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FOG is pleased to provide this reference library with hundreds of interesting articles, research reports, FOG publications and more.

If you are looking for specific information on organic and sustainable agriculture this is a good place to start. References include production, marketing, consumer information and more. Find the topic you are looking for by choosing among the different options you will find below. All references (except for FOG publications) will provide you with a brief description, the source and author of the reference, and the link that will take you to the full document.

 
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Organic Production

  • Organization: Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Hosted by the AOSCA, this online source allows organic seed vendors and potential customers to find one another. Organic Seed Finder serves as a clearinghouse of organic seed availability information. The database provides seed vendors a central place for posting their organic varieties and users (e.g., farmers) a free resource for sourcing certified organic seed. Users can search by crop type for certified organic varieties.

    Tags: organic, organic farming, seed resources, organic seeds, National Organic Program, NOP, AOSCA, database

  • Title: An Ecological Understanding of Weeds

    Author: Mark Schonbeck

    Organization: Virginia Association for Biological Farming

    Submission Type: Research Article

    Publication Date: June 04, 2012

    Description: Weeds are the most costly category of agricultural pests. Because organic farming principles and standards preclude the use of most herbicides, many organic farmers consider weeds their most serious barrier to successful organic production, and effective organic weed control a top research priority. Having an ecological understanding of weeds is the foundation of an effective organic weed management program that can make the difference between success and failure.

    Tags: Organic Production

  • Organization: Wild Farm Alliance

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: The Wild Farm Alliance illustrates the need for an integration of ecologically managed farms, ranches and native plants into the natural landscape. Special concerns include species extinction, native species, and wild habitats included on farms and ranches. The resource tab has articles pertaining to biodiversity, information for concerned chefs, and organic agriculture.

    Tags: soil fertility, soil management, ecological, biodiversity, native, hedgerow

  • Title: The effects of organic agriculture on biodiversity and abundance: a meta-analysis

    Author: JANNE BENGTSSON, JOHAN AHNSTRÖM and ANN-CHRISTIN WEIBULL

    Organization: Journal of Applied Ecology

    Submission Type: Research Article

    Publication Date: 3/14/2005

    Description: A study measuring species richness and diversity on organic farms as compared to conventional farms.

    Tags: biodiversity, organic farming, environment

  • Title: Drip-irrigation systems for small conventional vegetable farms and organic vegetable farms

    Author: Eric Simonne, Robert Hochmuth, Jacque Breman, et al.

    Organization: EDIS, Electronic Data Information Source, IFAS, Institute of Food and Agricultural Science

    Submission Type: Guide

    Publication Date: 6/2008

    Description: “A drip-irrigation system — when properly designed, maintained and operated — can be a production asset for a small farm. Using drip irrigation for profitable vegetable production requires an understanding of several basic engineering and horticultural concepts and their application”

    Tags: Drip irrigation, trickle irrigation, micro irrigation, plasticulture, Best Management Practices, BMPs, Watering, Fertigation, chemigation

  • Title: How to Convert an Inorganic Fertilizer Recommendation to an Organic One

    Author: Wayne McLaurin, Water Reeves

    Organization: The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension

    Submission Type: Guide

    Publication Date: 9/2011

    Description: Soil test recommendations are often confusing to an Organic Farmer who cannot directly relate the recommendations to an organic fertilizer source. This article provides the equations necessary to convert a soil test to be applicable on an organic farm.

    Tags: soil test, nutrient requirements, conversions, NPK requirements, reccomendations

  • Title: National Organic Program FAQ

    Organization: Agricultural Marketing Service, AMS, USDA

    Submission Type: FAQ

    Publication Date: 9/1/2011

    Description: FAQ about the USDA’s National Organic program

    Tags: FAQ, NOP

  • Organization: Accredited Certifiers Association

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: A resource for and about Accredited Certifiers (like FOG) that serves to unite the certifiers under common goals and certifying practices.

    Tags: certification, organic, rules

  • Organization: Washington State Department of Agriculture

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: The section on Organics provides articles on approved materials, record keeping forms for the crop producer, and handler certification information.

    Tags: transitioning, certification, materials, record keeping, labeling, forms

  • Organization: NOP – National Organic Program (USDA)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Information on organic certification, compliance and enforcement.

    Tags: National Organic Program, NOP, regulations, standards, compliance, enforcement, fact sheet, questions

  • Organization: How to Go Organic

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: An OTA project focused on transitioning growers, certifiers and processors.

    Tags: transition, how to, producer, grower, processor, value added, regulations, regulatory, forms, certification

  • Title: Transitioning to Organic Production

    Organization: SARE, Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

    Submission Type: Book

    Publication Date: 6/25/1905

    Description: A comprehensive guide to transitioning to organic production.

    Tags: transition, transitioning, organic, conventional

  • Title: Towards a National Organic Action Plan

    Author: Elizabeth Henderson

    Organization: Rural Advancement Foundation International- USA, RUFI-USA

    Submission Type: Report

    Publication Date: 7/1/1905

    Description: “This National of dialogue meetings among a wide cross section of organic movement and industry with the express purpose of encouraging the development of a National Organic Action Plan that reflects the passions, concerns, hopes, and visions of this diverse and thriving”

    Tags: NAOP, NOP, environment, health, social, cultural change, research, education, organic integrity, marketplace, transition, incentives

  • Title: Regenerative Organic Farming: A Solution to Global Warming

    Author: Tim J. LaSalle, Paul Hepperly

    Organization: Rodale Institute

    Submission Type: Research Article

    Publication Date: 6/30/1905

    Description: “Agriculture is an undervalued and underestimated climate change tool that could be one of the most powerful strategies in the fight against global warming. Nearly 30 years of Rodale Institute soil carbon data show conclusively that improved global terrestrial stewardship–specifically including regenerative organic agricultural practices–can be the most effective currently available strategy for mitigating CO2 emissions.”

    Tags: CO2 emissions, global warming, soil management, fertility, conventional, organic, climate change, regenerative, no till, carbon, erosion

  • Title: Organic System Plan Overview

    Author: Brian Baker

    Organization: OMRI, Organic Materials Review Institute

    Submission Type: Guide

    Publication Date: 6/27/1905

    Description: “Every certified organic producer is required to develop a production or handling system plan, also more commonly known and referred to here as the Farm Plan.”

    Tags: The Farm Plan, monitoring practices, recordkeeping, NOP, National Organic Program

  • Title: Organic Practice Guide

    Author: Brian Baker

    Organization: OMRI, Organic Materials Review Institute

    Submission Type: Guide

    Publication Date: 6/27/1905

    Description: “Soil management forms the foundation of an organic system. Organic farming can be summed up by the aphorism, ‘Feed the Soil to Feed the Plant.'”

    Tags: soil fertility, soil testing, manure, compost, legumes, nutrient management, crop rotation, seeds and planting stock, pest, disease, weed management, wild harvest, health care, parasite management, handling, processing, labeling

  • Title: Organic Farming Compliance Handbook-FAQ

    Author: SARE

    Organization: SARE, Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

    Submission Type: FAQ

    Description: FAQ about Organic Farming and the NOP.

    Tags: NOP, National Organic Program, fertility, manure, FAQ, Organic farming, certification

  • Title: Organic agriculture and climate change

    Author: Nadia El-Hage Scialabba Maria Muller-Lindenlauf

    Organization: Cambridge University Press

    Submission Type: Report

    Publication Date: 3/30/2010

    Description: “This article discusses the mitigation and adaptation potential of organic agricultural systems along three main features: farming system design, cropland management and grassland and livestock management.”

    Tags: organic agriculture, climate change, mitigation, adaptation, carbon sequestration, diversification, resilience

  • Title: Making the Transition from Conventional to Organic Farming Using Conservation Tillage in Florida

    Author: Tawainga W. Katsvairo, David L. Wright, et al.

    Organization: EDIS, Electronic Data Information Source, IFAS, Institute of Food and Agricultural Science

    Submission Type: Article

    Publication Date: 3/2006

    Description: “Organic farming is one of the fastest-growing segments of agriculture in the U.S. and in Florida. Making the transition from conventional (strip till using genetically modified crops) to organic farming does not have to be filled with obstacles.”

    Tags: transition, organic, conventional, no till, challenges, farming, cover crops, markets, irrigation

  • Title: Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development: Growing New Farmers

    Author: Editor in Chief: Duncan L. Hilchey

    Organization: New Leaf Associates

    Submission Type: Online Quarterly Journal

    Publication Date: 8/2010

    Description: Journal covering topics ranging from Government policies for farmers, to success in farm start ups. Also contains 3 reviews for books about the local food system, farming, etc.

    Tags: Farm start-ups, Land grant resources, Competitive advantage, Agricultural Stewardship

  • Title: Introduction to Organic Crop Production

    Author: D.D. Treadwell

    Organization: EDIS, Electronic Data Information Source, IFAS, Institute of Food and Agricultural Science

    Submission Type: Guide

    Publication Date: 11/2009

    Description: A guide to understanding organic agriculture requirements and NOP standards.

    Tags: NOP, National Organic Program,  USDA Organic certification, QCS, Quality Certification Services, pest management plan, approved amendments, OMRI, Organic materials review institute,plant tissue analysis, nutrient management program, animal manures, pest management, weed management, insect management, disease management

  • Title: How Farmers Learn: Improving Sustainable Agricultural Education Executive Summary/Research Brief

    Author: Virginia Cooperative Extension

    Organization: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

    Submission Type: Research Article

    Publication Date: 7/1/1905

    Description: “This project examines how farmers in Louisiana, Tennessee, and Virginia prefer to learn and what that means for agricultural education, especially Cooperative Extension educational program development and delivery.”

    Tags: Learning methods, new technologies, farmers, extension agents, learning, teaching, education, kinesthetic learners

  • Title: Ecological agriculture: Principles, practices, and constraints

    Author: Fred Magdoff

    Organization: Cambridge University Press

    Submission Type: Research Article

    Publication Date: 1/2/2007

    Description: The practice of ecological agriculture involves building the strengths of natural ecosystems into agroecosystems, purposely disturbed to produce food and fiber. The overall strategies include using practices that (a) grow healthy plants with good defense capabilities, (b) stressing pests, and (c) enhancing populations of beneficial organisms. These are accomplished by enhanced habitat management both above ground and in the soil.

    Tags: ecological agriculture, agroecology, soil management, crop management, farm subsidies, Third World agriculture, Preventative management, Reactive management, soil strength, SOM, Soil organic matter, ecological farm management

  • Title: A Viable Food Future, Part 2

    Author: Aksel Naerstad

    Organization: The Development Fund of Norway

    Submission Type: book

    Publication Date: 7/2/1905

    Description: A Viable Food Future brings to the forefront one of the earth’s least recognized life systems – the small-scale food systems, systems that have produced a long tradition of accumulated knowledge and innovation. Based on latest scientific information, the report shows that these systems, coupled with the latest knowledge on sustainable agriculture, can be the key to facing the most acute challenges today: poverty, the climate, nature, employment and health.

    Tags: poverty, climate change, water resources, employment, soil fertility, biodiversity, livelihood, food, small farmers, diversity, agrarian crisis, responsible, ecological, agroecology, seed production, small scale, soil, conservation

  • Organization: Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Resource for approved organic production inputs based on the NOP standards. Also on the website is an organic seed database.

    Tags: find products, OMRI listed, suitable inputs, allowable, allowed, materials

  • Organization: Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Sections include: Planning and Management, Livestock and Forage, Crops, Forest Product, Aquaculture and Farm Ponds, Organic Production, Organic Production, and Other Enterprises, including beekeeping, cane syrup, renewable energy, and shitake mushrooms. One of the best resources for Florida Agriculture.

    Tags: planning, management, livestock, bees, forage, crops, agronomy, organic, aquaculture, worms, fertility, hydroponics

  • Organization: The National Center for Appropriate Technology

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: NCAT has many projects they have created or participate in including: ATTRA, a Directory of Energy Alternatives, Energy Training for Agriculture Professionals, Oilseeds for Fuel, Feed and the Future Project, and a Irrigator’s Pocket Guide, Growing Farmers–Small Farm Initiative, Farmers’ Market Food Stamp EBT Project, Slow-growing Broiler Project, and Energy Alternatives for Limited Resource Farmers.

    Tags: conservation, sustainable, energy, food, agriculture, climate change

  • Organization: The Land Institute

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: “The Land Grant Institute, is a non-profit research and education foundation with the goal of reuniting people, land and community. “The Land Institute’s work melds ecology and agronomy. Our programs have been designed to explore basic scientific principles pertinent to a new agriculture.”

    Tags: grain crop, perennial, Wes Jackson, biofuel

  • Organization: The Kerr Center For Sustainable Agriculture

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Largely focused on Oklahoma farming and ranching, but provides a great model of sustainability and promoting the local food system. Internships opportunities available on their research farm.

    Tags: stewardship, heirloom, heritage, internship

  • Organization: Farm Energy

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: A resource to help decipher the Farm Bill’s Energy Titles programs and information about clean energy.

    Tags: clean energy, wind, solar, biofuel, biodiesel, biogas, geothermal, anaerobic, digester, 25 x 25, 25 by 25, REAP, REFRESH

  • Organization: Extention

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Provides access to articles written by professors of land grant institutions, as well as experts in their field. Clearly written articles and understandable data is a hallmark of this foundation. Go to the “Resource Area” to start exploring the multitude of articles.

