communities.







A project of : Renewing the Countryside

publishing partners

Published by : Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Senior Editor : Jan Joannides

Editors : Lisa Bauer, Valerie Berton, Johanna Divine

SARE, Youth, and Sustainable Agriculture

Renewing the Countryside

Associate Editors : Jonathan Beutler, Dave Holman, Isaac Parks A farm is to a beginning farmer what a blank canvas

Renewing the Countryside works to strengthen rural

Creative Direction : Brett Olson

is to an aspiring artist. It is no wonder then that

areas by sharing information on sustainable

America’s youth are some of agriculture’s greatest

development, providing practical assistance and

Design Intern : Eric Drommerhausen

innovators and experimenters. The evidence is right here

networking opportunities, and fostering connections between

Lead Writers : Dave Holman and Nathalie Jordi

between the covers of this book—youth driving rural renewal

urban and rural citizens.

by testing new ideas on farms, ranches, and research stations

Lead Photographer : Dave Holman

across the country. SARE supports these pioneers. In this book,

This is the ninth in a series of books Renewing the Countryside

read about the Bauman family farm in Kansas, the Full Belly Farm has created in partnership with others. Each book shares stories Contributing Writers : Nancy Arcayna, Mele Anderson, Anna Barnwell, Jonathan Beutler, Laura Borgendale, in California or the Living Forestry Coop in Wisconsin, all

of rural renewal and all are part of an education campaign

Hailey Branson, Heather Foran, Kiki Hubbard, Alina Kelman, Heather Kennison, Carrie Kilman, Bryce Oates, examples of farms or projects that have received a SARE grant to aimed at building awareness and support for the people,

Isaac Park, Margaret Pendleton, Amy Rathke, Elisabeth Reinkordt, Stephanie Taylor, Aubrey Videtto, test and develop new ideas—and which, in turn, have enlisted

practices, and policies that help create healthy, sustainable, and Alessandra Vitrella, Erin Volheim

young people in their efforts. See

equitable rural communities.

Contributing Photographers : Ariel Agenbroad, Maralee Bauman, Elaine Borgen, Laura Borgendale, Brad Christensen, Matthew Frank, Kiki Hubbard, Anna Jacobson, Nathalie Jordi, Jessica Marsan, Teena jo Neal, SARE is a grassroots grant making and outreach program

Other national Renewing the Countryside initiatives include:

Brett Olson, Loretta Reed, Elisabeth Reinkordt, Chad A. Stevens, Jaime Winters advancing sustainable agriculture across America. SARE

Advisory Team : Amalia Anderson, Jen Aspengren, Lisa Bauer, Valerie Berton, Andy Clark, Brian Depew, supports farmers, ranchers, and educators—young and old—as

Green Routes— a sustainable travel program that helps

Johanna Divine, Jen James, Dena Leibman, Jill Martus-Ninham, Beth Munnich, Melissa Sobolik, they explore new models for everything from clean energy

diversify rural economies. The program directs people to

Bouapha Toommaly, Yimeem Vu, Stephanie Weisenbach

farming to direct marketing to practices that protect the land

places where they can eat, play, sleep, shop, move, and

and revitalize communities. SARE is grassroots: Four regional

learn in ways that support a sustainable countryside.

Proofreaders and Associates : Jonathan Beutler, Sarah Brincks, Koby Jeschkeit-Hagen, Helene Murray, Isaac Park, Lindsay Rebhan, Margaret Schnieders, Kate Seager, Alison Welwood councils of top researchers, educators, and farmers set SARE


policies and make grants in every corner of the nation. SARE

Sponsors : Center for Rural Strategies, W.K. Kellogg Foundation Outreach produces and distributes practical, how-to information

Journeys with First Nations—like Green Routes, but on and

based on the program’s more than twenty years of research

near Indian country, in partnership with Native peoples.

Printer : Visions Print Communications (NMSDC), Minnesota, USA results. See

Paper : Cover, 130lb KniteKote I 30% post consumer recycled paper I FSC certified I PCF

In the Upper Midwest, Renewing the Countryside’s work includes:

Inside, 100lb Flo I 10% post consumer recycled paper I FSC certified SARE is funded by the Cooperative State Research, Education,

and Extension Service (CSREES) at USDA and since its beginning

Local Food Hero—A radio show that discusses the

ISBN: 978-0-9795458-2-5

in 1988 has invested a total of $161 million in more than 4000

growing, cooking, eating, and politics of food.

Library of Congress Control Number: 2009922044

initiatives. More than 7 percent of these grants are dedicated to fostering the next generation of farmers by helping them secure

Healthy Local Foods at the EcoExperience—Educating the

Copyright 2009 by Renewing the Countryside and Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE).

land and financing and farm more sustainably. See

public about local food systems and sustainable

All rights reserved.

agriculture through an innovative, interactive exhibit at the

Address inquiries to:

Minnesota State Fair.

Renewing the Countryside,

North Central

612-871-1541 · · Northeastern

Got Local?—Networking workshops that bring together


Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)

farmers and buyers of local foods.

10300 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, MD 20705 ·

CV Creating Value-Added Communities—Facilitating


The information given is for educational purposes only. Reference to individuals, businesses, commercial AC communities through a process that helps them develop

products, or trade names is made with the understanding that no discrimination is intended and no endorsement is implied by Renewing the Countryside or Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE).

strategies for creating wealth and reducing poverty, while


planning for sustainable economic development.

To read more stories of people revitalizing their rural

First Printing

SARE’s four regional offices and outreach office work to advance communities or to learn about and support this work, visit

sustainable innovations to the whole of American agriculture.




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