Jayne T. MacLean

Leaders in Alternative and Sustainable Agriculture: Oral History Interview Series

Jayne MacLean
Alternative Farming Systems Information Center
National Agricultural Library
Beltsville, MD

Interview by Jane Gates with Jayne MacLean with an introduction by Jane Gates.
Beltsville, Md. : National Agricultural Library, 1994.


Jayne MacLean was Coordinator of the Alternative Farming Systems Information Center, National Agricultural Library, from 1986 until her retirement in December, 1993. She was one of the first USDA employees to openly support alternative 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 Ms. MacLean during the course of his interview. We hope that this will be an informative and interesting way to view the conversation.

Video lengths in minutes are approximate.

Video Menu

1. Introduction, organic programs and the formation of AFSIC [11 minutes]

2. Early AFSIC and the establishment of LISA [8 minutes]

3. Role of AFSIC, outreach, sustainability and the sustainable movement [10 minutes]

4. Low input farming, LISAs transformation into SARE and SAN and predictions for the future [11 minutes]

Watch All Four Parts In Succession


1. How did the Alternative Farming Systems Information Center get started? [4 minutes]

2. What are the impacts of sustainable agriculture on rural development? [3 minutes]

3. Do you feel encouraged by sustainable agriculture today? [4 minute]

4. What are your predictions for the future? [2 minutes]

National Agricultural Library Cataloging Record

Author: Jane Potter Gates, Jayne T. MacLean, and the National Agricultural Library (U.S.).
Title: Oral history interview with Jayne T. MacLean by Jane Gates.
Publisher: Beltsville, Md. : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library; Washington, D.C., 1994.
Series: AFSIC oral history interview series
Subjects: MacLean, Jayne T.; Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (U.S.); Sustainable agriculture - United States.
Description: Original format: 1 videorecording (40 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
NAL Call Number: Videocassette no. 1965

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.