|Fruit & Nut Tree Growing Interest
NAFEX is a network of
individuals throughout the United States and Canada devoted to the
discovery, cultivation and appreciation of superior varieties of fruits
and nuts. Although the ranks of membership include professional
pomologists, nurserymen, and commercial orchardists, NAFEX members are all
AMATEURS in the truest sense of the word; they are motivated by their LOVE
of fine fruit.
Rare Fruit Growers - Founded in 1968, California Rare Fruit Growers (CRFG)
is the largest amateur fruit-growing organization in the world, with
members in 48 states and U.S. territories, and 30 countries. The worldwide
membership of CRFG includes many nationally recognized botanical gardens,
rare fruit enthusiasts, commercial fruit growers, and internationally
recognized horticultural researchers. The organization has a general
interest in all aspects of fruit growing with a primary focus on
semitropical fruits and uncommon fruits and vegetables.
Northern Nut Growers Association, Inc. (NNGA) brings together people
interested in growing nut trees. Our members include experts in nut tree
cultivation, farmers, amateur and commercial nut growers, experiment
station workers, horticultural teachers and scientists, nut tree breeders,
nurserypeople, foresters, and beginning nut culturists.
|Resources on the Cultivation of Fruit
& Nut Trees:
The Nebraska Cooperative Extension has an excellent online manual: Pruning
Virtual Orchard is a dedicated World Wide Web site for sustainable
apple production. It provides a forum for research and extension projects
dealing with commercial apple production and marketing issues. Their goal
is to serve as a clearinghouse for apple information for commercial fruit
of California Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program
(SAREP) SAREP provides leadership and support for scientific research
and education to encourage farmers, farm workers, and consumers in
California to produce, distribute, process and consume food and fiber in a
manner that is economically viable, sustains natural resources and
biodiversity and enhances the quality of life in the state's diverse
communities for present and future generations. They have a wonderful and
of Family Farmers (CAFF) a non-profit membership organization serving
family farmers and the sustainable agriculture movement. Since 1978,
CAFF's mission has been to build a movement of rural and urban people who
foster family-scale agriculture that cares for the land, sustains local
economies, and promotes social justice.
Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA) provides technical
assistance to farmers, extension agents, market gardeners, agricultural
researchers and other ag professionals in all 50 states. Topics addressed
by ATTRA are sustainable farming production practices, alternative crop
and livestock enterprises and innovative marketing. Technical assistance,
publications, and resources are provided free of charge to appropriate
Farm Center is a part of the University of California's Division of
Agriculture and Natural Resources. They serve as a clearinghouse for
questions from farmers, marketers, farm advisors, trade associations,
government officials and agencies and the academic community. They publish
a quarterly newsletter called Small Farm News.
Francisco League of Urban Gardeners Founded in 1983, the San Francisco
League of Urban Gardeners is a grassroots organization that empowers
communities and individuals with education and employment. SLUG works
throughout San Francisco with schools, community centers, public housing
developments and individuals.
Resource Center BIRC is a non profit organization founded in 1978 to
offer technical advice and assistance and publish information on all
aspects of environmentally sound pest management. Their publications are
written for the general public and for professionals with responsibilities
in or related to pest and resource management.
IPM Project The UC Pest Management guidelines database supplies the
University of California's official guidelines for pest monitoring
techniques, pesticides and non pesticide alternative for managing insect,
mite, nematode, weed and disease pests in agricultural crops, commercial
turf and in homes and landscapes. The guidelines are written by
researchers, specialists and farm advisors and are updated regularly as
pesticide registrations change and new methods become available.
The USDA maintains a huge National
of California Fruit & Nut Research Information Center The National
Agricultural Library (NAL), part of the Agricultural Research Service of
the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is one of four National Libraries in
the United States. NAL is a major international source for agriculture and
related information. This Web site provides access to NAL's many resources
and a gateway to its associated institutions.
Permaculture ("Permanent Agriculture" or "Permanent
Culture") is a whole systems design philosophy and approach rooted in
the ethics of caring for the Earth and all its inhabitants. Permaculture
is a linking discipline, a way of understanding, that guides choices and
decisions in an appropriate manner according to each unique situation.
Permaculture designs are a synthesis of ancient traditions, appropriate
technologies, and an enlivened connection with nature.
The Occidental Arts
and Ecology Center (OAEC) is a non-profit educational center and
biodiversity focused farm founded in 1994 by a group of biologists,
artists, activists, educators, and horticulturists. OAEC's programs offer
innovative and practical solutions to the pressing environmental, economic
and social challenges of our day. Now entering our seventh year of
programs, OAEC is recognized as a leader in research, demonstration and
popular education around sustainable living practices, and in developing
grassroots activist strategies and campaigns for positive social change.
Institute - The Permaculture Institute of Northern California (PINC)is
an educational organization providing courses and workshops that enable
people to develop the skills necessary to live a more sustainable life on
the planet. PINC is located in a developing permaculture garden in the
Tomales Bay watershed, on the Point Reyes Seashore, in Northern
California. The garden includes examples of straw bale and cob
construction, a gray water system, chicken tractors, ducks, rainwater
catchments systems, solar dryer, herb spiral, earthen wood-fired oven,
food forest, ponds and waterfalls.
Landscape Company is a small permaculture based company dedicated to
ecologically functioning landscapes for both residential and commercial
list of worldwide Permaculture Links