Links & Resources: Local and Regional Food Systems

Learn more about national, state and regional organizations working on ensuring healthy, sustainable local and regional food systems.



By Region

By State


The Eat Well Guide
A directory of sustainably raised meat, poultry, dairy and eggs from farms, stores, restaurants and online outlets in the US and Canada.

This site provides a direct link to local farms that sell grass-fed products and a marketplace for farmers who actively promote the welfare of their animals and the health of the land.

The complete tool kit for a sustainable community. Links to local farms, farmers markets, restaurants, organic gardens, green issues, etc.

Edible Communities
Edible Communities works to transform the way communities shop for, cook, eat, and relate to the food that is grown and produced in their area. We value local, seasonal, authentic foods and culinary traditions. They strive to put a face on every farmer as we tell their stories and champion their efforts toward a more sustainable and safe food system.

Farmers’ Market Search
Updated regularly, this search engine allows you to find a Farmers’ Market near you.

Food Alliance

Food Alliance is a coalition of farmers, processors, distributors, grocers, and consumers working together to ensure that our children and grandchildren have “Good Food for a Healthy Future.”

FoodRoutes Network
Provides timely information, resources and market opportunities for the food and farming community, community-based nonprofits, the food concerned public, policy makers and the media.

Guidelines to Increase the Use of Local Foods at Meetings
A guide for those involved in planning the food for a conference in ways that support local farmers and to convey the local or regional flavor.

Institute for Community Economics
ICE builds the capacity of a national network of community land trusts (CLTs) and other locally controlled organizations for permanently affordable housing and community economic development.

Institute for Society, Ecology and Culture
Promoting locally based alternatives to the global consumer culture.

Local Food Directory Resource
ATTRA – The National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service has assembled an online database of local food directories, useful for producers and consumers alike. The Local Food Directory Resource, includes national, regional, state and community directory resources for all 50 states, searchable by state.

Local Harvest
Local Harvest helps build a sustainable economy based on small-scale food systems.

The Meatrix
Links to local and regional food systems.

Organic Linker

Organic Linker is a directory of websites dedicated to the world of Organics.

SustainUS is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of young people advancing sustainable development and youth empowerment in the United States. Through proactive education, research, and advocacy at the policy-making and grassroots levels, we are building a future in which all people recognize the inherent equality and interdependence of social, economic, and environmental sustainability.

Sustainable Table
Serves up healthy food choices with regional directories that celebrate and educate about local food-issues and building communities. Find the nearest farmer to buy from too.

By Region

Future Harvest
Future Harvest-CASA is a network of farmers, agricultural professionals, landowners and consumers living and working in the Chesapeake region. Future Harvest-CASA promotes profitable, environmentally sound and socially acceptable food and farming systems that work to sustain communities.

DC Food
Offering local food resources for the greater Washington DC area.

Is an all-volunteer, grassroots organization created to promote the development of a permanently sustainable local food system. It serves the greater Kansas City area (eaters and growers in Missouri, Kansas), and to nearby communities in Nebraska and Iowa.

The Land Connection
The Land Connection works to create a food system that is truly sustainable by supporting farmers, connecting food producers and consumers, and preserving and enhancing the quality of soil, air and water.

Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society
Enhancing Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society is committed to the development of a more sustainable society through the promotion of ecologically sound, socially just, and economically viable food systems.

Northeast and New England

Berkshire Grown
Berkshire Grown envisions a community where healthy farms define the open landscape, where a wide diversity of fresh, seasonal food and flowers continue to be readily available to everyone, and where we celebrate our agricultural bounty by buying from our neighboring family farms and savoring their distinctive Berkshire harvest.

Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture
CISA is a non-profit organization working to sustain agriculture in western Massachusetts, throughout the state and across the country, build a secure local food and farming system, strengthen relationships between consumers and farmers, increase farm profitability, promote environmental sustainability, preserver rural communities, and ensure that fresh, healthy, locally grown food is available affordable and accessible for all citizens.

Foodshed Alliance
Foodshed Alliance is a grassroots, non-profit devoted to promoting profitable, sustainable farming and locally-grown, fresh, healthy food in northwestern New Jersey.

Regional Farm and Food Project
The Regional Farm & Food Project is a member supported, farmer focused, non-profit serving the greater Hudson-Mohawk Valley food shed. This project works to promote earth-friendly agriculture, community-based food systems and nutritious, farm fresh local foods.


Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group
Links to several relating organizations.

Southern Organic Resource Guide
A reference handbook of organic resources in the South including Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee.


