new attra publications
Great resources, for urban and rural greenhorns alike!
These publications are available free of charge from the ATTRA website or hardcopies are available free of charge by calling 800-346-9140. Both publications have comic-book like graphics which introduce the topic, and this is augmented with more in depth information and a good listing of resources.
/*Start a Farm in the City*/ (English, 20 pages, and Spanish, /*Comience una Granja en la Ciudad*/, 24 pages):
This publication outlines some of the pros and cons related to urban farming, illustrated by the story of a young girl starting a garden in the city. It includes 12 pages of resources, with information about urban soils and soil testing resources, as well as a state by state listing of organizations which have urban ag educational programs around the country. The Spanish version is a bit longer as it includes a listing of Spanish language resources.
English version: http://www.attra.org/attra-pub/PDF/farmcity.pdf
Spanish version: http://www.attra.org/espanol/pdf/ciudad.pdf
/*Finding Land to Farm: Six Ways to Secure Farmland*/ (English, 16 pages, Spanish,
/*Encontrando Tierra para Trabajar: Seis Maneras de Asegurar Tu Terreno Agrícola*/, 16 pages)
This publication, a collaboration between CA Farmlink and NCAT, highlights some common ways to lease or own land. It follows a farmer as he talks to other farmers about how they accessed land. It outlines important considerations about each of these leasing options and paths to ownership. There are 6 pages of resources listing land-linking organizations as well as websites, publications and other organizations that will be helpful to farmers seeking land to farm. Elements of a good lease are also included.
English version: http://www.attra.org/attra-pub/PDF/finding.pdf
Spanish version: http://www.attra.org/espanol/pdf/encontrando.pdf