Useful Links


Looking for the latest in sustainable agriculture and organic farming news, events and funding opportunities? We feature all that, plus 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 ag activities.

Center of Sustainable Agriculture

The Center for Sustainable Agriculture was established in 1994 as a unit within the University of Vermont to integrate university and community expertise to promote sustainable farming systems throughout Vermont and the region.

Cover Crop Info Sheet

This PDF from Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory in North Dakota compares the needs and benefits of 46 different cover crops.

Farmer Quick Tip Videos

These short videos from VOF organic farmers are innovative ways to improve farm operations.

Food Safety for Producers & Processors

This UVM Extension Website offers an extensive list of resource materials and educational opportunities.

Grow Organic Apples

The holistic orchard network focuses on sharing sustainable fruit growing techniques that emphasize orchard soil health which in turn makes for healthy trees and thus healthy apples and -- blessed be! -- healthy people.

Growing for Market

Growing for Market is a monthly magazine for small scale growers providing information about growing and marketing produce, herbs, and flowers.

Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES)

MOSES has many fact sheets developed for organic growers on transitioning, production of many animals and crops, resources, marketing, and more.

National Organic Standards

The National Organic Program (NOP) regulations were developed to ensure that organically labeled products meet consistent national standards. These standards explain what is and is not acceptable in the production of food to be labeled "Certified Organic."

Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (NODPA)

NODPA website is a resource for organic dairy farmers, organic milk producers and consumers interested in organic dairy farming and products.

Northeast SARE

Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education provides grants and information to improve profitability, stewardship and quality of life.

Online Tutorial on Farm Leasing

Access to farmland is one of the biggest challenges for new farmers. For many, leasing may be an effective strategy.  Find out about leases and leasing -- what's in a lease, types of leases and how to negotiate a good lease using this online tutorial. Four short, easy and informative modules will give you basic information, lease examples and lots of linked resources. Upon completing the tutorial you are eligible for free technical assistance related to leasing.


The pages of this site are intended to provide information to New England apple growers who are interested in organic apple production and who want to examine the opportunities of organic production given the shift in cultivars and the new research-generated information that is available.

Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada (OACC)

The OACC conducts organic farming research and provides knowledge transfer and extension services for organic farmers.

Penn Dutch Cow Care

The Website of Dr. H.J. Karreman: Author of Treating Dairy Cows Naturally: Thoughts and Strategies

Restoring Our Seed

Seed-saving, once an essential skill passed from generation to generation by traditional farmers, is almost a lost art. By growing and saving seeds, each of us can become a link to restore food and farming traditions in our own community. Help create a local food community.

The New Farm

The Rodale Institute’s website reaches out to food producers to exchange valuable “farmer-to-farmer know-how.’ the website presents expert resources for crop and livestock production, direct marketing, local food systems, policy campaigns and community-building collaborations.

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services - Vermont

NRCS puts nearly 70 years of experience to work in assisting owners of America's private land with conserving their soil, water, and other natural resources. We deliver technical assistance based on sound science and suited to a customer's specific needs.

UVM New Farmer Project

A project of UVM which focuses on gathering resources and information for new and aspiring farmers in Vermont. Includes information on business planning courses offered through UVM.

Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets

Vermont Farm and Garden Exchange

The Vermont Farm and Garden Exchange site was created as a resource for people who live in Vermont and want to share, barter, or sell hobby farm and garden goods.

Vermont Farm Service Agency (FSA)

Vermont Farm Viability Enhancement Program

Business planning grants.

Vermont Livestock from the University Of Vermont Extension

Resources on sheep, beef cattle, dairy cattle, dairy sheep and goats, horses, poultry, and hogs as well as biosecurity, meat processing, and pastures and forage crops.

Vermont New Farmer Network

The Vermont New Farmer Network is a working group of agricultural organizations committed to serving the needs of new and aspiring farmers in Vermont.

Vermont Organic Farm & Food Guide

This directory of all certified organic farms and processors is published annually and distributed statewide, linking consumers to producers.

Vermont Pasture Network

Information on pasture management

Vermont Vegetable and Berry Page, University of Vermont Extension

Maintained by Vern Grubinger, this site contains a plethora of resource for Vermont's vegetable and berry farmers.

Women’s Agricultural Network

WAgN provides education and technical assistance to those individuals interested in starting or expanding their agricultural endeavors.