In addition to the other pages on this site, you can learn more about marketing, small acreage farming, seed sources, and other information on these sites:
North American Farmers' Direct Marketing http://www.nafdma.com/ The North American Farmers' Direct Marketing Association is the perfect place for family farmers, extension agents and farm market managers to network with each other on the profitability of direct marketing.
USDA Direct Marketing This site includes publications, resources, links, a farmers' market directory, resources by state, and calendar of events.
USDA price reports for fruits, vegetables and herbs: www.ams.usda.gov/fv/mncs/terminal.htm
USDA price reports for cut flowers: www.ams.usda.gov/fv/mncs/ornterm.htm
Organizations that Support Small Acreage Farming
ATTRA = Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas. This is a national sustainable agriculture information service designed for use by commercial farmers. ATTRA specializes in responding to specific sustainable practices or enterprise questions. The staff will research the question, summarize findings in writing, and compile supporting literature. They also have resource lists, current topic sheets and information packages on various topics.
Rural Roots, The Inland Northwest community food Systems Association This is a regional food and farming organization that includes a network of small-acreage farmers, community educators, advisors and consumers who work together in community food systems. www.ruralroots.org
University of Idaho, Agricultural Communications This site has U of I' s resources for farmers including downloadable publications and videotapes, software, and building plans for sale. There are also current and archived news stories about Idaho and agriculture.
National Small Farm website "The Small Farm Program at the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES), an agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture is committed to meeting the needs of the small farm community."
Renewing the Countryside -Stories of farmers, artists, business owners,
community leaders, non-profit organizers, youth and others who are living,
working and playing in ways that benefit their families, their communities,
and future generations. Read these stories and find ideas, hope and
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. www.localharvest.org
Books & Publications
Growing for Market, PO Box 3747, Lawrence, KS 66046, (800) 307-8949,
www.growingformarket.com , published monthly, year's subscription is $30. Where we turn for practical information about stories written by growers about organic food, herb and flower production for market, good coverage of CSA and other timely topics. Tell them we sent you and we get one month free with our subscription!
Small Farmer's Journal, PO Box 1627, Sisters, OR 97759, (541) 540-2064,
The Avant Gardener, PO Box 489, New York, NY 10028, published monthly, annual subscription is $24. Keep abreast of horticultural trends. Perennial gardeners and landscapers, especially, will like the sourcing of hot new introductions.
www.smallfarmersjournal.com , published quarterly, $30 for a year. Not the usual gardening magazine; aimed at serious horse farmers and in-depth treatments of rural economics.
The New Farmers’ Market Farm-fresh ideas for Producers, Managers & communities published by New World Publishing. Written by Eric Gibson, Vance Corum, & Marcie Rosenzweig. To order call 530-823-3886 or email: email@example.com
Mary Janes Farm Small time grower finds success through perseverance. Mary Jane has a magazine and website that offers ideas for simple solutions for organic living. www.maryjanesfarm.org
Selling Produce to Restaurants A marketing guide for Small Growers to sell to restaurants. Written by Diane Green and soon to be published for a second edition. Taking orders for those interested in the next printing. firstname.lastname@example.org
Sell What you Sow! The Growers’Guide to Successful produce Marketing by Eric Gibson. To order call 530-823-3886 or email: email@example.com
Small Farm Today. The Original How-to Magazine of Alternative and Traditional Crops, Livestock, and Direct Marketing -- Established 1984. www.smallfarmtoday.com
Seeds & Supplies
Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Great selection, lots of organic, untreated seeds, and a very informative seed catalog for general information. www.johnnyseeds.com
Peaceful Valley Farm Supply, Excellent resource of organic growing supplies and information needed to apply them. Even if you don’t order from them, the catalog is worth having as a reference guide! www.groworganic.com
Fedco Seeds, Seeds, tubers, organic growers supply, trees, and bulbs. www.fedcoseeds.com
Territorial Seed Company, Vegetables, herbs & flowers, seeds, plants and garden supplies. www.territorialseed.com
Turtle Tree Seed, Biodynamic and open-pollinated seed source. www.turtletreeseed.org Ordering has to be done by mail and must be received by May 31 st .
Harris Seeds, Organic & Untreated seeds. www.harrisseeds.com or 1-800-544-7938
Nichols Garden Nursery, Vegetables, herbs, flowers and garden supplies. www.nicholsgardennursery.com 1-800-422-3985
Seed Production and On-Farm Crop Improvement
Restoring Our Seed, PO Box 520, Watervillle, ME 04903, www.growseed.org , is a New England-wide network for organic seed production and on-farm crop improvement. Funded by Northeast SARE.
Organic Seed Alliance, Box 772, Port Townsend, WA 98368, (360)385-7192, www.seedalliance.org , firstname.lastname@example.org , conducts research on breeding and distributes seed to those in need through the World Seed Fund.
Saving Our Seed, www.savingourseed.org , (706) 788- 0017, a program to train farmers and extension agents in the production of organic and heirloom seeds, funded by Southern SARE.
Other Organic Growers
Lettuce Patch Gardens-Organic Colorado Produce. Organic, locally grown organic vegetables from a Colorado Springs market garden. Information for Colorado consumers, market gardeners, small farmers and growers.
If you have favorite publication or resource you think would be helpful to other small acreage growers, please let us know so we can add it to our list!