Food system reports other local documentation helps us understand the connection between food availability and health impacts.
Growing Local: A Community Guide to Planning for Agriculture and Food Systems
Growing Local provides history on the local food movement, as well as a toolbox of programs and policies to advance planning, policy development, and public investment.
To learn more, check out www.farmlandinfo.org.
The Center for Ecoliteracy
The Center for Ecoliteracy provides interactive, multimedia educational materials about Ecological Education, Food and Sustainability, and Systems Change. Their resources are especially useful for teachers! To learn more, check out www.ecoliteracy.org.
Marketing Local Food
“Marketing Local Food” is an excellent resource for farmers who want to market and sell their food locally at farmers markets, roadside stands, and CSA’s as well as retail establishments. To learn more, check out www.misa.umn.edu.
USDA Local Food Systems
Explore the USDA website for maps of local food resources, portals to connect farmers and ranchers with businesses, marketing resources, information about U.S. food policies, and much more. To learn more, check out www.nal.usda.gov.
Edible Marin and Wine Country
Edible Marin and Wine Country is an online publication exploring the farmers, food artisans, and culinary wonders within our communities that make eating local food an everyday pleasure. Eating locally helps sustain the small family farms that produce healthy foods and provide for a safer food supply. Offering a wealth of wine country food stories, Edible shares stories about farmers, chefs, and the local food industry and encourages us to consider the basic facts of where our food comes from. Gorgeous color photography featuring food and landscapes fills the pages, along with events and other tidbits of culinary interest. To find out more, click here.
USDA Local Food Research & Development
The USDA conducts research and collects data on the many methods of selling food locally. They also provide grants to farmers and ranchers looking to locally market their food.To learn more, check out www.ams.usda.gov.
National Farm to School Network
The Farm to School Network has a vast array of resources for people who want to support their community and schools through healthy, local food. They have resources for every stage of community food projects, from start to finish. To learn more, check out www.farmtoschool.org.
Slow Food USA
Slow Food USA is dedicated to helping individuals and communities change the world for the better through environmentally and socially sustainable food. Their organization’s manifesto is that slow food is more sustainable than fast food, both for people and the planet. To learn more, check out www.slowfoodusa.org.
The Institute for Food and Development Policy, better known as Food First, conducts projects to alleviate injustices related to food access. Their activist-researchers have published papers about our global food system, which are available on their website in addition to resources for people looking to begin their own projects. To learn more, check out foodfirst.org.
International Food Policy Research Institute
IFPRI conducts research for policy solutions to global poverty and hunger. They use an intersectional, multidisciplinary approach to propose actionable solutions worldwide. To learn more, check out www.ifpri.org.
The Nation Agricultural Law Center
Founded in 1987, the National Agricultural Law Center is a federally funded research institution for agriculture and food law. They provide reports on a broad range of national and state food policies, including those about climate change, farm animal confinement, right-to-farm laws. To learn more, check out nationalaglawcenter.org.
Tufts University School of Nutrition Science and Policy
The School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University conducts research on a vast array of food science and policy, from molecular nutrition to behavior change to global food insecurity. To learn more, check out nutrition.tufts.edu.
California FarmLink connects independent farmers and ranchers with land, loans, and other business assistance to help them grow food sustainably. To learn more, check out www.californiafarmlink.org.
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program
UC Davis’ Agricultural Sustainability Institute runs a research initiative to study the intersections of agriculture, climate, energy, and natural resources. To learn more, check out asi.ucdavis.edu.
Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF)
CAFF strives to create and support sustainable food and farming systems using a combination of policy and grassroot advocacy. The have active regional chapters all across California. To learn more, check out www.caff.org.
The Farmers’ Guild
The Farmers’ Guild is a group of farmers, ranchers, and sustainable food advocates who care deeply about their local communities. It is a powerful group of farmers helping farmers. They recently merged with the Community Alliance with Family Farmers. To learn more, check out www.farmersguild.org.
Farmers Markets Direct Marketing
Local farmers are encouraged to sell their produce at farmers’ markets in Napa County. To learn more, check out www.farmersguild.org.
Napa Local Food Policy FAQ
The Farmers’ Guild is a group of farmers, ranchers, and sustainable food advocates who care deeply about their local communities. It is a powerful group of farmers helping farmers. They recently merged with the Community Alliance with Family Farmers. To learn more, check out https://www.countyofnapa.org.
Napa County Organic Registration
Organic food growers must comply with the California Organic Food Act of 1990, in order to best protect people in all stages of food production and transportation. To learn more, check out www.countyofnapa.org.