    Tags: how to, guide, research, breeding, transitioning, organic

  • Organization: Electronic Data Information Source (EDIS, IFAS)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: UF and IFAS’s resource data base for information about agriculture and the environment. There is also a special section for consumers, community development and 4H.

    Tags: research, information, database, articles

  • Title: Organic Farming for Health and Prosperity

    Author: Carolyn Dimitri, Loni Kemp, Jane Sooby, Elizabeth Sullivan

    Organization: Organic Farming Research Foundation

    Submission Type: Executive Summary

    Publication Date: 9/2011

    Description: “The Organic Farming for Health & Prosperity Report is a review of the American scientific  literature concerning organic farming in the United States, designed to examine the many benefits of American organic agriculture and identify the key ways in which agriculture policy could best be supportive of organic farmers.”

    Tags: health, farming, environment, biodiversity

  • Title: Sod-based rotations

    Author: Madeline Fisher

    Organization: American Society of Agronomy

    Submission Type: Guide

    Publication Date: 9/2011

    Description: “Bahiagrass excels at rejuvenating worn out, infertile soils, or those infested with pest, and Wright hears constantly from growers who solved an intractable problem on their farm by switching to sod.”

    Tags: sod, rotation, agronomy, soil health, conservation

  • Title: The top 100 questions of importance to the future of global agriculture

    Author: Jules Pretty, William J. Sutherland, Jacqueline Ashby, et al.

    Organization: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL SUSTAINABILITY

    Submission Type: Research Article

    Publication Date: 7/2/1905

    Description: “This paper reports on the final list of questions that emerged and discusses each group of questions by placing them within the context of current agricultural issues. This research forms part of the UK Government’s Foresight project on Global Food and Farming Futures.”

    Tags: future, agriculture, questions, key topics, issues, climate, watersheds, water resources, soil nutrition, erosion, fertilizer, biodiversity, ecosystem, conservation, energy, climate change, genetics, livestock, gender, development, livelihood, governance, food supply chains, prices, markets, trade, health, power, governance, policy

  • Title: The performance of organic and conventional cropping systems in an extreme climate year

    Author: D.W. Lotter, R. Seidel,  W. Liebhardt

    Organization: American Journal of Alternative Agriculture

    Submission Type: Report

    Publication Date: 12/20/2002

    Description: “Evidence is presented that organic crop systems perform better than conventionally managed crop systems during climate extremes, in this case for both drought and excessive rainfall.”

    Tags: organic agriculture, organic farming drought resistance, crop water, hydrology

  • Title: The Florida organic citrus sector: Results of a 2003-04 study

    Author: Kevin Athearn

    Organization: Organic Farming Research Foundation, OFRF

    Submission Type: Study

    Publication Date: 7/2004

    Description: “Despite the rapid growth of organic agriculture, information on organics in general and organic citrus in particular is scarce. A major complaint within the organic community is the lack of university research on organic agriculture. Organic growers face considerable difficulty obtaining useful information and assistance relating to organic production methods and solutions to problems that arise, especially pertaining to their specific crops and regions.”

    Tags: Organic, citrus, oranges, transition, yield, indian river, grapefruit, cost economics

  • Title: The Farming Systems Trial, Celebrating 30 Years

    Organization: Rodale Institute

    Submission Type: Study

    Publication Date: 7/3/1905

    Description: “The Farming Systems Trial (FST)® at Rodale Institute is America’s longest running, side-by-side comparison of organic and chemical agriculture. Started in 1981 to study what happens during the transition from chemical to organic agriculture, the FST surprised a food community that still scoffed at organic practices.”

    Tags: transition, no till. health, energy, inputs, greenhouse gases

  • Title: Seed Production and Seed Sources of Organic Vegetables

    Author: Jennifer Bonina, Daniel J. Cantliffe

    Organization: EDIS, Electronic Data Information Source, IFAS, Institute of Food and Agricultural Science

    Submission Type: Guide

    Publication Date: 9/2009

    Description: “This report serves as a guide to organic seed production in Florida”

    Tags: seed saving, seeds, seed resources, organic seeds

  • Title: Organic Agriculture – a Guide to Climate Change & Food Security

    Author: Robert Jordan, Adrian Müller, Anne Oudes

    Organization: IFOAM, International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements

    Submission Type: Guide

    Publication Date: 7/1/1905

    Description: “Organic Agriculture has a significant role to play in addressing two of the world’s biggest and most urgent issues: climate change and food security. The aim of this guide is to explain how climate change mitigation and adaptation and food security are inseparable and inherent beneficial characteristics of Organic Agriculture.”

    Tags: high sequestion, low emission, organic farming, soil fertility, fertilizers, herbicides, tillage, tilling, manure, rice intensification, SRI, production, consumption, soil carbon, resilient crops, soil erosion, flooring, drought, diversification, agro-genetic biodiversity

  • Title: Impacts of Genetically Engineered Crops on Pesticide Use in the United States: The First Thirteen Years

    Author: Charles Benbrook

    Organization: The Organic Center

    Submission Type: Book

    Publication Date: 11/2009

    Description: “This report explores the impact of the adoption of genetically engineered (GE) corn, soybean, and cotton on pesticide use in the United States, drawing principally on data from the United States Department of Agriculture. The most striking finding is that GE crops have been responsible for an increase of 383 million pounds of herbicide use in the U.S. over the first 13 years of commercial use of GE crops (1996-2008).”

    Tags: genetically modified organisms, GMO, genetically engineered crops, pesticides, resistant weeds, herbicides, toxins, corn, bt, bacillus thuringiensis

  • Title: Growers Certified by Quality Certification Services, FOG’s Certification Program

    Author: FOG

    Organization: Florida Organic Growers, FOG

    Submission Type: List

    Description: A list of the farms FOG has certified.

    Tags: organic, florida, FOG, certification

  • Title: Farmers’ Opinions about Bird Conservation and Pest Management on Organic and Conventional North Florida Farms

    Author: Susan K. Jacobson, Kathryn E. Sieving, et al.

    Organization: EDIS, Electronic Data Information Source, IFAS, Institute of Food and Agricultural Science

    Submission Type: Report

    Publication Date: 3/2010

    Description: “Currently, specific information on how to enhance farms for birds is limited. However, we suggest that some simple practices could enhance bird habitat on farms.”

    Tags: birds, pests, biodiversity, bird diversity

  • Title: Crop Rotation on Organic Farms: A Planning Manual

    Author: Charles L. Mohler and Sue Ellen Johnson

    Organization: Natural Resource, Agriculture and Engineering Service, NRAES

    Submission Type: Guide

    Publication Date: 7/2009

    Description: “The purpose of this book is to help growers and farm advisors understand the management of crop rotations; avoid crop rotation problems; and use crop rotation to build better soil, control pests, and develop profitable farms that support satisfied families.”

    Tags: Crop rotation, soil tilth, soil fertility, plant nutrition, plant disease, insect pests, crop sequence, transition, interplanting, intercropping, drought, heat stress, pathogens

  • Organization: NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Project (fomerly ATTRA)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: This organization has great resources including
    -Articles ranging from apple production to renewable energy to water conservation.
    -Organic and/or Sustainable Farm Internship Network: provides farm name, expectations, and contact information. Similar to the WWOOF network.
    -Local Food Directory: Search for local food sources by state or region.
    -Ecological Pest Management Database: Enter the name of the pest that is affecting your crops or garden and the database will provide you with answers on how to control the pest.

    Tags: specialy crops, internship, research, weed management, composting, no till, beginning farmers, transitioning, introduction,  business planning, marketing, start-up, pest, IPM, energy, education, field, horticulture, organic

  • Organization: Union of Concerned Scientists, Food and Agriculture

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Recognizing that the current system of monoculture farming is unhealthy, the Union of Concerned Scientists promotes the adoption of sustainable farming. A few topics of focus include the Farm Bill, antibiotic misuse, genetic engineering, and industrial agriculture.

    Tags: GE, GMO, antibiotics, pesticides, industrial, biotechnology, crop yield, contamination, global warming, nuclear power, clean energy, clean vehicles, sustainable, sustainability

  • Organization: Organic Trade Association (OTA)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: In OTA’s own words, they are committed to advancing organic standards, promoting transition, reaching the public, growing the market, and verifying the benefits. Members are able to access an annually published Industry Survey, the Organic pages (a virtual organic market place), as well as a variety of articles. College students will find the “Taste the Change” campaign especially interesting, tips for working with food service to incorporate organics into the dining halls, and building relationships with organic producers are all included in the “Taste the Change” guide.

    Tags: products, services, materials, policy, statistics, GE, GMO, trends, antibiotics, global markets, exports

  • Organization: Rodale Institute

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: A recently released 30 year comparative study of organic and conventional farming was released by the Rodale Institute. If you are a farmer in transition or a seasoned farmer or completely new to farming Rodale provides information and research for everyone. Other topics the Rodale Institute covers include global warming and nutrition. Check out the Events page for gardening workshops, plant sales, festivals and tours!

    Tags: new farm, global warming, nutrition, trial, experiment, no till

  • Organization: Southern SARE – Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Excellent resource for southern region farmers, including ebooks on building a sustainable business, improving soil health, crop rotation, and managing pollinators and other insects. Southern SARE has provided grants nearly 90 grants in Florida since 1987, for graduate students, farmers, educators and more. Information on both sustainable crop and animal production. Great opportunities for innovative farmers to apply for grants to develop sustainable methods and promote agricultural research.

    Tags: grants, business,grassroots, innovation, ingenuity, field tests, experiment, soil, crops, rotation, sustainable, research

Food Policy

  • Title:  Organic Perspectives: Understanding the Views of Florida Consumers, Specialty Crop Farmers, and Retailers

    Author: Florida Certified Organic Growers and Consumers

    Organization: Florida Certified Organic Growers and Consumers

    Submission Type: Report

    Publication Date: 9/2011

    Description: “This report conveys, interprets, and synthesizes information collected from Florida farmers, consumers, and large grocery chains—all key actors in Florida’s specialty crops industry—and provides two core recommendations with specific strategies that Floridians can take to advance our state’s agricultural and food systems.”

    Tags: Florida, Organic, Specialty Crop, Farmers

  • Organization: Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: The OFRF provides opportunities for grants, focuses on educating consumers and farmers about policy making and changes, and meeting organic farmers needs regarding research and education. The OFRF also provides opportunities for grants, focuses on educating consumers and farmers about policy making and changes, and meeting organic farmers needs regarding research and education.

    Tags: grants, grassroots, state of the states, map

  • Title: Injustice on Our Plates

    Organization: Southern Poverty Law Center

    Submission Type: Report

    Publication Date: 7/2/1905

    Tags: workforce exploitation, immigrant, abuse, work, sexual violence, undocumented, poverty, Harvest of Shame

  • Organization: La Via Campesina

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Founded in Mons,Belgium, La Via Campesina is a movement focused on food sovereignty. Their range of concern has branched out into agrarian reform, biodiversity and genetic resources, women rights and human rights, rural workers, sustainable peasants agriculture, and youth.

    Tags: peasant, indigenous people, migrants, agricultural workers, sovereignty

  • Organization: Organic Consumers Association (OCA)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: “The OCA deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children’s health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics.”

    Tags: monsanto, GMO, GE, genetic, transition, irradiation, mad cow, honey bees, sludge, sewage, raw milk, health, nanotechnology, perchlorate

  • Organization: Post Carbon Institute (PCI)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Comprised of 28 fellows, many with PhDs, published works, or innovators in their field, the PCI covers topics ranging from culture and behavior, to economics, to food and agriculture, and to water. The Post Carbon Reader, available through the website, contains a collection of important essays on these topics, and all articles on the website are free to access.

    Tags: climate, consumption, waste, communities, culture, behavior, ecology, economics, education, energy, food, agriculture, government, health, population, social justice, transportation, water

  • Title: Food and Water Watch

    Organization: Food and Water Watch

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Fights for proper labeling of food, especially when irradiated or genetically modified and to stop the corporate control of water systems.  Campaigns of 2011 include Take Back the Tap, Ban Fracking, Stop GE Salmon, Fair farm bill, and Stop Factory Fish Farming.

    Tags: clean water, tap water, bottled water, resources, ocean

  • Title: National Good Food Network

    Organization: National Good Food Network

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: “Together we will build on years of grassroots efforts and move closer to a new food system that rewards sustainable production, treats growers and workers fairly, and improves the health of families and the wealth of communities with healthy, green, fair, affordable food”

    Tags: producers, buyers, distributors, advocates, investors, funders, business models, market, marketing

  • Title: Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security (RUAF Foundation)

    Organization: Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security (RUAF Foundation)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: RUAF promotes the development of agriculture in urban areas ranging from Lima, Peru to Beijing, China. As with all urban agricutlure programs, food security, and poverty alleviation are main focuses of RUAF, in addition to economic development, technological development, and monitoring the impact of urban agriculture policies. The Distance Learning Course on Urban Agriculture has some limited guest access and suggested readings.

    Tags: crop production, waste, aquaculture, climate change, land use planning, rural, urban, women

  • Organization: Wallace Center

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: The Wallace Center operates a variety of programs including the National Food Hub Collaboration, the National Good Food Network, The National Farmers Market Network and many more.

    Tags: market, urban, sysco

  • Title: Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group

    Organization: Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: “Southern SAWG takes a regional approach to creating a sustainable agricultural system — one that is ecologically sound, economically viable, socially just and humane.”

