Resources for Food Growers

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Regardless of the size of your operation or whether you raise food for a living or a hobby, you can find free and useful information at the library and through our digital branch. Visit the subject guides for 24/7 access to a focused list of reliable online resources.

Research new growing trends, learn about different crops or find vehicle manuals. The subject guides created and maintained by library staff are a good place to start. Below are two we think you’ll be interested in, but there are plenty of others to explore at

  • Sustainable Gardening & Farming
    This guide features links related to organic farming, agricultural research, composting, University Extension publications and local resources.
  • Local Produce
    Find information on local farmers markets; buying and eating local produce; and community organizations.

The library also provides access to some databases and specialized online tools that can help you with gardening, farming or running a small business. You’ll need your library card number to log into these sites.

  • Universal Class
    Our online learning portal has classes on gardening basics, food storage and preservation, herbs, and other topics relevant for those making a living off the land such as accounting, bookkeeping and financial management.
  • Auto Repair Reference Center
    This is a handy resource if you need help fixing your truck or family vehicle.
  • Small Engine Repair Reference Center
    This database has helpful repair information on tractors and lawn mowers.
  • Academic Search Elite
  • EBSCO MasterFILE Premier
    Use these databases to search journals and academic sources for articles about crops, livestock, organic practices, farming trends, etc.

Our print collection includes a wealth of books for gardeners and farmers, and our digital collection has a number of great titles, too. You can check out eBooks like “The Beginner’s Guide to Growing Heirloom Vegetables,” “Grow Cook Eat,” “The Joy of Keeping Chickens,” “All New Square Foot Gardening” and others at

To take full advantage of all these free resources, you need an active library card. You can apply for an adult card online, on the bookmobile or at the library.

If you don’t have Internet access or only have dial-up at home, you’re welcome to come to the library and use our computers or bring in your laptop to use our free Wi-Fi network.

Whether we have a dry, wet or normal year you can find information about growing everything from patio gardens to row crops at your library.

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