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squashOrganic Risk Management - University of Minnesota Extension
This online handbook helps farmers considering organic production understand the risks associated with organic farming and provides some risk management tips.

Resource Guide to Organic and Sustainable Vegetable Production - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
This 16-page summary highlight characteristics of sustainable vegetable production and describe steps to obtaining organic certification. Provides links to a variety of resources for farmers growing vegetables through organic or sustainable practices.

Demand for local food in rural communities is growing. Sustainable local food systems need to have strong community support to build and maintain the infrastructure needed to bring food from farm to fork. This website provides resources to support rural communities just beginning to build their community food systems as well as those whose local food systems are already strong. Resources are intended for farmers and producers, community organizations, and Extension Educators but may interest anyone in community and local foods. While this website was a partnership between Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, most resources are applicable for any rural community.

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