    Tags: policy, research, justice, social, community, grassroots

  • Title: Small Planet Institue

    Organization: Small Planet Institue

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Created by the author of Diet for a Small Planet, Frances Moore Lappe, this project focuses on democracy, food, hunger, and the environment.

    Tags: food, hunger, environment, policy, democratic, recipes, hot planet, democracy, poverty

  • Title: Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI)

    Organization: Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: “RAFI-USA believes that farmers and consumers must be informed, involved with each other and active in protecting and directing the use of natural and human agricultural resources.”

    Tags: tobacco, sustainable, advocacy, education, just foods

  • Organization: Organic Trade Association (OTA)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: In OTA’s own words, they are committed to advancing organic standards, promoting transition, reaching the public, growing the market, and verifying the benefits. Members are able to access an annually published Industry Survey, the Organic pages (a virtual organic market place), as well as a variety of articles. College students will find the “Taste the Change” campaign especially interesting, tips for working with food service to incorporate organics into the dining halls, and building relationships with organic producers are all included in the “Taste the Change” guide.

    Tags: products, services, materials, policy, statistics, GE, GMO, trends, antibiotics, global markets, exports

  • Organization: Rodale Institute

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: A recently released 30 year comparative study of organic and conventional farming was released by the Rodale Institute. If you are a farmer in transition or a seasoned farmer or completely new to farming Rodale provides information and research for everyone. Other topics the Rodale Institute covers include global warming and nutrition. Check out the Events page for gardening workshops, plant sales, festivals and tours!

    Tags: new farm, global warming, nutrition, trial, experiment, no till

  • Title: Oliver De Schutter, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

    Organization: Oliver De Schutter, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: A wealth of articles and reports related to all aspect of the right to food. Over the past year this has meant educating the UN about sustainability, alternative business models, hunger issues and food security.

    Tags: UN, united nations, right to food, special reporter, equitable value chains, alternative business models, Chine, Brazil, Brasil, Guatemala, Nicaragua, agribusiness, seed, Syria

  • Title: National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

    Organization: National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Advocates for family farmers and sustainable agriculture practices in Washington, D.C. Also working to re-establish ATTRA/NSAIS, fight for small farmers in the Farm Bill, and promoting traditional plant and animal breeding practices.

    Tags: farm bill, information, food systems, rural, policy, lobby, lobbying, grassroots

  • Title: Land Resource Action Network (LRAN)

    Organization: Land Resource Action Network (LRAN)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: From LRAN’s website “LRAN is a response to a gap in research/analysis support for grassroots movements around the world who are engaged in struggles over access to land and other resources.”

    Tags: sustainable, global, environment, world

  • Title: International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty (IPC)

    Organization: International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty (IPC)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Formed with the  “June 2002 World Food Summit: Five years later” in mind the IPC focuses on the six principles of food sovereignty. Those principles define a sovereign system as on that focuses on food for people, values food providers, localizes food systems, puts control locally,  builds knowledge and skills, and works with nature.

    Tags: agrarian, biodiversity, indigenous, small scale, fisheries

  • Title: International Organic Inspectors Association

    Organization: International Organic Inspectors Association

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: “The mission of IOIA is to address issues and concerns relevant to organic inspectors, to provide quality inspector training and to promote integrity and consistency in the organic certification process.”

    Tags: organic, livestock, process, inspectors, inspection, accredited

  • Title: International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movement (IFOAM)

    Organization: International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movement (IFOAM)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Eve Balfour, a founder is quoted saying the one word definition of sustainable agriculture is “permanence.” To meet their goals IFOAM created a mission, preamble and principles that have been translated in 18 languages, continually research and report on issues in organic and sustainable agriculture, and have projects in many countries.

    Tags: ecology, food quality, security, climate change, advocacy, health, fairness, rights

  • Title: Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

    Organization: Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: IATP formed in response to the crises family farms faced in the 80’s. Since then IATP has worked to understand what globalization means for agriculture, explored sustainability, and promote safe food and healthy ecosystems. Excellent resource for understanding the politics that affect our food system.

    Tags: global, justice, industrial, antibiotic, ethanol, local, GMO, nanotechnology, labeling, farm bill, farm to school

  • Title: Growing Power, INC.

    Organization: Growing Power, INC.

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Will Allen, named in Time’s Top 100 Most Influential People of 2010, runs this project aimed at providing urban areas with fresh local foods, as well as providing teenagers with jobs. This project focuses not only on produce but hoop houses for chickens, aquaponics for fish, and other methods for healthy, sustainable, urban animal production. Allen’s motto? “Grow. Bloom. Thrive.”

    Tags: urban, agriculture, aquaponics, hydroponics, aquaculture, compost, bees, vermiculture, worms, vermicomposting, Will Allen

  • Title: GRAIN

    Organization: GRAIN

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: GRAIN is devoted to advocating for the small farmer, and community based and controlled agriculture. The briefings page (under publications) provides research articles as well as a synopsis for each article.

    Tags: research, genetic, genetically, GMO, GE, engineered, lobbying, climate change

  • Title: Food First, Institute for Food and Development Policy

    Organization: Food First, Institute for Food and Development Policy

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: “The purpose of the Institute for Food and Development Policy – Food First – is to eliminate the injustices that cause hunger.”

    Tags: hunger, poverty, global, ecology, agrofuels, human rights

  • Title: Florida West Coast Resource Conservation and Development

    Organization: Florida West Coast Resource Conservation and Development

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: This organization is devoted to building the local food system in Florida, particularly South West Florida. Geraldson Community Farm is under their operation and they even have a Farm to Table cookbook featuring recipes from CSA members of Geralsdon and Gamble Creek Farm available for purchase.

    Tags: network, sustainability, conference, education, small farm

  • Title: Florida Food Policy Council (FFPC)

    Organization: Florida Food Policy Council (FFPC)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Our Executive Director, Marty Mesh, is on the board of Directors of this Organization focused on sustainable local food system development and expansion. Another Gainesville Local on the Board, is Val Leitner, president of Blue Oven Kitchens. As of October 2011, the website is still under construction, but there are links to examples of the projects FFPC is working on.

    Tags: local, network, community

  • Title: ECHO – Education Concerns for Hunger Organization

    Organization: ECHO – Education Concerns for Hunger Organization

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: ECHO is a nearly 30 year old organization with the aim of educating farmers and agricultural workers in developing countries in an effort to ease world hunger. In 2001 they the Global Village and Research Center was created in 6 different areas which simulate the climates of 6 different third world areas. ECHO also operates research center, a rare tropical plant nursery, and a seed bank in Fort Meyers, Florida.

    Tags: tropical, out reach, mission, global, gardening, biogas, seed bank, training

  • Title: Earth Learning

    Organization: Earth Learning

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Based on creating a sustainable lifestyle in the Greater Everglades Region of Florida, Earth Learning is an advocate for local food systems, permaculture, and edible landscaping. Earth Learning also hosts community food summits, has created a local foodshed map, and promote the year round South Miami Farmers Market.

    Tags: permaculture, edible landscaping, everglades, watershed, foodshed, Miami, sustainability

  • Title: Agroecology in Action

    Organization: Agroecology in Action

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Focused on Agroecology in developing countries and for subsistence farmers, but still applicable to small scale farmers in the U.S.

    Tags: vineyard, heritage, indigenous, agroecology, technology

  • Title: AgriCultures Network

    Organization: AgriCultures Network

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: “The AgriCultures Network envisages a world wherein ecologically sound family farming is widely recognised as the foundation for resilient rural livelihoods and a sustainable global society. Small-scale family farmers – women and men – produce adequate supplies of food and commodities for themselves and for local, regional and global markets. Doing so, they contribute to finding solutions for global challenges: climate change, hunger and environmental degradation.”

    Tags: GMO, global, environment, homegrown, school, Africa, China, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Latin America

  • Title: Wal-Mart: The Nation’s Largest Grocer Rolls-out Organic Products Market Expansion or Market Delusion?

    Author: Mark Alan Kastel

    Organization: The Cornucopia Institute

    Submission Type: Report

    Publication Date: 9/27/2006

    Description: “This report is an initial analysis of Wal-Mart’s early organic marketing practices. It already appears that the corporation has chosen the latter strategy -partnering with the nation’s largest agribusiness concerns to invent an alternative to the existing organic movement -“corporate organics.” This competitive challenge has the potential to destroy healthy markets for other retailers, distributors, manufacturers/ processors, and family-scale domestic farmers.”

    Tags: Wal-mart, organic, corporation, small-scale, large-scale, competition

  • Title: RE: The Benefit of Organic Agriculture for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change

    Author: Meredith Niles, Steve Etka

    Organization: National Organic Coalition

    Submission Type: Letter

    Publication Date: 6/10/2009

    Description: “On behalf of our organizations and members, we are collectively writing to encourage the Committees to recognize the benefits of organic agriculture practices for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and mitigating and adapting to climate change.”

    Tags: policy, organic standard, greenhouse gases, legislation, climate change

  • Organization: Southern SARE – Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Excellent resource for southern region farmers, including ebooks on building a sustainable business, improving soil health, crop rotation, and managing pollinators and other insects. Southern SARE has provided grants nearly 90 grants in Florida since 1987, for graduate students, farmers, educators and more. Information on both sustainable crop and animal production. Great opportunities for innovative farmers to apply for grants to develop sustainable methods and promote agricultural research.

    Tags: grants, business,grassroots, innovation, ingenuity, field tests, experiment, soil, crops, rotation, sustainable, research

  • Title: Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development

    Author: Olivier De Schutter

    Organization: United Nations

    Submission Type: Report

    Publication Date: 12/20/2010

    Description: This report explores how States can and must achieve a reorientation of their agricultural systems towards modes of production that are highly productive, highly sustainable and that contribute to the progressive realization of the human right to adequate food.

    Tags: human rights, agriculture, food price crisis, sustainability, aegroecology, green revolution, climate change, fossil fuels, erosion, greenhouse gas, soil organic matter, humus, SOM

Grants & Loans

  • Organization: USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Information about the Brooksville Plant Materials Center, the Environmental Quality Incentives Program Support for Organic Producers, Reef Conservation, and the Long Leaf Pine Initiative.

    Tags: women, hispanic, Florida

  • Title: USDA Funding Sources through the Rural Information Center

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Links to funding available through the USDA.

    Tags: funding, funds, grants, money, loans, credit, initiative, assistance

  • Title: USDA Financial Assistance through NRCS

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Financial assistance for those involved in conservation of natural resources.

    Tags: funding, funds, grants, money, loans, credit, initiative, assistance

  • Organization: Grant Space

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: “GrantSpace will help you gain the knowledge and skills you need to get grants, manage your nonprofit, and improve your community.”

    Tags: grant, loans, grants, loan, funding, credit, money

  • Title: Farm Aid

    Organization: Farm Aid

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Raising awareness of the loss of vital family farms, Farm Aid holds an annual concert, raising nearly 40 million since 1985.

    Tags: farm bill 101, farm bill information, Q & A, FAQ, resource, funding

  • Title: Small Farm Funding Resources

    Organization: Rural Information Center (USDA)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: A compilation of organizations that provide grants, specifically for small farms.

    Tags: grant, USDA, small farm, funding

  • Title: Where Can I Find Agricultural Funding?

    Organization: USDA

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: A compilation of organizations that provide grants.

    Tags: grant, USDA, funding

  • Title: Producer Grants

    Organization: Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (Southern SARE)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: “The purpose of this grant program is for farmers/ranchers to conduct projects to solve problems they face and develop information on what works and doesn’t work so that other farmers and ranchers facing those same problems can benefit from the results of the funded project.”

    Tags: solution, grant

  • Title: Farm Labor Housing Loans and Grants

    Organization: Rural Development  (USDA)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: “The Farm Labor Housing Loan and Grant program provides capital financing for the development of housing for domestic farm laborers. Loans are made to farmers, associations of farmers, family farm corporations, Indian tribes, nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and associations of farmworkers.”

    Tags: grant, rural, farm worker, housing, loans

  • Title: Small Socially-Disadvantaged Producer Grant

    Organization: Rural Development  (USDA)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: “The primary objective of the SSDPG program is to provide technical assistance to small, socially-disadvantaged agricultural producers through eligible cooperatives and associations of cooperatives.”

    Tags: grant, disadvantaged, producer, rural,

  • Title: Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG)

    Organization: Rural Development  (USDA)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: “Grants may be used for planning activities and for working capital for marketing value-added agricultural products and for farm-based renewable energy. Eligible applicants are independent producers, farmer and rancher cooperatives, agricultural producer groups, and majority-controlled producer-based business ventures.”

    Tags: grant, value added, producer

  • Title: Business and Industry Guaranteed Loans

    Organization: Rural Development  (USDA)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: “The purpose of the B&I Guaranteed Loan Program is to improve, develop, or finance business, industry, and employment and improve the economic and environmental climate in rural communities.”

    Tags: loan, rural, funding

  • Title: OFRF Grant

    Organization: Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Grants available for farmers conducting on-farm research.

    Tags: farm, research, grant

  • Title: Farm Bill Programs and Grants

    Organization: National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Various agriculture related grants.

    Tags: grant, Farm Bill

  • Title: Agricultural Water Enhancement Program

    Organization: National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: “The Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) is a voluntary conservation initiative that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to implement agricultural water enhancement activities on agricultural land to conserve surface and ground water and improve water quality.”

