The following resources were compiled to connect people with sustainable food and farming efforts at the local, national and international levels. Click on a link below to be taken to a section, or simply scroll through all of the listings. If you know any organizations that fit into these categories that should be added, please email them here.

Farm to School Seeds, Heirlooms & Their Preservation
Farm Worker Organizations Sustainable Food and Farming Organizations
Food Policy Councils Urban Farming & Gardening
Local Food Women Focused Sustainable Food and Farming Organizations
Native Foods & Indigenous Knowledge Young Farmers
Organizations Promoting Sustainable Food Business Practices


Center for Ecoliteracy
“Provides information, inspiration and support for K-12 education for sustainable living.” Creators of the Rethinking School Lunch program.

The Food Trust
“Works to improve the health of children and adults, promote good nutrition, increase access to nutritious foods, and advocate for better public policy.” Projects include Farm to School and Healthy Corner Store Initiative.”

The National Farm to School Network
“A collaborative of the Center for Food & Justice, Occidental College and the Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC), …the Network coordinates, promotes and expands the farm to school movement at the state, regional and national levels.”

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Regional & National

Agriculture and Land Based Training Association (ALBA)
“The Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association generates opportunities for farm workers and limited-resource, aspiring farmers to grow and sell crops from two organic farms in Monterey County.”

Coalition of Immolokee Workers
Community-based farm worker coalition in Southern Florida that won a battle for fairer wages for farm workers.

Farm Labor Organizing Committee, AFL-CIO
Both a social movement and a labor union, our immediate constituency is migrant workers in the agricultural industry, but we are also involved with immigrant workers, Latinos, our local communities, and national and international coalitions concerned with justice.

Farmworker Justice Fund
“Seeks to empower migrant and seasonal farmworkers to improve their living and working conditions, immigration status, health, occupational safety, and access to justice through litigation, administrative and legislative advocacy, training and technical assistance, coalition-building, public education and support for union organizing.”

United Farm Workers
The organization’s vision is, “To provide farm workers and other working people with the inspiration and tools to share in society's bounty,” and has seen numerous successes since its beginnings in 1962.

Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers United)


Movimiento dos Trabalhadores Rurals Sem Terra (MST: Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement)
“With 1.5 million landless members . . ., the MST has peacefully occupied unused land where they have established cooperative farms, constructed houses, schools for children and adults and clinics, promoted indigenous cultures and a healthy and sustainable environment and gender equality.”

Via Campesina (International Movement of Peasants)
“Peasants, small- and medium-sized producers, landless, rural women, indigenous people, rural youth and agricultural workers . . . working to develop solidarity and unity among small farmer organizations in order to promote gender parity and social justice in fair economic relations; the preservation of land, water, seeds and other natural resources; food sovereignty; sustainable agricultural production based on small and medium-sized producers.”

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Many cities are developing food policy councils to inform policymakers about steps to creating a food system that ensures affordable, healthy and culturally appropriate foods primarily in urban environments. These councils serve to inform policy makers of food related needs in their communities. This work includes policy, planning for agriculture within cities, fostering connections between urban eaters and rural agriculture, as well as others.

For the most up-to-date list of Councils around the country see the Community Food Security Coalition’s list here:

Here are a few notable councils:

Chicago Food Policy Advisory Council

Colorado State and Regional Food Policy Councils

New Haven Food Policy Commission

Oakland Food Policy Council

San Francisco Food Systems Council

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Buy Local Publications


Eat Well Guide

Edible Communities—


Local Harvest




Rhode Island

Local Food Information Resources

Great resources on marketing and business plans for farmers.

Eat Local Challenge
This group blog provides insights and resources for eating from your local foodshed.

FoodRoutes Network
“FRN is a national nonprofit organization that provides communications tools, technical support, networking and information resources to organizations nationwide that are working to rebuild local, community-based food systems.”

Growing for Market
America’s most respected publication about growing and direct marketing vegetables, fruits, herbs, cut flowers, plants, eggs, meat, cheese, and other farm products.

Local Harvest
A searchable directory of sustainable farms, CSAs and farmers’ markets, and includes farmer profiles.

