Organic Links

"Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it."—Samuel Johnson


Agriculture, Health and Environment

True Food Network
The True Food Network is a free service from the Center for Food Safety, to connect consumers who want to take action to end the use of genetically engineered (GE) ingredients in our foods. By joining the Network you will be connected to thousands of other consumers from across the country who are saying no to the biotech industry’s secret experiment with our food supply and saying yes to sustainably grown food.
www.truefoodnow.org

The Center for Children's Health and the Environment
The Center for Children's Health and the Environment (CCHE) is the nation's first academic research and policy center to examine the links between exposure to toxic pollutants and childhood illness. 
www.childenvironment.org

Organic Foods, Marketing and Education

All Organic Links
The global resource for organic information.
www.allorganiclinks.com

Local Harvest
Local Harvest maintains a definitive and reliable "living" public nationwide directory of small farms, farmers markets, and other local food sources. Our search engine helps people find products from family farms, local sources of sustainably grown food, and encourages them to establish direct contact with small farms in their local area. Our online store helps small farms develop markets for some of their products beyond their local area.
www.localharvest.org

Organic Consumers Association
The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) promotes food safety, organic farming and sustainable agricultural practices in the U.S. and internationally. We provide consumers with factual information they can use to make informed food choices. Genetic engineering, irradiation, toxic sludge fertilizer, mad cow disease, rBGH are some of the issues we address.
www.organicconsumers.org

Organic Trade Association
The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is a national association representing the organic industry in Canada, the United States and Mexico. Members include growers, shippers, processors, certifiers, farmer associations, brokers, consultants, distributors and retailers. Established in 1985 as the Organic Foods Production Association of North America, the Organic Trade Association works to promote organic products in the marketplace and to protect the integrity of organic standards.
www.ota.com

Organic.org
Organic.org is a comprehensive web site whose mission is to educate individuals and families about the benefits of organic food and lifestyle. Organic.org offers the latest in relevant news and articles, a forum for the organic community to exchange ideas and share thoughts, a Just for Kids section where children can learn healthy eating habits, and an extensive recipe database complete with nutritional information. Organic resources include links, Ask Laura (an advice column dedicated to organic food and thought), organic FAQs, and an organic store and farmers' market locator.
www.organic.org

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Organic Farming and Research

Farmers.coop
The farmer resource website for the Organic Valley and Organic Prairie cooperative.
www.farmers.coop

Ag BioTech InfoNet
Ag BioTech InfoNet covers all aspects of the application of biotechnology and genetic engineering in agricultural production and food processing and marketing. Our focus is on scientific reports and findings and technical analysis, although the page also covers emerging issues of widespread interest, developments in the policy arena, and major media coverage.
http://www.biotech-info.net/

Alternative Farming Systems Info Center
AFSIC specializes in locating and accessing information related to alternative cropping systems including sustainable, organic, low-input, biodynamic, and regenerative agriculture. AFSIC also focuses on alternative crops, new uses for traditional crops, and crops grown for industrial production.
http://www.nal.usda.gov/afsic/

Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas
ATTRA - Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas - is a leading information source for farmers and Extension agents thinking about sustainable farming practices.
http://attra.ncat.org/

Ecological Farming Association
We are a nonprofit educational organization that promotes ecologically sound agriculture. Our special events bring people together from all over the world to share ideas and experiences in producing healthful food from a healthy earth. When you support the Eco-Farm Association, you are supporting the growing of abundant food, protecting natural resources, preserving diversity, honoring rural life and work, and inspiring better farming.
http://www.eco-farm.org/

The Evergreen State College
The Center for Ecological Living and Learning at The Evergreen State College The Evergreen State College Center for Ecological Learning and Living (CELL), provides students and the broader community with experiential opportunities, linking theory to practice through the development of evolving models of sustainable agriculture practices, ecological design, and holistic living in the Pacific Northwest Bioregion
www.evergreen.edu/cell/

Farm To Table
Earth Pledge identifies and promotes innovative techniques and technologies that restore the balance between human and natural systems. Through demonstration, education, and research, we deliver viable models to government, industry, and communities. The Earth Pledge Farm To Table Initiative educates the public about food and agriculture issues, and guides and supports farmers in their transition to sustainable practices.
http://www.earthpledge.org

IFOAM
The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) represents the worldwide movement of organic agriculture and provides a platform for global exchange and cooperation.
http://www.ifoam.org

Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service
A farmer education and outreach organization promoting organic farming. Projects include: the Upper Midwest Organic Farming Conference and the Organic University, held annually in La Crosse, WI; The Organic Broadcaster, a bi-monthly newspaper; and The Upper Midwest Organic Resource Directory. MOSES also sells books, organizes trainings, and answers farmers' questions on our toll free Farmer Hotline.
http://www.mosesorganic.org

Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance
To enable organic family dairy farmers, situated across an extensive area, to have informed discussion about matters critical to the well being of the organic dairy industry as a whole.
http://www.organicmilk.org

