This page contains a variety of resources, national as well as local (for the Boulder/Denver, Colorado area). When you scroll down you will find:
- Educational and Non-Profit organizations that have been essential for my learning in the field of sustainability, homesteading, and permaculture
- Blogs I like to read
- Where to buy high-quality organic herbs and teas, organic produce, heirloom seeds, wonderful bee hives etc.
- Magazines related to sustainable homesteading
- And a long list of books I have found to be helpful
I would like this page to be interactive. Please, if you know of a wonderful resource, a non-profit, a blog you really like, or a great website, send me an email and share your wisdom. I am always happy to learn about new resources.
It has taken me a while to find companies that I really love buying from and that I can recommend without hesitation. Guiding principles in my choice have been: organic, fair-trade, sustainable practices, and good customer service. By visiting some of these links or by making purchases through some of these companies, Sustainable Homesteading may earn a small commission which helps to support my efforts to write blog posts and the costs involved in hosting this page. I am grateful for any purchases that you make using affiliate links on this site.
Herbs, Teas, and Tinctures
If I can not wild-harvest my herbs there are two companies I love buying from: Mountain Rose Herbs and Starwest Botanicals. Sustainability and ethical stewardship represent the blueprint these companies. Their herbs are organic or wild-crafted and of superb quality.
I love Tulsi tea, and buy all my Tulsi tea in bulk from Organic India. My favorites are “sweet rose,” “original,” and “licorice.” This company actively promotes sustainable agriculture and pays a premium market rate to their farmers.
Art of Tea is a tea importer and wholesaler that uses sustainable and environmentally responsible business practices. I like that they hand blend and custom craft a wonderful assortment of organic teas and botanicals.
Backyard Beehive is a small company and great place to get your Beekeeping Supplies and Information on Backyard Beekeeping. Their Top Bar Hives are beautiful and now you can add insulation panels for those cold winter months. I have two of The Golden Mean Top Bar Hives and am super happy with them. Backyard Beehives offers a FREE building plan for their beehive.
Fruit and Nut Trees
Heirloom and Organic Seeds
Botanical Interests sells a great selection of heirloom and organic seeds. Whenever I can’t save my seeds, this is where I buy my seeds from. Vegetables, flowers, herbs, all contain no GMO’s! I love their pretty packages and have been super happy with the germination rate.
Life Without Plastic
For all of you who are going green, seeking to reduce your exposure to toxins in plastics as well as waste, stainless steel ECO friendly lunchbox are a great option. Those guys sell different style lunchboxes in beautiful cotton bags, including cutlery.
Only Natural Pet Store – Everything Natural for Dogs & Cats This is where I buy all my dog food. My boys love their dehydrated raw food and they eat it every day. They are founding members of the Pet Industry Sustainability Project, which thrives to make the planet healthier for both us and our pets.
Bulk Organic Goat and Chicken Feed
http://www.fehringerfarms.com/ is where I get my organic feed. They are a small organic family farm located south of Sidney, NE. They grow mostly small grains and forage crops and manufacture organic non-soy poultry feed and other livestock feeds.
Sustainable Household Items and Clothing
Earth Easy is the place to go to if you are looking for anything that will make your home and garden more sustainable. From rain barrels to dehydrators and pressure canners those guys have an amazing selection of high quality items. I love looking around in this online store and be inspired.
Wild Dill features organic, fair trade and natural toys, clothes and bedding for little ones.
Wholesale of Organic and Natural Products
Organic Wholesale Club is FREE to join.
Educational and Non-Profit Websites
http://www.farmtoconsumer.org/ The objective of FTCLDF is to defend the rights of sustainable family farms and artisan food producers to make their products available to consumers in a manner that protects, preserves and enhances the environment and its natural resources.
http://www.realmilk.com/ The goal of A Campaign for Real Milk is universal access to clean raw whole milk from pasture-fed cows, especially access for pregnant and nursing mothers and for babies and growing children. A Campaign meets this goal first and foremost by providing information on the safety and health benefits of raw milk over pasteurized, and by providing a list of raw milk providers.
www.westonaprice.org The Weston A. Price Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense, traditional foods through public education, research, and activism.
http://edibleschoolyard.org/ The mission of the Edible Schoolyard Project is to build and share an edible education curriculum for kindergarten through high school. We envision gardens and kitchens as interactive classrooms for all academic subjects, and a free, nutritious, organic lunch for every student. Integrating this curriculum into schools can transform the health and values of every child in America.
http://www.seedsavers.org/ is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom seeds.
www.slowfoodusa.org is an educational organization devoted to reviving heritage breeds, heirloom seeds and cultivating the joy of food and the connection among farms, communities and the environment.
http://www.osgata.org/ The Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association is a national non-profit organization committed to protecting, promoting, and developing the organic seed trade and it’s growers, thereby assuring that the organic community has access to excellent quality organic seed, free of contaminants and adapted to the diverse needs of organic agriculture.
http://www.sare.org/ Established in 1988 and funded through the Federal government, SARE administers a nationwide grant program for research and education in sustainable agriculture. They also publish an excellent print and electronic resources for farmers, educators, and consumers.
http://www.davidsuzuki.org/ The David Suzuki foundation’s mission is to protect the diversity of nature and our quality of life, now and for the future.
http://rodaleinstitute.org/ Rodale Institute is nonprofit organization originally founded in 1947 by J.I. Rodale. Their mission is to improve the health and well-being of the people and the planet. Rodale offers an online, 15 hour course to assist farmers in transitioning to organic farming.
permies.com is now the largest permaculture site on the internet and a great resource.
Geoff Lawton is one of the key permaculture consultants, designers and teachers on this planet. I have been sharing his weekly permaculture video on my Facebook page.
David Holmgren’s website is a great resource for everything permaculture.
Masanobu Fukuoka worked over 65 years to develop a system of natural farming. He wrote The One-Straw Revolution an amazing book on permaculture.
Sepp Holzer pioneered the use of ecological farming/permaculture techniques at high altitudes in Austria. He wrote several important books in the field of permaculture.
Permaculture Global is a great community and interactive database for all of us permaculture enthusiasts.
Free Gardening and Permaculture Tools
MyPlants is a free software product that helps you research and catalogue all your trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants. Check it out, it’s pretty cool.
I used GoodReads to list a lot of the books I have read, am currently reading, and want to read. I sorted them by category, anything from organic gardening to canning and permaculture. Come on over and check out my bookshelf at Sustainable Homesteading on GoodReads .
Blogs I enjoy reading
Local Resources for the Denver/Boulder, CO Area
The Greater Denver Urban Homesteading Group is a wonderful way to connect with like-minded people in the area. Come join the group and maybe we will meet in person.
The Ecological Living Network : Front Range Design & Build Co-Op is another wonderful meetup group not to be missed.
Mountain Flower Goat Dairy is a working dairy farm whose goal is to connect urban residents back to the land, back to their food and back to nature by providing access to sustainable agriculture, farm education and humane dairy production.
Growing Gardens is a Boulder-based non-profit organization established in 1998. Growing Gardens mission is to enrich the lives of our community through sustainable urban agriculture.
The Living Arts School is Colorado’s first folk school. A place for “folks” of all ages to pursue a unique and life-changing education–one that focuses on the renewal of traditional living skills, crafts and music.