This is a compendium of websites that we have found that
describe organizations, books, restaurants, farmers' markets,
food artisans and lots more. Please note that Edible Communities
does not necessarily endorse these websites or the organizations
they represent. We are simply offering these links as a resource
for our readers who would like to learn more about sustainable
agriculture and related topics. We are continually adding
sections and links to this list so visit often!
This is a list of nonprofit organizations that support
small family farms, initiate 'buy local' campaigns,
extol the virtues of fresh, seasonal, locally-grown
produce, and promote sustainable agriculture and related
Ag Futures Alliance www.agfuturesalliance.net
The AG Futures Alliance (AFA) is working to ensure that
agriculture, community, and the environment will thrive
indefinitely. All three elements are essential to the
health and wellbeing of California and the nation's
food system. The AFA is a burgeoning statewide alliance
of county-based consensus building roundtables that
develop guiding principles and intelligent policies
focused on the challenges surrounding food production
and agriculture. Each roundtable is populated by leaders
from a diverse set of affected interests. The AFA ends
polarization or indifference and unleashes deep sustained
collaboration among participating leaders.
American Farmland Trust www.farmland.org
Since our founding in 1980, American Farmland Trust
has helped win permanent protection for over a million
acres of American farmland. Our hard work and sound
strategies unite farmers, environmentalists and policymakers.
Ban Cruel Farms www.bancruelfarms.org/meatrix
A site that exposes the cruel side of factory farming,
with an evocative animation called "The Meatrix".
California Sustainable Agriculture Working Group
The California Sustainable Agriculture Working Group
(CA SAWG) works to build and mobilize a diverse coalition
that will transform California's food system to one
that is environmentally sound, socially just, and economically
Center for Ecoliteracy www.ecoliteracy.org
The Center for Ecoliteracy is dedicated to education
for sustainable living by fostering a profound understanding
of the natural world, grounded in direct experience.
Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) www.caff.org
The Community Alliance with Family Farmers is building
a movement of rural and urban people to foster family-scale
agriculture that cares for the land, sustains local
economies and promotes social justice.
Community Food Security Coalition www.foodsecurity.org
The Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC) is a non-profit
501(c)(3), North American organization dedicated to
building strong, sustainable, local and regional food
systems that ensure access to affordable, nutritious,
and culturally appropriate food for all people at all
COPIA: The American Center for Wine, Food & the
Arts is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit cultural center and
museum whose mission is to investigate and celebrate
the culture of the collective table through wine, food
and the arts.
Ecotrust's mission is to build Salmon Nation, a place
where people and wild salmon thrive.
Food Routes www.foodroutes.org
The FoodRoutes Web site is a project of FoodRoutes Network
(FRN). FRN is a national nonprofit organization that
provides communications tools, technical support, networking
and information resources to organizations nationwide
that are working to rebuild local, community-based food
systems. FRN is dedicated to reintroducing Americans
to their food - the seeds it grows from, the farmers
who produce it, and the routes that carry it from the
fields to their tables.
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy www.iatp.org
The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy promotes
resilient family farms, rural communities and ecosystems
around the world through research and education, science
and technology, and advocacy.
National Farm to School Network www.farmtoschool.org
The National Farm to School Network is a collaborative
project with the goal of strengthening and expanding
activities in states with existing programs and assisting
others that do not yet have programs.
Next Course www.nextcourse.org
A community food and nutrition initiative that was founded
in 2003 by a group of Bay Area chefs, restaurateurs,
farmers, and food justice activists who want to make
a difference in our community.
A widely-respected nonprofit "food issues think
tank" praised for translating the complex details
of nutrition science into "the familiar language
of food." This synthesis converts high-level science
into a consumer-friendly health-promotion tool for consumers,
health professionals, chefs, farmers, journalists, and
the food industry.
Organic Farming Research Foundation www.ofrf.org
The Organic Farming Research Foundation is a non-profit
whose mission is to sponsor research related to organic
farming practices, to disseminate research results to
organic farmers and to growers interested in adopting
organic production systems, and to educate the public
and decision-makers about organic farming issues.
Oceans Alive Campaign (Environmental Defense) www.oceansalive.org/eat.cfm
This site provides information on fish species that
are good to eat and can still be sustainably harvested.
Consumption advisories due to contaminants are also
Slow Food International www.slowfood.com
Founded by Carlo Petrini in Italy in 1986, Slow Food
is an international association that promotes food and
wine culture, but also defends food and agricultural
Slow Food USA www.slowfoodusa.org
Slow Food U.S.A. is a non-profit educational organization
dedicated to supporting and celebrating the food traditions
of North America.
