* indicates a local resource
Soil Health

» Soil Testing

Global Garden is a kid-friendly site that has a section on soil types, pH balance, and do-it-yourself soil testing.

Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) soil testing services*


» Composting

Compost Guide

Cornell Waste Management Institute

How to Compost from beginners to experts

New York City Compost Project Educational Materials

Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency (OCRRA)*


» Vermicomposting

The Burrow: Worm Composting

Journey to Forever School composting; learn about soil, build a composter, and find resources for vermiculture

Vermiculture for Kids Learn worm composting in a fun and engaging way!

Worm Composting Video


Water and Irrigation

» Rain Barrels

How to Build Your Own Rain Barrel Video from HGTV

City of Portland, Stormwater Management

Save the Rain

Building the Perfect Rain Barrel

Rain Barrel Tips from Treehugger


» Rain Gardens

CCE Onondaga County Rain Gardens

Low Impact Development Center



» Drip Irrigation


Colorado State University Extension


Greenhouse Structures

» Cold Frames

Cornell Cooperative Extension Oneida – Cold Frames and Hot Beds (downloadable guide)


» Greenhouses

Alabama Cooperative Extension (downloadable guide)


» High Tunnels

Cornell – High Tunnels for Blackberries and Raspberries (downloadable guide)



» Raised Beds

CCE Raised Bed Gardening

NYS Health Dept. Raised Bed Toolkit



» General Gardening

Kitchen Garden Planning

City Farmer News (Canada’s Office of Urban Agriculture)

Cornell Horticulture Department

The Horticultural Society of New York

Marion’s organic gardening tips and tools

National Gardening Association – Primer for edible landscaping

NE Vegetable Management Guide

NGA – Food Gardening Guide

USDA’s Home Gardening Page

Weekend Gardener Seed starting home page.


» Organic Gardening

National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service

Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York, Inc.

The Organic Weed Management Website

Cornell University Vegetable Growing Guides


» Permaculture

Permaculture Institute

Urban Permaculture Guild


» Pests

National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service – Pest Management

Northeastern IPM Center

NYS Integrated Pest Management Program

Vegetable MD Online


Children, Schools, And Gardening

» General Kids’ Links

The Global Garden Project
» Farm to School/Farm to College

Community Food Security Coalition list of Farm to College programs


» New York State

National Agriculture in the Classroom

New York State Agriculture in the Classroom

Cornell Garden Based Learning


Community Garden Organizations

» New York State


Capital Roots

Town of Guilderland Community Gardens. Also see their ACGA page.




Binghamton Urban Farm



Massachusetts Avenue Project

Grassroots Gardens. Also see their ACGA page.

Queen City Farm is trying to work with the city of Buffalo to create an urban farm and implement transformational development.

Urban Roots is a community garden cooperative with about 400 members in Buffalo and across the country.



Project Growing Hope

Ithaca Childrens Garden

Ithaca Community Gardens


New York City

Oasis New York City.

Green Thumb



Rochester Roots is helping low-income people obtain nutritious, locally-grown food and practicing development and marketing of urban produce and products. Click to see a Rochester Roots pdf presentation.


Notable Food Justice Organizations and Farms

Growing Power

Soul Fire Farm

Michigan Urban Farming Initiative

Detroit Black Food Security Network


Notable Municipal Gardening Programs

City of Oakland Parks and Recreation

San Francisco Recreation and Parks

Seattle P-Patch Community Gardening

Philadelphia Urban Agriculture


Notable Community Gardening Organizations



Atlanta Community Food Bank community gardening Web site



Berkeley Community Gardening Collaborative

City of Oakland Dept. of Parks and Recreation

San Francisco Community Gardening Program



Garden Resource Program Collaborative


Madison, WI

UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS)

Dane County Farmers’ Market

Eagle Heights Community Garden

Madison Area Community Supported Agriculture Coalition (MACSAC)

Michael Fields Agriculture Institute

Midwest Organic Services Association (MOSA)


Milwaukee, WI

Growing Power Inc.

Milwaukee CSA Initiative

Organic Advisory Council – WI Dept. of Agriculture




Neighborhood Garden Association: A Philadelphia Land Trust

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

Philadelphia Green – a project of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society



Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, P-Patch Community Gardens



Toronto Community Gardening Program


Wasatch, UT

Wasatch Community Gardens Includes resources for composting, trellising, seed catalogs, and more.



Alameda Co. Community Food Bank

America’s Second Harvest

Arizona Community Action Association

Arkansas Hunger Coalition

Association of Arizona Food Banks

Atlanta Community Food Bank

Bread for the World

California Food Policy Advocates

Capital Area Community Food Bank

Care & Share Food Bank

Center on Hunger and Poverty

Central PA Food Bank

Community Food Bank of NJ

Community Food Share

Fairbanks Community Food Bank

Food for Lane County


Food Security Learning Center



Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank

Greater Pittsburg Community Food Bank

Hunger in Georgia

Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee

Institute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP)

Just Harvest

Kauai Food Bank

KIDS Can Make A Difference

LA Coalition to End Hunger & Homelessness

LA Regional Food Bank

Mercer Street Friends

Minnesota Food Share

Oregon Food Bank

PA Hunger Action Center


Sacramento Hunger Commission

Second Harvest Heartland

Snow Cap Community Charities

Toledo-Northwest Ohio Food Bank

United Way Los Angeles

Western Massachusetts Food Bank

Westside Food Bank

World Hunger Ecumenical Arizona Task-Force (WHEAT)

World Hunger Year


NC State University Cooperative Extension

A Handbook for Beginning and Veteran Garden Organizers:  How to Reduce Food Safety Risks’

Food Safety Culture Team – Food Safety for School and Community Gardens


Link to recording of 11/30/2013 webinar on Food Safety in Community and School Gardens


Growing Safer Gardens


Miscellaneous Links

Growing Gardens – cultivating communities

iVillage Garden Web – forum for all types of community gardening discussions

Center for Ecoliteracy

Center for Neighborhood Technology

Community Coalition

Self Help Credit Union

Sustainable Living Systems


New York State General Resources

Cookin’ in the ‘Cuse’s blog and resource page for local and sustainable foods in and around Syracuse -lots of “foodie” info!

Cornell University Agricultural Outreach and Education

Cornell University Division of Nutritional Sciences

Cornell University Local food resource guide (downloadable)

Genesee Valley Organic Community Supported Agriculture (GVOCSA)

The Hunger Action Network of New York

New York Apple Country

New York City FoodChange Food for Survival food bank program

New York Farm Bureau

NY Farm Viability Institute

NY Farms!

New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets

New York State Vegetable Growers Association

New York State Dept. of Agriculture and Markets

Tompkins County Master Gardeners

Yates County Master Gardeners


North America and International

American Farmland Trust

Australian City Farms and Community Gardens Network

City Farmer Canada’s Office of Urban Agriculture

Community Food Security Coalition

Cornell University Farm to School Research & Extension Program

Ecology Center Store

Food First

The Food Project

Heifer International

The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Just Food

Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables

National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture

Oregon Rural Action

Project for Public Spaces, Inc.

Regional Farm and Food Project