What is Eco-Agriculture?
Joel Salatin, A Visionary
The Family Friendly Farm
- Stability for Your Life & Farm
'Sound Science' is Killing Us
Sustainable Agriculture Resources
What is Sustainable Agriculture?
Sustainable Ag (another list)
of Concerned Scientists (another list)
Alternative Farming Systems Information Center
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Crossroad Resource Center
Don't Panic, Eat Organic - the organic
Holistic Management of rangelands
Solutions (Australian site - lots of info)
& Animal Health
Soil Foodweb - Compost Tea
Sustainable Ag Primer
The Organic Center
Website design - Small Farm
Sustainable Farming Organizations
Innovative Farmers of Ohio
Leopold Center for Sustainable Ag
Fields Agricultural Institute (Wisconsin -
Ohio Ecological Food & Farm
The New Farm
WWOOF USA - Organic
Farm Volunteeer Opportunities
" The science called eco-agriculture is not
complicated. But it is infinitely more sophisticated than the current
“chemical amateurism” running rampant across our land. Eco-agriculture
simply holds that to be economical, agriculture most be ecological. By contrast,
for the last 50 years farmers should have been paid depletion allowances as they
mined their soil — all to satisfy an international cheap food policy.
But there is another way...."
This article is from the Web site of a remarkable magazine,
U.S.A. Check them out:
- Their blog EcoFarmingDaily
Acres U.S.A. Philosophy
" "Toxic technology is
sunset technology," announced the lead editorial in our first issue. The
years since then, almost three decades worth, have only amplified the validity
of that simple argument. Fifty years of soil mining, intensive monoculture, and
industrial animal practice have resulted in food many educated consumers here,
and much of the developed world beyond our shores, regard with suspicion.
Citizens all over the world are in open revolt against bizarre — and
astonishingly misguided genetic alterations of the global food supply by U.S.
corporations — bent on twisting the basis of life to keep the high-input
intensive monoculture show on the road...."
is Sustainable Agriculture?
Towards a Sustainable Agriculture
by Steve Diver
John Ikerd on Sustainable Agriculture
Organic Agriculture - a sector
of sustainable agriculture, with emphasis on organic
The Quest for Nutrient-Dense Food:
High-Brix Farming and Gardening
An Interview with Rex Harrill by Suze Fisher
Here's a source of other noteworthy
Family Farm is
the basic unit for sustainable farming - eco-agriculture, if you like. Joel
Salatin is a visionary and powerful spokesman for eco-farming. For a
remarkable picture of his highly productive eco-farm read:
Friendly Farming — Creating a Farm Life Your Children Will Treasure
by Joel Salatin, owner of Polyface Farm
U.S.A. has provided a free
pdf e-book on Joel Salatins's writings
The Acres blog with more good articles - EcoFarmingDaily
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More words of
wisdom from Joel Salatin, for those who argue that bigger is better, that eco-ag
can't feed the world.
- Stability for you Life & Farm
by Joel Salatin, April 2002
Science' is Killing Us
by Joel Salatin, April 2004
on why soil health is so important
Research & Education Program (SARE) - University
answers the question "What is Sustainable Agriculture?" and gives
lots of other basic information.
"Sustainable agriculture integrates three main goals--environmental
health, economic profitability, and social and economic equity. A variety of
philosophies, policies and practices have contributed to these goals...
"Sustainability rests on the principle that we must meet the needs of
the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their
own needs. Therefore, stewardship of both natural and human resources
is of prime importance."
Alternative Farming Systems
Welcome to the Alternative Farming Systems
Information Center (AFSIC) at the National Agricultural Library (NAL).
We specialize in identifying and accessing information related to alternative
agricultural enterprises and crops as well as alternative cropping systems.
See also Mini
Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre,
by Brett Markham
Resource Center works with communities and their allies to
foster democracy and local self-determination
Farm Central - build a beautiful farm website in one week. Call
412-567-3864 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Homestead - a delightful example of an ecological, sustainable
urban farm. Check out their blogs.