    Tags: water, ground water, conservation, quality, grant

  • Title: Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program

    Organization: National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: The WHIP provides “up to 75 percent cost-share assistance to establish and improve fish and wildlife habitat.” Farmers who want to develop or improve a wildlife sanctuary within their agricultural land are eligible for this grant.

    Tags: WHIP, wildlife, sanctuary, habitat, grant

  • Title: Organic Program Initiative

    Organization: National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: If you are an organic farmer or transitioning farmer interested in improving the health of your farm and implementing conservation practices you may apply for this grant, which is a branch of the EQIP program.

    Tags: organic, transition, EQIP, grant

  • Title: Environmental Quality Incentives Program

    Organization: National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: The EQIP provides financial assistance to those attempting to meet and exceed the environmental standard, such as improving soil, or water quality on agricultural and non industrial private forestland.

    Tags: environmental standards, water, soil, plant, animal, natural resources, EQIP, grant

  • Title: Conservation Stewardship Program

    Organization: National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: “CSP participants will receive an annual land use payment for operation-level environmental benefits they produce. Under CSP, participants are paid for conservation performance: the higher the operational performance, the higher their payment.”

    Tags: Conservation, stewardship, CSP, grant

  • Title: Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI)

    Organization: National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA, USDA)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: This grant funds a wide range of research, including plant breeding, pest and disease threats, threats to specialty crop pollinators, and specialty crop processing.

    Tags: grant, specialty crop, pollinator, research

  • Title: Small Business Innovation Research Program

    Organization: National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA, USDA)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: “Small businesses and small proprietorships that are in business for profit are eligible to submit applications to this program. Each organization submitting a proposal must qualify as a small business concern for research or research and development purposes.”

    Tags: small business, grant, USDA, research

  • Title: Agriculture Grants

    Organization: National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA, USDA)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Search for grants from multiple government entities.

    Tags: grant, USDA, agriculture

  • Organization: Grants.gov

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Find information on over 1,000 grant programs and apply for a grant through this website.

    Tags: grant, loans, grants, loan, funding, credit, money

  • Organization: Ford Foundation

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Type agriculture into the search bar, and refine the region to US to find applicable grants.

    Tags: grant, rural, funding, innovation

  • Title: Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Loan

    Organization: Farm Service Agency (FSA)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Available to socially disadvantages farmers and ranchers (SDA). An SDA group is a group whose members have been subject to racial, ethnic or gender prejudice because of their identity as members of a group without regard to their individual qualities.

    Tags: loan, disadvantaged, FSA, credit

  • Title: Direct Operating Loan

    Organization: Farm Service Agency (FSA)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: “Operating Loans may be used to purchase items such as livestock, farm equipment, feed, seed, fuel, farm chemicals, insurance, and other operating expenses.”

    Tags: loan, operating, FSA, credit

  • Title: Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Loan

    Organization: Farm Service Agency (FSA)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Available for farmers who have been operating a farm for less than 10 years, with at least 3 years of participation in the business management of the farm.

    Tags: loan, FSA, ownership, credit, young, beginning

  • Title: Direct Farm Ownership Loan

    Organization: Farm Service Agency (FSA)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: “With a Direct Farm Ownership Loan, you can purchase farmland, construct or repair buildings and other fixtures, and promote soil and water conservation.”

    Tags: loan, FSA, ownership, credit

  • Title: Emergency Farm Loan

    Organization: Farm Service Agency (FSA)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: This loan helps farmers recover from losses due to natural disasters, and other emergencies by providing funds to cover living expenses, refinance certain debt, reorganize farm operations, and restore or replace damaged property or equipment.

    Tags: emergency, loan, hurricane, natural disaster

  • Title: Farm Credit Grants

    Organization: Farm Credit

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: “Farm Credit will provide nearly $2 million in national contributions to support agriculture and rural America”

    Tags: grant, Farm credit

  • Title: Farm Aid Grant Program

    Organization: Farm Aid

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Provides funding for research, farm advancement organizations, as well as emergency grants.

    Tags: grant, emergency, funding

  • Title: The Equity Trust Loan Fund

    Organization: Equity Trust, Inc.

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: “The Equity Trust Loan Fund is capitalized by socially motivated lenders and donors. It uses its capital to make low-interest loans, typically between $5,000 and $150,000, to community supported agriculture farmers, cooperatives, community land trusts, conservation land trusts, and other nonprofit organizations for projects that protect the affordability and use of housing or farms, or the viability of CSA farms.”

    Tags: loan, CSA, land trust

  • Organization: Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: The OFRF provides opportunities for grants, focuses on educating consumers and farmers about policy making and changes, and meeting organic farmers needs regarding research and education. The OFRF also provides opportunities for grants, focuses on educating consumers and farmers about policy making and changes, and meeting organic farmers needs regarding research and education.

    Tags: grants, grassroots, state of the states, map

  • Organization: Southern SARE – Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Excellent resource for southern region farmers, including ebooks on building a sustainable business, improving soil health, crop rotation, and managing pollinators and other insects. Southern SARE has provided grants nearly 90 grants in Florida since 1987, for graduate students, farmers, educators and more. Information on both sustainable crop and animal production. Great opportunities for innovative farmers to apply for grants to develop sustainable methods and promote agricultural research.

    Tags: grants, business,grassroots, innovation, ingenuity, field tests, experiment, soil, crops, rotation, sustainable, research

Health & Pesticides

  • Title: Guidelines for Purchasing and Using Commercial Natural Enemies and Biopesticides in Florida and Other States

    Author: Norman C. Leppla and Kenneth L. Johnson II

    Organization: University of Florida IFAS Extension

    Submission Type: Guide

    Publication Date: July 1, 2010

    Description: This guide provides assistance in selecting, purchasing and using commercially available natural enemies and biopesticides for managing accurately diagnosed pest problems.

    Tags: Pesticides

  • Title: Well-Water Consumption and Parkinson’s Disease in Rural California

    Author: Nicole M. Gatto, Myles Cockburn, Jeff Bronstein, et al.

    Organization: Environmental Health Perspectives

    Submission Type: Research Article

    Publication Date: 12/2009

    Description: “Our study, the first to use agricultural pesticide application records, adds evidence that consuming well water presumably contaminated with pesticides may play a role in the etiology of PD.”

    Tags: agriculture, contamination, Parkinson’s, pesticide, well water

  • Title: Urinary Biomarkers of Prenatal Atrazine Exposure and Adverse Birth Outcomes in the PELAGIE Birth Cohort

    Author: Cécile Chevrier, Gwendolina Limon, Christine Monfort, Florence Rouget, Ronan Garlantézec, Claire Petit, Gaël Durand, and Sylvaine Cordier

    Organization: Environmental Health Perspectives

    Submission Type: Research Article

    Publication Date: 7/2011

    Description: “This study is the first to assess associations of birth outcomes with multiple urinary biomarkers of exposure to triazine and chloroacetanilide herbicides. Evidence of associations with adverse birth outcomes raises particular concerns for countries where atrazine is still in use.”

    Tags: Atrazine, Birth defects, Pesticides

  • Title: Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk

    Author: Suzanne H. Rueben

    Organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute (http://www.hhs.gov/, http://www.nih.gov/, http://www.cancer.gov/)

    Submission Type: Annual Report

    Publication Date: 4/2010

    Description: “Despite overall decreases in incidence and mortality, cancer continues to shatter and steal the lives of Americans. Approximately 41 percent of American will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives, and about 21 percent will die from cancer. The incidence of some cancers, including some most common among children, in increasing for unexplained reasons.”

    Tags: health, contaminants, industrial, modern lifestyle, military, hazard, hazardous, chemicals, natural sources, BPA, cancer, PCB, PBB, Chromium, Perchloroethylene, Trichloroethylene, Mercury, Formaldehyde, Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, Atrazine, DDT, Nitrogen, Phosphate, Agent Orange, Radon

  • Title: Prenatal Exposure to Organophosphates, Paraoxonase 1, and Cognitive Development in Childhood

    Author: Stephanie M. Engel, James Wetmur, Jia Chen, et al.

    Organization: Environmental Health Perspectives

    Submission Type: Research Article

    Publication Date: 8/2009

    Description: “Our findings suggest that prenatal exposure to organophosphates is negatively associated with cognitive development, particularly perceptual reasoning, with evidence of effects beginning at 12 months and continuing through early childhood.”

    Tags: health, pesticides, cancer, exposure, organophosphate, pesticides, pregnancy, prenatal, urinary metabolites, women, acetylcholinesterase, blood pressure, maternal exposure, neurotoxicity syndromes, occupational exposure

  • Title: Prenatal Exposure to Organophosphate Pesticides and IQ in 7-Year Old Children

    Author: Maryse F. Bouchard, Jonathan Chevrier, et al.

    Organization: Environmental Health Perspectives

    Submission Type: Research Article

    Publication Date: 4/21/2011

    Description: “Organophosphate (OP) pesticides are neurotoxic at high doses. Few studies have examined whether chronic exposure at lower levels could adversely affect children’s cognitive development. We examined associations between prenatal and postnatal exposure to OP pesticides and cognitive abilities in school-age children”

    Tags: agriculture, children, cognitive development, farmworker, insecticides, intelligence quotient, neurodevelopment, organophosphate, pesticides

  • Title: Pesticides, Sexual Development, Reproduction, and Fertility: Current Perspective and Future Direction

    Author: Theo Colborn, Lynn E. Carroll

    Organization: Taylor & Francis

    Submission Type: Research Article

    Publication Date: 9/2007

    Description: “The lesson learned from DDT and the other studies cited earlier is that developmental, transgenerational testing is critical to protect public health and future generations from widely dispersed chemicals. Certainly we cannot wait for prospective studies that could resolve the uncertainties. … Until risk analysis is broadened and takes into consideration the effects of chemicals on future generations, the DDT mistake will be repeated over and over again.”

    Tags: pesticides, ddt, health, endocrine disrupters, adverse effects, agriculture, exposure, fetal origin, reproduction, gestation, hormones

  • Title: Pesticides and Atopic and Nonatopic Asthma among Farm Women in the Agricultural Health Study

    Author: Jane A. Hoppin, David M. Umbach, Stephanie J. London, et al.

    Organization: AMERICAN JOURNAL OF RESPIRATORY AND CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE

    Submission Type: Research Article

    Publication Date: 10/11/2007

    Description: “Pesticides contribute to allergic asthma among farm women, and early-life farm exposures may modulate risks for allergic asthma associated with current animal contact or lifetime pesticide application.”

    Tags: asthma, pesticides, health, agricultural workers, allergy, organophosphates, insecticides, fungicides, fumigants, herbicides

  • Title: Organophosphate Urinary Metabolite Levels during Pregnancy and after Delivery in Women Living in an Agricultural Community

    Author: Asa Bradman, Brenda Eskenazi, Dana B. Barr, et al.

    Organization: Environmental Health Perspectives

    Submission Type: Research article

    Publication Date: 12/2005

    Description: Levels of organophosphates were measure in women from the agricultural region of Salinas Valley, California twice during pregnancy and once within two weeks of delivery. The levels found were significantly higher than women of the same age across the country.

    Tags: health, pesticides, cancer, exposure, organophosphate, pesticides, pregnancy, prenatal, urinary metabolites, women

  • Organization: NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Project (fomerly ATTRA)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: This organization has great resources including
    -Articles ranging from apple production to renewable energy to water conservation.
    -Organic and/or Sustainable Farm Internship Network: provides farm name, expectations, and contact information. Similar to the WWOOF network.
    -Local Food Directory: Search for local food sources by state or region.
    -Ecological Pest Management Database: Enter the name of the pest that is affecting your crops or garden and the database will provide you with answers on how to control the pest.

    Tags: specialy crops, internship, research, weed management, composting, no till, beginning farmers, transitioning, introduction,  business planning, marketing, start-up, pest, IPM, energy, education, field, horticulture, organic

  • Title: Organic Diets Significantly Lower Children’s Dietary Exposure to Organophosphorus Pesticides

    Author: Chensheng Lu, Kathryn Toepel, Rene Irish, et al.

    Organization: Environmental Health Perspectives

    Submission Type: Research Article

    Publication Date: 2/2006

    Description: “To our knowledge, this is the first study to employ a longitudinal design with a dietary intervention to assess children’s exposure to pesticides.”

    Tags: health, pesticides, cancer, exposure, organo-phosphate, children, infants,  children’s pesticide exposure, chlorpyrifos, dietary pesticide exposure, malathion, organic diet, organophosphorus

  • Title: OP Pesticides in Children’s Bodies

    Author: Julia R. Barrett, Ernie Hood, Charles W. Schmidt, Harvey Black

    Organization: Environmental Health Perspectives

    Submission Type: Research article

    Publication Date: 2/2006

    Description: Pesticides and industrial chemicals such as PBDE, a flame retardant, are linked to detrimental effects on the development of reproductive organs of children.

    Tags: health, pesticides, cancer, exposure, organophosphate, pesticides, children, infants, PBDEs

  • Title: Neurobehavioral Deficits and Increased Blood Pressure in School-Age Children Prenatally Exposed to Pesticides

    Author: Raul Harari, Jordi Julvez, Katsuyuki Murata, Dana Barr, et al.

    Organization: Environmental Health Perspectives

    Submission Type: Research Article

    Publication Date: 2/2010

    Description: “These findings support the notion that prenatal exposure to pesticides—at levels not producing adverse health outcomes in the mother—can cause lasting adverse effects on brain development in children. Pesticide exposure therefore may contribute to a “silent pandemic” of developmental neurotoxicity.”

