Information, workshops, and links for NOFA-Vermont's organic gardeners and homesteaders
NOFA-VT Gardening Resources
Articles & documents
- A Look at Root Cellaring
- Bean Varieties
- Butterfly Frenzy in the Garden
- Cover Crop Info Chart
- Digging into the Past: The Historical Significance of Three Crops in Vermont
- Early Season Insects in Vegetables
- Eight Ways to Put Green Into Lawncare
- Fall Garden Chores
- Late Blight: Guidance for This Year's Garden
- Save Endangered Herbs in Your Own Backyard
- Shedding Light on the Elusive Tarnished Plant Bug
- Testing Your Soil
- This Year Buy Seeds for Your Beneficial Insects
- Ecology of Compost, Wendy Sue Harper Ph.D. Delivered to the 2010 Master Composters course.
- Ecological Soil Management for Organic Gardeners, Wendy Sue Harper, Ph. D. Delivered to the Charlotte Conservation Commission, March 2010
- No-Till Gardening, Wendy Sue Harper, Ph.D. Delivered at the Gorgeous Gardens and Green Living Expo, March 2010
Ecological Soil ManagementFor Organic Gardeners
Ecological Soil Management For Organic Gardeners, Wendy Sue Harper, Ph.D
Delivered at the NOFA Vermont Winter Conference, February 2010
- Introductory Study of Soils, Wendy Sue Harper, Ph.D.
Delivered for the UVM Master Gardener Class, March 2010
- Who is in Your Soil?, Wendy Sue Harper, Ph.D.
Delivered at the NOFA Vermont Winter Conference, February, 2008
- Ecological Soil Management, Wendy Sue Harper, Ph.D.
Delivered at SolarFest, July 2009
- No-Till Gardening, Wendy Sue Harper, Ph.D.
Delivered at the NOFA Vermont Winter Conference, February 2009
- Compost: the Secret Recipe, Wendy Sue Harper, Ph.D.
Delivered at SolarFest, July 2008
NOFA-Vermont sells a plethora of books for homesteaders and gardeners. Members receive a 10% discount on all book orders. Our extensive collection contains over 220 titles of popular and hard to find organic gardening, farming, and sustainable living books. NOFA-Vermont also maintains a lending library at our office in Richmond that contains videos and many of these books, plus older treasures on organic growing that are out of print.
Homesteaders and gardeners should check out our calendar of events, which summarizes Vermont and regional events on food, farming, and gardening.
Each January, gardeners and homesteaders can participate in the annual bulk order of fertilizers, baskets, pest control, potting soil, cover crop seed, seed potatoes and more. The bulk order provides quality organic garden supplies at bulk prices to the NOFA-Vermont community.
Each February, gardeners and homesteaders can participate in NOFA-Vermont’s Winter Conference. The Conference has keynote speakers, many workshops on all aspects of organic gardening and farming, a trade show, books for sale, and a children’s conference.
Each summer, gardeners and homesteaders can participate in various workshops offer by NOFA-Vermont’s Summer Workshop series. Workshop topics vary year-to-year, but occur around the State and cover various aspects of organic gardening, food-processing and storage, and sustainable living.
The Agricultural and Environmental Testing Lab tests soils for home gardeners for nutrient and lime needs and makes fertilizer recommendations for crops grown on soils in Vermont.
ATTRA was designed for farmers with technical, readable, in-depth publications on all aspects of growing plants and animals using sustainable methods. However, this site is useful for homesteaders and gardeners. Information is included on: soils, compost, specific crops, herbs and flowers, bee-keeping, and bio-controls.
Friends of Burlington Gardens and the Vermont Community Garden Network’s site has information and educational resources about organic gardening, promoting wildlife habitat, and resources for starting community and school gardens with a mini-grant program for funding.
Penn State University developed this great on-line guide for people who wish to produce fruit on a small scale (one acre or less) and who only may use pesticides that do not require a license. The guide included information soil and planting, pruning and training fruit trees, pests and pesticides (both synthetic and for organic growers), and controlling wildlife damage with detailed individual chapters on pome and stone fruits, grapes, all kinds of berries, and kiwi.
- Flowers, Plants, and Gardening for Kids
This florist's website contains a great collection of links about botany, gardening, and even hydroponics for kids.
A national site (based in Vermont) that contains information on every aspect of gardening from urban to kid’s gardening. Information includes: flowers, lawns, trees, edibles, pests, tools, and cooking.
The NRCS mission is to assist owners of America's private land with conserving their soil, water, and other natural resources. Gardeners can use their website to determine the type of soil on land before they buy a home. NRCS also offer education materials on soil and conservation.
If you love perennials, then Leonard Perry’s, Ph.D. perennial pages are a great site for you. It includes: dozens of articles and leaflets an all aspects of flower and perennial gardening, a daily gardening tip, an A to Z photos and files of perennials with a pronunciation at link for that Latin names, common name lists, events occurring in Vermont, and much more.
Ann Hazelrigg manages the University of Vermont’s Plant Diagnostic Clinic. Their web-based materials help gardeners identify common insects and diseases. The Plant Diagnostic Clinic identifies of diseases, plants, weeds, and plant insects encountered by Vermont gardeners for a fee of $15.
Ohio State University’s PlantFacts web site is a fact-sheet data base that answers plant-related questions from 46 different universities and government institutions across the United States and Canada. It has over 59,000 pages of Extension fact sheets and bulletins.
Lists seed companies that have signed the safe seed pledge stating that they will not knowing sell genetically modified seed.
SSE is a nonprofit organization of gardeners, who save and share heirloom seeds. Their website has seeds and books for sale.
The University of Vermont has 100’s of leaflets on fruit, vegetables, flowers, lawns, trees, ornamentals, pests and their life-cycles. These leaflets are very readable and informative.
VES, the “hub of insect activity in the Green Mountain State,” is open to anyone interested in insects (and other invertebrates). From casual insect watchers to amateur and professional entomologists, they are dedicated to the study, conservation, and appreciation of insects and other invertebrates. VES sponsors workshops and field trips, publishes a quarterly newsletter, and has bug breaking news.
The Vermont Master Gardener site offers season tips and articles, a helpful phone hotline (1-800-639-2230), free insect and disease diagnosis, and a 13-week introductory course, presented via interactive television around the State. Their website is a great resource for gardeners.
Vern Grubinger’s, Ph.D. The Vermont Vegetable and Berry Page website contains a plethora of resources on every topic for commercial growers, but many links are useful for homesteaders and gardeners; it has links especially for gardeners.
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