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Local Food Resources


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Categories (organized by category, in alphabetical order)

I. Civic Agriculture- Background and Theory
II. Community Development Through Food
III. Community Gardening
IV. Demonstration Urban/Community Farms
V. Educational Materials and Workshops
VI. Farmer Resources - Processing, Marketing, Distribution, Farm Start-up
VII. Farm to Institution - Programs and Resources
VIII. Food Policy/Food Access
IX. Food Security/Food Access
X. Funding and Project Development
XI. International Development through Local Food Systems
XII. Urban/Community Agriculture - Research, Examples, and Resources
XIII. United States Government
XIV. University Programs
XV. Youth Agriculture Projects

NOTE: Some of the following documents are available as Adobe Acrobat PDFs. Download Acrobat Reader.

 

I. Civic Agriculture - Background and Theory
Civic Agriculture; Reconnecting Farm, Food, and Community
Thomas A. Lyson, a scholar-practitioner in the field of community-based food systems, calls the trend of locally based agriculture and food production, such as Farmers' markets, community gardens, and community supported agriculture, civic agriculture because these activities are tightly linked to a community's social and economic development.

USDA - National Agricultural Library Alternative Farming Systems Information Center Farms and Community: Community Food Systems and Civic Agriculture
Links to web resources on Community Food Systems and Civic Agriculture.

 

II. Community Development Through Food
Center for Land-Based Learning
Center for Land-Based Learning has the dual mission of teaching youth about farming/agriculture/the environment, and also empowering them to see their role in the community and make healthy choices.

The Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens
The Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens is an internationally respected model for small-scale urban food production, agricultural preservation, and farm-based education.

East New York Farms, United Community Centers
A collaborative project whose mission is to organize youth and adult residents to address issues in their community by promoting local and regional sustainable agriculture and community-based economic development.

Nuestras-Raíces
Nuestras Raíces is building cultural pride as well as the ability of low-income Latinos in Holyoke to address environmental, economic development, substance abuse, and food security issues through projects relating to food, agriculture, and the environment.

Peoples Grocery
Peoples Grocery works to develop a self-reliant, socially just and sustainable food system in West Oakland through community-based, youth-focused and innovative social enterprises, urban agricultural projects, educational programs and public policy initiatives that foster healthy, equitable and ecological community development.

Sustainable Food Center
Through events, programs, resources, and education, the Sustainable Food Center works to cultivate a healthy community through access to healthy food.

The University of Montana Environmental Studies Program; Sustainable Food and Farming Emphasis
Program areas include Eating, Farming, and Knowing; Farm to College; Farm Internship; and Community-Based Action Research.

Urban Harvest
Using community gardening as a means to provide food and income and to strengthen the community of the greater Houston area, Urban Harvest helps neighborhoods build successful community gardens.

USDA - National Agricultural Library Alternative Farming Systems Information Center Farms and Community: Community Food Systems and Civic Agriculture
Links to web resources on Community Food Systems and Civic Agriculture.

World Hunger Year
WHY advances long-term solutions to hunger and poverty by supporting community-based organizations that empower individuals and build self-reliance, i.e., offering job training, education and after school programs; increasing access to housing and healthcare; providing microcredit and entrepreneurial opportunities; teaching people to grow their own food; assisting small farmers; and connecting these organizations to funders, media and legislators.

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III. Community Gardening
American Community Garden Association
ACGC offers research, education, and publications to stimulate community and urban gardening for community development, social interaction, and food security in urban environments.

General Plans and Zoning: A Toolkit on Land Use and Health
This toolkit is designed for nutrition and other public health advocates who have recognized the link between land use and food access, and are seeking a fundamental, introductory understanding of how land use decisions are made and how advocates can effectively participate in those decisions.

Growing Power
Providing hands-on training, on-the-ground demonstration, outreach and technical assistance through the development of community food systems that help people grow, process, market and distribute food in a sustainable manner.

Journey to Forever
The Journey to Forever website offers a resource list on urban agriculture, gardening, nutrition, and community development, with emphasis on rural development work from Asia to Africa.

Just Food
Just Food fosters new marketing and food-growing opportunities that address the needs of regional, rural family farms, NYC community gardeners, and NYC communities.

LifeCycles Project Society
LifeCycles Project Society works to promote and create personal, shared and community gardens, research, and educational activities and youth skills development programs.

Nuestras-Raices
Nuestras Raíces is building cultural pride as well as the ability of low-income Latinos in Holyoke to address environmental, economic development, substance abuse, and food security issues through projects relating to food, agriculture, and the environment.

