AFSIC “specializes in identifying resources about sustainable food systems and practices.” While much of the website talks generally about sustainable food systems, the section on “Farms and Community” focuses on the social and economic benefits of local food systems, including information for new farmers, information about grants and loans for farmers, and farmland preservation.
This portal on the National Agricultural Library’s website provides extensive information about community food systems, including information about agricultural practices, food security, direct-to-consumer marketing, and a bibliography highlighting research on community food systems from government agencies and institutions of higher education.
eXtension is an online portal of resources provided by cooperative extension agents from participating land-grant institutions. Under the topic “Organic Agriculture,” there is information on local food systems, including marketing case studies, business planning resources, food system assessments and toolkits, information on “eat local” campaigns, and related videos and webinars.
NIFA is a research branch of the USDA. NIFA’s mission is to “advance knowledge for agriculture, the environment, human health and well-being, and communities” by supporting Extension services at land-grant universities through grants. Their website is a portal to their programming and grant-supported research, with specific reports on small and family farms and organic and sustainable agriculture.
This website provides information on organic farming, including “in-depth publications on production practices, alternative crop and livestock enterprises, innovative marketing, organic certification, and highlights of local, regional, USDA and other federal sustainable agriculture activities.” Under its “Local Food Systems” section the website provides specific information about the benefits of local foods, local marketing and distribution, policy information, and links to additional re
Mission: The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont promotes organic practices to build an economically viable, ecologically sound and socially just Vermont agricultural system that benefit all living things.
Science.gov is an information gateway to scientific government information, searching across 18 government science organizations within 14 federal agencies. Under the section on Agriculture and Food, there are links to information on: Food Supply; Pesticides, Insecticides, and Herbicides; Plant Production, Agronomy, Gardening and Horticulture; and Food Safety.