Food Alliance
Food Alliance is a nonprofit organization that creates market incentives for adoption of sustainable agricultural practices and educates business leaders and other food system stakeholders on the benefits of sustainable agriculture.

By State


Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network
The Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network (ASAN) is a network of farmers, consumers, and agriculture-related organizations, all committed to promoting sustainable agriculture in Alabama. ASAN works to improve the situation of farmers in the state and to provide the states consumers with fresh local products.


Local Food Guide
Provides links for Alaska’s Farmers’ Markets and restaurants serving local, organic food.


Arizona Local Food
A directory to support the growth of vibrant local food networks with Arizona’s consumers and growers.

Community Food Connections
CFC is a non-profit focusing on improving access to healthy food in underseved communities by expanding outlets and production of local foods.  Their programs create jobs, micro-enterprise development and family self-sufficiency.


California Certified Organic Farmers
CCOF promotes and supports organic food and agriculture through a premier organic certification program trade support, producer and consumer education and political advocacy.

Community Alliance with Family Farmers
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.

SARC Sustainable Agriculture Resource Consortium
SARC works to advance sustainable food and agriculture systems through education, demonstration of sustainable agricultural practices, investigation and facilitation of collaborative efforts for sustainability.

The Vivid Picture Project
The Vivid Picture Project works towards building a sustainable food system in California.


Colorado Local Sustainability
The Rocky Mountain Growers Directory and the place to find CSA’s, organic produce, information and links farmers, ranchers and consumers together to create a local food economy.


CT NOFA Connecticut Chapter of Northeast Organic Farming Association
CT NOFA is dedicated to strengthening the practices of ecologically sound farming and gardening, and to the development of local sustainable agriculture. Our efforts give consumers increased access to safe and healthy food. CT NOFA is a growing community of farmers, gardeners, land care professionals, and consumers that encourages a healthy relationship to the natural world.

Local Food Dude
A fun resource for everything local in Connecticut.


Delaware Food Exchange
The directory to buy, sell or trade local Delaware Food


Florida Certified Organic Growers & Consumers, Inc.
FCOG supports and promotes organic and sustainable agriculture, wherein; we educate consumers, farmers, future farmers (children & youth), businesses, policy makers and the general public.


Georgia Mountains Foodways Alliance
GMFA is a statewide non-profit focusing on the field to table spectrum.  It is an organization of farmers, producers, eaters, cooks, historians, chefs, journalists, restaurateurs, artisans and manufactures dedicated to the celebration, promotion and preservation of the authentic food culture of Georgia Mountains.

Georgia Organics
Georgia Organics works to redefine the food production system to benefit farmers, consumers and the environment. Local foods, sustainable farms and healthy people are the primary goals of Georgia Organics.


Iowa Network for Community Agriculture
INCA aims to promote relationships among people who are developing sustainable local food sources that are safe and healthy for people, all creatures, and the land.

Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
The Leopold Center is a research and education center with statewide programs to develop sustainable agricultural practices that are both profitable and conserve natural resources

Practical Farmers of Iowa: Buy Local Guide
A buy fresh, buy local food guide for Black Hawk and neighboring Iowa counties.


Kansas Rural Center
A one-stop site for sustainable agriculture and local food security, including projects, links and educational opportunities.


Farmers Markets and Roadside Stands
Louisanna’s Department of Agriculture and Forestry provide several useful links and keep senior citizens as the target audience.


Locates the nearest ranch or farm.


GE Free Maine
GE Free Maine is a statewide coalition built around the belief that GE-free agriculture sustains us all while genetic engineering sustains only corporate control of the seeds of life and puts at risk the family farms that support Maine’s economy. GE Free Maine seeks to create GE Free Zones across Maine through a combination of voluntary farmer pledges and town resolutions. We are working to protect all farmers from the liability issues resulting from genetic contamination, and to support alternatives to the corporate control of our food supply.


Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture
(CISA) is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to sustaining agriculture in western Massachusetts and promoting the products of small farms. CISA works toward community development by fostering a long-term, mutually beneficial relationship between farmers and consumers. CISA offers programs, special events, marketing products and workshops, all of which enhance the economic development of the region


Environmentally Concerned Citizens of South Central Michigan
This website to provide information on the pollution and the damage CAFOs have caused in our community and its watersheds, and to promote Sustainable Alternatives.


The Minnesota Project
The Minnesota Project connects people with policy to nurture collaborations that build strong local economies, vibrant communities and a healthy environment.

Minnesota Grow
Works towards a diverse agricultural industry that is profitable and environmentally sound; to protect public health and safety regarding food and agricultural products; and to ensure orderly commerce in agricultural and food products.


