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Regular readers here will know that I’m a member of quite a few internet groups and forums, and find them an excellent source of knowledge.

Whether it’s just by ‘lurking’ and only viewing what’s being commented on, or actively participating in the discussion by contributing comments, there’s much to be gained by communicating with a whole range of people all over the world who are doing similar things to you. The format allows you to ask what you think are the most basic questions without fear of ridicule, knowing that someone out there has an answer.

You get to choose your level of engagement to, by either reading the posts on each groups website, or by being sent emails of the posts, either singularly or as a daily digest. (Isn’t technology amazing?)

Following are the discussion groups and forums that I find useful; you might want to check them out.

Community Supported Agriculture networking list

Gardening Organically

Organic Chickens

Organic Homesteading + Gardening

Self Sufficient Farming and Living

Soil and Health

Spin Farmers

Also
there’s a whole new range of groups on social networking and blogging
sites, and while I’m a newbie it that arena, some look promising.

Facebook groups Support Biodynamic Agriculture, Support Organic Farming, Students for Sustainable Agriculture

Flickr groups Local is Beautiful – Growing + Eating Local Food, Vegetables

What
I really treasure are my favourite sites that weekly or monthly send
out some of the best information available for what we are doing, and
what we’re interested in.

ATTRA Weekly Harvest newsletter

BFA Organic Advantage

From The Soil Up – newsletter

Grow Italian Vegetables news

Growing For Market

Jackie French news

Kitchen Gardens International

Organic Federation of Australia newsletter

Organic Trade Assn O’Mama Report

Rodale Institute – newsletter

Sunnyside Projects Sustainability newsletter

USDA Amber Waves

Lastly, a few blogs that I love to read before the days end …

Tiny Farm blog

The Ladybug Letter

The Beginning Farmer

Small Farm Central – marketing small farms

Real Dirt Environmental news

No Impact Man

Love Apple Farm

Freshman Farmer

That’s about all there is for me. It’s far from exhaustive, although keeping up with it all can be tiring! 

Now I know you’ve got some favourite sites and groups. What are they? Share them by adding them to the comments below.

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Comments
  1. Thanks Val D, we weren’t aware Qantas had a carbon offset scheme.
    Perhaps they should tell the world about it and gain some positive publicity.
    And thanks also for the warning about greenwashing – we’re very clear about that topic.
    Cheers.

  2. 1. Beware of green washing.
    2. Having said that Virgin is undoubtably pro green.
    3. To be fair on Qantas they do have a carbon offset program. The cost is simply factored into the ticket price, so your not aware of it.

  3. Hello Jansy, I get that the cost of organic food can seem as an impediment to eating nutritious food, particularly when your on a budget with a young family.
    Organic foods are priced the way they are for a number of reasons, the primary one being that additional costs are incurred in their production, usually labour, as chemicals cannot be used for weed and pest control.
    As the price of oil and oil-based chemicals continues to increase, ‘conventional produced chemical’ foods will rise in price, making organic foods a more viable alternative economically.
    Until then, I suggest you find and use your local organic farmers markets, which in Australia can be found at http://www.organicfoodmarkets.com.au/Organic-Food-Markets.aspx
    Thanks for your comment and I look forward to seeing you again

  4. Hi Andrew
    Just reading the blog. The cost of eating organic is a real hard one.
    We try to eat organic whenever possible, especially with our fruit & veg. We are happy to travel further for it & I know the more people that buy it the more mainstream it will become & hopefully the cheaper it will become. But for us to eat organically it costs more than double. We are even happier to buy less and more selectively & more frequently, minimising the rotting veg in the fridge scenario. But some weeks its just too expensive. For example a bag of oranges(non organic) is $3.99 or a bag of organic oranges is $9.50.
    We want to the best for the health of our family & the environment but find ourselves caught between balancing the budget of the day to day and trying to live in a way where there will still be an environment for our children’s families.
    How do we make it work?

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