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/

 

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

Roots of Change

Roots of Change is a network in California whose goal is to establish a more sustainable food system by 2030. The issues they focus on include economic prosperity, environment and climate, healthy food access, and valued workforce. On their Healthy Food Access website, there are resources for non-profits, entrepreneurs, and farmers and ranchers.

http://rootsofchange.org/

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/

 

National Agriculture Library Catalogue (NAL)

The NAL resource catalog includes publications and resources encompassing all aspects of agriculture, including animal and veterinary sciences, entomology, plant sciences, forestry, aquaculture and fisheries, farming and farming systems, agricultural economics, extension and education, food and human nutrition, and earth and environmental sciences. Specific resource pages within NAL that are related to food access:

- The Alternative Farming Systems Information Center page provides data, news and reports dealing with sustainable food and farming systems including organic production, education and research, farm energy options, farms and community (see below), grazing systems and livestock breeds, alternative marketing and business practices. 

- This link from the NAL’s Food and Nutrition Information Center includes resources and information on Cultural and Ethnic Food and nutrition education materials for educators. Resources are online and available to borrow from the NAL and cover topics such as minority women’s health, menu planning, food distribution on Native American Reservations, and foreign language resources for educators.

- Farms and Community resources page

- Dietary Guidance for Ethnic/ Cultural Food guide Pyramid

http://agricola.nal.usda.gov/

 

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

 

Emerging Market Opportunities for Small Scale Producers

This report is the result of a proceeding of a special session at the August 2008 panel discussion that brought community based organizations that work with socially disadvantaged farmers together. The report offers information on farm-to-consumer marketing tactics, market channels available for farmers to increase their farm-to-firm sales and case interviews with produce buyers from Whole Foods and Keany Produce Company.

http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELPRDC5076556&acct=wdmgeninfo

Immigrant Farming Programs and Resources

This paper, written by Marla Rhodes and Hugh Joseph, is a guide on immigrant farming activities across the US.  It provides an overview of resources for immigrant farmers, including a list of organizations that work with immigrant farmers, and agriculture resources for Hispanic, Asian, and Southeast Asian farmers and refugees and migrant workers.

http://smallfarms.wsu.edu/wsu-pdfs/ImmigrantFarmingGuide.pdf