Food Circles Networking Project
A guide to locally grown produce in the St. Louis Bi-State Area.


Nebraska Food Cooperative
The Nebraska Food Cooperative works to foster a local food community and promote a culture of stewardship by cultivating farmer-consumer relationships, promoting the enjoyment of healthful food, increasing food security through diversity, and enhancing overall rural sustainability.

Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society
NSAS promotes agriculture & food systems that build healthy land, people, communities & quality of life, for present & future generations.

New Jersey

NOFA-NJ Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey
NOFA-NJ serves the NJ/PA region as a catalyst in the development of a sustainable organic agricultural system; educates diverse audiences about the significance and meaning of organic practices for food and the environment; helps organic and progressive conventional farmers build and maintain sustainable operations; and offers USDA-accredited third-party certification to organic farms and processors.

New Hampshire

Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), New Hampshire Chapter links farmers, gardeners, consumers and products through a “community of interests.”

New York

New York Farms
NY Farms is a broad based statewide coalition of organizations, individuals, businesses, agencies and institutions, committed to the future of New York’s farms and families.

Just Food
Just Food works to develop a just and sustainable food system in the New York City region. We do this by fostering new marketing and food-growing opportunities that address the needs of regional, rural family farms, NYC community gardeners, and NYC communities.

Glynwood Center
Glynwood Center helps communities integrate their natural resources, cultural heritage, and economic development potential to create a brighter future that is distinctively theirs.

North Carolina

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
CFSA supports and expands local and organic agriculture in the Carolinas by inspiring, educating, and organizing farmers and consumers.


Ohio Proud
This program was established in 1993 to identify and promote food and agricultural products at least 50 percent grown, raised or processed in Ohio.

Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association
The Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association (OEFFA) is dedicated to promoting and supporting sustainable, ecological, and healthful food systems.


Oklahoma Food Cooperative
Oklahoma Food Cooperative is a grassroots network uniting Oklahoma folks interested in sustainably produced, locally grown food. Their goal is a business that is environmentally sustainable, economically viable, and socially just.


Willamette Farm and Food Coalition
The Willamette Farm and Food Coalition, formally the Lane County Food Coalition is a community-based, non-profit group dedicated to supporting sustainable farming and promoting buying locally grown foods.

Oregon Sustainable Agriculture Land Trust
OSALT holds urban and rural agricultural lands in trust, keeping them in agricultural use by successive generations of growers and stewards, and serves to restore an appreciation of agriculture and to actively participate in developing sustainable agricultural practices and systems through research and education.

Oregon Tilth, INC
Primarily an organization of organic farmers, gardeners and consumers, Tilth offers educational events throughout the state of Oregon, and provides organic certification services to organic growers, processors, and handlers internationally.


Pennsylvanias Local food Guide
A directory of Pennsylvania family farms, farmer’s markets, Community Supported Farms, u-pick farms, restaurants, grocers, caterers and bakers, bed & breakfasts, and other businesses that sell locally grown farm products.

White Dog Cafe Foundation
The White Dog Cafe Foundation works in the greater Philadelphia area to create, strengthen and connect locally owned businesses & farms committed to working in harmony with natural systems, providing meaningful living wage jobs, supporting healthy community life, and contributing to economic justice.

Rhode Island

Farm Fresh Rhode Island
Farm Fresh Rhode Island manages farmers markets throughout Rhode Island as well as develops searchable web resources for finding seasonal foods, farms and markets in Rhode Island.

South Carolina

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
CFSA supports and expands local and organic agriculture in the Carolinas by inspiring, educating, and organizing farmers and consumers.


Rural Vermont
Rural Vermont supports a rural economic policy for Vermont that recognizes the importance of agriculture and natural resource based industries, support for small rural businesses, along with good jobs, fair wages, and decent healthcare, housing, and transportation for all rural citizens.

The Vermont Fresh Network
The Vermont Fresh Network encourages farmers, food producers and chefs to work directly with each other to build partnerships. They promote and publicize Vermont chefs and restaurants that use Vermont grown and locally produced foods as well as educate consumers.


Puget Sound Fresh
Works to open a large market for local farmers to serve better produce for Puget Sound residents.

Washington DC

“Promoting food with a face, a place and a taste in the Chesapeake Bay area.”  Come meet the farmers who live within a 150mile radius of Washington D.C and experience the “demos” celebrating local food at these Farmer’s Markets.

Organic Produce in the DC Area
From C.S.A’s to Pick-your-own farms, this site lists it all.

Updated 11/2010