    Tags: health, pesticides, cancer, exposure, organophosphate, pesticides, pregnancy, prenatal, urinary metabolites, women, acetylcholinesterase, blood pressure, maternal exposure, neurotoxicity syndromes, occupational exposure

  • Title: NATIONAL SURVEY OF HEALTHCARE CONSUMERS: GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOOD

    Organization: Thomson Reuters

    Submission Type: National Survey

    Publication Date: 10/2010

    Description: A study linking age, income, and education level on knowledge about genetically modified or engineered foods.

    Tags: GMO, genetically modified food, genetically engineered food

  • Title: Greater Risks, Fewer Rights: U.S. Farmworkers and Pesticides

    Author: MARGARET REEVES, PHD, KRISTIN S. SCHAFER, MA

    Organization: Pesticide Action Network North America

    Submission Type: Report

    Publication Date: 1/2003

    Description: “Ultimately, farmworkers’ rights to a safe work environment are best protected by elimination of hazardous pesticides and their replacement with safer, less toxic pest-management tools. The accelerating growth of organic food markets worldwide demonstrates that commercial production free of agricultural chemicals is a viable alternative.”

    Tags: acute poisoning, exposure, residue, drift, pesticide, spill, organophosphates, persistence, farm worker rights, poverty, azinphos-methyl, lethal, toxic, poison, acute, chronic, illness

  • Title: Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals: An Endocrine Society Scientific Statement

    Author: Evanthia Diamanti-Kandarakis, Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, Linda C. Giudice, et al.

    Organization: Endocrine Reviews

    Submission Type: Review

    Publication Date: 6/2009

    Description: What are the effects of endocrine disrupters, DDT, Dioxin, BPA, Atrazine, etc, on the human body?

    Tags: health, pesticides, cancer, endocrine, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease,  BPA

  • Title: Dietary Intake and Its Contribution to Longitudinal Organophosphorus Pesticide Exposure in Urban/Suburban Children

    Author: Chensheng Lu, Dana B. Barr, Melanie A. Pearson, Lance A. Waller

    Organization: Environmental Health Perspectives

    Submission Type: Research Article

    Publication Date: 4/2008

    Description: “The findings from this study demonstrate that dietary intake of OP (organophosphate) pesticides represents the major source of exposure in young children.”

    Tags: health, Health and Pesticides, cancer, exposure, organophosphate, pesticides, children, infants, PBDEs

  • Title: Diet and Nondiet Predictors of Urinary 3-Phenoxybenzoic Acid in NHANES 1999–2002

    Author: Anne M. Riederer, Scott M. Bartell, Dana B. Barr, P. Barry Ryan

    Organization: Environmental Health Perspectives

    Submission Type: Research Article

    Publication Date: 8/2008

    Description: “Although exploratory, our findings underline the importance of collecting accurate data on household pesticide use and dietary intake when evaluating pyrethroid exposure–biomarker relationships”

    Tags: 3-phenoxybenzoic acid, biomarkers, dietary exposure, pesticides, pyrethroids

  • Title: Cancer health effects of pesticides

    Author: K.L. Bassil, C.Vakil, M. Sanborn, et al.

    Organization: The College of Family Physicians Canada

    Submission Type: Research Article

    Publication Date: 10/2007

    Description: A collection of studies on cancer was reviewed to assess the link between cancer and pesticides.

    Tags: health, pesticides, cancer

  • Title: Assessing Children’s Dietary Pesticide Exposure: Direct Measurement of Pesticide Residues in 24-Hr Duplicate Food Samples

    Author: Chensheng Lu, Frank J. Schenck, Melanie A. Pearson, Jon W. Wong

    Organization: Environmental Health Perspectives

    Submission Type: Research Article

    Publication Date: 11/2010

    Description: Of the 12 most contaminated food items ranked by the Shopper’s Guide published in 2009 up to 6 item most often consumed by children were found on this list, including apples, peaches, carrots, strawberries, lettuce and spinach. These greatly contribute to children’s pesticide exposure and overall health.

    Tags: health, pesticides, cancer, exposure, organophosphate, pesticides, children, infants, Malathion, phosmet, permethrin, Cypermethrin

  • Title: Agrichemicals in surface water and birth defects in the United States

    Author: Paul D Winchester, Jordan Huskins, Jun Ying

    Organization: Acta Paediatricia

    Submission Type: Scholarly Article

    Publication Date: 12/15/2008

    Description: Explores the link between high rates of nitrates, atrazine and other pesticides to birth defects in the United States.

    Tags: Atrazine, Birth defects, Nitrates, Pesticides

  • Organization: What’s on my Food?

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: A Pesticide Action Network project that is a searchable tool for pesticides found on food and their effects on the human body. A new feature is tracking honeybee toxins as well.

    Tags: atrazine, autism, breast cancer, RoundUp, round up, endosulfan, DDT, ADHD, infertility

  • Title: Seeds of Suicide: India’s desperate farmers

    Author: PBS

    Organization: Public Broadcasting Station (PBS)

    Submission Type: Video

    Publication Date: 7/26/2005

    Description: “In the last seven years, bad seeds, costly pesticide and drought have triggered debt, then suicide for 4,500 farmers in Andhra Pradesh alone, but no one is taking responsibility — not the government, whose policies encouraged cash crops like cotton; not the developers of genetically modified crops; and not the dealers, who insist that farmers don’t follow instructions for their seed.”

    Tags: pesticides, suicide, India, seed, Montsanto

  • Organization: Skin Deep Cosmetic Database

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: A searchable database of the health risks of beauty products including makeup, deodorant, lotions, soaps, tooth and eye care products, with a special section for mothers and babies, and another for men.

    Tags: skin care, makeup, teeth, toothpaste, body, shaving, eye care, nails, hair, fragrance, perfume, bioaccumulation, toxicity, chemical, oral care, sunscreen, deodorant

  • Organization: Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Formed in response to the aftermath of the Green Revolution, and the chemical dependent crops it ultimately promoted. Projects include “What’s on my Food” and the “Pesticide Info Database” which provide extensive information on pesticides and their effect on the environment, the human body, and more recently on honey bees.

    Tags: health, pesticides, children, food, chemicals, GE, GMO, atrazine, DDT, Drift, agroecology

  • Organization: The Organic Center

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Committed to the research, education and promotion of organic agriculture. Organics 101 is a great place for consumers to start, and then continue on to the State of Science for more detailed scientific reports.

    Tags: rbST, rbGH, nutrition, nutrients, diet, antioxidants, pesticides, biotechnology, health

  • Organization: Organic Consumers Association (OCA)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: “The OCA deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children’s health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics.”

    Tags: monsanto, GMO, GE, genetic, transition, irradiation, mad cow, honey bees, sludge, sewage, raw milk, health, nanotechnology, perchlorate

  • Organization: Post Carbon Institute (PCI)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Comprised of 28 fellows, many with PhDs, published works, or innovators in their field, the PCI covers topics ranging from culture and behavior, to economics, to food and agriculture, and to water. The Post Carbon Reader, available through the website, contains a collection of important essays on these topics, and all articles on the website are free to access.

    Tags: climate, consumption, waste, communities, culture, behavior, ecology, economics, education, energy, food, agriculture, government, health, population, social justice, transportation, water

  • Organization: The Cornucopia Institute

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: The Cornucopia Institute has many great resources including their “scorecards.” If you are concerned about hexane in foods, or the real sustainability and health of the major farm providing your eggs or dairy, their scorecards provide answers. A project to stop the fumigation of raw almonds is also underway. Determined advocates for small scale organic farmers and for transparency of large organic producers market practices.

    Tags: hexane, scorecard, soy, almonds, dairy, eggs, infant formula, cereal, economic justice, family

Soil Fertility

  • Organization: Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: The Leopold Center is recognized for nitrogen management research, although based out of Iowa, this research is applicable for all farmers.

    Tags: soil management, soil fertility, SOM

  • Organization: Cornell University – Soil Health

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Learn all about soil health from Cornell’s, research, easy to follow guides, and soil testing laboratory.

    Tags: soil management, fertility, SOM, aggregate, cover crop

  • Title: Why Soil Health Matters

    Author: Greg Bowman

    Organization: Rodale Institute

    Submission Type: Panel Discussion

    Publication Date: 1/1994

    Description: “The more you know about soil, the better you can care for it. Beyond stopping erosion, you can significantly boost the productivity and quality of soil by improving its health. In this panel discussion, four soil scientists share what they’ve learned about the links between soil life and regenerative farming”

    Tags: regenerative, soil health, fertility, soil structure, green manure, crop rotation, nutrient cycling, cover crops, soil sample, soil sampling

  • Title: Using Organic Nutrient Sources

    Author: E. S. Sánchez, T. L. Richard

    Organization: The Pennsylvania State University

    Submission Type: Guide

    Publication Date: 7/1/1905

    Description: “When using organic nutrient sources—for example, compost, manure, green manures, meals, and so forth—recommendations for crop nutrient needs will need to be translated. Soil test reports do not give specific recommendations for using organic fertilizers/amendments.”

    Tags: National Organic Standards, NOP, soil fertility, nutrient levels, organic nutrient, SOM, Soil organic matter, mineralization, compost, manure, soil pH, calcium, magnesium, nitrogen, phosphate, potash

  • Title: The Soil Biology Primer

    Author: Elaine R. Ingham

    Organization: The Sustainable Farmer

    Submission Type: Book

    Publication Date: 6/22/1905

    Description: “There are many ways that the soil food web is an integral part of landscape processes. Soil organisms decompose organic compounds, including manure, plant residue, and pesticides, preventing them from entering water and becoming pollutants….”

    Tags: Soil health, fertility, organic matter, SOM, nutrient cycle, erosion, cover crops, manure, runoff, tillage, tilling, compaction, soil organisms, humus, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes

  • Title: The Importance of Soil Organic Matter

    Author: Alexandra Bot, José Benites

    Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

    Submission Type: Book

    Publication Date: 10/2005

    Description: “Healthy soil is the foundation of the food system. It produces healthy crops that in turn nourish people. Maintaining a healthy soil demands care and effort from farmers because farming is not benign.”

    Tags: regenerative, soil health, fertility, soil structure, green manure, crop rotation, nutrient cycling, cover crops, soil sample, soil sampling,

  • Title: Sustainable Management of Soil-Borne Plant Diseases

    Author: Preston Sullivan

    Organization: NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Project (ATTRA)

    Submission Type: Guide

    Publication Date: 7/2004

    Description: “Soil-borne diseases result from a reduction of biodiversity of soil organisms. Restoring beneficial organisms that attack, repel, or otherwise antagonize disease-causing pathogens will render a soil disease suppressive. Plants growing in disease-suppressive soil resist diseases much better than in soils low in biological diversity.”

    Tags: Soil-Borne Diseases, Plant Diseases, Disease Suppressive Soils, Soil Disease, Pathogen, nematodes, Soil diversity, bacteria, Damping off, Rhizoctonia solani, Trichoderma, Compost, Sclerotum rolfsii, Gliocladium, Pythuim, Phytophthora, Gigaspora margarita, Fusarium oxysporum, Crop Rotation, black rot, Ceratocystis fimbriata, stem rot, scurf, Monilochaetes infuscans, root rot, Phymatrotrichum omnivorum, potato scab, clubroot, damping off, Compost, Clover tiredness, Powdery mildew, Drysiphe graminis, Rhizoctonia, Sphaerotherca, Flavobacterium balustinum

  • Title: Soils and Fertlilizers for Master Gardeners: Soil Fertility

    Author: Amy L. Shober

    Organization: EDIS, Electronic Data Information Source, IFAS, Institute of Food and Agricultural Science

    Submission Type: Article

    Publication Date: 1/2009

    Description: “This publication explains the important chemical properties of the soil that influence soil fertility. A specific discussion of the fertility of Florida’s soils is also included.”

    Tags: soil, SOM, soil nutrients, minerals, calcium, potassium, magnesium, pH, acidity

  • Title: Soil Quality Considerations for Organic Farmers

    Author: Keith R. Baldwin

    Organization: CEFS, Center for Environmental Farming Systems

    Submission Type: Guide

    Publication Date: 07/2006

    Description: “In our drive to meet the food and fiber needs of ever-increasing populations, we are taxing the resilience of the planet’s natural resources.”

    Tags: Soil health, fertility, organic matter, SOM, nutrient cycle, erosion, runoff, tillage, tilling, compaction, soil organisms, humus, soil quality

  • Title: Soil Fertility on Organic Farms

    Author: Keith R. Baldwin

    Organization: CEFS, Center for Environmental Farming Systems

    Submission Type: Guide

    Publication Date: 07/2006

    Description: “Throughout this manual we have discussed how organic farmers strive to build healthy soil in order to create the best possible environment for plant growth.”

    Tags: soil fertility, soil testing, manure, compost, legumes, nutrient management, over-application, nitrogen removal rates, poultry litter, liquid waste, application rate, bmps, Best management practices

  • Title: Reduced nitrate leaching and enhanced denitrifier activity and efficiency in organically fertilized soils

    Author: Sasha B. Kramer, John P. Reganold, Jerry D. Glover, et al.