Supported Agriculture (CSA) - supporting and
benefiting from smaller local farms.
Farms: Awakening Community Intelligence (YouTube) - see also here
informative CSA website * see also
Charter for CSAs in USA and Canada http://csaday.info/csa-charter/
See also CSA Day - a
whole day dedicated to the celebration of community-supported agriculture and
getting lots of people to sign up.
SPIN stands for S-mall P-lot IN-tensive
SPIN is a non-technical, easy-to-learn and inexpensive-to-implement farming
system that makes it possible to earn significant income from land bases under
an acre in size. Whether you are new to farming, or want to farm in a new way,
SPIN can work for you because:
Teaching people worldwide to better feed themselves while
building and preserving the soil and conserving resources.
yourself the basics.
Sustainable Agriculture Program Primer
the Web site of the National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture. Look under
"Our Issues" for the Primer
"As a service to our partners, we are pleased to offer the first draft
of a Federal Sustainable Agriculture Program Primer. This resource compiles
basic information on a wide range of the programs and policies that the National
Campaign and its partner organizations have helped to conceive, develop, promote
and/or get funded over the years."
ATTRA - National Sustainable
Agriculture Information Service
Beginning Farmers http://beginningfarmers.org/
Online resource for farmers, researchers and policy makers
IFOAM - International Federation of Organic Agriculture
Information and resources for Developing Sustainable
The Organic Center http://organic-center.org/
"The Organic Center is is your trusted, go-to source of information
for scientific research about organic food and farming."
Organic Connections http://organicconnectmag.com/
Panic, Eat Organic -
the Organic Grower's homepage
Beyond organic - Eco-Ag
Organic Certification & other
Non-Toxic Farming Handbook, 1998
by Philip A. Wheeler, Ph.D. & Ron Ward
It is not an overstatement to say that
this handbook represents the future of farming. Farmers, growers and serious
gardeners around the world are discovering that the toxic methods taught for the
past 50 years do not work. By sledge-hammering nature into submission, every
problem solved brings new problems. Attacking these with another toxic treatment
further stresses the balance of nature bringing on a new set of difficulties.
But the answer for modern growers is not to turn back the hands of time, but to
move forward to a higher level of understanding. Ward and Wheeler understanding.
In this readable, easy to understand handbook the authors explain:
• What's wrong with conventional agriculture.
• Weeds - their role in nature.
• Insects - why they attack crops and how to stop them.
• Soil Testing and analysis - and acting upon the results.
• On-farm methods of soil and plant tissue testing.
• Soil fertility and fertilizers.
• pH, lime, N, P & K, and major and minor nutrients.
• Use of refractometer
•Working with foliar feeds to maximize crop health and production.
The authors successfully integrate the diverse techniques and technologies of
classical organic farming.
More books on Eco-Agriculture at Acres
The Soil Foodweb:
It's Importance in
A shortcoming of the above book,
The Non-Toxic Farming Handbook, it that it does not discuss the recent work of Dr. Elaine Ingham on
and compost teas, and their use in inoculating the soil and plants with
is the Web site of her company, Soil Foodweb, Inc., that she has formed
to make these complex new techniques available to farmers and gardeners.
"To grow healthy, productive plants
you need healthy, productive soil. It is the organisms in the soil that provide
the food plants need, in the form they need, when they need it.
At Soil Foodweb, we measure the quality and
quantity of these vital organisms and provide guidance in how to build your soil
so your soil can build your plants."
Other Web sites dealing with compost tea:
The International Compost Tea Council
The ICTC is a non-profit organization dedicated to the science and integrity of
Compost Tea Industry Association
Created to provide a unified voice and information exchange for this rapidly
articles on soil food web and compost tea from Acres U.S.A.
(and many other articles)
‘Microbe’ Tea - http://www.tandjenterprises.com
Affordable organic gardening products, and lots of info
Agriculture by Maynard Murray, M.D.
- a remarkable idea using the nutrients of the sea, that is being developed by
in Florida. Click here
for a story from the book.
