There is an incredible amount of knowledge at our fingertips, and this just scratches the surface. I like to think that hands-on experience doing what enlivens us is more valuable than any blog, book, or course. So take this page with a grain of salt, and just go outside.
How-to resources for farmers and gardeners
Farm Hack: Open source tool design and sharing for resilient agriculture
Soil Web: Interactive soil survey map of the US
Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture: Numerous publications for sustainable farmers, geared toward the Mid-West
ATTRA: National hub of sustainable agriculture knowledge and methods.
Ways to get involved
Rogue Farm Corps: Get your hands dirty for a season with these excellent internships around Oregon
Farm internships: Find an internship anywhere in the country on ATTRA's website
The Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at UC Santa Cruz: Apprentice with one of the most respected programs in the country.
Selected books: farming and gardening
The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer: The Ultimate Guide to Producing High-Quality Herbs on a Market Scale by Jeff and Melanie Carpenter
Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades: The Complete Guide to Organic Gardening by Steve Solomon (and Marina McShane in the latest edition)
The Intelligent Gardener: Growing Nutrient Dense Food by Steve Solomon and Erica Reinheimer
How to Grow More Vegetables... and Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops Than You Ever Thought Possible On Less Land Than You Can Imagine by John Jevons
Selected books: food systems and social justice
The Essential Agrarian Reader edited by Norman Wirzba
The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett
Food Rebellions: Crisis and the Hunger for Justice by Eric Holt-Giménez and Raj Patel
More coming soon...
Organizations that have shaped my path
WWOOF (Willing Workers on Organic Farms): A great way to participate locally while traveling; I explored this in Oceania in 2004-5
Slow Food: An international organization promoting good, clean, and fair food for all; their Terra Madre conference in Turin, Italy helped steer me back to the food movement in Oregon
Gathering Together Farm: Beloved organic farm in Philomath, OR where I cut my teeth in the CSA world
Laurel Valley Educational Farm: Eugene, OR based farm where I completed my Americorps service and a crash-course in market garden management
FOOD for Lane County Youth Farm: The 5-acre urban educational food bank farm where I'm diving in deep
Sunnyside Herb School: Garden-based, hands-on herbal education based in Corvallis, OR, where I formed my knowledge and skill base in herbal medicine