Posted by on September 27, 2017

Want to buy produce or meat from a local, family-run farm that uses organic, regenerative or biodynamic practices, but not sure how to find one? Local farmers markets are a good place to start, but if yours lacks organic produce or doesn’t have a good selection, you may want to find an organic farm that will ship to you. Not thrilled with the organic meat at your grocery store? Want to take your kids to a local farm to teach them about growing food? These links will help you find the farm that’s right for you.

LOCAL HARVEST
LocalHarvest.org is an easy to use database that helps source organic and regenerative farms, farmers markets, CSA’s, restaurants, grocery stores & co-ops, u-pick farms, farm stands, as well as wholesale and meat processors that sell organic food. Simple choose “Farms” from the drop down menu at the top of the site and put in your zip code. 

EAT WILD
If you’re looking for grass-fed meat, this is the site for you. Eatwild.com provides a list of small farms that will ship directly to you. Simply open the link and click on your state. You’ll find a list of farms and what they sell. Some raise only 100% grass-fed Angus beef. Others sell 100% pasture-raised slow-growth chickens. Scroll through the site to find what you’re looking for.

AGRILICIOUS
Agrilicious.org offers a list of locally grown, organic, biodynamic and certified humane meats, produce, eggs and more in your area. They also list farmers markets, food hubs, food delivery, u-pick, creameries and grocers. Simply enter your zip code to get started.

HAVE IT SENT TO YOU

A traditional CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, allows you to order fresh, in season food directly from a local organic, biodynamic or regenerative farm. Once you find a farm you like, search their site or call to ask if they have a CSA program in your area. Some farms want you to pick the CSA boxes up at the farm, others will ship. When you contact the farm, ask if they ship to your location. If they don’t, see if they sell at farmers markets near you.

Subscription services like Full Circle (ships to Washington state, parts of Idaho, Portland, Oregon and Alaska) and Farm Fresh To You (ships within the state of California) is a way to get a box of fresh organic produce shipped to your home or office. The boxes are customizable and can be delivered every week, every other week, every 3 weeks, or once a month.

BIODYNAMIC ASSOCIATION
If you become a member of the Biodynamic Association, you can search their directory to find a biodynamic farm near you. Not sure what biodynamic is? Click on “Biodynamics” at the top menu bar and then on “What is Biodyamics?” to find out.

REGENERATIVE FARMS
Regenerationinternational.org offers an interactive map, found under “Resources” on the home page menu that can help you find a farm that uses regenerative practices. Not sure what regenerative practices are? This site explains it well.

PICK YOUR OWN
Want to take the kids out to a farm to pick cherries in the summer or pumpkins in the fall? Open the PickYourOwn.org link and click on your state for a list of u-pick farms close to you. The site lists what’s in season and also includes honey, meats, milk and eggs as well as horse rides, bed and breakfasts and farm venues for weddings, events, activities, parties and meetings.

WESTON A. PRICE
Weston A. Price is a pioneer in the food movement and one of the first to advocate for nutrient-dense whole foods. Open this link and click on your state to find chapter leaders in your area. Call or email them with your question(s).

RAW MILK
Looking for raw milk that hasn’t been processed? Realmilk.com from the Weston A. Price Foundation helps you find organic and grass-fed milk. Open the real milk finder link and click on your state for a list of farms that produce raw milk near you. The site also includes the names of retail chains that sell raw milk in your area.

USDA FARMERS MARKET DIRECTORY
Simply open the link and put in your zip code. You’ll find a list of farmers markets in your city or town.

SEARCH ENGINES
Search engines like Google aren’t always the best way to find farms, but they can be helpful. Try searching some of the options below to find a local farm.

Where can I find an organic, or regenerative, or biodynamic farm [in my city]? – this is the obvious first place to start. If you don’t find what you are looking for, use the “News” option to see if a local media outlet has written about a farm in your area.

Farm Day or Open Farm Day – farm day events offer the community an opportunity to visit and/or tour a local farm. Do a quick search to see if there’s a Farm Day in your city/town.

Be Specific – if you’re looking for organic apples search “Where can I find organic apples [near your city]?” or “Where can I find organic apple farms that will ship to me.”

HOW TO FIND ORGANIC FOOD
Coopdirectory.org – open the Coopdirectory link and click on “Coop Directory Service Listing,” in the menu bar on the left and then click on your state for a list of food co-ops in your area.

Eatwellguide.org – The Eatwell guide will help you find organic food, restaurants and farmers markets near you.

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