Public Health Law and Policy
PHLP offers a variety of products, including fact sheets, model documents, reports, legal memos, and presentations, which can be searched according to product type, a specific policy area, or a combination of the two. PHLP also offers a resource entitled, "Land Use and Planning Policies to Support Community and Urban Gardening."

Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture & Food Security (RUAF) Annotated Bibliography on Urban Agriculture
A comprehensive literature overview with downloadable research documents on issues such as City Ecology, Health and Environmental Risks, Wastewater Reuse in Urban Agriculture, Reuse of Organic Wastes in Urban Agriculture, Urban Agriculture and Land Use Planning, Research & Development Methodologies, and Rural-Urban Linkages. RUAF publishes the international Urban Agriculture Magazine.

SPIN Farming (Small Plot Intensive)
SPIN's how-to learning guides detail the concepts, growing and marketing techniques, tools and equipment, farm layout and crop selection, financial investment, revenue targeting formulas, rural/urban issues, part time/full time issues, and specific setups for a very small part-time operation, and a full-time half-acre and one-acre operation.

Sustainable Food Center
Through events, programs, resources, and education, the Sustainable Food Center works to cultivate a healthy community through access to healthy food. Their projects include: Community gardening, youth programs, farmer's market development, and nutrition education.

Urban Harvest
Using community gardening as a means to provide food and income and to strengthen the community of the greater Houston area, Urban Harvest helps neighborhoods build successful community gardens.

USDA - National Agricultural Library Alternative Farming Systems Information Center Farms and Community: Urban Agriculture and Community Gardening
Links to information on urban agriculture and community gardens.

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IV. Demonstration Urban/Community Farms
The Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens
The Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens is an internationally respected model for small-scale urban food production, agricultural preservation, and farm-based education.

Growing Power
Providing hands-on training, on-the-ground demonstration, outreach and technical assistance through the development of community food systems that help people grow, process, market and distribute food in a sustainable manner.

Institute for Innovations for Local Farming Somerton Tanks Farm Project
Somerton Tanks Farm has a demonstration urban farm on a half-acre in Philadelphia. Here they use and teach SPIN (small plot intensive farming) to current and future farmers.

Mill Creek Farm
MCF is an education center for youth, elders, and communities, and also a demonstration farm for green building and gardening.

Seeds of Solidarity
Seeds of Solidarity Education Center, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides people of all ages with the inspiration and practical tools to use renewable energy and grow food in their communities.

 

V. Educational Materials and Workshops
American Community Garden Association
ACGC offers research, education, and publications to stimulate community and urban gardening for community development, social interaction, and food security in urban environments.

Center for Whole Communities - Knoll Farm
The Center for Whole Communities offers education to those interested in "a new land movement that integrates conservation, health, justice, spirit and relationship" through Whole Thinking Forums, Vision and Values Workshops, and Measures of Health - an ethically-based, community-oriented standard on why and for whom land is conserved.

Center for Ecoliteracy
The Center for Ecoliteracy is a public foundation that supports a grant making program for educational organizations and school communities, primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area; convenes networks of its grantees; sponsors projects consistent with its mission; administers donor-advised funds; and manages a publishing imprint, Learning in the Real World®.

Food Share
Focused on the food system from "field to table," the Food Share organization provides public education on food security issues and teaches food preparation and cultivation, and works to create non-market-based forms of food distribution.

Food Studies Institute
FSI provides training, consultation, research design and guest lectures to educators who want to embrace a food based approach to education.

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VI. Farmer Resources - Processing, Marketing, Distribution, Farm Start-up
Cooperative Extension Service; USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service
Cooperative Extension is a county, state, and federally-supported program that provides information, technical assistance, and research for agriculture and community development, and this is their online searchable database of local Cooperative Extension offices nationwide.

Growing for Market
Growing for Market is a monthly magazine about small-scale farming, sustainable agriculture and farm direct marketing.

The Intervale
Operating a network of organic farmers in Vermont, established farms act as "mentors" to beginning farms, and through The Intervale, new farms can also receive business planning advice and reduced prices for land and equipment.

Just Food
Just Food fosters new marketing and food-growing opportunities that address the needs of regional, rural family farms, NYC community gardeners, and NYC communities.

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT)
NCAT provides information and resources on sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, and community development.

SPIN Farming (Small Plot Intensive)
SPIN's how-to learning guides detail the concepts, growing and marketing techniques, tools and equipment, farm layout and crop selection, financial investment, revenue targeting formulas, rural/urban issues, part time/full time issues, and specific setups for a very small part-time operation, and a full-time half-acre and one-acre operation.

