Projects

“Create High Tunnel Gardens to Provide Hands-on Learning Experiences Related to Soil Health, Water Conservation, Botany, Nutrition, Soil Science and Agri-Business.” The Texas Small Farmers & Ranchers CBO and the Texas USDA/National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) have a common purpose of providing opportunities for changes to promote a healthy environment for humans and natural resources in rural and underserved communities.  The purpose of this grant agreement is outreach to historically underserved producers, enhancing their unique farming and ranching operations as it pertains to NRCS specifications for high tunnels, while increasing awareness and participation in USDA Programs.

“Outreach on Grazing Lands to Enhance Economic Analysis (Cost Benefits) for Conservation Changes”. TSFR/CBO has provided a letter of support for the National Grazing Lands Coalition with a project partnership in conducting outreach/education/demonstration opportunities on how prescribed grazing impacts pasture and range productivity, economics, and conservation.  The cornerstone of the project will be the analysis of the influence of grazing management systems and kind/class of animals on economic performance at the enterprise level.  With this approach, NGLC will work with a large group of producers, located in seven different geographic areas, to assemble economic data that can link improvements in management to economic returns.  

” Permanent Cross-Fencing with NRCS Specification/Construction” The Texas Small Farmers & Ranchers CBO and the Texas USDA/National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) have a common purpose of providing opportunities for changes to promote a healthy environment for humans and natural resources in rural and underserved communities.  The purpose of this grant agreement is outreach to five (5) historically underserved producers in East Texas Counties to address and enhance their unique farming and ranching operations as it pertains to NRCS specifications for cross-fencing for rotational grazing while increasing their awareness and participation in USDA Programs.

Texas Local Food Marketing Network Collaborative: Statewide Peer-to-Peer Training and Technical Assistance.” Texas direct market producers and the farmers markets upon which they rely as their primary sales channel are struggling to cope with diminishing profit margins due to depressed prices, low-cost foreign competitors, and the rapidly changing landscape of high-tech food distribution. The Texas Local Food Direct Marketing Network Collaborative will be Texas’ first statewide network with the purpose to meet training and technical assistance needs of direct market producers and farmers markets.