The Food Project www.thefoodproject.org
The Food Project is a launching pad for new ideas about
youth and adults partnering to create social change
through sustainable agriculture.
Worldwatch Institute www.worldwatch.org
Founded by Lester Brown in 1974, the Worldwatch Institute
offers a unique blend of interdisciplinary research,
global focus, and accessible writing that has made it
a leading source of information on the interactions
among key environmental, social, and economic trends.
Our work revolves around the transition to an environmentally
sustainable and socially just society-and how to achieve
In this section, we present links to websites of folks
who specialize in preparing unique, handcrafted food
items or objects that are food-related. These items
reflect their regional origin either through singular
flavor, taste, form and/or quality, and are available
for sale across the US through e-commerce or mail order.
This is by no means a comprehensive list, and we do
hope it expands as we find more wonderful artisans across
the country. (You can find links to more local artisans
on the different Edible member websites.) Enjoy!
Annieglass (Santa Cruz, California) www.annieglass.com
Annieglass, handcrafted sculptural glass dinnerware,
serving pieces, drinkware and accessories, is designed
by artist Ann Morhauser of Santa Cruz, California.
Bariani Olive Oil (San Francisco, California) http://188.8.131.52/bariani/
Bariani Olive Oil is committed in producing an authentic
extra virgin olive oil which is raw and once only available
thru the turn of the century. Produced in a limited
quantity, the olive oil is a registered organic product
and with the particular and discriminatory taste of
the family, the quality is always guaranteed.
Bellwether Farms Cheese (Valley Ford, California) www.bellwethercheese.com
When my mother bought her first sheep they were meant
to keep our pasture grasses under control. She had no
idea that she was placing her family at the forefront
of the American revival in artisan cheese making.
Bobolink Dairy (Vernon, New Jersey) www.cowsoutside.com
In Spring 2003, we began making cheese from the milk
of our twenty mixed-breed, grass-fed cows. We are also
ripening and selling grass-fed cheeses made by others,
as a way of helping other graziers to reach the national
California Lavender (Ojai, California) www.californialavender.com
California Lavender celebrates the flavors of flowers,
fruits and hers in jellies, vinegars and other deliciously
Cowgirl Creamery (Point Reyes, California) www.cowgirlcreamery.com
Cowgirl Creamery produces cheese from the pure, natural,
organic milk produced by Straus Family Dairy. All Cowgirl
Creamery cheeses are still made at the barn in Point
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market (San Francisco, California) www.ferryplazafarmersmarket.com
The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco is sponsored
by the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable
Agriculture and features hundreds of artisanal vendors
and delicious, fresh, seasonal foods.
Fiscalini Farmstead Cheeses (Modesto, California) www.fiscalinicheese.com
Voted Best Farmhouse Cheese in North America by the
American Cheese Society.
Frog Hollow Farm (Brentwood, California) www.froghollow.com
Your home to the sweetest, juiciest, organic, tree-ripened
peaches you've ever tasted; and delicious conserves,
chutneys, and marmalades which are becoming household
favorites. Now you can order fruit or fruit conserves
and chutneys and new this season, clothing; online -
direct from the farm. Located in Northern California
in the lush Sacramento River Delta.
Garlic Gold (Ojai, California) www.garlicgold.com
100% organic, 100% unique and 100% hand made these Gourmet
Garlic Condiments turn any meal in to a gourmet
dining experience! From the crunch of the garlic to
the subtle garlic infusion of the highest quality, first
cold press organic-extra virgin olive oil, these gourmet
delights are one of a kind. Perfect for cooking or as
a condiment, drizzle, shake or spoon them!
Gary West Smoked Meats (Jacksonville, Oregon)
Certified Angus Beef products.
Hog Island Oysters (Marshall, California) www.hogislandoyster.com
The San Francisco Chronicle named the Hog Island Sweetwater
the "Best American Oyster" in a blind taste
test and the aquaculture operation received the Award
of Excellence for Animal Husbandry from the American
Institute of Food & Wine.
McEvoy Olive Oil (Petaluma, California) www.mcevoyranch.com
Eighteen thousand organically-grown olive trees -- all
Tuscan varieties -- blanket the hills at the McEvoy
Ranch north of San Francisco. In early fall, when consultant
Maurizio Castelli says it's time, the olives are hand-picked,
rushed to the mill, and processed within hours.
