Alternative Farming Systems Information Center
The Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC) specializes in identifying resources about sustainable food systems and practices in support of USDA's effort to ensure a sustainable future for agriculture and farmers worldwide.
AFSIC History Timeline
AFSIC, founded in 1985, is an integral part of the National Agricultural Library (NAL) in Beltsville, Maryland. The Center was one of the first USDA programs to focus on sustainable and organic agriculture and produced many groundbreaking publications that enabled researchers, educators and producers to access previously difficult-to-find research, literature and expertise. More...
History of Organic Agriculture
Trace the origins of the organic agriculture movement through historic publications and reports, oral histories, video archives, USDA legislation and regulations, and other published resources. More...
Organic Roots Collection
AFSIC's Organic Roots Digital Collection is an electronic collection of historic USDA documents published before 1942 (before synthetic chemicals became widely used) that contain information and data that is still pertinent for today's agriculture. More...
Mailboxes, Mom and Pop Stands, and Markets
View the National Agricultural Library's "Local Foods Then and Now Digital Exhibit." More...
Definitions and History of Sustainable Agriculture
The USDA has defined sustainable agriculture - but underlying the definition are diverse and sometimes controversial views of sustainability. Explore a variety of approaches and practices, current and past, to appreciate where agriculture is going in the future. More...
Tracing the Evolution of Organic / Sustainable Agriculture
Discover the philosophical and scientific roots of sustainable, regenerative agriculture through readings dating from the 1500s. More...
Searching for farm or research funding? A variety of Federal, state and local agencies and non-governmental organizations have agricultural funding programs for beginning and experienced farmers, researchers, local governments, and others who meet program qualifications.
Start your search here to explore and research funding options that match your needs, locate reference guides and tools, and identify contacts for assistance.
- Grants and Loans for Farmers
- Funding for energy programs or renewable energy projects
- A Guide to Small Farm Funding Resources (includes video)
- Includes section on: Veteran Resources
- Veterans in Agriculture
- Sustainable Agriculture Research Funding Resources
- Where Can I Find Agricultural Funding Resources?
- Funding resources for rural areas
Learn more about Small Farm Funding and Business.
We feature current and historical videos from the Alternative Farming Systems Information Center and others that explore sustainable, organic, natural or alternative agricultural production.
Videos also highlight agricultural funding sources, aquaculture, and beekeeping. Select a video here...