Processing, Marketing, Distribution, Farm Start-up
ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture has a list of resources for farmers who want to begin a business or improve their existing one. To learn more, check out attra.ncat.org.
Growing for Market
Growing for Market is a trade publication people who locally grow food and flowers. Their publication has information about best practices for production and marketing. To learn more, check out www.growingformarket.com.
SPIN farming teaches people how to make an income by farming efficiently in their own personal yards. They make sure that their guides are non-technical, so anyone can understand and apply them. To learn more, check out www.spinfarming.com/buy.
Small and Mid-Sized Farmer Resources
The USDA provides loans, risk management tools, directories of marketing opportunities, food safety certifications, land management best practices documents, and other helpful resources for small and mid-sized farmers. To learn more, check out www.usda.gov.
USDA Community Food Systems
The USDA runs a Farm-to-School program that helps school lunch programs include local foods. They also provide grants, technical assistance, and research for schools looking to participate. To learn more, check out https://www.fns.usda.gov.
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
The USDA outlines a five step process describing how farm, ranches, and forests can get assistance from NRCS. They provide technical assistance in the planning stages of projects. To learn more, check out www.nrcs.usda.gov.
USDA Small Scale Solutions for Your Farm
Growing for Market is a trade publication people who locally grow food and flowers. Their publication has information about best practices for production and marketing. To learn more, check out https://www.nrcs.usda.gov.
USDA New Farmers
Check the USDA’s set of resources and tools for new farmers. In addition to general information, they provide guidance for women, young people, and veterans. To learn more, check out newfarmers.usda.gov.
Farm Aid hosts an annual music festival in celebration of family farmers and local and organic food, and has been doing so since 2007. They also provide grant funding for non-profit organizations, run a family farm disaster fund, and conduct policy advocacy. To learn more, check out www.farmaid.org.
Farm Aid Resource Guide for Beginning Farmers
Farm Aid to find resources for getting started with farming, finding training opportunities, and getting involved with policy advocacy. To learn more, check out www.farmaid.org.
Learn how to get involved in a community garden or organization near you, check out the Get Involved page.
A Community Garden Start-up Guide
The County of Napa created a guide for creating a community garden specifically in Napa. They provide tips on choosing a site, dealing with pests and weeds, and year-round maintenance. To learn more, check out www.farmaid.org.
The American Community Garden Association
The American Community Garden Association (ACGA) provides research, updates regarding legislation, news, maps of local gardens near you, and more. To learn more, check out communitygarden.org.
Center for Land-Based Learning
The Center for Land-Based Learning works throughout California to educate and inspire youth to become leaders in the agricultural industry. They provide a 7 month training program, workforce development, and a business incubator. To learn more, check out www.landbasedlearning.org.
National Farm to School Network
The National Farm to School Network’s has been providing workshops, policy advocacy, and a helpful network for those working on farm to school projects. To learn more, check out www.farmtoschool.org.
American Farmland Trust San Francisco Foodshed Report
The American Farmland Trust’s San Francisco Foodshed Report focuses on agricultural production, resources and distribution in the Bay Area. Highlighting the challenges to expanding the local food system and the need to reestablish the connection between fork and farm, the report also describes farmers markets, CSAs and local food outlets as the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. food system. See the report at www.farmland.org.
Annual Agricultural Crop Reports
The Napa County Agricultural Commissioner produces a crop report every year for Napa County. View the reports at: www.countyofnapa.org.
Food Forum Reports
The Sonoma County Food System Alliance (SCFSA) is a county-based coalition of diverse stakeholders working to address food system needs through collective action. In 2011, the group held the Sonoma County Food Forum, with panel discussions, presentations, table conversations, and an online survey. The Food Forum Report presents key ideas and suggestions from the wide variety of local food system stakeholders who attended the Forum. See the reports at www.aginnovations.org or www.sonomacofsa.org.
Recipe for Sustainability: Food, Health and Community in Napa County’s Food System
Napa shares national problems of obesity, lack of food knowledge, food insecurity, contribution to global climate change and other environmental problems. The Napa Food Report identifies the benefits of bringing together advocates and resources for the food system to assess the local food system and suggest strategies and models for improvement. Learn more at www.recipeforsustainability.com.
Small Business Development Center Survey
The Napa Valley College Small Business Development Center, in conjunction with Bianco Ag Services, conducted a detailed survey in 2011, designed to provide an overview of the potential future of Napa Valley’s agriculture, from the perspective of Napa Valley growers, grocers, market managers, chefs and restaurant owners. Survey results indicate the need for an integrated agricultural plan, expansion of economic opportunities, continuing education and development of a grower network. View the survey at www.countyofnapa.org.