Organic Farming Research Foundation
OFRF's mission: to sponsor research related to organic farming practices, to disseminate research results to organic farmers and to growers interested in adopting organic production systems, to educate the public and decision-makers about organic farming issues.
http://www.ofrf.org

Organic To Be
Reconnecting our food to its sources is the goal of this blog. From the farms to our tables, from growing food to enjoying food, from nutrients to ingredients, from farm markets to restaurants, from news to reviews.
http://organictobe.org

Organic Volunteers
OrganicVolunteers is an educational exchange. We publish a database of people working in the sustainable movement in the USA that want to share their knowledge and work with others. The database is used to locate hosts all over the country offering volunteer and apprenticeship opportunities. Our program is based on the wwoof model, but broader in reach.
http://www.organicvolunteers.com/

Practical Farmers of Iowa
PFI’s mission is to promote farming systems that are profitable, ecologically sound, and good for families and communities.
http://www.practicalfarmers.org/

The Land Stewardship Project
The Land Stewardship Project is a nonprofit membership organization, founded in 1982 to foster an ethic of stewardship to farmland, to promote sustainable agriculture, and to develop sustainable communities. We are a grassroots organization made up of farmers, rural and urban residents working together to secure a healthful food supply; preserve soil, water and wildlife; support diversified, family-sized farms; and fight for fair markets and policies that support independent, sustainable farmers.
http://www.landstewardshipproject.org

The Rodale Institute
Making the vital connection between healthy soil and healthy people has been the central thrust of The Rodale Institute for more than three generations. The first task was finding agricultural solutions to major health and environmental problems. The second was proving they worked. The third is now sharing them with the world.
http://www.rodaleinstitute.org/

 

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Organic Certification Agencies and Information

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
The purpose of MOFGA, the oldest and largest state organic organization in the USA, is to help farmers and gardeners grow organic food, to protect the environment, to promote stewardship of natural resources, to increase local food production, to support sustainable rural communities, and to illuminate for consumers the connections among healthful food, environmentally sound farming practices, and vital local communities.
http://www.mofga.org/

Midwest Organic Services Association
The purpose of the Midwest Organic Services Association is to offer high quality organic certification and verification services to farmers and processors primarily in the Midwestern United States.
http://www.mosaorganic.org/

Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York
NOFA-NY is an organization of consumers, gardeners and farmers creating a sustainable regional food system which is ecologically sound and economically viable. We are one of seven northeastern state organizations that work together called the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA). 
http://nofany.org/

Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont
The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) is a non-profit association of consumers, gardeners, and diversified farmers who share a vision of local, organic agriculture. Through education and member participation, NOFA-VT works to strengthen agriculture in Vermont. 
http://www.nofavt.org/

Oregon Tilth
Oregon Tilth is a non-profit research and education organization certifying organic farmers, processors, retailers and handlers throughout Oregon, the United States, and internationally. 
http://www.tilth.org/

Organic Crop Improvement Association
The Organic Crop Improvement Association is the world's largest organic certification agency. 
http://www.ocia.org

USDA National Organic Program
Our mission is to develop and implement national standards that govern the marketing of agricultural products as organically produced, to facilitate commerce in fresh and processed food that is organically produced, and ensure consumers that such products meet consistent standards.
http://www.ams.usda.gov/nop/

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Organic Gardening, Seeds and Supplies

Rodale's Organic Gardening
The online version of the popular Organic Gardening magazine. Tips and hints and a "Gardener to Gardener Message Board".
http://www.organicgardening.com/

The Organic Vegetable Gardening Guru
A Great Hands-On Guide to Organic Vegetable Gardening.
http://members.aol.com/ovgguru/ovgguru.html

Gardens Alive
Gardens Alive is one of the country's leading mail order suppliers of biological pest controls and organic fertilizers.
http://www.gardensalive.com/

Planet Natural
Shop online for organic gardening supplies, composters & composting equipment, grow lights, organic fertilizers, beneficial insects (ladybugs, praying mantis), earth friendly home products, natural body care & more!
http://www.planetnatural.com/

Seeds of Change
Seeds of Change is committed to offering 100% Certified Organic seeds, plants and foods. We grow all of our seeds on our own research farms and with our committed network of Certified Organic family farmers. Organic practices produce foods and plants without using chemical pesticides, herbicides or germicides. Our mission is to improve the lives of this and future generations by preserving biodiversity and promoting the use of sustainable organic agricultural practices.
http://www.seedsofchange.com

Sow Organic Seed
At Sow Organic we know our seed because we grow our own! We are the farmer producers of 85% of the varieties we sell. We are more than a "middleman" seed company that buys and packages the products of others. We can guarantee the quality and condition of all our seeds because of our hands on responsibility in all the processes involved. "From seed to fertile seed" All the seeds offered by us are open pollinated. 
http://www.organicseed.com/

The Natural Gardening Company
We are the nation's original certified organic mail-order seedling nursery, offering a carefully chosen selection of vegetable, flower and herb plants. Tomatoes are our specialty. 
http://www.naturalgardening.com/shop/index.php3

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