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Organic Agricultural Information

Sustainable Standards Schedules References Agriculture Links Gardening Community Links

Sustainable Standards:

Many organic standards today are designed to protect against the kinds of disease situations that come with industrial agriculture. The effect of these standards is to help drive animals off the farm which reduces fertility efficiency. These standards are not designed to take advantage of the natural disease suppression that comes with diversified organic agriculture. We need a new standard that can evolve with our growing understanding which is more of a cross between organic, certified natural, biodynamics, grassfed, and sustainable certifications.

Certified Naturally Grown - organic for small local farmers
Demeter - animals in biodynamics
SCS - sustainable certification
American Grass Fed
Food Alliance - sustainable certification
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
UN - call for more environmentally friendly agriculture


Planting Dates and Schedules:

Planting date is more important for cold weather crops than soil temperature because these crops must get ahead of weeds and diseases that come with warm weather. For cold weather crops, once you reach the planting date and soil temperature minimum, it is time to plant.

Baker Creek - guide by frost date
Old Farmers Almanac - planting dates
Montana State - aggressive guide by frost date
The Vegetable Garden - Planting Schedules - check long term forecast before planting

Average Frost Dates and Tolerance:

Victory Seeds - average frost dates
Farmers Almanac  - average frost dates
Southern Exposure - cold tolerance guide
FAO - cold tolerance guide

Soil temperature - especially important for warm weather crops:




USGS - groundwater
USGS - Karst groundwater
MIT - groundwater resources overdrawn

Crop Diseases

Cornell University - disease lists

Seed Saving

Seed Storage Times


Beginner Books:
The Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening by Rodale
The Complete Vegetable & Herb Gardener by Burpee
Taylor's Guide to Fruits and Berries
American Horticultural Society, Pests & Diseases 
          by Pippa Greenwood
Advanced Books and Links:
Plant Propagation - excellent section on root grafting
Root grafting
Seed to Seed by Suzanne Ashworth Biological Control of Weeds and Plant Diseases by Elroy L. Rice Roots Demystified by Robert Kourik Lessons in Nature by Malcolm Beck **********************************************************************

Agriculture Links:

ATTRA publications master index

National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service

SARE Provides Grants and Information to Improve Profitability, Stewardship and Quality of Life

Purdue Crop Index

Index of crops with detailed descriptions.


plant index

Cornell University

vegetable variety comparisons

Utah State

Variety test results

Weston A. Price

Combination agriculture and nutrition site

Organic Farming Research Foundation

OFRFs integrated strategy of grantmaking, policy, education and networking initiatives supports organic farmers immediate information needs while moving the public and policymakers toward greater investment in organic farming systems.

CIAS is a sustainable agriculture research center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Gardening Community Links:

Resource Centres Urban Agriculture and Food Security

Gardening forum with supplier ratings.

Community Supported Agriculture:

Community Supported Agricultural directory.

Intentional Communities:

Intentional Communities

Intentional Community Directory.

Similar Links:

University of Missouri Extension

University of Missouri Extension: Missouri Alternatives Center - North Central Initiative for Small Farm Profitability.

DMOZ Homesteading directory

DMOZ Homesteading directory

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