There are hundreds of great organizations, associations in the farming and organic industries. They cover a wide range off missions, from gardening and farming to feeding the hungry. Although this list is not exhaustive (i’ll be adding some new ones as time goes on), one thing is clear: a community will only become stronger when they build trust by communicating, by working and by playing – together.
American Community Gardening Association
The American Community Gardening Association’s mission is to build community by increasing and enhancing community gardening and greening across the United States and Canada.
Battery Urban Farm
The Battery Urban Farm is an educational farm where New York City’s students, residents, and visitors learn about sustainable farming techniques, the joys of tasting new foods, and their role as environmental stewards. The farm was started in 2011 by The Battery Conservancy in partnership with the Environmental Club at Millennium High School. Since then we’ve had thousands of students and community volunteers help us grow thousands of pounds of vegetables, fruits, herbs, grains, and flowers.
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA)
The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) is a farmer-driven, membership-based non-profit organization that helps people in the Carolinas grow and eat local, organic foods by advocating for fair farm and food policies, building the systems family farms need to thrive, and educating communities about local, organic agriculture.
Center for Food Safety (CFS)
Center for Food Safety (CFS) is a national non-profit public interest and environmental advocacy organization working to protect human health and the environment by curbing the use of harmful food production technologies, and by promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture.
Corbin Hill Food Project
Corbin Hill Food Project supplies fresh vegetables and fruit where they are needed most. They work with farmers from upstate New York and community groups in New York City to deliver fresh, local produce to Harlem, Washington Heights and the Bronx — and increasingly, other New York City boroughs.
EcoAgriculture Partners’ mission is to support diverse individuals and organizations at the local, national and international levels to create and sustain ecoagriculture landscapes worldwide.
Farm Aid is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to keep family farmers on their land. Farm Aid accomplishes this mission by growing and strengthening local and regional markets by promoting food from family farms, and working to get family farm food in urban neighborhoods, grocery stores, restaurants, schools and other public institutions; and promote fair farm policies and grassroots organizing campaigns designed to defend and bolster family farm-centered agriculture.
Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC), AFL-CIO
FLOC is a union with membership consisting primarily of migrant farmworkers in the agricultural industry, cofounded by Baldemar Velásquez in 1967.
Farm School NYC
Farm School NYC’S mission is to train NYC residents in urban agriculture, in order to build self-reliant communities and inspire positive local action around food access and social, economic, and racial justice issues.
Food & Water Watch
Food & Water Watch champions healthy food and clean water for all. They stand up to corporations that put profits before people, and advocate for a democracy that improves people’s lives and protects our environment.
Food MythBusters (an initiative of the Real Food Media Project and Corporate Accountability International), challenges the myth that we need industrial agriculture to feed the world and showcases the power of sustainable agriculture to address the root causes of hunger in a world of plenty.
Green For All
Based in Oakland, California, Green For All works with the best and brightest in America to fight for a healthy environment and strong communities.
Growing Power is a national nonprofit organization and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities.
Harlem Seeds’ sole mission is to inspire children to live long and healthy lives through community programs and workshops. They achieve this goal by employing an “action-oriented” model that educates, empowers, equips and engages our youth to become successful leaders in their communities.
Institute for Food and Development Policy (Food First)
Food First’s mission is to end the injustices that cause hunger by engaging with the global movement for food sovereignty. They support activists, social movements, alliances, and coalitions with action-oriented research, publications, and projects to help local movements to engage.
International Federation of Organic Agriculture (IFOAM)
Since 1972, IFOAM has occupied an unchallenged position as the only international umbrella organization of the organic world, uniting an enormous diversity of stakeholders contributing to the organic vision, that’s taking the world a step closer to the mainstream uptake of Organic Agriculture.
Just Food empowers and supports community leaders in their efforts to increase access to locally grown food, especially in underserved New York City neighborhoods. Just Food provides training and technical assistance to community members to help them launch projects like farmers’ markets and CSAs, provide education in fundamental culinary and urban agriculture skills for their neighbors, and advocate to make their corner of New York City a healthier place to live and eat.
National Family Farm Coalition (NFFC)
Founded in 1986, the National Family Farm Coalition (NFFC) represents family farm and rural groups whose members face the challenge of the deepening economic recession in rural communities.
