Do you know about National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT)?

They have a range of free email newsletters offering good information about what’s happening in sustainable agriculture.

The Weekly Harvest newsletter includes news gleaned by NCAT experts that is relevant to sustainable agriculture from sources around the country for the ATTRA – National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service website. In addition to keeping you abreast of the news, Weekly Harvest offers a roundup of grants and other funding opportunities as well as a calendar of events around the country.

Each issue also features one of ATTRA’s more than 300 sustainable-agriculture publications, ATTRA webinars, a Question of the Week, and “Ask a Sustainable Agriculture Expert,” your chance to submit a question to our staff online.

Hablamos espanol is a Spanish-language email newsletter, Cosecha Mensual, that offers many of the same features each month.

Six times each year, ATTRAnews brings you up to date on the latest developments in sustainable agriculture, what’s happening at the USDA and with Sustainable Agriculture Working Groups around the country. ATTRAnews features events and opportunities in sustainable agriculture, information on funding and financing, and it keeps you current on programs and policies such as Farm Bill implementations as well as production practices and the National Organic Standards.

NCAT is interested in helping communities increase their food security by producing their own healthy food.  They are trying to help communities do this with their Small-Scale Intensive Farm Training (SIFT) program and are developing a working, sustainably managed, demonstration farm on five acres at their Butte, Montana, headquarters. This farm will serve as the backdrop for an intensive, hands-on training program that will teach farmers and future farmers, urban food producers, community leaders, and citizens how to commercially produce high-value, nutrient-rich food on small parcels of land. Their email newsletter, SIFT news, can keep you up-to-date on the lessons learned as this venture matures.

It’s easy to sign up for any of NCAT’s newsletters with one visit to Be sure to check out ATTRA’s more than 300 publications (most of which are free to download), databases, webinars, and other resources at

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