Growing Small Farms
This is one of the best resources for gardening/farming information anywhere. It was created and is kept very current by our own award-winning Chatham County extension agent Debbie Roos.
They have an excellent searchable database for farms, CSA and farmers markets nation-wide. Some farms are set up for e-commerce on the Local Harvest site.
The Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association
This is a good place to start learning about biodynamic gardening based on the teachings of Rudolf Steiner. We are members of this association and sometimes attend their conferences.
The Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers
This is an amazing resource for information about growing cut flowers and caring for them after they have been cut. Members can trial new flower varieties from breeders. This is a very dynamic organization full of lots of creative energy. We are members of this professional association and attend their conferences.
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA)
We are members of this Pittsboro based sustainable agriculture advocacy and education organization. They host annual farm tours in the Triangle, Triad, Mountains and now eastern North Carolina.
Rodale has long been a respected name in organic farming and gardening (publishers of Organic Gardening magazine). This site is a top-notch source for good science-based research on the benefits of organic agriculture.
Article: Spirituality in Agriculture by Fredrick Kirschenmann
This is a very informative article taken from a conference about the current affairs of farms and the need to return to spiritual roots of growing in order to feed everyone.
Article: Reclaiming the Spiritual Roots in Farming by John Ikerd
We heard John Ikerd speak at the 2009 SSAWG conference and were so impressed with his message of hope that we came home and started reading his many publications and articles. He beautifully expresses the need for change, growth and return of community and spirituality in agriculture. You can also check his web page at http://web.missouri.edu/ikerdj/
Article: What Is Community Supported Agriculture and How Does It Work? (On the Local Harvest Website)
This is a good concise summary of the CSA concept and movement.
We also recommend all of Michael Pollan's books and the "Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder." by Richard Louv.
(Part of our long term vision is to offer the farm, in the near future, as a place for 'green exercise' for individuals and families.)