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Sustainable Agriculture Organizations and Information Providers

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Compiled by:
Mary Gold
The Alternative Farming Systems Information Center

Updated May 2011

This resource is part of our Sustainable Agriculture: Information Access Tools tutorial which identifies outstanding sources that address this topic, research and information sources, contacts and experts, research funding sources, educational and career opportunities, and upcoming events.


Agricultural Marketing Resource Center (AgMRC)
Iowa State University.
National resource for producers interested in value-added agriculture.
http://www.agmrc.org/agmrc/default.html

Agriculture and Food Systems
Cornell University.
Cornell teaching, research and extension in the areas of small farms, local foods, sustainable agriculture and agroforestry.
http://media.cce.cornell.edu/hosts/agfoodcommunity/afs_ld.cfm

Agroecology Home
University of California, Santa Cruz.
Information resource for developing sustainable agroecosystems emphasizing international training, research and application of agroecological science.
http://www.agroecology.org/

Agroecology in Action
University of California, Berkeley.
Research and papers from Miguel Altieri.
http://www.cnr.berkeley.edu/%7Eagroeco3/index.html

Agroecosystems Management Program
Ohio State University.
Interdisciplinary program at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center and the Ohio State University.
http://www.oardc.ohio-state.edu/amp/

Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network
Information sharing for Alabama full-time small farmers using sustainable practices, consumers, USDA and Extension professionals, and non-profits.
http://www.asanonline.org/

Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC)
USDA. National Agricultural Library.
Library services focused on sustainable farming systems and practices, and on alternative crops and livestock.
http://afsic.nal.usda.gov

American Farmland Trust (AFT)
Non-profit working for permanent protection of American farmland.
http://www.farmland.org/

American Farmland Trust. Center for Agriculture in the Environment
AFT’s public policy research center.
http://www.aftresearch.org/

American Farmland Trust, Farmland Information Center/Library (FIC)
Clearinghouse for information about farmland protection and stewardship.
http://www.farmlandinfo.org/

Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project
Supports farmers and rural communities in the mountains of Western North Carolina and the southern Appalachians.
http://www.asapconnections.org/

ATTRA – National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
National Center for Appropriate Technology.
Information and other technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, Extension agents, educators and others involved in sustainable agriculture in the United States.
http://attra.ncat.org/

Bio-Integral Resource Center (BIRC)
Non-profit specializing in information and programs for non-toxic and least-toxic, integrated pest management (IPM) solutions to urban and agricultural pest problems.
http://www.birc.org/

California Coalition for Food and Farming
Non-profit forum for information exchange, collaborative action and advocacy.
http://cafoodjustice.org/

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
Supports local and organic agriculture in the Carolinas.
http://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/

Cascade Harvest Coalition
Supports preservation and revitalization of the food and farm system in Western Washington State.
http://www.cascadeharvest.org/

Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
University of California, Santa Cruz.
Research, education and public service program.
http://casfs.ucsc.edu/

Center for Applied Rural Innovation (CARI)
University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
Supports leadership, sustainable agriculture and economic and community development through education and research.
http://cari.unl.edu/

Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS)
North Carolina State University.
Sustainable agriculture research focusing on long-term, large-scale interdisciplinary systems.
http://www.cefs.ncsu.edu/

Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS)
University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Sustainable agriculture research center at the University of Wisconsin's College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.
http://www.cias.wisc.edu/

Center for a Livable Future
Johns Hopkins University. Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Research, educational outreach, and community action that promote information about the complex interrelationships among diet, food production, environment and human health.
http://www.jhsph.edu/clf/

Center for Rural Affairs
Nebraska-based non-profit supports small businesses, family farms and ranches, and rural communities.
http://www.cfra.org/

The Center for Sustainable Agriculture
University of Vermont.
Integrates university and community expertise to promote sustainable farming systems throughout Vermont and the region.
http://www.uvm.edu/%7Esusagctr/

Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources (CSANR)
Washington State University. Extension.
Supports facilitation and networking, funding, and education related to promoting healthy farms, food and people in Washington State.
http://csanr.wsu.edu/

Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF)
Supports farmers and urban activists working together to foster sustainable family-scale agriculture in California.
http://www.caff.org/

Community Food Systems and Sustainable Agriculture Program
University of Missouri. Extension.
Supports sustainable farms and communities in Missouri.
http://agebb.missouri.edu/sustain/

Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC)
Purdue University and others.
Non-profit providing information and support for sustainable agriculture, especially in the areas of tillage, crop residue management and watershed issues.
http://www.ctic.purdue.edu/

Consortium for Sustainable Agriculture and Education (CSARE)
See Center for Rural Affairs

Delta Enterprise Network (DEN)
Farmers, entrepreneurs and others creating new sustainable agriculture-related business ventures, cooperatives and policy change in the seven Delta states.
http://deltanetwork.org/news/

Ecological Agriculture Projects (EAP)
McGill University. Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
Archived information, research and expert analysis and advice for farmers, consumers, government, universities, agribusiness and the media.
http://eap.mcgill.ca/

Ecological Farming Association (EFA)
International non-profit educational organization based in California.
http://www.eco-farm.org/

Future Harvest – Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture (CASA)
Network of farmers, agricultural professionals, landowners and consumers living and working in the Chesapeake region.
http://www.futureharvestcasa.org/

Green Center (Falmouth, MA)
Custodian and distributor of publications of New Alchemy Institute’s ecological research conducted from 1971 to 1991.
http://www.thegreencenter.net/home.htm

Growing Small Farms
North Carolina State University. Extension.
Support for small and sustainable farmers in Chatham County and the Triangle-area.
http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/chatham/ag/SustAg/

Henry A. Wallace Center for Agricultural and Environmental Policy
Winrock International.
Archived publications and information.
http://www.winrock.org/wallace/

Holistic Management International (formerly the Savory Center)
Non-profit promoting land resource management that restores land to health and profitability through education and training in Holistic Management.
http://www.holisticmanagement.org/

Innovative Farmers of Ohio
Supports research, education, and community-building activities for Ohio’s farms, farm families and rural communities.
http://www.ifoh.org/

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)
Minnesota-based non-profit promotes resilient family farms, rural communities and ecosystems around the world through research and education, science and technology and advocacy.
http://www.iatp.org/

Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops
Research, education and outreach for Kansas small farms and rural communities.
http://www.kansassustainableag.org/

Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Information, research and support for family farms and ranches in Oklahoma and vicinity.
http://www.kerrcenter.com/

The Land Institute
Kansas-based research and information about Natural Systems Agriculture - an agricultural system with the ecological stability of the prairie and a grain yield comparable to that from annual crops.
http://www.landinstitute.org/

Land Stewardship Project (LSP)
Minnesota-based non-profit supporting farms and communities through advocacy, education and research.
http://www.landstewardshipproject.org/

Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Iowa State University.
Research and education center with statewide programs to develop sustainable agricultural practices.
http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/

Maryland Center for Agro-Ecology
University of Maryland.
Coalition of agricultural, environmental, forestry, business, educational, government and other leaders dedicated to enhancing Maryland's farms, forests and other "working lands" through research, education and policy programs.
http://www.agroecol.umd.edu/

Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (MFAI)
Wisconsin non-profit seeking to revitalize farming with research, education, technical assistance and public policy.
http://www.michaelfields.org/

Michigan Integrated Food and Farming Systems (MIFFS)
Non-profit organization focusing on state-oriented Sustainable Agriculture Initiatives.
http://www.miffs.org/

Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES)
Education and outreach organization working to promote sustainable and organic agriculture in the upper Mid-west.
http://www.mosesorganic.org/

Midwest Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (MSAWG)
Network of farm, food, rural, religious and conservation organizations working for sustainable agriculture
Contact Bridget Holcomb, at the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. Bridget@MichaelFields.org

Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (MISA)
University of Minnesota.
Partnership between the University and the Sustainers’ Coalition, a group of individuals and non-profit organizations working for sustainable agriculture in Minnesota and beyond.
http://www.misa.umn.edu/

The Minnesota Project
Non-profit supporting environmental protection and sustainable development in Minnesota.
http://www.mnproject.org/

Missouri Alternatives Center (MAC)
University of Missouri. Extension.
Information and communications center for Missouri farmers, Extension staff and others who want to begin farming, diversify their current operation or find ways to profit from small amounts of acreage.
http://agebb.missouri.edu/mac/index.htm

