RE: Info Request on Farmer-Led Watershed Initiatives

Jim Kleinschmit asked for "information on watershed initiatives that are 
primarily farmer-led and organized."

This was a major theme of the Conference on Environmental Enhancement through 
Agriculture, held in November 1995. The first eight papers in the proceedings 
of that conference are about watershed projects that either were farmer-
initiated or that at least had very substantial farmer involvement:

	Operation Future: Farmers Protecting Darby Creek and 	
	the Bottom Line (Dennis W. Hall)                                      

	The Watershed Approach to Integrating Agricultural
	Production and Water Quality Enhancement
	(Maurice G. Cook and J. Mark Rice)                                

	Padilla Bay Proposes a Unique Community Partnership for	
	On-Farm Agriculture and Estuary Research and Education           
	(Colette DePhelps)                                               

	Watershed Protection: A Better Way (Richard I. Coombe)                
	Sustainable Farming Practices Benefit Minnesota Landscape
	(Dana Jackson and George Boody)                                  

	Marin Coastal Watershed Enhancement Project: A Cooperative
	Approach to Adapting Nonpoint-Source Pollution Guidelines to
	Local Conditions (Ellen Rilla and Stephanie Larson)                   
	Buffalo River Tributaries Watershed Project
	(Dennis Hackbart)                                                

	The Zuni River Watershed Act: An Ecosystem Plan
	(Gary D. Wooten and Ellen R. Dietrich)                           

The following is a description of the entire volume, with ordering information. 
A complete table of contents is available from me by e-mail.



March 1996                          xii+334 pp.                   

Foreword by Karl N. Stauber, Under Secretary for
Research, Education and Economics, U.S. Department
of Agriculture.

Edited by William Lockeretz, Tufts University

This volume develops the idea of an agriculture the serves the
environment rather than conflicting with it. Its 36 papers offer
numerous examples of agricultural systems that benefit the
environment in diverse ways: increasing wildlife habitat and
biodiversity; protecting water quality in streams and estuaries;
producing substitutes for nonrenewable energy sources; turning
urban waste into a resource instead of a problem; offering
aesthetically appealing landscapes; and bringing urban residents
into closer contact with food production and the land. 

Many of these papers describe specific activities that already are
achieving these benefits; others propose forward-looking
alternatives that would do more to support environmental quality.
The papers give special attention to areawide collaborations in
which farmers, concerned citizens, and technical experts work
together to establish common goals and develop innovative
arrangements to achieve them.

The papers are from a conference held in Boston, Massachusetts
(USA) in November 1995, sponsored by the Tufts University School of
Nutrition Science and Policy, the American Farmland Trust, and the
Henry A. Wallace Institute for Alternative Agriculture.

Copies are $20, postpaid. (Outside North America, add $12 if you 
want it sent by air mail.)

Payment (U.S. funds only, please) should be made out to
"Trustees of Tufts College." Please send your prepaid order to:

     Center for Agriculture, Food and Environment
     School of Nutrition Science and Policy
     Tufts University
     Medford, MA 02155 (USA)