Use of Direct Marketing Strategies by Farmers and their Impact on the Farm

This report, from the April 2011 Agricultural and Resource Economics Review and written by Hiroki Uematsu and Ashok Mishra, looks at factors affecting the total number of direct marketing strategies adopted by farmers.

http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/bitstream/105457/2/mishra%20workshop%20paper%20-%20current.pdf

National Good Food Network

The National Good Food Network (NGFN) includes a network of stakeholders from across the country that are working across the food system to meet the growing demand for healthy, green, fair, affordable food. The NGFN's database includes reports, webinars, case studies, business models, and research dealing with issues related to ‘scaling up’ local food. The website also provides contact information to connect people with regional partners working in the field.

http://www.ngfn.org/resources/ngfn-database

Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

The Leopold Center is interested in research and programs that can make agriculture more profitable and keep small and mid-sized farmers on their land. The Leopold Center's Research and Programs webpage includes resources on current available competitive grants; policy, marketing and food systems, ecology initiatives and other projects that the Center is working on.

http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/research/research_programs.htm

C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Agriculture

The C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Agriculture at Michigan State University provides research, conference proceedings and presentations on community food systems, farming and production techniques, business plans and resources on food processing and distribution.

http://www.mottgroup.msu.edu/

 

Ecotrust

Ecotrust’s Food and Farms website offers resources for farm to school programs and links schools with local farmers through their food hub webpage, which provides a catalog of buyers and sellers and profiles of businesses throughout Oregon.  Ecotrust serves as the Western Regional Lead for the National Farm to School Network.

Ecotrust’s Food and Farms website offers resources for farm to school programs and links schools with local farmers through their food hub webpage, which provides a catalog of buyers and sellers and profiles of businesses throughout Oregon.  Ecotrust serves as the Western Regional Lead for the National Farm to School Network.

http://www.ecotrust.org/foodfarms/

Indian Country Extensions

This website features resources from all tribal extension offices across the country and includes information on nutrition and health, as well as farming and gardening resources specific to tribes, such as the Cherokee Farming and Gardening resource portal found here. Also included on the website are local office publications and news, and a map of all Indian Country Extension Offices.

http://www.indiancountryextension.org/extension/program/cherokee-farming-and-gardening

WHY Hunger

The WHY Hunger resource page includes reports on hunger, advocacy tools, federal nutrition policy tools, and farm to school program models. Their resource directory is a searchable database of food pantries, health care services, economic development resources and anti poverty organizations. Their Food Security Learning Center page includes information on a wide variety of food access topics such as farm to school, land use planning, local and regional food systems, and climate change.

http://www.whyhunger.org/resources.html

The Center for Food and Justice at Occidental College

The Center for Food and Justice at the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute publications page covers topics including farm to school and other farm to institution programs, and food access case studies from across the Los Angeles area.

http://uepiapps.oxy.edu/cfj.php?x=publications

The Farmers Market Coalition

The Farmers Market Coalition resource library is intended for vendors, farmers, market managers, inspectors, and consumers and covers a wide range of topics including funding, promotion and marketing, insurance and liability, management and operations, EBT and evaluation. The coalition’s website offers resources for farmers markets including webinars, and policy and advocacy tools.

http://farmersmarketcoalition.org/resources/resource-library

USDA Community Food Security Projects

The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Community Food Project Grants attempt to increase food security in communities across the US through community gardens, youth/school gardening projects, promoting local food purchases, and food access and outreach. The report, “The Activities and Impacts of Community Food Projects 2005-2009” captures broad outcomes from the 307 CFPs funded between 2005 and 2009.

http://www.foodsecurity.org/pub/CPF_Activities_Impacts_2005-09.pdf

Office of Faith Based Initiatives

The USDA Office of Faith Based Initiatives and the Let's Move Faith and Communities websites provides resources, tools and fact-sheets on  community gardens for faith-based organizations and those working with faith-based groups.

http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=FBCI

http://www.hhs.gov/partnerships/letsmove/

 

Community Food Enterprise

Wallace Center and BALLE International highlight case studies of community food enterprises –locally owned food businesses – from across the globe. These case studies focus on the enterprise strategies used to gain competitiveness, outline major challenges and solutions to overcome those challenges, ask how the enterprises meet the triple bottom lines of 'profit, people, and planet,' and address how replicable their business models are.

http://www.communityfoodenterprise.org/

Cornell Greenhouse Horticulture

This website covers issues related to greenhouses such as crops and gardening resources, structures and equipment, pest management, and business planning and marketing. The business and marketing resource page provides examples of a greenhouse enterprise budget and other financial tools.

http://www.greenhouse.cornell.edu/index.html

Michigan Good Food Charter

The Michigan Good Food Charter presents a vision for Michigan’s food and agriculture system and outlines 25 agenda priorities for the next 10 years. Other resources on this website include a food system infrastructure report, and an institutional food purchasing report.

http://www.michiganfood.org/assets/goodfood/docs/MI%20Good%20Food%20Charter%20Final.pdf