    Organization: The National Academy of Sciences of the USA

    Submission Type: Scientific Report

    Publication Date: 3/21/2006

    Description: “One component of organic agriculture that remains in question is whether it can reduce agricultural N losses to groundwater and the atmosphere relative to conventional agriculture. Here we report reduced N pollution from organic and integrated farming systems compared with a conventional farming system.”

    Tags: denitrification nitrogen, integrated farming, organic agriculture, sustainable agriculture

  • Title: No Shortcuts in Checking Soil Health

    Author: John R. Teasdale, Gary Banowetz, Ann C. Kennedy

    Organization: ARS, Agricultural Research Service

    Submission Type: Article

    Publication Date: 7/2007

    Description: Is no-till better than organic? A collection of views on soil fertility from the USDA.

    Tags: soil fertility, no till, soil health, soil building

  • Title: Managing Cover Crops Profitably, 3rd edition

    Author: Andy Clark

    Organization: SAN, Sustainable Agriculture Network

    Submission Type: Book

    Publication Date: 6/29/1905

    Description: “Cover crops slow erosion, improve soil, smother weeds, enhance nutrient and moisture availability, help control many pests and bring a host of other benefits to your farm. At the same time, they can reduce costs, increase profits and even create new sources of income.”

    Tags: Cover Crops, cover cropping, Ryegrass, barley, brassicas, mustard, red clover, sweet clover, white clover wollypod vetch, buckwheat, oats, rye, sorghum, sudangrass, winter wheat berseem clover, cowpeas, crimson clover, field peas, hairy vetch

  • Title: Large Scale Organic Materials Composting

    Author: Rhonda Sherman

    Organization: NORTH CAROLINA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE

    Submission Type: Guide

    Description: “The key to starting a successful composting enterprise is to understand the basics, including how composting works, what types of facilities can handle this process, which raw materials work best, how to manage odor, and how to produce and market high-quality products.”

    Tags: Composting, waste management, windrows, aerated, bin, rotating drum, C:N, Carbon nitrogen ratio

  • Title: Impact of Organic Production Practices on Soil Quality Indicators

    Author: M. A. Liebig and J. W. Doran

    Organization: Journal of Environmental Quality

    Submission Type: Research Article

    Publication Date: 10/1999

    Description: “The impact of organic production practices on soil quality indicators, for selected farms in Nebraska and North Dakota, were evaluated to better understand their effects on soil quality and sustainability.”

    Tags: Soil management, SOM, biomass, organic, conventional, amendments, tillage, no till, nutrient loss

  • Title: Cover Crop Benefits for South Florida Commercial Vegetable Producers

    Author: Y. Li, E. A. Hanlon, W. Klassen, Q. Wang, T. Olczyk, and I. V. Ezenwa

    Organization: Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, IFAS

    Submission Type: Online Article

    Publication Date: 6/2006

    Description: Benefits of cover crops for soil health, nutrient management, and erosion, pest and weed control specifically for South Florida.

    Tags: Cover crops, soil organic matter, SOM, micronutrients, erosion, weed control, South Florida

  • Title: Composting to Reduce Weed Seeds and Plant Pathogens

    Author: Ed Zaborski

    Organization: eOrganic

    Submission Type: Online Article

    Publication Date: 8/30/2011

    Description: “This article provides a brief description of the composting process, discusses the use of composting to reduce weed seeds and plant pathogens, and identifies issues that can lead to the failure of composting to reduce weed seeds and plant pathogens.”

    Tags: Composting, organic wastes, carbon to nitrogen ratio, aeration

  • Title: Composting on Organic Farms

    Author: Keith R. Baldwin, Jackie T. Greenfield

    Organization: CEFS, Center for Environmental Farming Systems

    Submission Type: Guide

    Publication Date: 01/2009

    Description: “One of the main goals of every organic farmer is to build long term soil fertility and tilth by feeding the soil with a variety of natural amendments. The regular addition of compost is one of the best ways to enhance soil organic and humic content,which helps to build a fertile soil structure.”

    Tags: Composting, waste management, windrows, aerated, bin, rotating drum, C:N, Carbon nitrogen ratio, pathogens, humus, humic

  • Title: Caring for the Soil as a Living System

    Author: Mark Schonbeck

    Organization: Virginia Association for Biological Farming, VABF

    Submission Type: Guide

    Publication Date: 5/15/2006

    Description: In organic and sustainable cropping systems, the soil life is the engine of soil fertility and crop production, as well as the guardian of long term soil health.

    Tags: Soil, Organic matter, pore space, topsoil, humus, compost, bacteria, fungi, mycorrhizae, symbioses, sustainable agriculture, biodynamic, ecological, biomass, SOM, cover crops, cover cropping, mulch, crop rotation, soil amendments, no till, no-till, tillage

  • Title: Building Soils for Better Crops

    Author: Fred Magdoff, Harold Van Es

    Organization: Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, SARE

    Submission Type: Book

    Publication Date: 7/1/1905

    Description: “Building Soils for Better Crops is a one-of-a-kind, practical guide to ecological soil management, now expanded and in full color. It provides step-by-step information on soil-improving practices as well as in-depth background—from what soil is to the importance of organic matter.”

    Tags: Soil health, fertility, organic matter, SOM, nutrient cycle, erosion, cover crops, manure, runoff, tillage, tilling, compaction, soil organisms, humus, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes

  • Title: Benefits of Cover Crops for Soil Health

    Author: Y.C. Newman, D.W. Wright, C. Mackowiak, J.M.S. Scholberg, C.M. Cherr

    Organization: Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, IFAS

    Submission Type: Online Article

    Publication Date: 11/2007

    Description: Benefits of cover crops for soil health, nutrient management, and erosion, pest and weed control.

    Tags: Cover crops, soil organic matter, SOM, micronutrients, erosion, weed control

  • Organization: Wild Farm Alliance

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: The Wild Farm Alliance illustrates the need for an integration of ecologically managed farms, ranches and native plants into the natural landscape. Special concerns include species extinction, native species, and wild habitats included on farms and ranches. The resource tab has articles pertaining to biodiversity, information for concerned chefs, and organic agriculture.

    Tags: soil fertility, soil management, ecological, biodiversity, native, hedgerow

  • Organization: NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Project (fomerly ATTRA)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: This organization has great resources including
    -Articles ranging from apple production to renewable energy to water conservation.
    -Organic and/or Sustainable Farm Internship Network: provides farm name, expectations, and contact information. Similar to the WWOOF network.
    -Local Food Directory: Search for local food sources by state or region.
    -Ecological Pest Management Database: Enter the name of the pest that is affecting your crops or garden and the database will provide you with answers on how to control the pest.

    Tags: specialy crops, internship, research, weed management, composting, no till, beginning farmers, transitioning, introduction,  business planning, marketing, start-up, pest, IPM, energy, education, field, horticulture, organic

  • Organization: Southern SARE – Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Excellent resource for southern region farmers, including ebooks on building a sustainable business, improving soil health, crop rotation, and managing pollinators and other insects. Southern SARE has provided grants nearly 90 grants in Florida since 1987, for graduate students, farmers, educators and more. Information on both sustainable crop and animal production. Great opportunities for innovative farmers to apply for grants to develop sustainable methods and promote agricultural research.

    Tags: grants, business,grassroots, innovation, ingenuity, field tests, experiment, soil, crops, rotation, sustainable, research

Marketing

  • Title:  Organic Perspectives: Understanding the Views of Florida Consumers, Specialty Crop Farmers, and Retailers

    Author: Florida Certified Organic Growers and Consumers

    Organization: Florida Certified Organic Growers and Consumers

    Submission Type: Report

    Publication Date: 9/2011

    Description: “This report conveys, interprets, and synthesizes information collected from Florida farmers, consumers, and large grocery chains—all key actors in Florida’s specialty crops industry—and provides two core recommendations with specific strategies that Floridians can take to advance our state’s agricultural and food systems.”

    Tags: Florida, Organic, Specialty Crop, Farmers

  • Title: Selling Local Food to Schools

    Organization: USDA – Farm to School Program

    Submission Type: Report

    Publication Date: March 2014

    Description: Selling Local Food to Schools:  A resource for producers.  Across the country, an increasing number of schools and districts have begun to source more foods locally and to provide complementary educational activities to students that emphasize food, farming, and nutrition.

    Tags: farm to school, local food, selling

     

  • Title: Cropping System Complexity for Suppressing Pest in Organic Vegetable Production

    Author: Manish Bhan

    Organization: University of Florida, UF

    Submission Type: Dissertation

    Publication Date: 7/2/1905

    Description: “Two field experiments were initiated in summer 2006 to compare the effects of crop rotation, cover crops, living mulches, and intercropping on pest populations. Treatments consisted of cropping systems with summer fallow followed by fall and spring vegetables.”

    Tags: nematodes, aphids, whiteflies, thrips, cover crops, broccoli, sweet corn, squash, bell pepper, weed biomass, southern crab grass, florida pusley, NOP, national organic program

  • Title: Crop Rotation on Organic Farms: A Planning Manual

    Author: Charles L. Mohler and Sue Ellen Johnson

    Organization: Natural Resource, Agriculture and Engineering Service, NRAES

    Submission Type: Guide

    Publication Date: 7/2009

    Description: “The purpose of this book is to help growers and farm advisors understand the management of crop rotations; avoid crop rotation problems; and use crop rotation to build better soil, control pests, and develop profitable farms that support satisfied families.”

    Tags: Crop rotation, soil tilth, soil fertility, plant nutrition, plant disease, insect pests, crop sequence, transition, interplanting, intercropping, drought, heat stress, pathogens

  • Organization: USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: A tool to search for Florida Farms.

    Tags: NOP certified, organic farm search, find farm, certified farmers, organic

  • Organization: Florida Market Maker

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: An interactive tool to find local businesses, such as processing facilities, wineries, restaurants, and other “food industry related data.” Sponsored by Sustainable UF and Fresh From Florida.

    Tags: farmers markets, CSAs, CSA, community supported agriculture, retailers, processors, farm, orchard, bees, produce

  • Organization: Florida Agriculture, Fresh from Florida

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Includes a list of farmers markets in Florida, information about agribusiness, and agriculture education.

    Tags: seasonal availability, CSA, community supported agriculture, Farmers Markets, Farm to School, Teacher, Parent, educator, nutrition, Food Safety

  • Organization: Farmers Market Coalition

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: An important resource for Market Managers and communities looking to start, maintain, and grow their farmers markets.

    Tags: spreadsheets, tracking, marketing, webinar, guide, FAQ

  • Title: U.S. Organic Industry Overview

    Author: OTA

    Organization: Organic Trade Association, OTA

    Submission Type: Report

    Publication Date: 7/3/1905

    Description: A brief overview of organic trends based on 2010 data, for 2011. Link included in the article  for the complete report.

    Tags: Organic, market trends, sales

  • Title: The Economic Impacts of Increased Fruit and Vegetable Production and Consumption in Iowa: Phase II

    Author: Dave Swenson

    Organization: Iowa State University

    Submission Type: Report

    Publication Date: 5/2006

    Description: “This report measures the potential net economic impacts that could accrue to the state of Iowa were it to achieve various levels of fruits and vegetable production and direct and grocery sales to consumers.”

    Tags: vegetable consumption, fruit, marketing, economics, production

  • Title: Report on the Florida Organic Consumers Survey

    Author: Rachel Chase, Jonathan Austin

    Organization: Florida Certified Organic Growers, Inc.

    Submission Type: Report

    Publication Date: 5/2006

    Description: “The value of increasing consumer knowledge and awareness of this aspect of organic marketing comes at the request of the consumers themselves who, although they state that regionally produced products, environmental care and verifying an accredited certifier’s seal are important purchasing issues to them, lack the knowledge to put such thoughts into action. Florida consumers currently do not have name recognition of accredited certifiers, and name recognition likely does not influence purchasing decisions, regardless of whether consumers say it does or not.”

    Tags: survey, organic certification, consumer knowledge, certification agencies, organic environmental impact

  • Title: Marketing U.S. Organic Foods

    Author: Carolyn Dimitri and Lydia Oberholtzer

    Organization: USDA

    Submission Type: Research Article

    Publication Date: 9/2009

    Description: A study showing the increase in organic farms from 1997-2008. Includes many charts showing price changes, also shows the increase of organic produce in grocery stores and natural food stores. Includes notes on the average organic produce consumer.

    Tags: Marketing, Sales

  • Title: Farmers Market Managers FAQ

    Organization: Farmers Market Coalition, FMC

    Submission Type: Article

    Publication Date: 8/2010

    Description: “This is a starting place for current and prospective farmers market managers and organizers looking to develop, expand, and improve their organizations.”

    Tags: farmers market manager, faq, frequently asked questions, marketing, SNAP, EBT, market fundamentals

  • Title: Economics of the Organic Food Industry in Florida

    Author: Thu-Vi Nguyen, Allen Wysocki, Danielle Treadwell

    Organization: EDIS, Electronic Data Information Source, IFAS, Institute of Food and Agricultural Science

    Submission Type: Article

    Publication Date: 9/2008

    Description: “The objective of this paper is to deliver a reliable overview of the organic industry in Florida. This information will cover the definition of organic and the standards required for organic certification.”

    Tags: organic, market, sales, NOP, pick-your-own, u pick, roadside stands, brokers, CSA, community supported agriculture

  • Title: BREAKING DOWN MARKET BARRIERS FOR SMALL AND MID-SIZED ORGANIC GROWERS

    Author: Alida Cantor, Ron Strochlic

    Organization: California Institute for Rural Studies

    Submission Type: Article

    Publication Date: 11/2009

    Description: The research focused on small and mid-sized organic farmers in California, primarily those producing fruits and vegetables. Areas of focus include most prevalent marketing barriers, how these barriers vary based on different farm and farmer characteristics, barriers associated with specific marketing channels, and recommendations for addressing these challenges.

