Kentucky’s Long-Term Agricultural Plan for Sustainability This comprehensive plan seeks to adhere to three principles of sustainable development:
- Adding value to local agricultural products, exploiting market niches for pure and wholesome foods and promoting the rural landscape of Kentucky as an asset.
- Retaining the present scale and individual ownership of Kentucky agriculture by preserving working farms on Commonwealth farmland maintains our rural towns and communities.
- Minimizing the burdens on natural resources and rewarding good land stewards with a decent living will enhance the Kentucky environment.
A classroom curriculum guide is being developed for teachers, but in the meantime we will be adding links.
Growing a Nation – An interesting timeline of farmer organizations and social movements.
We are developing an Action Toolkit for workshop leaders and policy action trainers. It will include a workshop planning guide, how to use films in workshop settings, policy development materials and more.
Farmer’s Resource Network – The Farmer Resource Network connects you to our resource partners and hundreds of organizations providing services, tools and opportunities for family farm profitability and sustainability, as well as immediate support.
The Berry Center (New Castle, Kentucky) In 1977 Wendell Berry published The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture, a book that started a national and international conversation on the state of agriculture in our country. The Berry Center’s mission is to continue his work by bringing focus, knowledge, and cohesiveness to the work of changing our ruinous industrial agriculture system into a culture that uses nature as the standard, that accepts no permanent damage to the ecosphere, and that takes into consideration human health in local communities.
The Center for Food Safety advocates for policies that support rural communities, reduce poverty, reward stewardship, and strengthen beginning and small and mid-size farms and rural businesses; creates opportunities to earn a living in rural communities though work with small businesses and family farms and ranches; and advances communities by working to develop leaders, create innovative approaches and provide resources for individuals working in small towns. The Center provides assistance to family farmers and ranchers seeking federal beginning farmer, conservation and rural development programs. They host a Farm Bill Helpline to help farmers and ranchers understand the programs and navigate the hurdles to using them. They also host Land Link, a program that connects beginning farmers with landowners and retiring farmers.
Community Farm Alliance (Kentucky) envisions a food and fiber system for Kentucky that provides safe, adequate, and nutritious food for human consumption in a manner that is socially, economically and ecologically sustainable and is a vital component of the state’s economy. They organize and encourage cooperation among rural and urban citizens, through leadership development and grassroots democratic processes, to ensure an essential, prosperous place for family-scale agriculture in our economies and communities.
Farm Aid – Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land.
Farmers’ Legal Action Group, Inc. (FLAG) is a nonprofit law center dedicated to providing legal services and support to family farmers and their communities in order to help keep family farmers on the land. Since its inception, FLAG has provided an extensive array of legal services to financially distressed farmers and their advocates and attorneys nationwide. FLAG’s work addresses a wide range of issues of concern to family farmers and ranchers: agricultural credit, sustainable agriculture, corporate concentration and vertical integration in the poultry and livestock industries, organic production, contract farming, race discrimination in USDA programs, accountability in government support programs, disaster assistance and crop insurance programs, farmland preservation, support for farmers developing local food networks, and legal help for farmers seeking to develop value-added enterprises. By providing legal education, backup support, impact litigation, and legislative and administrative technical assistance services to its client organizations, FLAG assists in preserving family farms and ranches.
Food Democracy Now– Food Democracy Now! is a grassroots community dedicated to building a sustainable food system that protects our natural environment, sustains farmers and nourishes families. Our food system is fundamentally broken. A few companies dominate the market, prioritizing profits over people and our planet. Government policies put the interests of corporate agribusiness over the livelihoods of farm families. Farm workers toil in unsafe conditions for minimal wages. School children lack access to healthy foods–as do millions of Americans living in poverty. From rising childhood and adult obesity to issues of food safety, air and water pollution, worker’s rights and global warming, our current food system is leading our nation to an unsustainable future.
Food & Water Watch Food & Water Watch works to ensure the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and sustainably produced. So we can all enjoy and trust in what we eat and drink, we help people take charge of where their food comes from, keep clean, affordable, public tap water flowing freely to our homes, protect the environmental quality of oceans, force government to do its job protecting citizens, and educate about the importance of keeping the global commons — our shared resources — under public control.
