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Sustainable Farming is Certifiable...and Growing

Sustainable farming certification is based on natural resources systems for optimal results

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green agriculture crops food Sustainable farming and sustainable agriculture is both a green approach to agriculture and a sustainable economic development strategy to support local economies and quality of air, water and land. Side benefits are healthier habitat for both people and wildlife...and domestic farm animals.

Certification programs provide a structure and lots of support for farmers, merchants and planners... as well as institutional food centers (such as school cafeterias) and families to bring fresh, local and organic foods to the table.

Certification programs are growing to meet a variety of needs in the agriculture field (can we please replace "industry" with "field"...our language creates very different expectations... :-)

Portland-based nonprofit, Food Alliance announced in April 2007 that it has expanded south of Oregon's border. The organization, which certifies farms, ranches, food processors and distributors for sustainable practices, hired David Visher to head its California program.

Visher, a former farmer, agricultural business consultant, produce company manager, and educator with University of California Cooperative Extension, says he is looking forward to supporting "the next wave in sustainable agriculture in California.” The move by Food Alliance could also create opportunities for retail and food service companies in the Golden State.

The Food Alliance has certified over 270 farms and ranches managing over 4.3 million acres of range and farm land.


University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research
SAREP provides leadership and support for scientific research and education in agricultural and food systems that are economically viable, conserve natural resources and biodiversity, and enhance the quality of life in the state's communities.

California Certified Organic Farmers
promote and support organic agriculture in California and elsewhere through: A premier certification program for growers, processors, handlers, and retailers. Programs to increase awareness of and demand for certified organic product and to expand public support for organic agriculture. Advocacy for governmental policies that protect and encourage organic agriculture.

Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
The Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems is a research, education, and public service program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, dedicated to increasing ecological sustainability and social justice in the food and agriculture system.

Native Seeds/SEARCH
Through seed conservation and community interaction Native Seeds/SEARCH works to protect crop biodiversity and to celebrate cultural diversity.

Center for Sustaining Agriculture & Natural Resources
The Mission of the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources is to foster approaches to agriculture and natural resource stewardship that are economically viable, environmentally sound, and socially responsive.

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