Robyn Van En Resource Center
Resource center for Community Supported Agriculture.

Sustainable Agriculture Network (SARE)
Offers downloadable PDFs on small farm business plans and direct marketing strategies.

USDA Risk Management Agency’s Managing the Liability and Risks of Farm Direct Marketing
or download the PDF here

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Regional & National

Desert Harvesters
“Appreciating the native foods of the Southwest.”

En’owkin Centre
“An Indigenous cultural, educational, ecological and creative arts organization, the En’owkin Centre is taking a lead role in the development and implementation of Indigenous knowledge and systems, both at the community and international levels.”

Indigenous Environmental Earth Network
Work includes initiatives on bio-ethics, bio-diversity, food sovereignty.

Indigenous People’s Council on Biocolonialism
“Assists indigenous peoples in the protection of their genetic resources, indigenous knowledge, cultural and human rights from the negative effects of biotechnology.”

Intertribal Bison Cooperative
“A non-profit tribal organization committed to reestablishing buffalo herds on Indian lands in a manner that promotes cultural enhancement, spiritual revitalization, ecological restoration, and economic development.”

Native Web
“Resources for indigenous cultures around the world.” Includes listings of Native American foods and recipes.

Slow Food USA
Promotes and publishes the US Ark of Taste “a catalog of over 200 delicious foods in danger of extinction. By promoting and eating Ark products we help ensure they remain in production and on our plates.”

Southern Foodways Alliance
“Documents and celebrates the diverse food cultures of the American South.”

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Chef’s Collaborative
“The leading nonprofit network of chefs that fosters a sustainable food system through advocacy, education, and collaboration with the broader food community.”

The Culinary Trust
“Provides culinary professionals with the tools and opportunities to understand and act on critical issues in the world of food.” Includes a sustainable sourcing forum.

The Food Alliance
“Creates market incentives for socially and environmentally responsible agricultural practices and educates business leaders and other food system stakeholders on the benefits of sustainable agriculture.” The Food Alliance operates a certification program and helps connect institutional buyers with suppliers.

Garden State Heirloom Seed Society (New Jersey)
“A membership organization of gardeners, farmers and vocational historians. GSHSS works with living history farms, historical sites, and museums to provide them with seeds appropriate for the era they portray.”

Renewing America’s Food Traditions: RAFT
A project of Slow Food USA, RAFT preserves traditional and heirloom varieties of plants and animals to ensure they don’t disappear.

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National & International

American Livestock Breeds Conservancy
“Nonprofit membership organization working to protect over 150 breeds of livestock and poultry from extinction.”

Californians for GE-Free Agriculture
“Provides education and resources in support of the rights of farmers and communities to evaluate and address the environmental, human health and economic risks of genetic engineering in agriculture.”

The Center for Food Safety
“Works to curb the proliferation of harmful food production techniques and promote organic and sustainable agriculture.” Campaign issues include genetically engineered foods, cloned animals, hormones and food irradiation – projects include the True Food Network:

ETC Group or Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration
“ETC Group is dedicated to the conservation and sustainable advancement of cultural and ecological diversity and human rights.” Main office is based in Canada.

Food and Water Watch
Promotes safe food and water and works to create policies that help farmers and consumers.

Garden State Heirloom Seed Society
“A membership organization of gardeners, farmers and vocational historians. GSHSS works with living history farms, historical sites, and museums to provide them with seeds appropriate for the era they portray.”

“America’s first and only magazine dedicated to monitoring biotechnology’s social, ethical and environmental consequences.” Published by the Council for Responsible Genetics.

Institute for Responsible Technology
Publishes a Non-GMO Shopping Guide, available for free download from their website.

Native Seeds/SEARCH
“Distributes and documents the adapted and diverse varieties of agricultural seeds, their wild relatives and the role these seeds play in cultures of the American Southwest and northwest Mexico.”

Organic Center
“Generates credible, peer reviewed scientific information and communicate the verifiable benefits of organic farming and products to society.”

