Develop: OSALT growers conduct research and testing focused on the development of sustainable agricultural practices. OSALT then disseminates the results of this research and testing through educational outreach.
Research: Through a combination of review of current knowledge, grower experiences and analytical thinking, growers on OSALT lands design and conduct field trialsto build a body of knowledge and practices that bring us closer to a sustainable agriculture.
Ecologically sound: natural systems are an intersection of dynamically balanced relationships of living and non-living things (The Circle of Life). Ecologically sound practices are those that can be repeated over and over without exceeding the capacity of the system to return to balance.
Agriculture: the purposeful attempt by human beings to influence what grows where, and when. Agriculture may also be described as a contest, 10,000-12,000 years old, between human beings and nature to determine who is in charge.