How-to resources for farmers and gardeners

Farm Hack: Open source tool design and sharing for resilient agriculture

OSU Extension Small Farms: Research-based information hub with local agent contacts.  Find your state cooperative extension program here.

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.  


Blogs and podcasts

Farmer to Farmer Podcast: Chris Blanchard hosts weekly in-depth interviews with small farmers from around the country

Food Politics: Marion Nestle's regularly updated blog on national and global food policies

Food Tank: News and articles related to global food systems change


Ways to get involved

Local, state, and national food bank networks: Volunteer or donate to your local food bank to help alleviate hunger in your community

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.

Find an herbal training program: The American Herbalists Guild and Mountain Rose Herbs offer lists of herb schools, and there are so many more to seek out! 


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: herbal medicine 

Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West by Michael Moore

Healing Wise by Susan Weed

The Herbal Medicine-Maker's Handbook by James Greene

The Herbal Handbook by David Hoffman

Herbal Healing for Women by Rosemary Gladstar


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

OSU Food in Culture and Social Justice: Through this program I completed a Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology with Dr. Joan Gross in 2014