Consumer Education

Make sure to check out the links on the General Resources - Market Development page, starting with your state's agricultural resources. 


Books and Films Related to Community, Food, and Agriculture
Philip H. Howard, an assistant professor in Michigan State University's Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies, has compiled and is making available a searchable online bibliography of 226 books and films related to community, food, and agriculture. This database focuses on recent, introductory, non-fiction works. Books are listed with ISBN numbers, while film listings include links to the producer


Defining and Implementing Sustainable Agriculture
This report gives an overview of sustainable agriculture. It compares various definitions and dispels some myths.


What is Sustainable Agriculture?

Created by the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, the 16-page pamphlet includes a colorful annotated illustration of practices used on a model sustainable farm and a list of hints to help consumers make ecologically friendly choices when they buy food.


How to Talk Food Systems
This CD offers a collection of key documents from the FrameWorks Institute's research on how Americans view the food system based on nationwide research.


How to Talk Rural Issues
This CD is full of information for rural advocates about creating messages based on the way people currently think about rural America.

Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture
CISA has several "buy local" campaigns aimed at educating consumers about the benefits of buying local foods.


Food Routes: Buy Fresh Buy Local
Food Routes is a national non-profit dedicated to reintroducing Americans to their food - the seeds it grows from, the farmers who produce it, and the routes that carry it from the fields to our tables. The website has educational resources for why to buy local foods.