Information is key in getting anything done! But finding that information can be a big pain in the butt. Below you will find all sorts of resources that we have used, are using, plan to use, and suggest anyone and everyone at least give a look at. Good Stuff!

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Allegheny County Recycling Resource Directory

First paragraph, a couple lines in, is a link for the "Recycling Resouce Directory" for Allegheny County. This, is not at all a 100% complete resource guide to all possibilities in the area. However, it's pretty good, and it can be useful for anyone; individual to businesses.

Biodynamic Farming

Biodynamics is the best of the best when it comes to farming and agriculture (as we see it). You know that a farm or practice had to meet all aspects of organic certifications, then go beyond such standards to meet stricter, extensive, and in depth requirements to get the Biodynamic certification. The people who seek these methods out for their operations, are truly the cream of the crop when it comes to sustainability in agriculture. (Get it? Cream of the crop? ha!)

Certified Naturally Grown

Certified Naturally Grown, is on par with Organic standards, but a slight step down. In short, it is less costly than Organic certification, is meant more for direct to consumer sales, and is peer reviewed instead of through an organic certified agency. It's an option for direct sale operations that don't have the resources for Organic certification, or simply dislike the bureaucracy.

Chemicals in ORGANIC Farming

Yes, Organic farmers can, and do use chemicals. Simply because a farm is "Organic", doesn't automatically mean that they are better than conventional, or not chemically dependent. There are MANY things that make 1 farming practice better than another; location, size, personnel, the owners, crops, TRANSPARENCY, who they are selling to, TRANSPARENCY, sustainable and regenerative practices, and don't forget TRANSPARENCY! But being an organic operation is just 1 aspect. A conventional farm can be more sustainable than an Organic one. It just depends.

Here are some resources in regards to organic Chemicals, and the Conventional vs. Organic debate:

(The actual law text!)

Organic Integrity Database (USDA)

This is -as far as we know- every single operation that is certified to be "Organic" by the United States Department Of Agriculture. It has a MASSIVE amount of information, which can also be sorted very critically, then downloaded!

Real Organic Project

(Words to be put here at some point!)

Regenerative Organic Certification

(Words to be put here at some point!)

The Rodale Institute

The origin (and leader) of what we refer to in modern times as "Organic Farming".