USDA - Agricultural Marketing Service; Farmers Market Consortium: Resource Guide, 2006
The Resource Guide promotes a free flow of information about the programs that support farmers markets.

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VII. Farm to Institution - Programs and Resources
Added Value & Herban Solutions, Inc.
Added Value has four main initiatives: Youth Empowerment, Urban Agriculture, Building a Just Food System, and Farm-to-Classroom.

Community Food Security Coalition Farm to College Program
Find information about farm-to-college programs in the U.S. and Canada collected by the Community Food Security Coalition.

Grow Montana
This project encourages food production for Montana markets by improving producer's access to local processors and distributors, enabling producers to access institutional markets, providing incentives to institutions to purchase Montana-grown food, improving access to Montana-grown food for low-income citizens, and increasing funding for WIC and Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Programs.

National Farm to School Program; Center for Food and Justice, Urban and Environmental Policy Institute
The National Farm to School group, they offer information on national policy, as well as resources and publications about farm to school. Efforts are organized by region, which allows users to easily access their nearby farm to school networks.

Slow Food USA
Part of the Slow Food mandate is for each local group to engage in work with local school gardens. Resources include The Model Wellness Policy Guideand the Slow Food in Schools Project Guidelines.

The University of Montana Environmental Studies Program; Sustainable Food and Farming Emphasis
Program areas include Eating, Farming, and Knowing; Farm to College; Farm Internship; and Community-Based Action Research.

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VIII. Food Policy/Food Access
Community Food Security Coalition
The CFSC conducts programs in agriculture policy, technical training, and farm to institution projects. They also have many beneficial publications available on the web.

Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy
The Institute for Food and Development Policy/Food First shapes how people think by analyzing the root causes of global hunger, poverty, and ecological degradation and developing solutions in partnership with movements working for social change.

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy promotes resilient family farms, rural communities, and ecosystems around the world through research and education, science and technology, and advocacy.

International Food Policy Research Institute
The IFPRI offers global policy solutions that reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition. The website offers a project portfolio, policy reports and research publications, as well as the IFPRI global vision for the year 2020.

National Agricultural Law Center
The National Agricultural Law Center offers a "Local Food System" reading room with links to major statutes, regulations, and case law relating to local food.

National Conference of State Legislatures
The National Conference of State Legislatures offers a "healthy communities" database that utilizes a broad range of search terms—from "agriculture/local foods" to the more specific "farm to school." Searched can be limited by state or by status of bill (so some are active, some are now law, and some have failed).

Peoples Grocery
Peoples Grocery works to develop a self-reliant, socially just and sustainable food system in West Oakland through community-based, youth-focused and innovative social enterprises, urban agricultural projects, educational programs and public policy initiatives that foster healthy, equitable and ecological community development.

Public Health Law and Policy
PHLP offers a variety of products, including fact sheets, model documents, reports, legal memos, and presentations, which can be searched according to product type, a specific policy area, or a combination of the two. PHLP also offers a resource entitled, "Land Use and Planning Policies to Support Community and Urban Gardening."

Tufts University
Tufts University offers academics, research, and publications on food policy, applied nutrition, agriculture, food, and environment, and hunger issues worldwide.

University of Wisconsin; Sociology of Agriculture and Agrofood Systems; Department of Rural Sociology
Focus areas: science, technology, and social change in the agrofood system, structure of agriculture, land tenure, farmer behavior, particularly farmer behavior with respect to technological change and environment, small farms and agrarian development in Latin America, agriculture and environment/agroecology, agrofood commodity chains, foodsheds, local food systems, and agricultural politics and policy.

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IX. Food Security/Food Access
American Community Garden Association
ACGC offers research, education, and publications to stimulate community and urban gardening for community development, social interaction, and food security in urban environments.

Building Local Agricultural Systems Today (BLAST): The Food Project
BLAST (Building Local Agricultural Systems Today) is a global network of youth and adults working together to build sustainable food systems through trainings and technical assistance and youth opportunities.

Community Food Security Coalition
The CFSC conducts programs in agriculture policy, technical training, and farm to institution projects. They also have many beneficial publications available on the web.

Food Share
Focused on the food system from "field to table," the Food Share organization provides public education on food security issues and teaches food preparation and cultivation, and works to create non-market-based forms of food distribution.

Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture & Food Security (RUAF); Annotated Bibliography on Urban Agriculture
A comprehensive literature overview with downloadable research documents on issues such as City Ecology, Health and Environmental Risks, Wastewater Reuse in Urban Agriculture, Reuse of Organic Wastes in Urban Agriculture, Urban Agriculture and Land Use Planning, Research & Development Methodologies, and Rural-Urban Linkages. RUAF publishes the international Urban Agriculture Magazine.

Ryerson University; Centre for Studies in Food Security
CSFS works to promote food security through research, dissemination, education, community action and professional practice. They offer a career-related Certificate in Food Security (online).

The Small Planet Institute
The Small Planet institute publishes media—books, articles, speeches, and more—on their idea of "Food Democracy," which means the right of all to safe and nutritious food.

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X. Funding and Project Development
ACEnet (Appalachian Center for Economic Networks)
ACEnet specializes in delivering entrepreneurial services to the following business sectors of the regional economy: Art, Food, Agriculture, E-Commerce, and Wood. Services include marketing, business incubators, training, business counseling, product design and labeling, research, and financial assistance.

East New York Farms, United Community Centers
A collaborative project whose mission is to organize youth and adult residents to address issues in their community by promoting local and regional sustainable agriculture and community-based economic development.

Eat Fresh and Grow Jobs, Michigan
Eat Fresh and Grow Jobs examines six different scenarios in which existing farmers double or triple the amount of fruits and vegetables they sell into fresh produce markets, such as wholesale grocery sales and farmers markets.

Echoing Green
Echoing Green identifies, funds, and provides first-stage funding and support to applicants with bold ideas for social change and the organizations they launch.

Economic Development and Redevelopment: A Toolkit on Land Use and Health
This toolkit is designed for nutrition and other public health advocates who need additional resources - beyond zoning and general plan revisions - to improve food access in low-income neighborhoods.

Financing Ozarks Rural Growth and Economy
For over 20 years, FORGE has used funds from the SBA, USDA, charities, foundations, and individual investors to lend to start-up businesses, families in need, small farmers, and individuals denied credit by the conventional banking system.

Heifer Project International - North America
Heifer supports grassroots organizations that help communities reclaim and support local food systems.

Michigan State University, C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems
This group provides microenterprise support for lower-income emerging farmers and entrepreneurs working in farm/food related businesses.

University of California, SAREP; Sustainable Community Food Systems
Publications, research, and grant opportunities in sustainable food and farming systems.

USDA - Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service; Community Food Projects Competitive Grants
The 1996 Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act (FAIR) established new authority for federal grants to support the development of Community Food Projects, and the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 re-authorized the program.

World Hunger Year
WHY advances long-term solutions to hunger and poverty by supporting community-based organizations that empower individuals and build self-reliance, i.e., offering job training, education and after school programs; increasing access to housing and healthcare; providing microcredit and entrepreneurial opportunities; teaching people to grow their own food; assisting small farmers; and connecting these organizations to funders, media and legislators.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation; Food Systems and Rural Development, Food and Society Initiative
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation offers grants, publications, and resources on sustainable food production systems.

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XI. International Development through Local Food Systems
The International Development Research Centre
The IDRC works with researchers in the developing world to build more prosperous societies and also offer resources on urban agriculture (UA), particularly in developing countries, including slide presentations, short stories, case studies, research reports, and books.

International Food Policy Research Institute
The IFPRI offers global policy solutions that reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition. The website offers a project portfolio, policy reports and research publications, as well as the IFPRI global vision for the year 2020.

International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, US Office
Dedicated to reducing poverty by building capacity in Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, the Philippines, Southern Sudan, and Uganda, the IIRR offers training courses and publications on development issues.

Journey to Forever
The Journey to Forever website offers a resource list on urban agriculture, gardening, nutrition, and community development, with emphasis on rural development work from Asia to Africa.

University of Wisconsin; Sociology of Agriculture and Agrofood Systems, Department of Rural Sociology
Focus areas: science, technology, and social change in the agrofood system, structure of agriculture, land tenure, farmer behavior, particularly farmer behavior with respect to technological change and environment, small farms and agrarian development in Latin America, agriculture and environment/agroecology, agrofood commodity chains, foodsheds, local food systems, and agricultural politics and policy.

Urban Harvest - Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research; System-wide Initiative for Urban and Peri Urban Agriculture
Compilation of case studies, approaches, processes, methods and "best practices" which operationalize the goals of the Urban Harvest initiative, which to contribute to the food security of poor urban families, and to increase the value of agricultural production in urban and peri-urban areas, whilst ensuring the sustainable management of the urban environment.