    Tags: marketing, organic market, sales, interviews, retail, wholesale, challeges, consumers

  • Title: National Good Food Network

    Organization: National Good Food Network

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: “Together we will build on years of grassroots efforts and move closer to a new food system that rewards sustainable production, treats growers and workers fairly, and improves the health of families and the wealth of communities with healthy, green, fair, affordable food”

    Tags: producers, buyers, distributors, advocates, investors, funders, business models, market, marketing

  • Title: University of North Florida, Small Business Development Center

    Organization: University of North Florida, Small Business Development Center

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Training and business skills for small farmers.

    Tags: business, marketing

  • Title: Florida Small Business Development Center

    Organization: Florida Small Business Development Center Network

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: “Our Certified Business Analysts (CBAs) assist entrepreneurs and small business owners/managers with valuable counseling at no cost, training and information covering all areas of business management.”

    Tags: business, consulting, training, networking, accounting, financial, technology

  • Title: Marketing, Business & Risk Management

    Organization: NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Project (ATTRA)

    Submission Type: Article

    Description: “These resources can guide agricultural business planning and help farmers manage the amount of risk in their enterprises.”

    Tags: business, marketing, farming

Business

  • Title:  Organic Perspectives: Understanding the Views of Florida Consumers, Specialty Crop Farmers, and Retailers

    Author: Florida Certified Organic Growers and Consumers

    Organization: Florida Certified Organic Growers and Consumers

    Submission Type: Report

    Publication Date: 9/2011

    Description: “This report conveys, interprets, and synthesizes information collected from Florida farmers, consumers, and large grocery chains—all key actors in Florida’s specialty crops industry—and provides two core recommendations with specific strategies that Floridians can take to advance our state’s agricultural and food systems.”

    Tags: Florida, Organic, Specialty Crop, Farmers

  • Title: National Good Food Network

    Organization: National Good Food Network

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: “Together we will build on years of grassroots efforts and move closer to a new food system that rewards sustainable production, treats growers and workers fairly, and improves the health of families and the wealth of communities with healthy, green, fair, affordable food”

    Tags: producers, buyers, distributors, advocates, investors, funders, business models, market, marketing

  • Title: University of North Florida, Small Business Development Center

    Organization: University of North Florida, Small Business Development Center

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Training and business skills for small farmers.

    Tags: business, marketing

  • Title: Florida Small Business Development Center

    Organization: Florida Small Business Development Center Network

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: “Our Certified Business Analysts (CBAs) assist entrepreneurs and small business owners/managers with valuable counseling at no cost, training and information covering all areas of business management.”

    Tags: business, consulting, training, networking, accounting, financial, technology

  • Title: Marketing, Business & Risk Management

    Organization: NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Project (ATTRA)

    Submission Type: Article

    Description: “These resources can guide agricultural business planning and help farmers manage the amount of risk in their enterprises.”

    Tags: business, marketing, farming

  • Title: Natural Farming Systems in the South: From Fields to Market

    Organization: SSAWG, Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group

    Submission Type: Video Guide, Article

    Publication Date: 7/2/1905

    Description: “Joseph Fields Farm, LLC is a 50 acre certified organic farm on Johns Island, South Carolina. It is owned and operated by Helen and Joseph Fields. They produce primarily vegetables, growing most every type of vegetable that can be grown in this region, as well as strawberries and some tree fruits.”

    Tags: Organic certification, certified organic, diversification, farmer’s market, CSA, cooperatives, selling, marketing, On-Farm Stand, U-Pick, Gleaning, Recordkeeping

  • Title: Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference

    Organization: Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Dedicated to the needs of small farms in Florida, a sector which had and 8% growth from 2002-2007. Provides information on farmer education opportunities and programs.

    Tags: business, consulting, training, networking, accounting, financial, technology

  • Title: Food Waste Management Cost Calculator

    Organization: Environmental Protection Agency, EPA

    Submission Type: Interactive Tool

    Publication Date: 7/11/2011

    Description: “This Calculator estimates the cost competitiveness of alternatives to food waste disposal, including source reduction, donation, composting, and recycling of yellow grease.”

    Tags: waste, calculator, food waste

  • Title: Transition from conventional farming to organic farming using bahiagrass

    Author: Tawainga W Katsvairo, David L Wright, James J Marois, Jimmy R Rich

    Organization: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture

    Submission Type: Research Article

    Publication Date: 1/2007

    Description: “The necessity of ecologically friendly farming systems coupled with the desire for foods free from synthetic chemicals has made organic farming one of the fastest-growing agricultural enterprises. The transition from conventional agriculture to organic farming is a difficult period for several reasons…”

    Tags: farming; bahiagrass; transition; biodiversity; perennial grasses; cover corps; pest management

  • Title: The Persistence of Florida’s Small Organic Farms in the Face of Growing Demand for Organic Products

    Author: LINDSAY FERNANDEZ-SALVADOR

    Organization: Organic Farming Research Foundation

    Submission Type: Graduate Thesis

    Publication Date: 7/1/1905

    Description: A Graduate thesis exploring the factors for success on small farms, such as acreage, years farming, and venues through which they market their produce as well as the challenges faced operating an organic farm.

    Tags: marketing, organic market, sales, interviews, retail, wholesale, success

  • Title: The Economic Feasibility of Organic Vegetable Production for Small Farmers Under Semi-Tropical Conditions

    Author: W. Arden Colette, Ed Canler

    Organization: EDIS, Electronic Data Information Source, IFAS, Institute of Food and Agricultural Science

    Submission Type: Report

    Publication Date: 6/2/1980

    Description: “Previous studies favorably compare organic with conventional production techniques. However, they do not evaluate the impact of tropical and semi-tropical climates on organically produced crops. Organic and contemporary vegetable production systems are analyzed under the rigorous climatic conditions of Florida. Under conditions of no long term debt the results indicate an above poverty to medium range income can be achieved on a nine-acre vegetable farm using conventional methods.”

    Tags: organic production, productivity

  • Title: Southern Organic Resource Guide

    Author: Sue Baird, Margaret Scoles, Barbara Bellows, Elaine Ferry

    Organization: Independent Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA)

    Submission Type: Resource Guide

    Publication Date: 8/2005

    Description: “This guide is designed to help producers, and the people who serve them, identify organic information, inputs, markets, and certification assistance available in the South. As the first of its kind for Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee, we hope that this guide may also help build an organic infrastructure in the South by encouraging net- working among farmers, researchers, educators, and business people.”

    Tags: Certification Agencies, Educational and Outreach Resources, Certified Organic Operations, Suppliers of Inputs for Organic Farms, An Introduction to Organic Research

  • Title: Emerging Issues in the U.S. Organic Industry

    Author: Catherine Greene, Corolyn Dimitri, Biing-hwan Lin, et al.

    Organization: USDA

    Submission Type: Research Article

    Publication Date: 6/2009

    Description: The organic industry has experienced growing pains since publication of the “USDA organic” label and standards in 2000, which strengthened consumer demand for organic products. Adoption of organic production systems has been uneven across production sectors and regions in the United States, and supply shortages have emerged in some organic food sectors.

    Tags: Cost, Supply, global, sales, producers, locally grown, organic policy, Farm Act

  • Title: Agroecology Versus Input Substitution: A Fundamental Contradiction of Sustainable Agriculture

    Author: Peter M Rosset, Miugel A Altieri

    Organization: Society & Natural Resources

    Submission Type: Essay

    Publication Date: 5/1/1997

    Description: Explores the problem of the “debt trap” that plagues many farmers, whether using sustainable or industrial methods, as well as social and ecological issues.

    Tags: agroecology, farm crisis, input substitution, organic farming, sustainable agriculture

  • Title: Why Isn’t More US Farmland Organic?

    Author: Nicolai V. Kuminoff and Ada Wossink

    Organization: Journal of Agricultural Economics

    Submission Type: Research Article

    Publication Date: 11/2009

    Description: Our analysis provides three new insights into the impacts of farm policy on organic agriculture that have not been addressed in the literature.

    Tags: organic farming, direct payments, real options theory, switching regression

Home & School Gardening

  • Title: The Climate Friendly Gardener Guide

    Author: The Union of Concerned Scientists

    Organization: The Union of Concerned Scientists

    Submission Type: Article

    Publication Date: 6/1/2010

    Description: “The millions of Americans with a lawn or garden know that even small shifts in weather can affect their outdoor plans. Unchecked global warming, however, could force gardeners to deal with more droughts and floods, and a profusion of pests and weeds.”

    Tags: gardening, climate change, composting, global warming, home

  • Title: Florida Farm to Schools

    Author: FLDOE

    Organization: Florida Department of Education‘s Food and Nutrition Management Program

    Submission Type: Guide

    Publication Date: 7/3/1905

    Description: “Purchasing locally grown food is good for students, local farmers, and communities. It is an exciting time to be a part of the farm-to-school movement. Through these programs, children across the United States are reconnecting with their food, enjoying the taste and nutritional value of produce picked at peak ripeness, and learning about gardening, composting and agriculture.”

    Tags: gardening, Farm to School, school, curriculum, organic, farming, agriculture

  • Title: Gardening for Grades

    Author: Trina Hofreiter, Elizabeth Wolanyk

    Organization: Florida Agriculture in the Classroom

    Submission Type: Curriculum

    Publication Date: 7/3/1905

    Description: “Florida Agriculture in the Classroom, Inc. (FAITC) is a non-profit organization that develops and trains teachers and agriculture industry volunteers in its agricultural curricula and materials, which they in turn use to educate students about the importance of agriculture.”

    Tags: gardening, school, curriculum, organic, farming, agriculture

  • Title: Producing Garden Vegetables with Organic Soil Amendments

    Author: J. M. Stephens, S. R. Kostewicz

    Organization: EDIS, Electronic Data Information Source, IFAS, Institute of Food and Agricultural Science

    Submission Type: Guide

    Publication Date: 7/2009

    Description: “Today’s organic followers include not only purists but also individuals who see it as their small contribution to conserving resources and energy. It’s their way of rebelling against the passage of the agrarian way of life and the arrival of chemical agriculture that is now necessary to feed a population increasing at alarming rates.”

    Tags: gardening, organic, vegetables, home garden

  • Title: Project: School Garden

    Author: Colin Colverson

    Organization: FOG, Florida Certified Organic Growers, Inc.

    Submission Type: Guide

    Publication Date: 6/28/1905

    Description: “The following manual can been part of an international in students behavior and self serve as a guide to the curriculum for hundreds of years, planning, understanding, and and they help students of all guide, and wish you and your implementation of a school ages learn and grow in a variety garden program at your school.”

    Tags: school gardens, curriculum, nutrition

  • Title: GIFT Gardens Growing Guide

    Author: Marty Mesh

    Organization: Florida Certified Organic Growers, FOG

    Submission Type: Guide

    Description: “Successfully growing a vegetable garden is an ongoing process of experimentation, trial and error. Developing proper timing, knowledge of crop habits, an understanding of the soil and organic methods often takes many years of first-hand experience. We hope this guide is a valuable resource to help you get the maximum benefit from your GIFT Garden!”

    Tags: school gardens, curriculum, raised bed gardening, square foot gardening, succession planting

  • Organization: Florida Friendly Landscaping

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: A guide to plants and strategies to maintain a Florida friendly landscape. Especially helpful for for those that want to find native plants that will do well in their growing region.

    Tags: interactive yard, plan, plant database, florida friendly, native, tutorial

  • Title: Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide

    Author: J.M. Stephens, Sydney Park Brown, Danielle Treadwell, et al.

    Organization: EDIS, Electronic Data Information Source, IFAS, Institute of Food and Agricultural Science

    Submission Type: Guide

    Publication Date: 3/1994

    Description: “Vegetable gardening offers fresh air, sunshine, exercise, enjoyment, mental therapy, nutritious fresh vegetables, and economic savings, as well as many other benefits. Vegetables can be grown year-round in Florida if attention is paid to the appropriate planting dates.”

    Tags: gardening, vegetables, home garden

  • Title: Fundamentals of Organic Farming and Gardening- An Instructors Guide

    Author: Alexander McGregor, Lynn Pugh, and Jerry Larson

    Organization: Georgia Organics

    Submission Type: Curriculum

    Publication Date: 7/1/1905

    Description: “This curriculum is designed as an instructors guide.  It is intended to give instructors in a variety of settings information on the scientific basis for Organic Farming and Gardening.  It can be used in its entirety as a full course or selected sections can be inserted as a supplement to a general course on agriculture or gardening.”

    Tags: gardening, school, curriculum, organic, farming, agriculture

GMO's

  • Organization: Union of Concerned Scientists, Food and Agriculture

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Recognizing that the current system of monoculture farming is unhealthy, the Union of Concerned Scientists promotes the adoption of sustainable farming. A few topics of focus include the Farm Bill, antibiotic misuse, genetic engineering, and industrial agriculture.

    Tags: GE, GMO, antibiotics, pesticides, industrial, biotechnology, crop yield, contamination, global warming, nuclear power, clean energy, clean vehicles, sustainable, sustainability

  • Title: Europe Approves New Genetically Modified Food Control

    Author: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.