Niman Ranch (Oakland, California) www.nimanranch.com
Niman Ranch and its family farmers raise livestock traditionally,
humanely and sustainably to deliver the finest-tasting
meat in the world.
Ojai Cook (Ojai, California) www.ojaicook.com
Ojai Cook products include citrus-based mustards, mayonnaises,
and sauces and are distributed and sold throughout the
world through supermarkets, natural food stores, gourmet
stores, catalogs and gift baskets.
Ojai Olive Oil (Ojai, California) www.ojaioliveoil.com
Ojai Olive Oil is a family owned and operated business.
Great care and pride is taken in both the growing and
pressing of the olives to produce one of the world's
premier extra virgin olive oils.
Ojai Pixie Tangerine Growers (Ojai, California)
Often called "Natures Candy", Ojai Pixies
are a delicious late season, smallish, seedless, easy
peel, lower acid, flavorful member of the mandarin,
or tangerine, family of citrus fruits.
Ojai Vineyard (Ojai, California) www.ojaivineyard.com
The Ojai Vineyard, owned by Adam & Helen Tolmach,
works closely with over a dozen different vineyards
up and down the Central Coast and produces wines from
chardonnay, grenache, mourvedre, pinot noir, roussane,
sauvignon blanc, syrah, and viognier. Current production
is around 6,000 case.
Oregon Growers & Shippers (Hood River, Oregon)
Oregon Growers & Shippers sells exquisite farm-direct
jams, preserves, and fruit butters - straight from the
orchards to you. Based in the pristine Columbia River
Gorge, we pride ourselves on our direct relationships
with farmers who grow fantastic apples, pears, cherries,
berries and more. With creative and truly delicious
flavors like Strawberry Pinot Noir and Cherry Zinfandel
jams and skillfully produced Apple Butter and Marionberry
jam, Oregon Growers & Shippers will certainly be
your favorite condiment in the pantry.
Recchiuti Confections (San Francisco, California)
Recchiuti Confections is known for its blend of contemporary
San Franciscan style and traditional European technique.
Natural ingredients with global influences create the
freshest, most unique flavors you'll find anywhere.
French artisan methods and small batches yield uncompromising
quality. Careful preparation and elegant packaging make
each confection stunning to the eye, as well as the
Scharffen Berger Chocolates (Berkeley, California)
Our chocolate is delicious for two basic reasons: our
ingredients are of the finest quality available and
we manufacture using classic small-batch methods.
Straus Family Dairy (Point Reyes, California)
We are organic dairy farmers who make products with
our own milk. We are committed to taking care of our
animals, the land and reducing waste. We are dedicated
to making the highest quality dairy products on the
market using the simplest and purest ingredients available.
Tsar Nicoulai Caviar (San Francisco, California)
The quality of caviar is as important as the source
it comes from. As pioneers of domestic sturgeon farming,
and producers of the acclaimed California Estate Osetra,
it is our mission to bring you caviar of the highest
quality and integrity from around the world. That is
why all of our caviar come from sustainable sources.
Whether you choose our California Estate Osetra, from
our farm raised sturgeon in California, Romanian Beluga,
Iranian Caviar, Siberian Farmed Caviar, or from our
extensive variety of American caviar, rest assured that
your caviar comes from a trustworthy source.
Vermont Quality Meats www.vsjf.org/projects/stories/vt_meats.html
As a cooperative, VQM can guarantee their customers
a consistent supply of diverse, fresh quality meats
that was impossible for individual producers to manage.
Vosges Chocolate (Chicago, Illinois) www.vosgeschocolate.com
Vosges' exotic truffles are made from the finest ingredients
offered around the world. Owner/Chocolatier, Katrina
Markoff, personally chooses every spice, flower and
chocolate that is flown into our Chicago kitchen.
These are books that are suggested reading for those
who want to find out more about why we should "buy
local" and eat seasonal, locally produced or harvested
food. Some titles also provide background and information
on global issues such as Genetically Modified Organisms
or chemical pesticides and fertilizers and Persistent
Organic Pollutants that impact our health and environment
and food systems around the world.
Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye
View of the World Available
Working in his garden one day, Michael Pollan hit pay
dirt in the form of an idea: do plants, he wondered,
use humans as much as we use them? While the question
is not entirely original, the way Pollan examines this
complex coevolution by looking at the natural world
from the perspective of plants is unique. The result
is a fascinating and engaging look at the true nature
Cod: A Biography of the Fish
that Changed the World Available
You probably enjoy eating codfish, but reading about
them? Mark Kurlansky has written a fabulous book--well
worth your time--about a fish that probably has mattered
more in human history than any other. The cod helped
inspire the discovery and exploration of North America.