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XII. Urban/Community Agriculture - Research, Examples, and Resources
Added Value & Herban Solutions, Inc.
Added Value has four main initiatives: Youth Empowerment, Urban Agriculture, Building a Just Food System, and Farm-to-Classroom.

Agropolis: The Social, Political and Environmental Dimensions of Urban Agriculture
This book presents the first findings of original field research projects funded by IDRC's AGROPOLIS International Graduate Research Awards on Urban Agriculture in Argentina, Botswana, Côte d'Ivoire, Cuba, France, Togo, Tunisia, the UK, and Zimbabwe and examines concrete strategies to better integrate "city farming" into the urban landscape.

The Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens
The Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens is an internationally respected model for small-scale urban food production, agricultural preservation, and farm-based education.

Cities Farming for the Future - Urban Agriculture for Green and Productive Cities
This publication, from the International Network on Urban Agriculture and Food Security (RUAF Foundation), presents the "cutting edge" of development in sustainable urban agriculture and indicates progress made from earlier publications.

City Farmer, Urban Agriculture Notes
City Farmer offers stories, reports, and resources from Canada's Office of Urban Agriculture.

Development Report No.12: Cultivating Havana: Urban Agriculture and Food Security in the Years of Crisis
This book focuses on the agricultural transformation in Cuba based on a conversion from a conventional, large scale, high input, mono-crop agricultural system to a smaller scale, organic and semi-organic farming system.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations: Food for the Cities
This resource highlights the major issues related to food, agriculture and cities and provides a set of recommendations for action at the global, national and local level.

For Hunger-Proof Cities: Sustainable Urban Food Systems
This book examines the issue of food security from the urban perspective.

General Plans and Zoning: A Toolkit on Land Use and Health
This toolkit is designed for nutrition and other public health advocates who have recognized the link between land use and food access, and are seeking a fundamental, introductory understanding of how land use decisions are made and how advocates can effectively participate in those decisions.

Global Development Research Center Urban Environmental Management
Extensive online library that includes manage topics relating to urban agriculture, such as capacity building, disaster mitigation, energy management, environmental education, green construction, sustainable tourism, transportation, urban information, urban planning, waste management, and water resources.

Growing Better Cities: Urban Agriculture for Sustainable Development
This book serves as a focal point for an IDRC thematic Web site on urban agriculture. The full text is available online and leads the reader into a virtual web of resources that explores two decades of research into this important issue.

Heifer Project International - North America Urban Agriculture Program
Heifer supports grassroots organizations that help communities reclaim and support local food systems.

How Urban Farms Could Feed the World. UTNE November/December 2000
This article explores the theme of urban agriculture, from Los Angeles, California, to Europe and China.

The International Development Research Centre
The IDRC works with researchers in the developing world to build more prosperous societies and also offer resources on urban agriculture (UA), particularly in developing countries, including slide presentations, short stories, case studies, research reports, and books.

Journey to Forever
The Journey to Forever website offers a resource list on urban agriculture, gardening, nutrition, and community development, with emphasis on rural development work from Asia to Africa.

Public Health Law and Policy
PHLP offers a variety of products, including fact sheets, model documents, reports, legal memos, and presentations, which can be searched according to product type, a specific policy area, or a combination of the two. PHLP also offers a resource entitled, "Land Use and Planning Policies to Support Community and Urban Gardening."

Rural-Urban Migration and the Stabilization of Cuban Agriculture; Consultant's Report for Global Exchange/Food First
The report presents five findings, concluding that urban and rural farmers outside of Cuba would be wise to consider Cuban agricultural policy regarding the following: the promotion of organic agricultural and forestry use of vacant municipal, state, and private lands; recycling of all "green waste" material into compost; and the creation of a variety of markets for local produce.

SPIN Farming (Small Plot Intensive)
SPIN's how-to learning guides detail the concepts, growing and marketing techniques, tools and equipment, farm layout and crop selection, financial investment, revenue targeting formulas, rural/urban issues, part time/full time issues, and specific setups for a very small part-time operation, and a full-time half-acre and one-acre operation.

Sustainable Agriculture and Resistance: Transforming Food Production in Cuba
Sustainable Agriculture and Resistance: Transforming Food Production in Cuba is the story of Cuba's remarkable achievements in the use of sustainable agriculture, organic farming, urban gardens, smaller farms, animal traction, and biological pest control to feed the country.