    Organization: The New York Times

    Submission Type: News Report

    Publication Date: 2/15/2001

    Description: “PARIS, Feb. 14 — The European Union Parliament passed a measure today that establishes strict rules on genetically modified organisms, preparing to end Europe’s unofficial moratorium on bioengineered seeds and food.”

    Tags: GMO, GE

  • Title: Environmental Effects of Genetically Modified Food Crops — Recent Experiences

    Author: Margaret Mellon, Ph.D., J.D. & Jane Rissler, Ph.D.

    Organization: The Union of Concerned Scientists

    Submission Type: Report

    Publication Date: 6/12/2003

    Description: “The scientific evidence available to date…does not support the conclusion that genetically modified crops are intrinsically safe for health or the environment. The next generation of products- crops engineered to produce drugs and industrial chemicals and crops engineered to alter regulatory and metabolic pathways- offer far more numerous traits and appear to be more obviously dangerous than Bt and herbicide-tolerant crops.”

    Tags: GMO, GE

  • Title:  Impacts of Genetically Engineered Crops on Pesticide Use: The First Thirteen Years

    Author: Dr. Charles Benbrook

    Organization: The Union of Concerned Scientists

    Submission Type: Report

    Publication Date: 11/2009

    Description: “A November 2009 report from the Organic Center, Impacts of Genetically Engineered Crops on Pesticide Use in the United States: The First Thirteen Years, shows a dramatic rise in the use of glyphosate weed killers (herbicides) on genetically engineered (GE) crops. The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and five other NGOs funded this work.”

    Tags: GMO, GE

  • Organization: Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Formed in response to the aftermath of the Green Revolution, and the chemical dependent crops it ultimately promoted. Projects include “What’s on my Food” and the “Pesticide Info Database” which provide extensive information on pesticides and their effect on the environment, the human body, and more recently on honey bees.

    Tags: health, pesticides, children, food, chemicals, GE, GMO, atrazine, DDT, Drift, agroecology

  • Organization: Organic Consumers Association (OCA)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: “The OCA deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children’s health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics.”

    Tags: monsanto, GMO, GE, genetic, transition, irradiation, mad cow, honey bees, sludge, sewage, raw milk, health, nanotechnology, perchlorate

  • Organization: Post Carbon Institute (PCI)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Comprised of 28 fellows, many with PhDs, published works, or innovators in their field, the PCI covers topics ranging from culture and behavior, to economics, to food and agriculture, and to water. The Post Carbon Reader, available through the website, contains a collection of important essays on these topics, and all articles on the website are free to access.

    Tags: climate, consumption, waste, communities, culture, behavior, ecology, economics, education, energy, food, agriculture, government, health, population, social justice, transportation, water

  • Title: Food and Water Watch

    Organization: Food and Water Watch

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Fights for proper labeling of food, especially when irradiated or genetically modified and to stop the corporate control of water systems.  Campaigns of 2011 include Take Back the Tap, Ban Fracking, Stop GE Salmon, Fair farm bill, and Stop Factory Fish Farming.

    Tags: clean water, tap water, bottled water, resources, ocean

IPM

  • Title: Integrated Management of Bacterial Spot on Tomato in Florida

    Author: Tim Momol, Jeff Jones, Steve Olson, et al.

    Organization: EDIS, Electronic Data Information Source, IFAS, Institute of Food and Agricultural Science

    Submission Type: Article

    Publication Date: 11/2008

    Description: “Crop rotation should be used in an attempt to avoid carryover on volunteers and crop residue (tomato and pepper). Use disease- and pathogen-free transplants. Do not establish cull piles near field operations. Do not spray, tie, harvest, or handle plants while they are wet. Eliminate solanaceaous weeds such as ground cherry and nightshade in and around tomato fields (Kucharek, 1994).”

    Tags: tomato, spots, copper, ActiGuard, peppers, solanaceae

  • Title: Organic Control of White Mold on Soybeans

    Author: George Kuepper

    Organization: NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Project (fomerly ATTRA)

    Submission Type: Article

    Publication Date: 12/2001

    Description: “White mold has become a serious pest in commercial soybean productionespecially where intensive production techniques are used. This publication discusses the various non-chemical options for addressing the problem, including varietal selection, canopy management, delayed planting, crop rotation, tillage reduction, and biofungicides.”

    Tags: pest management, white mold, soy, fungus

  • Title: Nematode Management in Organic Agriculture

    Author: Romy Krueger, Robert McSorley

    Organization: EDIS, Electronic Data Information Source, IFAS, Institute of Food and Agricultural Science

    Submission Type: Article

    Publication Date: 1/2008

    Description: “In nematode management it is important to remember that nematodes can move only very short distances on their own. Therefore nematodes are mainly spread through lack of sanitation and movement of infected soil and planting material. In order to limit a build-up of nematodes, planting equipment and tools should be properly cleaned, and in extreme cases could only be used for the same field.”

    Tags: Pest management, nematodes, root knot, nodules

  • Title: Biology and Management of Aphids in Sustainable Field Production of Cucurbits

    Author: O. E. Liburd, T. W. Nyoike

    Organization: EDIS, Electronic Data Information Source, IFAS, Institute of Food and Agricultural Science

    Submission Type: Article

    Publication Date: 1/2008

    Description: “Both synthetic and living mulches have been shown to reduce population of alate aphids reaching/landing on plants and hence reducing the incidence of aphid-transmitted viruses. Crops receiving high levels of nitrogen are more susceptible (attractive) to aphids; therefore, slow release fertilizers may be an alternative to avoid high aphid infestations.”

    Tags: pest management, aphids, cucumbers, squash

  • Title: Biology and Management of Whiteflies in Sustainable Field Production of Cucurbits

    Author: O. E. Liburd, T.W. Nyoike

    Organization: EDIS, Electronic Data Information Source, IFAS, Institute of Food and Agricultural Science

    Submission Type: Article

    Publication Date: 1/2008

    Description: “Prevention. In sustainable agriculture, prevention practices are the first line of defense for the growers. Such options include cultural techniques, use of physical barriers, removal of the crop in space and time, and the use of biological control agents. Some of the cultural practices available include mulching, crop rotation, floating row covers, and cover crops.”

    Tags: pest management, white flies, cucumbers, squash

  • Title: Vanquishing a Virus

    Author: Chuck Woods

    Organization: IFAS, Institute of Food and Agricultural Science, IPM Florida

    Submission Type: Flyer

    Publication Date: 6/25/1905

    Description: “When it comes to controlling one of the world’s most troublesome insect pests – and the deadly plant virus it spreads – University of Florida researchers say pesticides are out and new environmentally friendly management programs are in.”

    Tags: virus, pest management

  • Title: Weed Management on Organic Farms; Special Topic: Cultivation Practices for Organic Crops

    Author: Denise M. Finney Nancy G. Creamer, David W. Monks, et al.

    Organization: CEFS, Center for Environmental Farming Systems

    Submission Type: Guide

    Publication Date: 01/2008

    Description: “In approaching weed management within an organic system, it is important to remember the central goal: to reduce weed competition and reproduction to a level that the farmer can accept.”

    Tags: weed management, economical weed solutions, preventing weeds, crop rotation, cover crops, solarization, sanitation, composting, planting strategies, crop health, crop vigor, mulch, cultivation tools, weeds that resist cultivation, animal labor, approved herbicides, green mulch, living mulch

  • Title: The Economic Value of Ecological Services Provided by Insects

    Author: John E. Losey, Mace Vaughan

    Organization: American Institute of Biological Sciences

    Submission Type: Article

    Publication Date: 4/2006

    Description: “In this article we focus on the vital ecological services provided by insects. We restrict our focus to services provided by “wild” insects; we do not include services from domesticated or mass-reared insect species.”

    Tags: ecological services, economic value, conservation, biodiversity, environmental policy, insects, IPM, pests, biological control

Food Safety

  • Organization: Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA)

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Formed in response to the aftermath of the Green Revolution, and the chemical dependent crops it ultimately promoted. Projects include “What’s on my Food” and the “Pesticide Info Database” which provide extensive information on pesticides and their effect on the environment, the human body, and more recently on honey bees.

    Tags: health, pesticides, children, food, chemicals, GE, GMO, atrazine, DDT, Drift, agroecology

  • Organization: The Organic Center

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Committed to the research, education and promotion of organic agriculture. Organics 101 is a great place for consumers to start, and then continue on to the State of Science for more detailed scientific reports.

    Tags: rbST, rbGH, nutrition, nutrients, diet, antioxidants, pesticides, biotechnology, health

  • Title: Food Safety on the Farm

    Organization: National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC)

    Submission Type: Report

    Publication Date: 10/2009

    Description: “Since the 1970s, foodborne illness outbreaks associated with fresh produce have increased both in number and as a proportion of all reported outbreaks.9 According to analysis of CDC data by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, produce has been responsible for the second largest number of outbreaks and the largest number of illnesses among commodity categories since 1990.”

    Tags: outbreaks, bacteria, salmonella, raw dairy, Campylobacter, Clostridium botulinum, E. coli, Listeria monocytogenes, Norovirus, Staphylococcus aureus, Shigella, Toxoplasmosis, Vibrio vulnificus

  • Title: Food Safety

    Organization: Food Safety

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: A government website with information on food recalls and food safety.

    Tags: e. coli, listeriosis, salmonella, parasites, safety, handling

  • Title: Co-Managing for Food Safety and Ecological Health in California’s Central Coast Region

    Organization: The Pew Charitable Trust

    Submission Type: Report

    Publication Date: 2/17/2010

    Description: “Growers are currently asked to make high stakes decisions with low levels of information, the only certainty being that if anything goes wrong they will be held accountable in both legal and public opinion. Individual and societal values play a key role in decision-making at all levels, which stakeholders acknowledge affects co-management success”

    Tags: food safety, regulations, ecological health, contamination

  • Organization: The Cornucopia Institute

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: The Cornucopia Institute has many great resources including their “scorecards.” If you are concerned about hexane in foods, or the real sustainability and health of the major farm providing your eggs or dairy, their scorecards provide answers. A project to stop the fumigation of raw almonds is also underway. Determined advocates for small scale organic farmers and for transparency of large organic producers market practices.

    Tags: hexane, scorecard, soy, almonds, dairy, eggs, infant formula, cereal, economic justice, family

Worker Justice

  • Organization: Farmworker Justice

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Since 1981, Farmworker Justice has been working to improve the lives and working conditions of farm and migrant workers in America. Their vision includes ending discrimination of these workers in labor laws, as well as enforcing labor laws more effectively and providing adequate access to the legal system, and promoting better wages, working conditions, and housing, in addition to many other goals.

    Tags: pesticide safety, HIV, AIDS, immigration, labor, health, farmworker, immigrant, migrant, immigration

  • Organization: Farmworkers Association of Florida

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Fighting the trap of poverty, exploitation, health concerns and powerlessness that plagues farmworkers.

    Tags: pesticide, workers, migrants, children, immigrants, farmworker, chemicals, health, education, disaster, Apopka, Immokalee, Homestead, Pierson, Fellsmere

  • Organization: Coalition of Immokalee Workers

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: The CIW has been engaged in effective and highly publicized change of Florida’s food system since 1993. In 2010 they promoted the Immokalee to Lakeland bike ride, to Publix’s headquarters, to fight for a raise in the price of tomatoes by one penny per pound. Other projects include the Anti-Slavery Campaign, and the Campaign for Fair Food.

    Tags: publix, trader joe’s, tomatoes, slavery, harassment, immigrant, migrant, immigration, rights, action, leadership, Latino, Mayan, Haitian, The Campaign for Fair Food

  • Title: Injustice on Our Plates

    Organization: Southern Poverty Law Center

    Submission Type: Report

    Publication Date: 7/2/1905

    Tags: workforce exploitation, immigrant, abuse, work, sexual violence, undocumented, poverty, Harvest of Shame

  • Organization: La Via Campesina

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Founded in Mons,Belgium, La Via Campesina is a movement focused on food sovereignty. Their range of concern has branched out into agrarian reform, biodiversity and genetic resources, women rights and human rights, rural workers, sustainable peasants agriculture, and youth.

    Tags: peasant, indigenous people, migrants, agricultural workers, sovereignty

Crop Rotation & Planting Guides

  • Organization: Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies

    Submission Type: Website

    Description: Hosted by the AOSCA, this online source allows organic seed vendors and potential customers to find one another. Organic Seed Finder serves as a clearinghouse of organic seed availability information. The database provides seed vendors a central place for posting their organic varieties and users (e.g., farmers) a free resource for sourcing certified organic seed. Users can search by crop type for certified organic varieties.

    Tags: organic, organic farming, seed resources, organic seeds, National Organic Program, NOP, AOSCA, database

  • Title: Planting Dates, Rates, and Methods of Agronomic Crops

    Author: E. B. Whitty, D. L. Wright, and C. G. Chambliss

    Organization: EDIS, Electronic Data Information Source, IFAS, Institute of Food and Agricultural Science

    Submission Type: Guide

    Publication Date: 11/2008

    Description: Planting dates given are for northwestern and northeastern Florida. Spring crops may be planted 1 to 2 weeks earlier in central Florida, and 2 to 3 weeks earlier in southern Florida. Fall crops may be planted late by comparable periods of time.

    Tags: planting Dates, planting rates, agronomic crops, planting times, planting methods, seeding rates per acre