Agriculture and Food Systems Resources

Ag Water Stewardship Resource Center: Practices, case studies, and other tools for building farm water security in California.

The Alternative Farming Systems Information Center: Educational and Training Opportunities in Sustainable Agriculture

ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service: Your source for the latest in sustainable agriculture and organic farming news, events and funding opportunities, as well as over 200 in-depth publications. is an effort to develop a comprehensive and up to date compilation of information resources for new, experienced, and potential farmers, as well as educators, activists, and policy makers interested in the development of new farm enterprises. Through our core resource pages and frequent blog postings, we hope to provide a robust and constantly growing forum for sharing information and ideas about starting new farms, as well as other content related to sustainable agriculture and food systems. Beginning Farmers seeks to offer content useful to those interested in a broad range of agricultural practices, but places special emphasis on resources for small farms, organic farming, direct marketing, and building local food systems.

California Certified Organic Farmers: CCOF is the only full service organic certification and trade association providing premier organic certification programs and trade association benefits to farms, processors, private labelers, retailers, restaurants, brokers, and supporting members including individuals, suppliers and service providers. CCOF helps you succeed with marketing and PR support and stay informed by supporting the growth of organic foods and agriculture through certification services, organic education, promotion, political advocacy.

Cal GE-Free  Californians for GE-Free Agriculture is a state-wide coalition of farmer, environmental and consumer groups committed to ecologically responsible and economically viable agriculture. We provide education and resources in support of the rights of farmers and communities to evaluate and address the environmental, human health and economic risks of genetic engineering in agriculture.

Center for Food Safety (CFS) is a national, non-profit, public interest organization working to protect human health and the environment by curbing the use of harmful food production technologies and by promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture. The organization publishes a wide range of public information about the meaning and regulation of organic food and products, and challenges threats to food safety using groundbreaking scientific and policy research and legal actions. Through its True Food Network (TFN), CFS mobilizes the public to assert pressure on policy makers and in the marketplace to curtail threats to public health and the environment from industrial agriculture and to advocate for safe and organic food. CFS's successful legal cases collectively represent a growing body of landmark case law on food and agricultural issues.

Certified Naturally Grown is a is a non-profit organization offering certification tailored for small-scale, direct-market farmers and beekeepers using natural methods.  CNG farms don't use any synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or GMO seeds, just like organic farms. Certified Naturally Grown is an independent program not affiliated with the NOP.

Common Ground Organic Garden Supply and Education Center

Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that advocates for California's family farmers and sustainable agriculture. Strong partnerships exist between family farmers and their communities. CAFF strives to build on shared values around food and agriculture, and work together in practical, on-the-ground programs. These partnerships create locally based economic vitality, improved human and environmental health, and long-term sustainability of family farms. 

Environmental Working Group: The mission of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment. EWG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 1993 by Ken Cook and Richard Wiles. Visit them online to download the Shopper's Guide to Pesticides.

Food Alliance is a nonprofit organization that certifies farms, ranches and food handlers for sustainable agricultural and facility management practices. Farms, ranches, food processors and distributors that meet Food Alliance’s standards, as determined by a third-party site inspection, use certification to differentiate products, strengthen brands, and support credible claims for social and environmental responsibility.

Food Routes: A project of FoodRoutes Network (FRN). FRN is a national nonprofit organization that provides communications tools, technical support, networking and information resources to organizations nationwide that are working to rebuild local, community-based food systems. FRN is dedicated to reintroducing Americans to their food - the seeds it grows from, the farmers who produce it, and the routes that carry it from the fields to their tables

Holistic Management International: HMI delivers a variety of programs and services designed to educate and support farmers, ranchers and land stewards in their efforts to enhance the land through Holistic Management, a Whole Farm/Ranch Planning System that, naturally, mimics nature.

  The Idaho Center for Sustainable Agriculture (ICSA) is a 501(c)(3) organization formed to promote local and sustainable food communities through research, collaboration with farmers, and the expansion of local food distribution.

International Institute for Environment And Development (IIED) aims to provide expertise and leadership in researching andachieving sustainable development at local, national, regional and global levels. In alliance with others we seek to help shape a future that ends global poverty and delivers and sustains efficient and equitable management of the world's natural resources.

The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture is located at Iowa State University and has three primary objectives: to identify and reduce negative impacts of agriculture on natural resources and rural communities, to develop profitable farming systems that conserve natural resources, to work with ISU Extension and other groups to inform the public of new research findings. 

Local Harvest: Do you want fresh, locally grown food, but don't know where to find it? The Local Harvest map makes it easy to find family farms, farmers markets and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area. Local Harvest is a not-for-profit venture to sprout and grow a definitive and reliable "living" public directory of small farms nationwide, and in so doing to provide people with direct contact to farms in their local area.

