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Urban Gardening

American Community Gardening Association
A nonprofit organization that promotes and supports community food- and ornamental-gardening.

Boston Natural Areas Network
Preserves and improves urban open space in the city.

Community Roots Urban Gardens
A neighborhood-supported agriculture model in Boulder, Colo., that brings local food production and distribution into urban settings. The website offers workshops and resources for becoming an NSA model.

Cooperative Extension System
Agricultural and home-economics information provided by the nationwide network of land-grant universities. 

Cornell University’s “Vegetable Varieties for Gardeners”
A compilation of information from fellow gardeners about what grows best.

Denver Urban Gardens
Operates and assists with the creation and management of more than 80 metro-area community
gardens and small parks.

Find or start a yard-sharing arrangement in your town.

A coalition of organizations that share information and resources about greening Chicago and improving open space in the city.

National Gardening Association
Information, publications, lessons and grants for big or small gardens.  802-863-5251

Portland Yard Sharing Project
Provides resources to Portland, Ore., residents to grow fresh, local food and develop stronger communities.

Sharing Backyards
Links people with yard space to those looking for a place to grow food.

Urban Gardening Help
An all-around guide to gardening in the city.

Worldwide Directory of Garden Coaches
Find a professional to help you tend your backyard garden.

Urban Farm News

City Farmer News
Stories from Vancouver, Canada, and information to help urban dwellers plant vegetables, herbs and fruit in backyards everywhere.

Farm Folk/City Folk
A nonprofit society that works to cultivate a local, sustainable food system.

Green America
A not-for-profit organization that works to educate the public and create an environmentally sustainable society. 800-58-GREEN

Growing Home
Promotes and demonstrates organic agriculture as a vehicle for job training, employment and community development in Chicago.

Indy Tilth
All types of community gardening information for beginners and pros.

Urban Farming

Growing Power, Inc.
Creates a healthy and safe way of growing food by offering training, demonstrations, outreach and assistance in communities throughout the United States.  414-527-1546 (Milwaukee)  773-486-6005 (Chicago)

Seattle Tilth Association
A nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring and educating people to garden organically and conserve natural resources.  206-633-0451

Information on non-technical and inexpensive ways to farm and still earn income from land that is less than 1 acre in size.

Urban Farm School
Information on farming urban and suburban lots; providing consultation and design services. 

Local Food

Community Food Security Coalition
A non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring affordable, nutritious and local food is available to everyone. 

Just Food
A non-profit organization working to develop a sustainable food system by presenting information and food-growing opportunities in New York City.

Local Harvest
Find farmers’ markets, family farms and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area, including CSA opportunities.

Slow Food USA
Information, programs and products for creating dramatic and lasting change in the food system.

Green News & Resources

American Chemistry Council’s Recycled Plastic Products Directory
Locate products made with or packaged in recycled plastic. (Click on “Learning Center,” then “Recycled Plastic Products Directory”)

California Integrated Waste Management Board
Information, resources and directories for recycling in California.  916-341-6000

Compostable Organics Out of Landfills by 2012
A national initiative to keep compostable organics out of the landfill. It provides tools, models, presentation materials and public-policy suggestions for communities across North America.

All you need to know about reducing, reusing and recycling.

Find a Composter
Online database to help you find composters in your area.

The Freecycle Network
Offer your used items and find ways to reuse other recycled items.

Sustainable Architecture, Building and Culture
Explores the relationship between ecology and sustainability, and offers products and resources for making eco-conscious lifestyle choices. 

Tree Hugger
Green news, solutions and product information.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Information and resources to help protect the environment.


American Bantam Association
A national organization that represents bantam breeders.

American Poultry Association
The APA publishes the American Standard of Perfection with breed and variety descriptions for all recognized fowl.  724-729-3459

Backyard Chickens
Information for keeping and appreciating chickens in any backyard.

Urban Chickens
A blog, forum, photos, tips and resources for urban chicken-keepers.

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