NAFSN is fostering a community of professional practice and supports the work of any individuals, agencies, and organizations that focus on agriculture and food issues in a community development context — from farmland protection or beginning farmer programs, to value-chain development, urban agriculture, food security and public education. Learn more about becoming a member!  










Food Policy CouncilsFood Policy Councils in U.S. and Canada

This map is created and maintained by the Drake University Agricultural Law Center to help further the advancement of food policy councils.  





Shared-Use Kitchen IncubatorsShared-Use Kitchen Incubators in the U.S.

This website is for small food businesses that are trying to find a commercial kitchen to cook their products. Culinary incubators drive new start-up businesses — those which, without a health department–licensed commercial kitchen, could not legally produce their food. In addition to producing food, commercial kitchens can be used to shoot TV shows, teach cooking classes, and host food tastings and other events.


FoodEnvironAtlasResizedFood Environment Atlas

Create maps showing the variation in a single indicator across the U.S. (for example, variation in the prevalence of obesity or access to grocery stores across U.S. counties); view all of the county-level indicators for a selected county; and use the advanced query tool to identify counties sharing the same degree of multiple indicators (for example, counties with both high poverty and high obesity rates).


FeedingAmerica-webFood Banks Map

The Feeding America network of more than 200 food banks serves all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, securing and distributing more than 2.5 billion pounds of food and grocery products annually. Those member food banks support approximately 61,000 local charitable agencies and 70,000 programs, which provide food directly to individuals and families in need.




WatershedMapsResizedWatershed Maps (Surf Your Watershed)

Find your watershed using the form on this website, and then click on the link “citizen-based groups at work in this watershed” to find organizations working to protect water quality. Contact  these groups to find out about clean-ups, monitoring activities, restoration projects, and other activities.



MarketMaker Map


MarketMaker is a national partnership of land-grant universities and state departments of agriculture that has developed a comprehensive, interactive database of food industry marketing and business data. It is one of the most extensive collections of searchable food industry–related data in the country. All the information can be queried and mapped by the user.


LocalHarvestResizedFarms and CSAs
The best organic food is what's grown closest to the consumer. Use this website to find farmers' markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in an area, where consumers can buy produce, meat, cheese, and many other goodies.


Farm To SchoolFarm-To-School Programs (State Directory)

The growing farm-to-school movement is supported by 8 regional lead agencies that make up the National Farm to School Network. The network offers training and technical assistance, information services, networking, and support in policy and media and marketing activities.

Farmers Markets MapFarmers’ Markets Map

MapMuse is a privately maintained list of famers' markets in the U.S.



Cooperative Extension MapCooperative Extension Offices

The Cooperative Extension System is a nationwide, noncredit educational network. Each U.S. state and territory has a state office at its land-grant university and a network of local or regional offices. These offices are staffed by one or more experts who provide practical and research-based information to agricultural producers, small business owners, youth, consumers, and others in rural areas and communities of all sizes.


Natural Resources Conservation Service Map

Natural Resources Conservation Service Service Centers (NRCS)

USDA Service Centers are designed to be a single location where customers can access the services provided by the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Rural Development agencies. This website provides the address and contact information for a USDA Service Center and other agency offices serving a particular area.


Farm Service AgenciesFarm Service Agencies (State Offices)

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) assists U.S. farmers with a variety of conservation and financial services. As part of the Department of Agriculture, its main tasks are stabilizing farm income, assisting in land and water conservation, offering credit to new or disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, and providing recovery assistance to farmers following disasters.





Emergency Food Assistance Programs (incomplete)

This list contains only  food pantries that have listed themselves on this site. There may be pantries in your area that are not on this list.


Slow_Food_Chapters_Map Slow Food Chapters

Slow Food is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members. It links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.








Non-GIS Databases and Listings


RC&Ds (Directory)

The RC&D (Resource Conservation and Development) program encourages and improves the capability of volunteer local elected and civic leaders in designated RC&D Areas to plan and carry out projects for resource conservation and community development. RC&D is a unique program that is led by local volunteer councils. This link is a PDF directory of RC&D councils throughout the U.S.

Student Farms (Farming for Credit Directory)

This Farming for Credit Directory lists hands-on and classroom-based sustainable ag education opportunities side by side. It is organized first by region, then alphabetically by state, and within states by institutional name.

Mobile Meat Processing Units Listing

The Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network (NMPAN) is a national network of people and organizations providing technical assistance and other support to small- to mid-sized meat processors and the livestock producers and niche meat buyers who depend on them.

National Food Co-ops Directory (link to UK directory)

The Coop Directory Service is an online source of information about natural food co-ops.

Local Food Directories by State

A number of organizations and agencies throughout the U.S. are trying to help agricultural producers connect with customers by compiling directories of local food sources that help buyers find goods and growers find markets. This resource offers listings for local food directories and promotional programs, searchable by state.


Student Farm Directory

The Sustainable Agriculture Education Association promotes and supports the development, application, research, and exchange of best teaching and learning practices in sustainable agriculture education and curricula through communication, training, development, and collaborative activities for teachers and learners.

USDA Farmers Market Search

The USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service maintains a listing of farmers markets throughout the United States. Market information is provided to AMS from various sources, including state market representatives, market managers, and consumers. The farmers' market database is updated on a regular basis.


Buy Fresh Buy Local Chapters

This page is currently being updated (2/15/15) to include website links for all of the smaller Local chapters that fall under Regional Chapters, for the most up to date information please click on the link for the Regional Chapter in your state to see if there is a local chapter near you


American Viticultural Areas

Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, U.S. Department of the Treasury. The following tables list of all established American Viticultural Areas (AVAs).


Federal Market Order: Fruits and Vegetables

The following commodities are covered by marketing orders. Each section contains committee details, rulemaking and other information.

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