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association: The purpose of MOFGA, the oldest and largest state organic organization in the USA, is to help farmers and gardeners grow organic food, to protect the environment, to promote stewardship of natural resources, to increase local food production, to support sustainable rural communities, and to illuminate for consumers the connections among healthful food, environmentally sound farming practices, and vital local communities.

The Minnesota Projectt: A nonprofit organization dedicated to environmental protection and sustainable development in greater Minnesota. We seek to learn from and integrate those value systems that society has mistakenly set forth as contradictory, including economic and environmental benefit, traditional and emerging lifestyles, rural and urban perspectives, advocacy for communities and community self-direction. We see areas of commonality between these values, and do not wish to perpetuate dualistic thinking. Our current programs in energy, agriculture, and building sustainable communities are built around the integration of economy, environment and strong rural communities.

The Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture: The Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (MISA) is a unique partnership between the College of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences at the University of Minnesota and the Sustainers' Coalition, a group of individuals and non-profit organizations.

image descriptionThe National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is a national alliance of farm, rural development, and conservation groups that organized in 1988 to affect federal agriculture policy. NSAC member groups advance common positions to support small and mid-size family farms, protect natural resources, promote healthy rural communities, and provide nutritious and healthy food to consumers. By bringing grassroots perspectives to the table normally dominated by big business, NSAC levels the playing field and gives voice to sustainable and organic farmers.

Nebraska Sustainable Agricultural Society: NSAS promotes sustainable food and farming systems through education and networking opportunities. We are a not-for-profit membership organization serving the citizens of Nebraska.

Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont: The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) is a non-profit association of consumers, gardeners, and diversified farmers who share a vision of local, organic agriculture. Through education and member participation, NOFA-VT works to strengthen agriculture in Vermont. was established to meet the needs of consumers with an interest in organic food and products. We provide the latest news, reviews of the best organic products, and a delicious array of recipes with unparalleled nutritional sorting functionality to assist you in your cooking and lifestyle decisions. Additionally, we have established a Store Finder and a Forum to help bring the organic community together.

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA): The OCA is a grassroots non-profit public interest organization which deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, corporate accountability, and environmental sustainability. We are the only organization in the US focused exclusively on representing the views and interests of the nation's estimated ten million organic consumers.

The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF). OFRF's purpose is to foster the improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming systems. OFRF"s mission is to sponsor research related to organic farming; to disseminate research results to organic farmers and to growers interested in adopting organic production systems; and to educate the public and decision-makers about organic farming issues.

Organic Trade Association: The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is a membership based business association representing the organic industry in Canada, the United States and Mexico. Members include growers, shippers, processors, certifiers, farmer associations, brokers, manufacturers, consultants, distributors and retailers. Established in 1985 as the Organic Foods Production Association of North America, the Organic Trade Association works to promote organic products in the marketplace and to protect the integrity of organic standards.

Organic Materials Review Institute: OMRI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to benefit the organic community and the general public. Its primary mission is to publish and disseminate generic and specific (brand name) lists of materials allowed and prohibited for use in the production, processing, and handling of organic food and fiber. OMRI also conducts scientific research and education on the use of materials by the organic industry.

Sustainable Agriculture Network: SARE works to increase knowledge about -- and help farmers and ranchers adopt -- practices that are economically viable, environmentally sound and socially responsible. To advance such knowledge nationwide, SARE administers a competitive grants program first funded by Congress in 1988.

University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program: SAREP provides leadership and support for scientific research and education in agricultural and food systems that are economically viable, conserve natural resources and biodiversity, and enhance the quality of life in the state's communities. SAREP serves farmers, farmworkers, ranchers, researchers, educators, regulators, policy makers, industry professionals, consumers, and community organizations across the state.

University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program: Established in 1980 with the California State Legislature's support and encouragement, the University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Project (UC IPM) develops and promotes the use of integrated, ecologically sound pest management programs in California.

Wild Farm Alliance was established by a national group of wildlands proponents and ecological farming advocates who share a concern for the land and its wild and human inhabitants. Their mission is to promote a healthy, viable agriculture that helps protect and restore wild Nature. Wild Farm Alliance envisions a world in which community-based, ecologically managed farms and ranches are seamlessly integrated into landscapes that accommodate the full range of native species and ecological processes.

The Asilomar Declaration of Sustainable Agriculture

Prior to the 1990 Ecological Farming Conference, a select group of sustainable agriculture pioneers authored the “Asilomar Declaration,” a groundbreaking document that attempted to answer the question, “what is sustainable agriculture?” The declaration was then approved by acclamation at that year’s Eco-Farm Conference. In a special strategy session at the 2005 25th Anniversary Eco-Farm Conference, the Asilomar Declaration was revisited in an ongoing effort to keep the movement effective and on the cutting edge.