Cultivating Community: Web Resources

Cultivating Community: Web Resources

"Cultivating Community" is a community-wide program designed to share information in the Fredericksburg region about farm-to-table and sustainable food communities. These web sites support those goals by exploring how you can assess the sustainability of your community and your home, finding locally grown foods or growing your own, cooking, and sustainable gardening.

Community Sustainability Assessment: gen.ecovillage.org/activities/csa/English
A comprehensive checklist that anyone can complete to get a basic idea of how sustainable their community is. While it requires good knowledge of the life-styles, practices and features of the community, it does not require research, calculation and detailed quantification. This assessment takes about three hours for an individual to complete, or a series of sessions if done as a group experience by community members.

Cooking Up a Story: cookingupastory.com
An online television show and blog about food and sustainable living.

The Farmers Market Co: www.thefarmersmarket.co
Farmers in Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania and King George created this site to promote locally grown food and local farmers’ markets.

Food First:  www.foodfirst.org
The Institute for Food and Development Policy/Food First analyzes the root causes of global hunger, poverty, and ecological degradation and develops solutions in partnership with movements working for social change.

Friends of the Rappahannock - Rain Barrels: www.riverfriends.org/Sales/RainBarrels/tabid/71/Default.aspx
FOR offers rainbarrels at the low price of $75 per barrel, so call to order yours today!

Having Fun at Your Local Farmers Market: http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELDEV3049656
Download this free coloring book and have fun while learning all about farmers’ markets!

How Sustainable is Your Community?: gen.ecovillage.org/activities/csa/English
Rate your community, your neighborhood, and your home.

Institute for Sustainable Communities: www.iscvt.org/what_we_do/sustainable_community
Helps communities around the world address environmental, economic, and social challenges to build a better future shaped and shared by all.

Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food:  www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/knowyourfarmer?navid=KNOWYOURFARMER
Aims to strengthen the critical connection between farmers and consumers and support local and regional food systems.

Local Harvest: www.localharvest.org
Promotes organic and local foods. The site’s search engine helps people find products from family farms, local sources of sustainably grown food, and encourages direct contact with small farms in the local area.

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition: sustainableagriculture.net/blog
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is an alliance of grassroots organizations that advocates for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities.

Sustainable Sites Initiative:  sustainablesites.org
Promotes sustainable land design, construction, and maintenance practices.

Sustainable Table: www.sustainabletable.org/home.php
Celebrates local sustainable food, educates consumers and builds community through food.

The United States Botanic Garden: www.usbg.gov
Explore the Garden’s Sustainable Sites Initiative, and learn about plants, landscaping and current exhibits.

Virginia Cooperative Extension: www.ext.vt.edu
Puts university knowledge into the hands of people. Experts and educators provide publications, programs and tools to help you with crops, animal agriculture, gardening, nutrition, health, and community development.

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/vagrown/index.shtml
Information and directories for Virginia year round farmers’ markets, pick your own farms, organic farms, Community Support Agriculture (CSA), and agricultural and marine products produced in Virginia, such as Christmas trees, peanuts, crabs and much more.