Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) Program
10300 Baltimore Ave., BARC West, Bldg. 046
Beltsville, MD 20705;
SARE studies and spreads information about sustainable agriculture via a nationwide grants program. See specific research findings at www.sare.org/projects.
Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC)
USDA National Agricultural Library, Rm 132
Beltsville, MD 20705
Provides on-line information resources, referrals and database searching.
Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA)
P.O. Box 3657
Fayetteville, AR 72702
Managed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), with a grant from the USDA, ATTRA is the national sustainable agriculture information service, providing information and technical assistance, free of charge, to farmers and other agricultural professionals on sustainable agriculture.
USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP)
Room 4008-South Building
1400 Independence Ave., SW,
Washington, DC 20250-0020
The National Organic Program (NOP) establishes national standards for the production and handling of organically produced products, including a national list of substances approved for and prohibited from use in organic production and handling. Website has many resources including the national list of allowed and prohibited substances.
The New Organic Grower: A master’s manual of tools and techniques for home and market gardeners.
By Eliot Coleman.
$24.95 + s/h to
Chelsea Green Publishing Co.
Presents simple and sustainable ways of growing top-quality organic vegetables and provides practical information on marketing, small-scale equipment, and on farming and gardening for the long-term health of the soil.
Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA)
produces the Hands-on Organic series designed to present a comprehensive view of key farming practices from the organic perspective. First two in a series of 10 booklets on organic production topics forthcoming from Chelsea Green include:
Organic Weed Management, $7.95 + s/h.
Organic Soil Fertility Management, $.7.95 + s/h.
Chelsea Green Publishing Co.
Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN)
SAN disseminates information for SARE through electronic and print publications, including:
* Building Soils for Better Crops, 2nd Edition
$19.95 + $5.95 s/h.
This 240-page book contains detailed information about soil structure and the management practices that affect soils.
* Managing Cover Crops Profitably, 2nd Edition
$19 + $5.95 s/h.
Explores how and why cover crops work and provides all the information needed to build cover crops into any farming system.
* Manage Insects on Your Farm: A Guide to Ecological Strategies
$15.95 + $5.95 s/h.
Describes crop diversification, biological control and sustainable soil management.
* Steel in the Field: A farmer’s guide to weed management tools
$18 + $5.95 s/h.
Shows how today’s implements and techniques can control weeds while reducing – or eliminating – herbicides.
The Organic Decision: Transitioning to Organic Dairy Production
by Cornell University Department of Applied Economics and Management.
Bulletin #2002-02. View online at http://www.organic.cornell.edu/research/tsfsumms/2001/pdfs/dairydec.pdf
Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) Informational Bulletin Newsletter
OFRF sponsors research related to organic farming practices and then disseminates those research results to organic farmers and growers.
The Transition Process: Making the Transition to Sustainable Agriculture
$1.25/ea from the Rodale Institute
A Case-Study Report: Farming Without Chemicals in Ohio
Report based on in-depth interviews with certified organic grain and soybean farmers in Ohio.
Innovative Farmers of Ohio
3083 Liberty Road
Delaware, OH 43015
Upper Midwest Resource Directory (UMOR Directory) 4th Edition
Directory of resource groups, certification agencies, brokers, suppliers, processors, consultants and publications in seven states: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Manual for Organic Farming in the Upper Midwest
Practical information for converting to and sustaining organic production. Based on research with organic farmers.
Southwest Research and Outreach Center
Univ. of Minn.
NOFA Videos: A Library of Introductory and Expert Videos on Organic Growing
411 Sheldon Road
Barre, MA 01005;
The NOFA Video Project is a collection of VHS audio/visual videos on all aspects of organic growing. There are a handful of introductory videos, a large collection of expert videos, and a few organic “greats.” Nearly all the videos were taped at NOFA Summer Conferences over the past 15 years and are available for rent or sale.
Organic Grain: Another Way
$31.50 (3-video package – item #332VOGV)
$52.50 (videos + resource package - item #332OGVP) to
Cornell University Resource Center
Educational package of three videotapes, two 200-page books, and assorted reprints can serve as a framework for study and discussion groups evaluating alternative methods of grain production. Tapes can be ordered separate from package.
The Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance
Member organization that provides a business directory, industry news, free classifieds, a member directory, and other organic dairy resources.
The Northeast Organic Network (NEON)
A consortium of farmers, researchers, extension and nonprofits working to improve organic farmers’ access to research and technical support.
Organic Materials Review Institute
Maintains the Brand Name Products & Generic Materials lists online and in print. OMRI conducts scientific research and education on the use of materials by the organic industry.
Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society
Grassroots educational organization that works to develop and promote ecologically and socially sound food production and distribution systems in the Northern Plains. Also helps northern plains farmers to convert to organic production. Focuses on GMO issues affecting organic growers.
Organic Trade Association
Membership-based business association for the organic industry in North America.
University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program (UC SAREP)
California based program with good information on organic and research programs in California, and list of publications for organic production.
All Organic Links
Minnesota Organic Farmers Information Exchange (MOFIE) Program
Through MOFIE producers can connect with experienced organic farmers, access information about certifying agencies, and link up with organizations that specialize in organic research and outreach.
Missouri Alternatives Center
See the “O” list in the Extension Information on Alternatives section for information on certification and farming.
The New Farm
Organic magazine from the Rodale Institute that provides an Organic Price Index (updated weekly), online training programs, and various forums.
See: “Making the Transition to Organic Farming: It May be Easier Than You Think".
Biological Control: A Guide to Natural Enemies in North America
On-line guide to controlling pests biologically.
Organic Ag Info
Provides current information about organic agriculture research.
Transitioning to Organic
Rodale’s five-hour online training course that walks farmers through the transition process, including record-keeping requirements and the farm plan.
Organic Farming Cost Studies
A number of cost studies for organically grown products are available from UC Davis. Each publication contains an overview of production practices and sample budgets for producing the crop.
Crop Rotational Budgets for Three Cropping Systems in the Northeastern United States
An index of crop budgets for conventional, integrated and organic production systems prepared by Rutgers Cooperative Extension.
SARE works in partnership with Cooperative Extension and Experiment Stations at land grant universities to deliver practical information to
the agricultural community. Contact your local Extension office for more information. This bulletin was researched and written by Diana Friedman. Special thanks to SAN’s team of technical reviewers. This publication was funded by USDANIFA under Cooperative Agreement 2001-47001-01118 for the Sustainable Agriculture Network