Urban Agriculture: Food, Jobs and Sustainable Cities
This book, the 2nd best selling book ever published by the UNDP, is based on exploratory trips made to over 20 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America by the Urban Agriculture Initiative of the UNDP, and on extensive research and information gathering from diverse sources over many years.

Urban Agriculture Magazine; Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture & Food Security (RUAF)
A platform for exchange and discussion of grounded information on urban agriculture: research results, project experiences, and critical analyses of conventional and innovative policies on urban agriculture. The Urban Agriculture Magazine is published on this website twice a year and articles are presented in PDF (including illustrations and graphics), available in English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese, and Turkish.

Urban Harvest
Compilation of case studies, approaches, processes, methods and "best practices" which operationalize the goals of the Urban Harvest initiative, which to contribute to the food security of poor urban families, and to increase the value of agricultural production in urban and peri-urban areas, whilst ensuring the sustainable management of the urban environment.

Urban Soil Primer, for homeowners and renters, local planning boards, property managers, students, and educators.
Provides information important in planning and managing land resources in a manner that helps to prevent or mitigate problems associated with sedimentation, contamination, runoff, and structural failure.

USDA - Economic Research Service; Urban Development, Land Use, and Agriculture
Publications on urban sprawl and smart growth, including resources on land use and land value, with links to detailed economic analyses, new and ongoing research, and data.

USDA - National Agricultural Library Alternative Farming Systems Information Center Farms and Community: Urban Agriculture and Community Gardening
Links to information on urban agriculture and community gardens.

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XIII. United States Government
USDA - Agricultural Marketing Service; Farmers Market Consortium: Resource Guide, 2006
The Resource Guide promotes a free flow of information about the programs that support farmers markets.

USDA - Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service; Community Food Projects Competitive Grants
The 1996 Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act (FAIR) established new authority for federal grants to support the development of Community Food Projects, and the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 re-authorized the program.

USDA - Economic Research Service; Urban Development, Land Use, and Agriculture
Publications on urban sprawl and smart growth, including resources on land use and land value, with links to detailed economic analyses, new and ongoing research, and data.

USDA - National Agricultural Library; Alternative Farming Systems Information Center; Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Bibliography on Community Supported Agriculture.

USDA - National Agricultural Library; Alternative Farming Systems Information Center; Farms and Community: Community Food Systems and Civic Agriculture
Links to web resources on Community Food Systems and Civic Agriculture.

USDA - National Agricultural Library Alternative Farming Systems Information Center Farms and Community: Urban Agriculture and Community Gardening
Links to information on urban agriculture and community gardens.

 

XIV. University Programs
Michigan State University, C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems
This groups provides microenterprise support for lower-income emerging farmers and entrepreneurs working in farm/food related businesses.

Ryerson University
CSFS works to promote food security through research, dissemination, education, community action and professional practice, and offer a career-related Certificate in Food Security (online).

Tufts University
Tufts University offers academics, research, and publications on food policy, applied nutrition, agriculture, food, and environment, and hunger issues worldwide.

University of California, SAREP Sustainable Community Food Systems
Publications, research, and grant opportunities in sustainable food and farming systems.

University of Missouri-Columbia; Program in Sociology of Environment & Agriculture
Current research ranges from studies of the effects of globalized food systems to the adoption of environmentally sound farming techniques and to collaborative programs on watershed management and arid-lands management.

The University of Montana Environmental Studies Program
Program areas include Eating, Farming, and Knowing; Farm to College; Farm Internship; and Community-Based Action Research.

University of Wisconsin; Sociology of Agriculture and Agrofood Systems
Focus areas: science, technology, and social change in the agrofood system, structure of agriculture, land tenure, farmer behavior, particularly farmer behavior with respect to technological change and environment, small farms and agrarian development in Latin America, agriculture and environment/agroecology, agrofood commodity chains, foodsheds, local food systems, and agricultural politics and policy.

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XV. Youth Agriculture Projects
Added Value & Herban Solutions, Inc.
Added Value has four main initiatives: Youth Empowerment, Urban Agriculture, Building a Just Food System, and Farm-to-Classroom.

Building Local Agricultural Systems Today (BLAST)
BLAST (Building Local Agricultural Systems Today) is a global network of youth and adults working together to build sustainable food systems through trainings and technical assistance and youth opportunities.

Center for Land-Based Learning Website
Center for Land-Based Learning has the dual mission of teaching youth about farming/agriculture/the environment and also empowering them to see their role in the community and make healthy choices.

The Food Project - Boston
The Food Project fosters CSA's and farmer's markets to engage youth in personal and social change.

 

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