Organic Consumers Association

Organic Seed Alliance
“Through advocacy, collaborative education and research OSA works to restore and develop seed varieties for current needs while safeguarding invaluable genetic resources for future generations.”

RAFT partners with organizations like the Cultural Conservancy, working to record and document the unique food traditions of Native American Communities.

Save Our Seeds
“Dedicated to keeping conventional and organic seeds free of genetically modified organisms.”

Seeds of Diversity Canada
A membership “organization dedicated to the conservation, documentation and use of public-domain non-hybrid plants of Canadian significance . . . Together we grow, propagate and distribute over 1,900 varieties of vegetables, fruit, grains, flowers and herbs. We are a living gene bank.”

Seed Savers Exchange
A non-profit of gardeners and plant collectors who save and share heirloom seeds and plants. “They are participants in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a seed storage facility in Norway housing over 25,000 varieties of seed for future generations. SSE is located at Heritage Farms in Iowa, where they maintain more than 20,000 rare vegetable varieties, an historic apple orchard and a herd of Ancient White Park cattle.”

Exclusively International

“International non-governmental organization which promotes the sustainable management and use of agricultural biodiversity based on people's control over genetic resources and local knowledge.” Main office based in Spain.

International Seed Saving Institute
ISSI’s website provides a basic seed saving tutorial as well as specific instructions on how to save seeds for many fruits and vegetables, along with a glossary.

“Began as a participatory research initiative founded by world-renowned scientist and environmentalist Dr. Vandana Shiva, to provide direction and support to environmental activism. Navdanya is actively involved in the rejuvenation of indigenous knowledge and culture, and has its 46 seed banks across the country and organic farm spread over an area of 20 acres in Uttranchal, north India.”

Slow Food International
“Slow Food is a non-profit, eco-gastronomic member-supported organization that was founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.”

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Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project


Ag Innovations Network

Community Alliance with Family Farmers

Roots of Change


Carolina Farm Stewardship Association


Family Farmed


Land Institute


Community Farm Alliance


Land Stewardship Project

Northeast Organic Farming Association


Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society


Friends of Family Farmers


Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA)


Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentrations
“Promoting the conservation and sustainable advancement of cultural and ecological diversity and human rights. Focus on research and analysis of technological information (particularly but not exclusively plant genetic resources, biotechnologies, and [in general] biological diversity), and in the development of strategic options related to the socioeconomic ramifications of new technologies.”

American Farmland Trust
“Committed to protecting the nation’s best farm and ranch land and improving the economic viability of agriculture, AFT works with federal, state and local leaders and communities to develop legislation, implement policies and execute programs that keep farmers on their land and protect our environment.”

Resources in English and Spanish for sustainable farming methods, markets and models.

Beyond Pesticides
“Identifying the risks of conventional pest management practices and promoting non-chemical and least-hazardous management alternatives, with the goal of a world free of toxic pesticides.”

Center for Rural Affairs
“Working to establish strong rural communities that are socially, economically and environmentally just while engaging rural people and creating opportunities.”

Community Food Security Coalition
“The Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC) is a North American coalition of diverse people and organizations working from the local to international levels to build community food security.”

Cornucopia Institute
“Seeking economic justice for the family-scale farming community.” Creators of the Who Owns Organics? chart.

Eat Well Guide
An online resource for sustainable food resources that is funded through the GRACE Foundation. “The Sustainable Table” and other projects such as “h2o conserve” are supported by the foundation as well.

Ecological Farming Association
“Nurtures healthy and just farms, food systems, communities and environment by bringing people together for education, alliance building and advocacy.”

Environmental Working Group
Analyzing government data, legal documents and scientific studies as well as conducting their own research to expose threats to public health and the environment and to find solutions.

Farm Aid
“Working to keep family farmers on their land, Farm Aid brings together family farmers and citizens to guarantee family farm food is available to you. Farm Aid stages America’s longest running annual concert event to support its mission, and provides grants to local, regional and national organizations…”

Food and Water Watch
“Food and Water Watch protects our essential resources by transforming the public consciousness about what we eat and drink and by helping people to take action to make a difference.”

