Kentucky Featured Sites:  Gardens, Lawns & Landscapes

Louisville KY State of Food

Building Louisville’s Local Food Economy


Home Horticulture

Housing and the Environment

Home Lawn Care

Horticulture for K-12

Plant Pathology

The Arboretum

Other Information Sources on the Web

Kentucky Department of Agriculture — Kentucky Proud

Theodore Klein Plant Awards

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

Western Kentucky Botanical Garden

Boone County Arboretum

United States National Arboretum


Yew Dell Gardens


Vegetable Information

Home Composting: A Guide to Managing Yard Wastes (HO-75)
Home Vegetable Gardening in Kentucky (ID-128)
Raised Bed Gardening, Rain Gardens, and Rain Storage Information
Insect Problems
Kentucky Pest News

Cover Crops
Winter Cover Crops for Kentucky Gardens and Fields (ID-113)

Vegetable Cultivars for Kentucky Gardens (ID-133)

Bacterial Spot of Pepper and Tomato (PPA-15)
Bean Diseases (PPA-13)
Cucurbit Diseases (ID-91)
Tomato Wilt Problems (PPA-19)

Organic Gardening
Organic Manures and Fertilizers for Vegetable Crops

Starting Plants from Seeds at Home (HO-56)

Small Space Gardening
Gardening in Small Spaces (HortFact 7502)

We recommend that you contact your county Extension agent for additional information.

Several sites listed below have directories to help you find sustainably grown food from your own county or neighborhood! Not all sites are exclusively consumer oriented. 

Acres USA – eco-agriculture & sustainable ag resources --  
ATTRA - national sustainable ag info service --  
APPPA – American Pastured Poultry Producers Assn. –  
Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association – biodynamic info & csa listings –  
Center for Food & Justice –  
Center for Rural Affairs –  
Coop Green Pages –Co-op America & Green Pages – &  
Eat Wild – Jo Robinson’s web site/directory of farms --
Ecolabels - definitions of various food labels --  
Edible Schoolyard – Alice Water’s pilot program & links to many resources –  
Farm to Family Connection - 
Farm to School – info & resources for a range of school & farm relationships –
Food Alliance – alternative label/alliance of participating farms --
Food First – news & information related to hunger & sustainable ag globally –  
Food Routes – links to local resources/producers/farmers –
GRACE Links & Sustainable Table – home of Eat Well Guide & more --,
Growing for Market – newsletter for small & specialty growers –
Harvest Eating - podcasts of seasonal cooking demos & more - 
Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy –
International Food Policy Research Institute – policy, research & info for hunger & food issues –
Land Stewardship Project –
The Land Institute –
Leopold Center –
Local Harvest – listings of various products & farms nationally --
Michael Fields Agriculture Institute –
Midwest Sustainable Ag Working Group – alliance of ecological & sustainable groups--
National Catholic Rural Life Conference –
National Humane Society – plenty of info on farm animal treatment –  

New Farm newsletter –
Northern Plains Agriculture Society –
Organic Consumers Association –
Orion Society – online newsletter & network of grass-roots organizations --
Practical Farmers of Iowa –
Project Food, Land & People – curriculum aids & lessons for k-12 --
Slow Food – international movement –
USDA CSA Website – national csa listings & small farm information, plus more --
Weston A. Price Foundation -- range of nutritional & health information
WWOOF – World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms – volunteer/exchange registry --
Women, Food & Agriculture Network – Iowa based network –

Farmers' Markets:

Farmers' Markets: Rules, Regulations and Opportunities, 2002, by Neil Hamilton of Drake Univ.
Examines the structure and operation of farmers' markets, with special attention to the legal and regulatory issues that may shape their operation. Provides a resource that will be valuable for farmers considering a farmers' market, to vendors now selling at farmers' markets, to the organizers and managers who run markets, and to those thinking about creating new markets. Free. On the website of the National Center for Agricultural Law Research & Information at the University of Arkansas.

From the Field to the Table: Suggested Food Handling Guidelines for Open-Air Farmers’ Markets & Fairs, 1999, by the ECOnomics Institute.
This food handling guideline creates an understanding of wholesome food production, transportation, and display at farmers’ markets or food fairs and develops food categories based on food safety risks.  ECOnomics Institute, Loyola University, Box 907, New Orleans, LA 70118; 504-861-5898,,

Growing Oklahoma Farmers' Markets: A Resource Guide for Market Managers, 2003.
A three-ring binder full of resources for starting, promoting, and protecting a farmers' market. Targeted for Oklahoma, but useful for market managers anywhere. Coopeartive project of Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Oklahoma Farmers Market Alliance, Oklahoma State University, and Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry. Kerr Center, PO Box 588, Poteau, OK 74953; 918-647-9123.

Hot Peppers & Parking Lot Peaches: Evaluating Farmers' Markets in Low Income Communities, 1999, by Andy Fisher.
This report examines issues associated with farmers markets in low income communities. It includes case studies of eight farmers markets, and discusses policy barriers and opportunities. 61 pp. Community Food Security Coalition, PO Box 209, Venice, CA 90294; 310-822-5410.

The New Farmers' Market: Farm-Fresh Ideas for Producers, Managers & Communities, 2001, by Vance Corum, Marcie Rosenzweig & Eric Gibson.

Full of basic information and innovative tips for anyone associated with Farmers' Markets -- farmers, sellers, managers, market planners, and their communities. Includes real-life examples on selling, displays, planning, promoting, management, and building community support. 257 pp. $29.45 (including shipping and handling). New World Publishing, 11543 Quartz Dr. #1, Auburn, CA 95602; 530-823-3886. Credit card orders call 888-281-5170  


Dedicated to promoting sustainable family farmers. Maintain a wealth of information to help support the purchasing of locally grown food.

Getting Food on the Table: An Action Guide to Local Food Policy, 1999, by Dawn Biehler, Andy Fisher, Kai Siedenburg, Mark Winne, and Jill Zachary.
Designed to support local efforts to promote community food security by helping readers understand the breadth of policies affecting their local food system, evaluate policy barriers and opportunities, and develop innovative policy solutions. Includes case studies and a resource guide. Community Food Security Coalition, PO Box 209, Venice, CA 90294; 310-822-5410.

Local Food Project: A How-to Manual, 2001, by Gary Valen.
Basic booklet offering steps for how to start a local food project. 43 pp. Free. The Humane Society of the United States, 202-452-1100.

Local Harvest
Host an electronic directory of farms and farmer’s markets selling locally produced farm products directly to consumers.  Consumers can search the directory by state, city, zip code, farm type, or farm product to learn where to buy farm products grown near them.  Farms and farmer’s markets get free listings.

Growing Home: A Guide to Reconnecting Agriculture, Food and Communities, 2002, by Joanna Green and Duncan Hilchey.
A comprehensive handbook for community-based food and agricultural initiatives as a means of achieving sustainable community development. Offers tools for planning and examples of strategies used by communities in the northeast United States. Designed for community and economic developers, agricultural development specialists, planners, Extension educators, and other community organizers. 151 pp. $25.00. Community, Food, and Agriculture Program, 216 Warren Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853; 607-255-9832.

Urban and Agricultural Communities: Opportunities for Common Ground, 2002, by the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST).
The report provides an extensive discussion of the ways that agriculture already contributes to urban communities, such as storm water management, air quality, and economic benefits as well as community and human health and recreational opportunities. It also proposes five important initiatives that the agricultural system, higher education programs and governments must undertake jointly to remain relevant to society. The initiatives include comprehensive planning; public policy; higher education; research; and partnerships and collaboration. Free.