Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC)
Description: The Alternative Farming Systems Information Center is one of several topic-oriented information centers at the National Agricultural Library AFSIC specializes in locating and accessing information related to alternative cropping systems including sustainable, organic, low-input, biodynamic, and regenerative agriculture. AFSIC also focuses on alternative crops, new uses for traditional crops, and crops grown for industrial production.

Alternative Farming Systems Information Center National Agricultural Library ARS/ USDA, 10301 Baltimore Ave, Room 304, Beltsville MD 20705-2351, (301) 504-6559, fax: (301) 504-6409, e-mail:, website:

Description: Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas is the national sustainable farming information center operated by the private nonprofit National Center for Appropriate Technology. ATTRA provides technical assistance to farmers, Extension agents, market gardeners, agricultural researchers, and other ag professionals in all 50 states. Topics addressed by ATTRA can be categorized into three broad areas: (1) sustainable farming production practices; (2) alternative crop and livestock enterprises, and (3) innovative marketing.

Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas, PO Box 3657, Fayetteville, AR 72702, (800) 346-9140, M-F 8:30am-4:30pm, CST website:

Small Farm Program
Description: The Small Farm Program at the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES), an agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is committed to meeting the needs of the small farm community. The goal of the CSREES Small Farm Program is to improve the income level and the economic viability of small farm enterprises through partnerships with the Land Grant System, and public and private sectors by encouraging research, extension, and education programs to meet the specific needs of small farmers. The program publishes a newsletter, Small Farm Digest
Other publications included:
* Getting Started in Farming On A Small Scale
* Overview of Small Farm Programs at the Land Grant Colleges and Universities
* Research and Education Recommendations for Small Farms (New!)
* Directory of State Small Farm Program Coordinators
* Proceedings of the National Small Farm Conference (1996)
* Proceedings of the Second National Small Farm Conference (1999)
* Proceedings of the Third National Small Farm Conference (2002)
Small Farm Program, USDA-CSREES, Stop 2220, Washington, DC 20250-2220, (800) 583-3071, website:

National Agricultural Library, ARS/USDA
Description: The National Agricultural Library is the largest agricultural library in the world. It offers free library/reference services worldwide. Although primarily research-oriented, NAL is home to the agricultural literature database, AGRICOLA, which is searchable online.

National Agricultural Library, ARS/USDA, 10301 Baltimore Ave, Beltsville MD 20705-2351, (301) 504-5755 (general info.), website:

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)
Description: SARE works to increase knowledge about -- and help farmers and ranchers adopt -- practices that are economically viable, environmentally sound, and socially responsible. To advance such knowledge nationwide, SARE administers a competitive grants program first funded by Congress in 1988. SARE's Producer Grant Program is a competitive grant program exclusively for producers.

Jill S. Auburn, SARE Director, USDA-CSREES, Stop 2223, 1400 Independence Ave SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-2223, (202) 720-5384, e-mail:, website:

Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN)
Description: SAN is the communications and outreach arm of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program (see above). SAN is dedicated to the exchange of scientific and practical information on sustainable agriculture systems using a variety of printed and electronic communications tools, including the Source Book of Sustainable Agriculture for Educators, Producers, and Other Agricultural Professionals (1997) Sustainable Agriculture Network. This publication is a comprehensive resource list to free and low-cost books, newsletters, conference proceedings, bulletins, videos, reports and websites about sustainable agriculture.

Sustainable Agriculture Publications, Hills Building, Room 12, University of Vermont, Burlington VT 05405-0082, (802) 656-0484, e-mail:

U.S. Department of Agriculture's Small Farms@USDA
Description: The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Small Farms@USDA web site is intended to be a one-stop gateway to resources, benefits and services offered by USDA for small farmers. In addition, this site includes a section which provides visitors with a link to the USDA Progress Reports and Small Farms Database developed by the Department in response to the recommendations submitted in the USDA National Commission on Small Farms report, A Time To Act.


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