FoodRoutes Network
“FRN is a national nonprofit organization that provides communications tools, technical support, networking and information resources to organizations nationwide that are working to rebuild local, community-based food systems.”

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
Works on “policy and practice to ensure fair and sustainable food, farm and trade systems.”

National Black Farmers Association
Works to “encourage the participation of small and disadvantaged farmers in gaining access to resources of state and federal programs administered by the United States Department of Agriculture.”

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
“NSAC works in federal farm and food policy advocacy to advance policies in support of sustainable agriculture. Educating the public on the importance of a sustainable food and agriculture system that is economically viable, environmentally sound, socially just, and humane. Sign up for their action alerts to keep abreast of critical policy issues.”

National Family Farm Coalition
“Serves as a national link for grassroots organizations working on family farm issues. . . NFFC chooses its projects based on the potential to empower family farmers by reducing the corporate control of agriculture and promoting a more socially just farm and food policy.”

Natural Resources Defense Council
“Works to protect wildlife and wild places and to ensure a healthy environment for all life on earth.”

Pesticide Action Network
“Pesticide Action Network promotes the elimination of highly hazardous pesticides and offers solutions that protect people and the environment.”

Rural Coalition/Coalición Rural
“An alliance of regionally and culturally diverse organizations working to build . . . a food system which brings fair returns to minority and other small farmers and rural communities, ensures just and fair working conditions for farmworkers, protects the environment and delivers safe and healthy food to consumers.”


Family Farm Defenders
“Creating a farmer-controlled and consumer-oriented food and fiber system, based upon democratically controlled institutions that empower farmers to speak for and respect themselves in their quest for social and economic justice.”

Food First - Institute for Food and Development Policy
A “people’s think tank” dedicated to “analyzing the root causes of global hunger, poverty, and ecological degradation and developing solutions in partnership with movements working for social change.”

Worldwatch Institute
“Creating a roadmap for farmers, agribusiness, and other agricultural decision makers to guide them [towards a] sustainable agricultural system that meets global food needs and protects the natural resource base while reducing rural poverty. Target audiences include government policymakers, international development agencies, and private agricultural funders.”

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If you live in an urban area and are thinking of growing food, first, you should get your soil tested. Here’s a highly recommended and inexpensive place to do it:

University of Massachusetts Soil Testing Lab
For a complete list of labs see:

In addition to theAmerican Community Gardening Association ( the list of organizations below are invaluable in getting familiar with urban farm and gardening initiatives across the states.



Collective Roots
“The mission of Collective Roots is to educate and engage youth and communities in food system change through sustainable programs that impact health, education, and the environment. Collective Roots achieves its mission through the innovative integration and implementation of three program areas: garden-based education, food systems change, and environmental action.”

Los Angeles

“The team behind the Not A Cornfield project in Downtown Los Angeles –the temporary transformation of a brownfield site into a cornfield - has become Farmlab, a short-term multi-disciplinary investigation of land use issues that are related to sustainability, livability, and health.”

LA Community Garden Council

LA County Cooperative Extension Common Ground Garden Program
“For more than 30 years, UC Cooperative Extension's Common Ground Garden Program has made gardening possible for many Los Angeles County residents, particularly low-income and traditionally under-represented families.”

Los Angeles Community Garden Council
“The mission of The Los Angeles Community Garden Council is to connect people with community garden space in their neighborhood. We are a group of community gardeners who work together to try to solve common problems.”

South Central Farm
“One of the largest urban community gardens in the U.S., this 14-acre farm on city owned land was sold to developers and farmers were evicted in 2006.” The farmers now run a CSA farm in Bakersfield, and continue to organize around issues of food sovereignty and environmental justice.


City Slicker Farms
“City Slicker Farms increases food self-sufficiency in West Oakland by creating organic, sustainable, high-yield urban farms and back-yard gardens.”

Forage Oakland
A neighborhood forage project.

Oakland Food Connection
Seeking to establish a just and healthy food system in East Oakland.

