Fruits and vegetables in binsLooking for something new to grow? Find information about production of floral, forest, fruit, grain, herb, industrial, nursery, nut, vegetable or other specialty plants, seeds and products.

USDA. NAL. Alternative Farming Systems Information Center.

Looking to diversify your farming business? These government programs, universities and organizations offer resources and information contacts that can help you research alternative farming opportunities and develop business and marketing plans.

USDA. Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.

A selection of books and bulletins available for purchase and online access on the topic of successful crop production systems for farmers and ranchers.

USDA. Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The section on Alternative Crops provides Web links to production and marketing information for crops suitable to small-scale farming and based on the selected crops and States.

University of Kentucky. College of Agriculture.

Provides production and marketing information on specialty crops and value-added versions of current crops.

Purdue University. Center for New Crops and Plant Products.

Provides several sources of information such as the New Crops Symposium series articles available through the Table of Contents for each volume, the CropEXPERT listings and the CropORGANIZATION directory about a wide variety of both common and unusual crops.

Plants for a Future.

Located in the United Kingdom, "Plants For A Future is a resource centre for rare and unusual plants, particularly those which have edible, medicinal or other uses." Its services include an on-line database which currently consists of nearly 7,000 species of plants. The database is searchable by scientific name, common name or family; edible, medicinal or other use; or search for plants native to a particular area or a particular habitat.

USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

Search plant, chemical, activity and ethnobotany databases. Includes an ethnobotanical dictionary and links to nutritional, cancer treatment and other plant related databases.