It had a profound impact upon the economic development
of New England and eastern Canada from the earliest
times. Today, however, overfishing is a constant threat.
Kurlansky sprinkles his well-written and occasionally
humorous history with interesting asides on the possible
origin of the word codpiece and dozens of fish recipes.
Sometimes a book on an offbeat or neglected subject
really makes the grade. This is one of them.
Coming Home to Eat: the Pleasures
and Politics of Local Foods www.wwnorton.com/catalog/fall01/002017.htm
Gary Paul Nabhan's experience with food permeates his
life as a first-generation Lebanese American, as an
avid gardener and subsistence hunter-gatherer, as an
ethnobotanist preserving seed diversity, and as an activist
devoted to recovering native food traditions to restore
the health of Native Americans in the Southwest. To
rediscover what it might mean to "know your foodshed,"
he spent a year trying to eat only foods grown, fished,
or gathered within two hundred miles of his home-with
surprising results. In Coming Home to Eat, Nabhan draws
these experiences together in a book that is a culmination
of his life's work-and a vibrant portrait of the essential
cultural relations to the foods that truly nourish us,
affirming our bonds to family, community, landscape,
Eat Here: Reclaiming Homegrown
Pleasures in a Global Supermarket www.worldwatch.org/pubs/books/17/
In Eat Here, author Brian Halweil points to a surging
local food movement that is rediscovering homegrown
pleasures and changing the way we eat.
Fatal Harvest www.fatalharvest.org
A book that will forever change the way we think about
food. This book will inform and influence the growing
public movement of activists, farmers, policymakers,
and consumers who are fighting to make our food safer
for ourselves and for the planet.
From the Good Earth: a Celebration
of Growing Food Around the World Available
This book is a tribute to agriculture and the great
diversity of practices and customs that surround it.
Ableman, a California organic farmer, presents a photographic
essay with 170 full-color photographs of farming practices
in China, Kenya, Burundi, Italy, Peru, the American
Southwest, and elsewhere. His photos include fields
that rely on many different cropping practices, markets
displaying an array of foods for interested buyers,
urban plots, and plants grown in backyard gardens and
pots. We catch a glimpse of people of all ages and many
cultures involved in producing and selling food and
their links with community and culture. The accompanying
text offers Ableman's perspectives on the contrast between
industrial agriculture, which uses heavy machinery and
chemicals, and the labor-intensive, nonchemical approaches
still used in most of the world. He urges us to understand
the interconnections between our food, our health, our
communities, and our environment for the sake of the
Heal the Ocean www.newsociety.com/bookid/3831
Heal the Ocean provides a refreshing change in the literature
by emphasizing success stories in the struggle to save
the seas. Rod Fujita -- a marine ecologist dedicated
to protecting and restoring ocean ecosystems -- first
describes the nature of ocean environments, and then
discusses current and emerging threats, including pollution,
overfishing, poor land use, deep sea mining, and the
search for new energy sources.
On Good Land: the Autobiography of an Urban Farm Available
A dramatic pair of pictures opens this book: aerial
shots of Fairview Gardens Farm, near Goleta, California,
first in 1954, then in 1998. Once part of thousands
of acres of farmland, Fairview Gardens is now entirely
surrounded by tract homes, strip malls, and all the
conveniences of modern suburban life. This 12.5-acre
oasis exists only because Michael Ableman has steadfastly
refused to let it be gobbled up by the relentless bulldozers.
His story is funny, fierce, inspiring, and infuriating.
His success, tempered by ample setbacks, will be of
practical use to anybody seeking to preserve farmland
from suburban sprawl.
Our Stolen Future www.ourstolenfuture.org
Our Stolen Future tells the story of how endocrine disruption
was discovered, how it works what it means, and how
families can protect themselves and their communities,
all in clear, simple language intended for a general
Small Wonder www.kingsolver.com/bookshelf/small_wonder.asp
In her new essay collection, Barbara Kingsolver brings
to us, out of one of history's darker moments, an extended
love song to the world we still have. Whether she is
contemplating the Grand Canyon, her vegetable garden,
motherhood, genetic engineering, or the future of a
nation founded on the best of all human impulses, these
essays are grounded in the author's belief that our
largest problems have grown from the earth's remotest
corners as well as our own backyards, and that answers
may lie in both those places.
Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food
In Stolen Harvest, Vandana Shiva charts the impacts
of globalized, corporate agriculture on small farmers,
the environment, and the quality of the food we eat.
Sustainable Cuisine White Papers http://chelseagreen.com/2004/items/sustainablecuisine
A small book with a large message, Sustainable Cuisine
White Papers is a collection of 39 essays on the link
between food quality, environmental issues and culinary
traditions. An eclectic group of chefs, farmers, food
writers, environmental experts and others offer food
for thought that is all at once whimsical and real.
The Eco-Foods Guide www.newsociety.com/bookid/3805
The Eco-Foods Guide is a lively conversation with consumers
that takes the gloom out of our grocery choices and
empowers shoppers to vote with their food dollars for
the environment and for a safe future for their grandchildren.
Frankenfoods and more have made food shopping so frightening
and complex that the result has often been paralysis
or denial. But in this optimistic and even humorous
jaunt through the topic, sustainable agriculture expert
Cynthia Barstow encourages readers to walk away bubbling
with opportunities to buy what's best -- most of the
time -- and to even engage with the many others working
to effect change in agriculture.
Farmers' Market Book
Growing Food, Cultivating Community
Jennifer Meta Robinson and J. A. Hartenfeld
Farmers' markets provide a rewarding intersection of
rural and urban lives, sustaining and healing both our
communities and our relationship to the land. By examining
this national phenomenon through the story of the market
in Bloomington, Indiana, Robinson and Hartenfield consider
the social, ecological, and economic power of farmers'
The Hungry Passport www.hungrypassport.com
Food and travel are an unbeatable combination, because
theres nothing like sampling the fare of another
culture in that settingwhether youre in
a new country or simply in a different region of your
ownto give you insight into its places and people.
I hope youll join me on the road so that we can
explore other cultures and their cuisines and come home
with not only treasured memories, but an invigorated
sense of what it means to be a citizen of the world.
If a picture tells a thousand stories, then maybe films
are even better. Here are some films that will give
you food for thought.
A Piece of the Puzzle www.pointofviewfilms.com
A synopsis of the Ventura County Farm Worker Housing
Summit (2004), this film looks at solutions to the housing
crisis that are being used by different counties throughout
the state of California. A companion piece to Dulanie
Ellis' "Mi Casa Es Su Casa." (10 minutes)
Broken Limbs: Apples, Agriculture and the New American
Washington apple orchards are going out of business
by the thousands. Guy Evans' father is losing the family
farm. To discover why, Evans sets out on a journey of
discovery that ultimately takes him through the global
issues facing all of America's small farmers. Along
the way, he discovers a new breed of farmer, and a new
hope for the future of agriculture. This is a film by
Jamie Howell and Guy Evans. (75 minutes)
Home Grow'n www.pointofviewfilms.com
All across America, suburban sprawl is eating up irreplaceable
farmland and natural landscapes. Ventura County is experimenting
with urban growth boundaries and Smart Growth development
to maintain small-town ambiance in their cities, protect
world-class farmland and sustain a billion dollar agricultural
industry in their beautiful, coastal California. Filmmaker
Dulanie Ellis explores these issues in this intriguing
film. (30 minutes)
Mi Casa Es Su Casa www.pointofviewfilms.com
Farm workers are the "forgotten" people in
our culture's food system. Living far below the poverty
level economically, multiple families have to live together
in order to afford housing. The need for safe and decent
housing has reached a crisis in California's agricultural
communities. Filmmaker Dulanie Ellis describes this
important issue in this film. (17 minutes)
Sweet Soil email@example.com
"Sweet Soil", a film by Laura Meister, shares
the stories of four family farms, a natural foods store
committed to supporting them and a community's passion
for fresh, local food. Set to a toe-tapping fiddle-driven
soundtrack by local musicians, in the autumnal beauty
of Berkshire Hills, Massachusetts. (21 minutes)
Foraging With the "Wildman" www.wildmanstevebrill.com
Learn about edible and medicinal wild vegetables, herbs,
greens, fruits, berries, nuts, seeds, and mushrooms
with NYC's favorite naturalist, "Wildman"
Steve Brill. Find out about his public Wild Food and
Ecology tours in local parks, and the work he does with
kids. Read excerpts from his books, enjoy his botanical
artwork and vegetarian recipes, and find out what happened
after he was arrested and handcuffed by undercover NYC
park rangers for eating a dandelion in Central Park!