People’s Grocery
“People’s Grocery is a community-based organization in West Oakland that develops creative solutions to the health problems in our community that stem from a lack of access to and knowledge about healthy, fresh foods. Our mission is to build a local food system that improves the health and economy of the West Oakland community.”

PUEBLO—Urban Youth Harvest
Employed through the Mayor's Summer Jobs Program, young people not only harvest fruit but learn about health and nutrition and the need for a sustainable food system.

San Francisco

Alemany Farm
“Alemany Farm is a project of the Alemany Resident Management Corporation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving conditions in the Alemany Community. Alemany Farm empowers San Francisco residents to grow their own food, and through that process encourages people to become more engaged with their communities.”

Forage SF


Denver Urban Gardens
“DUG operates and assists with the creation and management of over 80 metro-area community gardens and small parks. Primarily serving low to moderate income populations in urban neighborhoods, DUG provides opportunities for participants to supplement their diet with produce grown in nearby public gardens. Through the gardens, participants assume responsibility to improve their community, initiate a sense of pride in their surroundings, and improve their nutritional status through healthy, fresh food.”


Chicago Botanic Garden
“The Chicago Botanic garden provides support to community and school gardens and runs a Green Youth Farm summer job program teaching high school students about all aspects of organic farming.”

God’s Gang—Planting Dreams
“God’s Gang is a grassroots, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and strengthening the residents of the community with an all volunteer staff…Planting Dreams, the agricultural arm of God’s Gang is a direct food supplier through urban farming, and training, serving ethnically diverse, low-income residents primarily in Chicago’s Southside communities.”

Growing Power Chicago

Institute for Community Resource Development


Des Moines Community Gardening Coalition
“Community gardeners in Des Moines have been beautifying street corners, growing food at low-income housing facilities, educating new gardeners, and building relationships between neighbors. The Des Moines Urban Garden Program, a program of the Des Moines Park and Recreation Department, supports grassroots community greening efforts through education and resources.”


Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture
‘Promoting small-scale, community-based, entrepreneurial farming.”


Parkway Partners New Orleans
Working to“empower residents to improve quality of life through the preservation, maintenance and beautification of neutral grounds, green spaces, playgrounds, parks, community gardens and the urban forest in New Orleans.”


The Food Project
“The Food Project creates fertile ground for new ideas about youth and adults partnering to create social change through sustainable agriculture.
Our goal: sustainable, local food systems that bridge race, class, age, and more to ensure food security for all. Dig in!”

Nuestras Raices
“Promotes economic, human and community development in Holyoke, Massachusetts through projects relating to food, agriculture and the environment.”


Detroit Black Food Security Network
“A coalition of organizations and individuals working together to build food security in Detroit’s Black community by: Influencing public policy, promoting urban agriculture, encouraging co-operative buying, promoting healthy eating habits, facilitating mutual support and collective action among members, encouraging young people to pursue careers in agriculture, aquaculture, animal husbandry, bee-keeping and other food related fields.”

Greening of Detroit
“Urban agriculture projects include the Urban Farm at Romanowski Park, a Community Gardens program providing resources and materials to community gardeners, and a Vacant Lots program transforming public and private open space into vegetable gardens, numerous perennial gardens and neighborhood tree nurseries.”


Gateway Greening
“Gateway Greening promotes urban neighborhood vitality and stability, healthy living and quality of life through community food projects, education and wellness programs, and civic greening.”

New York

The Council on the Environment NYC (CENYC)
“Their Open Space Greening Program empowers people in neighborhoods throughout the city to create, manage and sustain community gardens and park/ playgrounds. OSG provides best practices workshops, services, tools, donated plant material, and open space planning/mapping information and other services.”

Green Guerillas
“Green Guerillas uses a unique mix of education, organizing and advocacy to help people cultivate community gardens, sustain grassroots groups and coalitions, engage youth, paint colorful murals, and address issues critical to the future of their gardens.”

Green Thumb
“The largest community gardening program in the country, GreenThumb is proud to supports over 600 member community gardens in New York City.”