Friends of Family Farmers (Oregon) is a grassroots organization promoting sensible policies, programs, and regulations that protect and expand the ability of Oregon’s family farmers to run a successful land-based enterprise while providing safe and nutritious food for all Oregonians. Through education, advocacy, and community organizing, Friends of Family Farmers supports socially and environmentally responsible family-scale agriculture and citizens working to shape healthy rural and urban communities.
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy – IATP works locally and globally at the intersection of policy and practice to ensure fair and sustainable food, farm and trade systems.
Land Stewardship Project (LSP) is a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1982 to foster an ethic of stewardship for farmland, to promote sustainable agriculture and to develop sustainable communities. LSP is dedicated to creating transformational change in our food and farming system. LSP’s work has a broad and deep impact, from new farmer training and local organizing, to federal policy and community based food systems development. At the core of all our work are the values of stewardship, justice and democracy.
Since 1976, the National Center for Appropriate Technology has been serving people by providing technical assistance and information on appropriate technologies that can help improve lives while protecting our natural resources. NCAT developed and manages ATTRA, the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service.
The ATTRA program is a one-stop national information service program that provides farmers, ranchers, educators and policy makers efficient access to science-based technical information needed for decision-making about sustainable farming and marketing practices. The program provides free technical assistance via an 800 toll free number that is staffed for 9 hours per day in English and Spanish. The website contains more than 300 publications on topics directly related to sustainable agriculture, marketing, and farm energy. A variety of webinars and podcasts can also be viewed and downloaded from the site.
National Family Farm Coalition represents family farm and rural groups whose members face the challenge of the deepening economic recession in rural communities. The NFFC was founded in 1986. The combination of its member groups’ grassroots strength and NFFC’s experience working on the national level enables us to play a unique role in securing a sustainable, economically just, healthy, safe and secure food and farm system. Additional power comes from collaborative work with a carefully built network of domestic and international organizations that share similar goals. 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.
Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) has a very clear vision — that organic farming will be the leading form of agriculture for healthy people who thrive on a healthy planet. OFRF is dedicated to the improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming systems. OFRF sponsors organic farming research and education projects and works to create federal farm policy that brings more farmers and acreage into organic production. Founded in 1990, OFRF is a leading non-profit and national champion of the organic family farmer in America.
Rodale Institute is dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach. For over sixty years, the staff at Rodale Institute has researched the best practices of organic agriculture and shared their findings with farmers and scientists throughout the world, advocated for policies that support farmers, and educated consumers about how going organic is the healthiest option for people and the planet. Rodale Institute’s website is a resource for farmers and has tools to help you transition to organic, compare of conventional and organic management plans, complete organic certification paperwork, and ensure that your organic crops are priced appropriately.
RAFI-USA traces its heritage to the National Sharecroppers’ Fund, which was founded in the 1930s and led by Dr. Frank Porter Graham, Eleanor Roosevelt, and other distinguished Americans. Its mission is to cultivate markets, policies and communities that sustain thriving, socially and environmentally sound farms. RAFI-USA’s programs address the trends and changes in agriculture that affect us from the local to the global levels. RAFI-USA promotes equity and diversity in agriculture through practical assistance, market opportunities, policy changes and access to financial and technical resources.
SlowFood USA is an idea, a way of living and a way of eating. It is part of a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members in over 150 countries, which links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.
Socially Responsible Agriculture Project Resources to stop factory farms.
Sustainable Table educates, advocates and builds community around food. Our new site offers brand new content, updates to many of our pages, and tried-and-true tools like Eat Well Guide and The Meatrix movies.
The Greenhorns is a grassroots non-profit organization made up of young farmers and many collaborators. Their mission is to recruit, promote and support the new generation of young farmers in this ample and able 21st century America. The Greenhorns help young and aspiring farmers to navigate career paths, build skills, and connect with each other. Their multifaceted approach includes on-the-ground organizing of events and workshops, media production, and online coalition building.