Resources

We would like to share some of the excellent resources available online with our community that are relevant to food, cooking, and a range of food related issues. We will continue to add additional resources to this list as they become available, and we welcome suggestions from our owners and community members!

Center for Food Safety (CFS) is a non-profit public interest and environmental advocacy organization working to protect human health and the environment by curbing the use of harmful food production technologies and by promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture. CFS uses legal actions, groundbreaking scientific and policy reports, books and other educational materials, market pressure and grass roots campaigns through their True Food Network. www.centerforfoodsafety.org

The Cornucopia Institute engages in educational activities supporting the ecological principles and economic wisdom underlying sustainable and organic agriculture. Through research and investigations on agricultural issues, they provide much needed information to consumers, family farmers, and the media. www.cornucopia.org

Food and Water Watch champions healthy food and clean water for all. They stand up to corporations that put profits before people, and advocate for a democracy that improves people’s lives and protects our environment. www.foodandwaterwatch.org

Food Democracy Now! is a grassroots community dedicated to building a sustainable food system that protects our natural environment, sustains farmers and nourishes families. Food Democracy Now! members organize both through online campaigns and in-person actions across the country. Now over 650,000 people strong, you are invited to join the community. www.fooddemocracynow.org

The Food Hero organization offers a wealth of food related information. Their website features healthy recipes, the Food Hero Monthly newsletter, and a variety of tips and tricks including: budgeting, meal planning, ingredient substitutions, and more. www.foodhero.org

GMO Compass is a website based out of Europe that contains an extensive amount of information to educate the public on GMOs, much of which is applicable to the current conversations about GMOs both in Europe and the U.S. www.gmo-compass.org

GMO Inside is a campaign dedicated to helping all Americans know which foods have GMOs inside, and the non-GMO verified and organic certified alternatives to genetically engineered foods. They believe that everyone has a right to know what’s in their food and to choose foods that are proven safe for themselves, their families, and the environment. GMO Inside gives people information and tools, and provides a place for a growing community to share information and actions around genetically engineered foods. gmoinside.org

Just Label It is a project of Organic Voices, an organization formed to educate and empower consumers by promoting the benefits of organic food and by advocating for mandatory GMO labeling. The website is an extensive resource for GMO and labeling information and includes calls to action so consumers can easily contact their political representatives and institutions regarding GMO related issues.​ www.justlabelit.org

The National Organic Coalition (NOC) is a national alliance of organizations working to provide a "Washington voice" for farmers, ranchers, environmentalists, consumers and industry members involved in organic agriculture. NOC seeks to advance organic food and agriculture and ensure a united voice for organic integrity. www.nationalorganiccoalition.org

The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization that offers North America’s only third party verification and labeling for non-GMO (genetically modified organism) food and products. Their mission is to preserve and build sources of non-GMO products, educate consumers, and provide verified non-GMO choices. They believe everyone deserves an informed choice about whether or not to consume genetically modified organisms. www.nongmoproject.org

The Oregon Cheese Guild is dedicated to the art and craft of making cheese. The Guild is a collaborative effort to increase awareness of Oregon’s artisanal cheeses, create educational opportunities, and provide a platform for cooperation and shared resources among Oregon cheesemakers. oregoncheeseguild.org

Oregon Lands at Work is possible through a dedicated collaboration between family farms and ranches, forestry and timber interests, conservation groups and government agencies. All coming together to ensure that economic opportunities are in balance with clean and abundant water, beautiful landscapes and vibrant habitats for fish and wildlife. oregonlandsatwork.org

The Oregon Organic Coalition (OOC) is an organization founded to advance the development and growth of the organic industry and community in Oregon. The OOC brings together representatives of Oregon-based constituencies, both from the organic trade and from the other stakeholders active in the organic community, to provide direction and endorsements of activities that promote Oregon's organic industry. www.oregonorganiccoalition.org

Oregon Right to Know is a non-partisan grassroots campaign to label foods in grocery stores produced using genetically modified organisms or GMOs. The website includes information about Measure 92, a ballot measure passed by Oregonians in 2014 requiring the labeling of genetically engineered raw and packaged food, as well as general information about GMOs. oregonrighttoknow.org

Oregon Tilth is a leading nonprofit certifier, educator and advocate for organic agriculture and products since 1974. Their mission is to make our food system and agriculture biologically sound and socially equitable. tilth.org

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is an online and grassroots non-profit organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability.​ Check out their website for an assortment of information on important issues and sign up for Organic Bytes, their weekly newsletter. www.organicconsumers.org

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is the membership-based business association for organic agriculture and products in North America. OTA’s member organic businesses work together through networking, advocacy, and other initiatives to encourage and protect organic farming practices, and to share messages about the positive environmental and nutritional attributes of organic products with consumers, the media, and policymakers. www.ota.com

Our Family Farms works to create thriving communities by promoting and protecting family farms and traditional seeds from the threats of genetically engineered (GE) crops. They are an advocate for family farms and traditional seed crops and they work to strengthen local communities by supporting collaboration, legislation and education to create GE-free agricultural zones in the United States and around the world. www.ourfamilyfarms.org

Rogue Farm Corps trains the next generation of farmers and ranchers through hands-on educational programs. They work to support our local agricultural economy and serve as a model for other communities. www.roguefarmcorps.org

Rogue Valley Farm to School educates children about our food system through hands-on farm and garden programs, and by increasing local foods in school meals. They inspire an appreciation of local agriculture that improves the economy and environment of our community and the health of its members. www.rvfarm2school.org

The Rogue Valley Food System Network is a group of individuals, organizations, and businesses who have joined together to strengthen our local food system through collaboration. Learn about the steps involved it getting local foods from the fields on the farm to your kitchen and beyond. rvfoodsystem.org

Seed Matters is an initiative of the Clif Bar Family Foundation with three main goals: conserve crop genetic diversity, promote farmers’ roles and rights as seed innovators and stewards, and reinvigorate public seed research and education. Find out why seed matters and what you can do to help. seedmatters.org

SOLVE is a non-profit organization that brings together Oregonians through volunteering and education to restore our natural spaces and build a legacy of stewardship. Find out more about SOLVE projects and get involved in improving the environment in your community. www.solveoregon.org

Stronger Together is a place for people to gather on their food journeys. Find out more about what’s in your food, where it comes from, where to find great food, how to prepare it, and a whole lot more. strongertogether.coop

THRIVE (The Rogue Initiative for a Vital Economy) is a buy local advocate for locally owned businesses with a focus on promotion of local food. THRIVE sponsors educational marketing campaigns such as Buy Local - Buy Rogue and Rogue Flavor, as well as events like Eat Local Week to encourage consumer education and participation. www.buylocalrogue.org

U.S. Right to Know stands up for the right to know what is in our food, and how it affects our health. They unearth the political economy of our food system, and how big food companies buy political influence in a quest for profit. They believe that transparency – in the marketplace and in politics – is crucial to building a better, healthier food system. They believe together we can create a food system that makes us healthy and strong, one that works better for all of us, our children, families, other loved ones, communities and our nation. usrtk.org

The Xerces Society is a nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. The Society harnesses the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of citizens to implement conservation programs. One of the Xerces Society's projects is pollinator conservation, since pollinators are necessary for the reproduction of over 85% of the world’s flowering plants, including more than two-thirds of the world’s crop species. www.xerces.org