1. Vargas Farms


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    In 2012, former migrant worker Felix Vargas was awarded a Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) grant to experiment with traditional Mexican crops through season extension technology.  RAFI’s Tobacco Communities Reinvestment Fund helps farmers stay on the land, successfully grow their businesses and strengthen rural economies. In exchange, the farmers receiving RAFI grants give back to their farming communities by sharing their project ideas and lessons learned. According to a recent UNCG study, the impacts of these grants are widespread- each dollar invested by RAFI turns into $204 in the local economy, each grant supporting an average of 4 farm jobs and 220 acres maintained in production, and at least 4 unfunded farms use the lessons learned for each funded project. The Tobacco Communities Reinvestment Fund is supported by the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission. For more information about the project or to support this work visit www.rafiusa.org. CREDITS: Camera, Sound, and Editing by Elena Rue and Catherine Orr of StoryMineMedia

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    • Texas A&M Horticulture Study Abroad - CHINA


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      Dr. Mengmeng Gu and Senior Horticulture Major Tess McIntyre share their experiences during their 2011 Study Abroad trip to China. Interested students can visit http://greenviion.wordpress.com/announcement/ to learn more about the 2012 trip or email Dr. Gu at mgu@tamu.edu.

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      • Freedom Valley Farm - Season Extension


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        We talk to Jim at Freedom Valley Farm about season extension techniques.

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        • Low Tunnel Demo pt 1


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          Putting together a Low Tunnel. Sorry for the poor Audio :D

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          • Eliot Coleman VABF 2011


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            Year-Round Vegetable Production Using Organic Practices Eliot Coleman is one of America‘s most innovative farmers. His determination to grow organic vegetable crops during the winter for profit in Maine has started a revolution among small farmers and market gardeners throughout the temperate climate regions of the world. Thanks to Eliot Coleman‘s books such as Four Season Harvest and The Winter Harvest Handbook many Virginia farmers now look forward to the fall as a time to get started in crop production. Or-ganic growers are learning that there are often better opportunities for economic success in the cool off season than there are in the warm summer months. Quite a few members of the Virginia Association for Biological Farming remember hearing Eliot speak about organic farming practices used by small farmers in Europe at one of the Sustainable Agriculture Conferences held in Charlottesville back in the 1980s. His first book, The New Organic Grower had a huge influence on thousands of aspiring organic farmers. It gave everyone practical systems to follow in organic vegetable production that really worked. This book brought a great deal of new credibility to organic vegetable production by creating order out of chaos.

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