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Farmers, researchers, instructors, parents, and students can nurture the seeds of their knowledge about sustainable agriculture through educational materials, internships, curricula, degree programs, on-farm research and other training opportunities.

USDA. NAL. Alternative Farming Systems Information Center.

A directory of U.S. institutions and organizations that offer undergraduate and graduate programs, research opportunities, or training in organic, alternative, or sustainable agriculture. Identifies student farms and research and demonstration farms.

USDA. NAL. Alternative Farming Systems Information Center.

This directory contains links to online searchable databases that pertain, in some degree, to sustainable, organic or alternative agriculture.

SAVE Organization

The Servicemember Agriculture Vocation Education (S.A.V.E.) Farm is a Veterans Administration recognized non-college degree program that provides vocational and technical training to veterans and others who wish to enter the agribusiness workforce.  SAVE Farm training places special emphasis on eco-friendly agricultural practices, financial sustainability, and hands-on training. All training and work is conducted at their 308-acre farm located near Manhattan, Kansas.  The certificate training program is six (6) months long and financial aid is available.  SAVE offers job placement assistance upon completion of the certified training program.  Behavioral health services are also available to those in need.

USDA. NAL. Alternative Farming Systems Information Center.

Identifies electronic databases from which SARE grant applicants and other researchers can locate answers to frequently asked questions about sustainable agriculture: Who else is working in my topic area? Has my project been attempted before? Are there related research efforts that I might link with? Where are the best places to look for in-progress and recent research?

USDA. Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.

Operates a competitive nationwide research and education grants program and conducts outreach to facilitate improved sustainable farming practices. Produces books, bulletins and other information products for farmers, ranchers and agricultural educators.

USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

This component of the ARS National Program on Natural Resources and Sustainable Agricultural Systems is a gateway to ARS research dealing with sustainability.

USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

Summarizes research on a broad range of agricultural subjects conducted by the USDA. Agricultural Research Service.