Garth Youngberg

Leaders in Alternative and Sustainable Agriculture: Oral History Interview Series

Garth Youngberg
Institute of Alternative Agriculture
Greenbelt, Maryland

Interview by Jane Gates with Garth Youngberg with an introduction by Jayne MacLean.
Beltsville, Md. : National Agricultural Library, 1991.


Dr. I. Garth Youngberg was the founder and director of the Institute for Alternative Agriculture, producing one of the first journals that focused on the research in the field of alternative agriculture. His work in the field of agriculture has had a large affect on his contemporaries leading them to reexamine conventional agricultural practices and explore alternative approaches. In 1988, Dr. Youngberg received the MacArthur Fellowship Award for his work on sustainable agriculture.

Access the video in segments from the video menu below or you may watch each segment consecutively to view the full interview. The title for each segment provides a brief description of the topics discussed.

The segments in the Questions section are drawn from the full interview. They duplicate video segments from the menu. These are not verbatim questions asked by the interviewer, but rather topics addressed by Dr. Youngberg during the course of his interview. We hope that this will be an informative and interesting way to view the conversation.

The 1980 Report and Recommendations on Organic Farming mentioned in this interview.

Video lengths in minutes are approximate.

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1. Introduction, early life and education [11 minutes]

2. Awareness of alternative agriculture, path to the USDA and the 1980 Organic Report [11 minutes]

3. Reaction to the report and the Institute for Alternative Agriculture [8 minutes]

4. American Journal of Alternative Agriculture, awareness building and institute programs [11 minutes]

5. Research in sustainable agriculture, the MacArthur Fellows Award and the future [12 minutes]

Watch All Five Parts In Succession


1. What was your involvement in the USDA's 1980 Report and Recommendations on Organic Farming? [4 minutes]

2. How was the Henry A. Wallace Institute for Alternative Agriculture founded? [4 minutes]

3. What activities is the Institute involved in? [4 minute]

4. What are your thoughts on the future? [3 minutes]

National Agricultural Library Cataloging Record

Author: Jane Potter Gates, Garth Youngberg, National Agricultural Library (U.S.); Washington, D.C. : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
Title: Oral history interview with I. Garth Youngberg.
Publisher: Beltsville, Md. : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library, 1991.
Series: AFSIC oral history interview series
Subjects: Youngberg, Garth; Organic farming - United States - History; Agricultural chemicals - Environmental aspects - History; Alternative agriculture - History
Description: Original format: 1 videocassette (60 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
Note(s): VHS. "6/17/91"
NAL Call Number: Videocassette no. 1128.

The National Agricultural Library does not verify the accuracy of the accounts described herein by participants in an Oral History Project. These oral histories are expressions of the views, memories and opinions of the interviewee. They do not represent the policy, views or official history of the United States Department of Agriculture or the National Agricultural Library.