National Agroforestry Center
USDA. Forest Service; Natural Resources Conservation Service
Research and information about agroforestry practices for consumers and natural resource professionals who directly assist landowners and communities.
http://www.unl.edu/nac/

National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture
Network of groups whose mission is to shape and promote national policies to foster a sustainable food and agricultural system.
http://www.sustainableagriculture.net/

National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory (NESPA)
University of Georgia.
Interdisciplinary research and education effort aimed at building a better environment for agriculture and rural America.
http://nespal.cpes.peachnet.edu/

Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society (NSAS)
Support and education for sustainable stewardship by Nebraska farmers.
http://www.nebsusag.org/

New Alchemy Institute
See Green Center (Falmouth, MA)

Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG)
Regional network of organizations and individuals working together toward a more sustainable and secure regional food system.
http://www.nefood.org/

Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society (NPSAS)
Non-profit membership organization supporting sustainable agriculture and food systems.
http://www.npsas.org/

Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA)
Membership-based, grassroots organization dedicated to promoting and supporting sustainable, ecological and healthful food systems.
http://www.oeffa.org/

Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA)
Non-profit supporting sustainable food and agricultural systems through education and outreach to farmers, consumers, and environmental and other interest groups.
http://www.pasafarming.org/

Population Action International (PAI) – People in the Balance
Non-profit focusing on population trends in relation to available natural resources – land, air and water – as well as on social and political issues.
http://populationaction.org/Publications/Interactive_Databases/Index.shtml

Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI)
Non-profit educational and research organization for farmers in Iowa and neighboring states.
http://www.practicalfarmers.org/

Remineralize the Earth, Inc.
International non-profit disseminating ideas and practices about soil remineralization through the use of glacial gravel and rock dust.
http://remineralize.org/site/

Rodale Institute
Research and education activities that work with people worldwide to achieve a regenerative food system.
http://www.rodaleinstitute.org/

Rural Advancement Foundation International USA (RAFI-USA)
Supports research and education for community, equity and diversity in agriculture in North Carolina and the Southeastern United States, nationally and internationally.
http://www.rafiusa.org/

Rural Roots
Regional (Inland Northwest all of — Idaho and the easternmost counties of Washington and Oregon) non-profit focusing on small-acreage and family farmers, ranchers and market gardeners.
http://www.ruralroots.org/

The Savory Center
See Holistic Management International.

Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS)
Non-profit scientific and educational organization that serves as an advocate for conservation professionals and for science-based conservation practice, programs and policy.
http://www.swcs.org/

Small Farm Center
University of California, Davis.
Research results, publications, and educational programs on small farm topics for California farmers, researchers, organizations, farm advisors and consumers.
http://www.sfp.ucdavis.edu/ or http://sfp.ucdavis.edu/docs/about_sfc.html

Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SSAWG)
Non-profit organization that promotes sustainable agriculture in the Southern United States.
http://www.ssawg.org/

Sustainable Agriculture
Pennsylvania State University. Extension.
Information for scientists, farmers, policy makers, and extension educators interested in all aspects of Sustaining Pennsylvania Agriculture.
http://extension.psu.edu/susag

Sustainable Agriculture Extension Program
Iowa State University. Extension.
Education and training for Extension staff and other information providers.
http://www.extension.iastate.edu/crops/sustainableagriculture/

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)
USDA. Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES).
Nationwide research and education grants program, and information and publications outreach service.
http://www.sare.org/

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP)
University of California, Davis.
Provides grants for research, information distribution through publications and on-farm demonstrations and long-term research on UC farmlands.
http://www.sarep.ucdavis.edu/about/index.htm

Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota (SFAM)
Minnesota resources for farmer-to-farmer networking, innovation, demonstrations and education.
http://www.sfa-mn.org/

Tilth Producers
Organic and sustainable farm organization of Washington State.
http://www.tilthproducers.org/

Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)
UCS Food and Environment focuses on advocacy, research and consumer information.
http://www.ucsusa.org/

U.S. Composting Council
Trade and professional organization involved in research, public education, composting and compost standards, expansion of compost markets and the enlistment of public support.
http://www.compostingcouncil.org/index.cfm

Western Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (WSAWG)
Non-profit organization of diverse individuals and groups working in sustainable agriculture and food systems.
http://www.westernsawg.org/

World Resources Institute (WRI)
Sustainable agriculture research and publications with national and international focus.
http://www.wri.org/

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