What is Sustainable Agriculture?
An integrated system of plant and animal
production practices having a site specific application that will, over the
long-term: satisfy human food and fiber needs; enhance environmental quality and
the natural resource base upon which the agriculture economy depends; make the
most efficient use of nonrenewable resources and integrate, where appropriate,
natural biological cycles and controls; sustain the economic viability of
farm/ranch operations; and enhance the quality of life for farmers/ ranchers and
society as a whole.
For more information - here are some web
sites and books that might be helpful.
The New Organic Grower, by Eliot Coleman - Chelsea Green Publishing
Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Gardening and Landscape Techniques,
Rodale Press, Emmaus PA
A GREAT web resource produced by Debbie Roos - the
Extension agent for the Chatham county area. Debbie has her finger on the pulse
of sustainable ag for the entire state so be sure to get on her listserv - as
she is always sending out information on workshops and other neat events.
webresources.html (this link
will take you directly to the page
on her website that provides all kinds of
If you browse just her website though - there is a
tremendous amount of information right there too...
The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS)
is a great resource for work shops and seminars on sustainable ag.
The Carolina Farm Stewardship is a wonderful
resource for information and outreach. (Before the USDA took over the organic
certification - the CFSA WAS the certification entity for NC... Now they're
primary function is information resource and support for sustainable ag.)
THIS is my all time favorite resource for
information... I subscribed to their magazine (Organic Gardening) for almost 25
years... It was what really inspired me to follow by bliss.