9 Resources, Readings and Organizations to Support in 2017

As 2016 winds down, we’ve put together a shortlist of resources and organizations working on key issues related to building and maintaining sustainable local food economies.

If you’re looking for some end of year reading, or if you’re still thinking about where to make your donations, here’s a cross section of organizations that address and educate us about some of the most significant challenges facing food, farming, and the environment. (in no particular order)

NRDC’s Priorities

No everyday decision has a bigger impact on our health — or the health of the planet — than what we eat. The Natural Resources Defense Council works to safeguard the earth — its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.


No Farms No Food: American Farmland Trust tackles the biggest threats to our nation’s farmland and family farmers.

The National Young Farmers Coalition supports practices and policies that will sustain young, independent and prosperous farmers now and in the future.

The Pollinator Partnership’s mission is to promote the health of pollinators, critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education, and research. Signature initiatives include the NAPPC (North American Pollinator Protection Campaign), National Pollinator Week, and the Ecoregional Planting Guides.


ReFED is a collaboration of over thirty business, nonprofit, foundation and government leaders committed to reducing food waste in the United States. 27 SOLUTIONS TO FOOD WASTE


Farmworker Justice is a nonprofit organization that seeks to empower migrant and seasonal farmworkers to improve their living and working conditions, immigration status, health, occupational safety, and access to justice. We work with farmworkers and their organizations throughout the nation.

Holistic Management is a process of decision-making and planning that gives people the insights and management tools needed to understand nature: resulting in better, more informed decisions that balance key social, environmental, and financial considerations.

Food Politics

Marion Nestle is one of the sharpest and most astute writers at the intersection of nutrition, food safety and policy. She also offers this list of useful resources.

Civil Eats

Civil Eats is a daily news source for critical thought about the American food system. We publish stories that shift the conversation around sustainable agriculture in an effort to build economically and socially just communities.

Originally published at Local Orbit.

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    Erika Block

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    listener, facilitator, systems thinker, grower & founder/ceo of @localorbit - Powering the New Food Economy

    Local Orbit’s Field Notes

    stories and resources for re-linking the food chain (from localorbit.com)