Resources

There are many resources that can help your project develop. For educational purposes, here are some of the kinds of groups that may be of assistance.

  • University Extension Service: Often a University Extension Service will have an agricultural outreach program that will include information and connections to individuals within your community such as a Master Gardner.


 

  • Agricultural Organizations:

    • Grange

    • FFA

    • 4-H

  • Local Farm or Garden Outlets: Although you may save a little money shopping at a big box store, we would suggest that the knowledge and support that a local business may be willing to provide – both at the time of your purchases, and when you just need advice – could benefit your project in the long run. There is nothing against chains, and it is our neighbors and friends that work at those stores as well as locally owned stores. That being said, we have found the value of an ongoing relationship greater and easier with businesses operated and owned within our community.


 

  • Regional Food Bank: Second Harvest is usually present or affiliated with the charitable food system in most areas. A Food Bank may be able to give you contacts at your local food shelf to discuss what kinds of projects would be helpful in supporting their work in the community.


 

  • Media: Public Access Television is available in all locations where Cable Television exists. You do not need to be a subscriber to use the resources of a Public Access TV Studio. Typically, you can find video and editing equipment as well as knowledgeable instructors there to get you started in making videos to get your message out. All of this gear and knowledge is usually free or at a minimal charge.


 

  • Labor: For sharing a planting day or harvest, there may be youth or civic groups that are looking for an activity to participate. Schools, both public and private may also be interested in spending a short amount of time with your project. It is important to remember when discussing activities with other groups and individuals that expectations for everyone are discussed as well as any issues that might surround health and safety. Not only are groups of folks helpful in the fields, but individuals that can help organize your project may be something to explore. Often your United Way or regional charitable groups keep lists of skilled adults who are looking for projects that may be able to assist with bookkeeping, planning, or media.