ATTRA is Here to Help!

This post was written by Ann Baier, Organic/Sustainable Agriculture Specialist, NCAT.

We are here, we are here! Remember that line in Dr. Seuss’ book, Horton Hears a Who? Well, the ATTRA Project of NCAT is here! Long-time allies with CCOF in our mission to foster organic, ecological, sustainable, and successful farmers, a link to ATTRA’s “Ask an Expert” program has been added to the “revolving carousel” of CCOF's homepage.

Some of you might say, “We love ATTRA! Our farming business is alive and well because of the information we got from ATTRA.” Others may ask, “What is ATTRA?” ATTRA is the National Sustainable Agriculture information Service, a project of the nonprofit organization the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT).

On our webiste you will find >400 publications, webinars, narrated PowerPoint presentations, and many other resources. We also offer a variety of workshops, depending on current project funding. At the end of our toll-free lines (English 800-346-9140; Spanish 800-411-3222), you’ll find a real human being who will direct your question to someone who can help answer it.

I have been lucky enough to be part of the NCAT/ATTRA team since 2002. While situated in Soquel on California’s Central Coast, I am part of NCAT’s Davis, CA, office, which is one of seven regional offices across the country: Montana, Arkansas, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Texas, Mississippi, and California.

The people at NCAT/ATTRA with whom I work are wonderful, curious, good-hearted, and practical people, each with special areas of experience and expertise in just about every aspect of crop and livestock production, processing, regulations, marketing, pest management, food safety, and whole farm business and finance. They are as smart about doing their research as they are down-to earth in thinking through the usefulness of any information to real-farm and -ranch applications. Is this too good to be true? Nope! Give us a try.