National Organic Coalition
The National Organic Coalition (NOC) is a national alliance of organizations working to provide a “Washington voice” for farmers, ranchers, environmentalists, consumers and industry members involved in organic agriculture. NOC seeks to advance organic food and agriculture and ensure a united voice for organic integrity.
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC)
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is an alliance of grassroots organizations that advocates for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities.
National Young Farmers Coalition
The National Young Farmers Coalition supports practices and policies that helps sustain young, independent and prosperous farmers.
Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA)
The Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) is a coalition of seven NOFA state chapters (Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont). Our purpose is to advocate for and educate on organic and sustainable agriculture, family-scale farming and homesteading in rural, suburban and urban areas, agricultural justice and other related policy issues.
Organic Consumers Association (OCA)
The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is a public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. The OCA deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children’s health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics.
Organic Trade Association (OTA)
The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is the membership-based business association for organic agriculture and products in North America that over 8,500 organic businesses across 50 states. Its members include growers, shippers, processors, certifiers, farmers’ associations, distributors, importers, exporters, consultants, retailers and others. Organic products represented include organic foods, ingredients and beverages, as well as organic fibers, personal care products, pet foods, nutritional supplements, household cleaners and flowers.
Phat Beets Produce
Phat Beets Produce aims to create a healthier, more equitable food system in North Oakland through providing affordable access to fresh produce, facilitating youth leadership in health and nutrition education, and connecting small, disenfranchised farmers to urban communities via the creation of farm stands, farmers’ markets, and urban youth market gardens.
Professional Agricultural Workers Conference (PAWC)
The Professional Agricultural Workers Conference (PAWC) is a forum committed to a world that values and promotes equal opportunity equitable access to information and technology for sustainable development of communities and natural resources. The conference began in 1942 mainly with Tuskegee University and local and state support and participation. It is now national in scope including representatives from the national land grant community, and from the state, federal, and private sectors.
The Soil Association is the UK’s leading membership charity campaigning for healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use.
Southeastern African American Farmers’ Organic Network (SAAFON)
Southeastern African American Farmers’ Organic Network (SAAFON) provides education and training to small-scale underserved farmers and their communities on the best practices for creating sustainable and economically viable agricultural projects and programs.
Sustainable Food Trade Association
The Sustainable Food Trade Association’s mission is to build the capacity of the organic food trade to transition to sustainable business models. SFTA serves as a hub for businesses to learn, improve performance and best practices in an environmentally sound, socially just business practices using a systems-based approach.
Traditional Native American Farming Association
Based in the indigenous communities in New Mexico, but with projects as far as Belize, the Traditional Native American Farming Association is a leading voice for food sovereignty, with many successes helping farmers keep their land, farming organically, and with traditional methods.
Tuberville is a potato farm in Vermont that began as project to provide foodstuffs for the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf in 2004, and has grown into an experiment to encourage community about sharing and about coming together to create and to assist.
Urban Farming’s mission is to create an abundance of food for people in need by supporting and encouraging the establishment of gardens on unused land and space while increasing diversity, raising awareness for health and wellness, and inspiring and educating youth, adults and seniors to create an economically sustainable system to uplift communities around the globe.
Urban Farming Guys
The Urban Farming Guys’ exists to help establish sustainable communities in the most difficult and overlooked places on earth. They go where no one else will, into the most blighted and dangerous places in the world to help vulnerable communities with local food and water security, alternative energy, and local economic resilience with innovative, accessible, low tech and reproducible solutions.
U.S. Departmhttp://www.fns.usda.gov/get-involved/provide-nutrition-education of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service
The USDA and FNS have a number of resources designed to provide you with the tools you need to conduct effective nutrition education. In the links below, you’ll find program information, educational materials, and creative ideas to make learning about nutrition fun for all ages.
Women, Food & Agriculture Network (WFAN)
WFAN’s mission is to link and empower women to build food systems and communities that are healthy, just, sustainable, and promotes environmental integrity.
The World Farmers Organisation (WFO)
The World Farmers Organisation (WFO), is an International organization of “Farmers for Farmers,” which aims to bring together all the national producer and farm cooperative organizations with the objective of developing policies which favor and support farmers’ causes in developed and developing countries around the world.
Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms, USA (WWWOOF-USA)
Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms, USA (WWWOOF-USA) is part of a worldwide effort to link visitors with organic farmers, promote an educational exchange and build a global community conscious if ecological farming practices.