GIS tool for creating custom maps and spreadsheets using U.S. datasets. Data available: people (demographics, consumer expenditures, market segments, sales potential), businesses (establishments, employees, retail sales), consumer price index, crime, and weather. Geographies available: states, congressional district, counties, cities, zip code, census tract, block groups, and street address. Not all data available in all geographies.
These websites are especially recommended by Professor Blakistone:
USDA is working to support urban agriculture as it plays an important role in growing not only fresh, healthy food, often where grocery stores are scarce, but also providing jobs, responding to climate change, and beautifying neighborhoods.
Excellent resource page explaining how USDA can help businesses with financing, on farm guidance and innovation, marketing and selling, risk management, farmers market promotion and Federal nutrition programs (WIC/EBT).
ATTRA is a trusted source of sustainable agriculture information and maintains a knowledge base of practical multimedia resources for farmers, ranchers, and educators. From the basics of starting a farm to marketing locally grown products, and from organic specialty crop production to regenerative livestock management. From the National Center for Appropriate Technology.
The Center for Agroecology at UC Santa Cruz has created and collaborated on an extensive collection of resources for growers, agroecology and food systems researchers, educators, learners and consumers.
California FarmLink creates equitable access to opportunity in support of healthy, local food systems. Offers programs, services, and an online resource library to help farmers, ranchers, and fishers access affordable financing, learn how to create business resilience, and secure land for farming and ranching.
Urban Agriculture information hub from the University of California's Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) that connects small-scale farms to UC research and education resources. UC ANR operates the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) statewide network of researchers, educators, and centers dedicated to the development and application of knowledge addressing local agricultural, environmental and health issues.
CDFA - Farm to Fork Office connects school districts and community members directly with California's farmers and ranchers, and provides information and other resources. Lists job opportunities, grant opportunities, events, and other resources.
Farm to school enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and early care and education settings.