The New Farm
Farmer to Farmer Know-How from the Rodale Institute
Lots of interesting articles, stories, and news here in the world of
Biodynamic Farming & Gardening Association
Based on a series of lectures given by Austrian philosopher Rudolf
Steiner in 1924, Biodynamics is a method of agriculture which seeks to
actively work with the health-giving forces of nature. It is the oldest
non-chemical agricultural movement, predating the organic agriculture movement
by some twenty years and has now spread throughout the world.
Where farmer find and share
Ecological Food & Farm Association (OEFFA)
A grassroots coalition of food producers and consumers formed in 1979 to
support and promote a healthful, ecological, accountable and permanent
agriculture in Ohio and elsewhere.
Farmers of Ohio - dedicated to the advancement of sustainable
agriculture in the State of Ohio
New Agriculture Network - Farmers, researchers, and educators
teeming up for sustainable and organic ag solutions in the Great Lakes
Center for Sustainable Agriculture in Iowa
Fields Agricultural Institute - www.michaelfieldsaginst.org
devoted to developing an agriculture that can sustain the land and its
resources. As a public, non-profit learning center, we seek to revitalize
farming with research, education, technical assistance and public policy.
The USDA Organic certification program is
expensive for the small farmer who markets locally, and does not cover all
aspects of sustainable eco-agriculture that consumers are looking for, so
other certification programs have sprung up. Here are some alternatives:
Naturally Grown, a
non-profit alternative eco-labeling program for small farms that grow
using USDA Organic methods but are NOT a part of the USDA Certified
Organic program. Commentary
Humane Raised & Handled
The Certified Humane Raised & Handled Label is a consumer
certification and labeling program for farm animals. The farms are not
necessarily organic or pasture based.
on Food Labels
See also "Evaluating
Eco-Labels," which includes information and links for other
Food Quality is an
issues that is not addressed by the Organic Certification program. To
learn more click here
Website of Ellen and Harvey Ussery - dedicated to the skills and philosophy for more self-reliant
and sister magazine: www.motherearthnews.com/
Backwoods Home Magazine www.backwoodshome.com/
See Simple Living
the Homestead Flock - a wealth of excellent info on raising a healthy
flock of chickens.
Dwellers Flock to Raising Chickens - WorldWatch Institute
Note the link to the Eglu chicken house
Raising Chickens in Your Backyard! http://www.citychickens.com/
Local Chicken Coop Source: www.poultrypods.com
The Barefoot Beekeeper - http://www.biobees.com/
Will Winter's website www.WillWinter.com
- resource for livestock producers
Worldwide Opportunities on Organic
Farms, USA, is
part of a world-wide effort to link volunteers with organic
farmers, promote an educational exchange, and build a global
community conscious of ecological farming practices.
See also Organic Volunteers
"Permaculture is a creative and artful way of living, where people
and nature are all preserved and enhanced by thoughtful planning, the
careful use of resources and a reverent approach to life. Thus embraced,
these attributes create an environment where all may thrive for untold
Bill Wilson of Midwest Permaculture
Leaving the Planet in Better Condition Than We Found It
Permaculture education and training
beginning student, and the experienced permaculturist
Permaculture Research Institute: http://permaculturenews.org/
Permaculture Forums, Courses, Information & News
Plants For A Future http://www.pfaf.org/
A resource centre for rare and unusual plants, particularly those which have
edible, medicinal or other uses. Lots of links to permaculture sites.
More on edible wild
Farm - a permaculture community in southern Ohio
See Simple Living
Food Not Lawns, How To Turn Your Yard into a Garden and
Your Neighborhood into a Community, by Heather Coburn Flores
Her website http://www.foodnotlawns.com/
Management International - works with people around the world to heal
damaged land and increase productivity of working lands
See Savory Institute: http://www.savoryinstitute.com/
and Allan Savory's TED
talk on healing desertification
as usual the scientists claim there's no scientific proof this works, but I
suspect that merely means they were convinced it wouldn't work, so they didn't
do it right,
ECHO - This web portal contains a wealth
of information on small farm tropical agriculture. http://www.echotech.org/mambo/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1