Organizations of Interest
Food, Nutrition, and Health Issues
If I could convince you to check out only one organization, it would be the Weston A. Price Foundation, an organization dedicated to reminding the eating public of the profoundly important relationship between traditional foods (as opposed to their industrial look-alikes) and health, based on the revolutionary work of Weston Price in the earlier half of the last century. The site is a tremendous resource on nutrition and health, and could profoundly alter some of your perspectives on these issues. If you like what you see, please become a member—support the Foundation's work and receive its excellent quarterly Wise Traditions.
Livestock and Poultry
I strongly recommend American Pastured Poultry Producers Association. Though it is an organization dedicated to small farmers producing for local markets, they offer much of relevance to the serious poultry husbandman who wants to go beyond the “hobbyist” level. If you wish to join, go to their home page and click on “Membership” in the left navigation bar. On the linked page you can choose your level of membership. If you join at the “Producer Plus” level, you will have access to the APPPA discussion list—the very best listserve I participate in. Discussion is serious and to the point, and members do not waste my time with idle chit-chat.
To learn more about older breeds of poultry and other livestock, join the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, dedicated to preserving traditional and historic breeds. The Society for Preservation of Poultry Antiquities is another national organization dedicated to preservation breeding. (They don’t have their own website, but share a corner of Barry Koffler’s excellent feathersite.com.) Membership in either organization will put you in touch with other breeders, from whom you might get stock. Make use of the sturdier, more self-reliant older breeds while at the same time helping with the task of preservation—many of these breeds are in danger of being lost forever.
If you have any size woodlot at all, and would like help managing it from people with a passionate commitment to wise and sustainable forestry, please check out Healing Harvest Forest Foundation. Their approach to harvesting timber is based on keeping in place a healthy forest increasing in quality and value—and on logging with horses. I attended one of their logging demonstrations in October, 2005, and was most impressed.