LINKS TO SITES OF INTEREST
National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service - Latest news, newsletter and downloadable reports.
SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) - This link takes you directly to the database of sustainable research studies SARE has funded. This is a rich resource worth exploring.
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition - Launched in 2009 as a new force for federal farm and food policy advocacy, arising out of two successful grassroots organizations, the Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (SAC) and the National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture.
USDA National Organic Program - This program develops, implements, and administers national production, handling, and labeling standards for organic agricultural products
National Association of State Organic Programs - A portal to reach state programs, with information on research grants available.
The National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture - Links to action alerts on grassroots initiatives.
Center for Environmental Farming Systems - Established at North Carolina State University in collaboration with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture.
C. S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems at Michigan State University - The groups serves as a vehicle to promote community engagement and scholarly activity focused on community-based food systems.
The Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture - Information ranges from the philosophy of organic farming to practice tips and techniques.
Food and Society Policy Fellows - Supported by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.
The Henry A. Wallace Center - Provides funding and policy support for sustainable agriculture
Thomas Jefferson Agricultural Institute - Aa nonprofit agriculture education and research center based in Columbia, MO.
The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University - The center is a research and education center with statewide programs to develop sustainable agricultural practices that are both profitable and conserve natural resources.
The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology - Their tagline says that they are the science source for food, agricultural and environmental issues.
The Center for Environmental Farming Systems - The Center for Environmental Farming Systems develops and promotes food and farming systems that protect the environment, strengthen local communities, and provide economic opportunities in North Carolina and beyond.
The World Wide Web Virtual Library for Sustainable Agriculture - This site features an aggregation of links ona wide variety of topics of interest.
Organic Trade Association - A member trade association for organic growers in North America.
Ethical Markets - The group disseminates information on green investing,
socially responsible investing, green business, green energy, business ethics news, environmentally friendly technology, good corporate citizenship and sustainable development.
Sustainability Store - Directory of socially and environmentally responsible products and services for creating a sustainable future.
Glynwood Center - The center helps communities grapple with the tension between economic development and conservation of natural and cultural resources.
Certified Naturally Grown - A non-profit alternative certification program tailored for small-scale, direct-market farmers using natural methods.
Energy Farms Network (Post-Carbon Institute) - The project has launched Local Energy Farm Demonstration Projects in Willits, California; Rogue River, Oregon; Kentucky State University; and Sebastopol, California.
National Family Farm Coalition - The group's missionl is "to demand viable livelihoods for family farmers, safe and healthy food for everyone, and economically and environmentally sound rural communities.
American Pastured Poultry Association (APPA) - This group supports raising poultry on pasture instead of confinement facilities.
Farmers Legal Action Group (FLAG) - Farmers' Legal Action Group, Inc. (FLAG) is a nonprofit law center dedicated to providing legal services to family farmers and their rural communities in order to help keep family farmers on the land.
The Farm to Consumer Foundation - With its Cow-Share College and Goat-Share University, the Farm to Consumer Foundation supports the premise that farmers should be able to products, including animal products, directy to consumers. Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund is a companion project that provides affordable legal counsel to consumers and farmers targeted by government agencies for practices such as providing raw milk to consumers.
U.S. Working Group on the Food Crisis - "An ad hoc group of organizations from around the US, representing various sectors of the food system, including anti-hunger, family farm, community food security, environmental, international aid, labor, food justice, consumer, and other groups. We do not view the food crisis as an unexpected, sudden emergency of the last year, but as the inevitable consequence of the development of a long list of misguided agricultural and food policies over the last 30+ years."
The Center for Food Safety - "Works to protect human health and the environment by curbing the proliferation of harmful food production technologies and by promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture."
The Cornucopia Institute - Promoting economic justice for family scale farming.
Common Circle Education - Common Circle Education offers permaculture design courses focused on community building. The site's motto is: Intention + Presence + Permaculture Design + Healthy Communities = Sustainability.
Sustainability Network - ActionSpark.com is an online networking site for people who are interested in sustainability.
Food First - The Institute for Food Policy and Development analyzes" the root causes of global hunger, poverty, and ecological degradation and developing solutions in partnership with movements working for social change."
The Natural Step - Accelerating Change Toward Sustainability (Canada)
Equal Exchange - This U.S.-based worker-owned cooperative strives to create a food system that empowers farmers and consumers, supports small farmer co-ops and uses sustainable farming methods
Permaculture Association (Britain)
Soil Association (United Kingdom)
The Permaculture Research Institute (Australia)
Biodynamic Agriculture Association (Australia)
The Composting Society of Canada (Canada)
Seed & Plant Sanctuary for Canada - A charitable organization dedicated to the health and vitality of the earth through the preservation and promotion of heritage seeds, now in its seventh year.
NOTE: Those who are interested in sustainable agriculture in tropical areas should consider signing up for The Food Provider newsletter produced by the Sustainable and Organic Agriculture Program at the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at the University of Hawaii.