A vast collection of resources, organizations, community gardens, and reports related to food security, food systems, sustainable agriculture, farmers markets, food policy and a variety of food access issues.
Let’s Move is an initiative of the Office of the First Lady, Michelle Obama, designed to solve the issue of childhood obesity within a generation and involves parents and families in order to get kids more active and eating healthier foods. The website includes resources for parents, community leaders, schools and health care professionals to begin to address the nations childhood obesity epidemic.
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.
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.
The CDC has many resource pages related to food access centered on Obesity, Transportation and Food Access – which includes resources on food-related transportation in low income communities, and Healthy Food Environments - and includes a variety of food access-related resources on community gardens, farmers markets, food policy councils and farmland protection. Resource pages provide fact sheets on various topics, and also include reports and white papers.
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.
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.
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.
- Dietary Guidance for Ethnic/ Cultural Food guide Pyramid
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.
This policy brief by the National Association of Counties (NACO) outlines five strategies that county leaders can implement to increase residents’ access to healthy and affordable foods in urban and rural areas. This provides specific examples of policy and innovations from different areas around the country in regards to the five strategies as well as resources.
This document, from the International Rescue Committee in San Diego, covers the basics of how to start an urban agriculture project, including how to build support and partner with local partners and city government, how to choose a site, an overview of how zoning processes work, and additional resources for community gardens.