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Frequently referred to as sustainable agricultures because sustainability is dependent upon the ecological and infrastructural conditions of the particular area as well as the structural and individual capacities of the community, farmer(s) and others involved, the term captures three interrelated spheres of human activity. These are environmental stewardship, economic viability, and social justice.

To borrow from John Ikerd, if we pollute the air or water, or the soil loses fertility, it is not sustainable; if farmers cannot make a living, it is not sustainable. And LESSON adds, only when we respect each other and find common ground, is it sustainable.

Here you will find more information about sustainable agriculture(s): these are the resources LESSON turns to in structuring our programs and projects.


Center for Rural Affairs

The Center for Rural Affairs was established in 1973 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit by rural Nebraskans and has since grown to a nationally recognized policy analysis and advocacy organization focused on the upper Midwest and Great Plains. In recent years our national grassroots base has grown to nearly 30,000 individuals including people in all 50 states. Our mission is to establish strong rural communities, social and economic justice, environmental stewardship, and genuine opportunity for all while engaging people in decisions that affect the quality of their lives and the future of their communities. Visit the Center for Rural Affairs.

Alternative Farming Systems Information Center

The Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC) specializes in identifying resources about sustainable food systems and practices in support of USDA's effort to ensure a sustainable future for agriculture and farmers worldwide. Check out the USDA's AFSIC!

Permaculture Institute

Located near Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Permaculture Institute was founded in 1997 as the sister organization to the Permaculture Institute of Australia. It came on the footsteps of the Permaculture Drylands Institute, formerly the leading permaculture educational institution in the US. Our mission is to promote sustainable living skills through education, networking and demonstration projects. We facilitate networking among permaculture groups and projects in NM/Southwestern region and beyond. Joining FarmLINK is easy!

10th Annual Small Farm Conference --- Nov 8-9, 2013

Sustaining Small Farms . . . 360 degrees
What this conference is about: The purpose of this two-day educational conference is to provide a venue for farmers, landowners and supporters of agriculture to come together to network and learn about new opportunities and strategies that promote farm profitability and sustainability.

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