Just Food
“Works to develop a just and sustainable food system in the New York City region by fostering new marketing and food-growing opportunities that address the needs of regional, rural family farms, NYC community gardeners, and NYC communities. Projects include The City Farms, working to increase food production and distribution from NYC community gardens.”

Massachusetts Avenue Project (Buffalo)
“Hosts the Growing Green Program, a youth development and urban agriculture program about increasing healthy food access and revitalizing the Buffalo community through urban farming, healthy nutrition, environmental stewardship and social enterprise

Rochester Roots
“Committed to the creation of urban school and community garden-based educational programs for youth and adults. These programs focus on growing, preparing and enjoying high quality, safe, affordable healthy food.


Growing Gardens
“Promotes home-scale organic food gardening [in Portland] to improve nutrition, health and self-reliance while enhancing the quality of life and the environment for individuals and communities.”

Janus Youth Programs—Urban Agriculture Services
“Village Gardens, an 85,000 square foot urban agriculture program, uses sustainable organic gardening and farming to increase access to healthy food, improve economic opportunities and build unity with low-income residents of North Portland.”


Greensgrow Farms
“Dedicated to promoting social entrepreneurship through the reuse of land once deemed useless. In the process we are reconnecting city dwellers with rural food producers and promoting the greening of Philadelphia's homes and gardens. Greensgrow's non profit Philadelphia Project brings green ideas to life while Greensgrow Farm Inc brings food and flowers to our neighbors.”

Neighborhood Gardens Association
“The Neighborhood Gardens Association / A Philadelphia Land Trust (NGA) is a nonprofit corporation whose mission is the continuity and long-term preservation of community-managed gardens and green spaces in Philadelphia neighborhoods.”


Urban Harvest
“A local charitable organization supporting a network of urban gardens, farms and orchards that inspire and empower people of diverse backgrounds to grow food in the city.”


P-Patch Community Gardens
“The community based program areas of the P-Patch Program are community gardening, market gardening, youth, and community food security in the City of Seattle. These programs serve all citizens of Seattle with an emphasis on low-income and immigrant populations and youth.”

Seattle Tilth
“A non-profit educational organization dedicated to inspiring and educating people to garden organically and conserve natural resources.”


Center for Resilient Cities (Madison, WI, and Milwaukee, WI)
“Uses resilience design to weave green landscapes into the built environment, creating organic opportunities for social and economic development.”

Community Groundworks at Troy Gardens (Madison, WI)
“A non-profit organization dedicated to the development, management, and stewardship of Troy Gardens, 26 acres of urban land on the Northside of Madison.”

FEEDS—Food & Ecosystem Educational Demonstration Sites (Wisconsin Cooperative Extension)
“The Demonstration site part of the acronym represents the objective of FEEDs to designate garden projects in different geographical areas that may serve as a model for others who are looking at improving or starting their own community garden.”

Milwaukee Urban Gardens
“Milwaukee Urban Gardens acquires and preserves land and partners with neighborhood residents to develop and maintain community gardens to enhance the quality of life.”

Growing Power Milwaukee
“A national nonprofit organization and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities. Growing Power implements this mission by 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.”

Wisconsin Local Food Network
The place to go to find all of the local food resource links for Wisconsin.


City Farmer—Canada’s Office of Urban Agriculture
“Canada’s Office of Urban Agriculture provides a rich variety of resources for urban composting and growing.” Provides news about urban agriculture.

Resource Centers on Urban Agriculture and Food Security (RUAF)

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California Women & Agriculture Network

Líderas Campesinas

Maine Women’s Agricultural Network

Pennsylvania Women’s Agricultural Network

Vermont Women’s Agricultural Network


American Agri-Women

Rural Development Leadership Network

USDA Women Outreach Program

Women, Food and Agriculture Network


Women’s Earth Alliance

Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN)

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Beginning Farmers
“An online resource for farmers, ranchers and policy makers.”

Farm Link
A national organization with active groups in many other states such as Connecticut, Maine, New York, Washington, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Check out the California Farm Link website for more information or search for your state with the words Farm Link to see if there is an active group in your area.

The Greenhorns

International Farm Transition Network

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