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Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC)


The Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC) specializes in identifying resources for food systems and practices that support the United States Department of Agriculture's effort to ensure a sustainable future for agriculture and farmers worldwide.

Key Products

Pioneers in Sustainable Agriculture

Oral histories are in-depth, face-to-face interviews. We have conducted videotaped interviews with people who have provided leadership and inspiration in the field of alternative or sustainable agriculture. Our goal is to record the recollections of people who have influenced the direction of American agriculture, both for current use and as an historical record.

Organic Roots Collection

The Organic Roots Digital Collection aims to harness the information from our agrarian roots to ensure the sustainability and longevity of today’s small farms. 

Access 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.

Education and Training

The searchable Sustainable Agriculture Education and Training Directory identifies undergraduate and graduate programs; university research programs; research and demonstration farms; student organic or sustainable farms; and more.

AFSIC Background

The Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC), founded in 1985, was one of the first USDA programs to focus on sustainable and organic agriculture. The Center specializes in library services - locating, accessing, organizing and distributing information - related to sustainable and alternative agricultural systems, crops and livestock.


Contact Us

Use the library's Ask a Question form. Select  the "Alternative Farming" Topical Area. 

Phone: (301) 504-6559

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