Top 8 Online Publications for Organic Farmers

Great publications who pack their websites full of free information

Print publications have some downsides. They waste paper resources, create more carbon via delivery and cost you money you could be spending on other things like certification costs and equipment. Plus, while you can't beat curling up in the tub or bed with a nice print magazine, frankly, who has the time?

If it's just a little downtime you're looking for, along with some useful information related to organic agriculture, livestock and other organic farm issues, you can browse many publications online, free of charge and in less time it takes to read a print publication.

Below are some print publications that do offer subscriptions, but who also pack their website with tons of useful information that's available for free and around the clock.

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Organic Farming Magazine

Organic Farming Magazine

An Organic Farming Magazine subscription is a free Producer Member benefits when you join the Soil Association, a UK's leading journal on organic food and farming. However, the Soil Association website offers a slew of useful resources, even if you're not subscribed to the print publication. Also, don't be shy if you're in the U.S.. This is U.K.- based, but the publication is very useful and informative, no matter where you grow.

Resources you'll find on the website:

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Permaculture

Permaculture

The main goal of Permaculture:  Inspiration for Sustainable Living is to connect readers with ideas fresh from the cutting edge of the sustainability movement. This isn't entirely farm based, but it is packed with information sustainable and organic growers will find useful.

Resources you'll find on the website:

  • Classifieds exchange area (likely most useful if you're U.K.-based)
  • Lots of information about creating more sustainable ways of living
  • Free e-newsletter, and
  • Editor's blog, reader opinion pieces and products reviews
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Mother Earth News

Mother Earth News

It's tough to deny the fun of having an actual print copy of Mother Earth News sitting around, ready to be read. However, subscribing is not entirely necessary due to this publication's amazing website. The print publication offers information not seen online, but overall this website is packed with great reads and resources.

Resources you'll find on the website:

  • An amazing selection of free newsletters
  • Classifieds with land for sale
  • Ten specialized blogs focused on various areas of farming and living, and
  • A large amount of fresh content daily
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Countryside & Small Stock Journal

Countryside & Small Stock Journal

Countryside & Small Stock Journal is one of the oldest producer publications around, so it makes sense that this site offers plenty of useful resources.

Resources you'll find on the website:

  • Access to selected full article text from various issues
  • A major, in-depth reading library packed with useful articles
  • Bookstore and reading recommendations, and
  • A breeders directory
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Rodale's Organic Life

Organic Gardening

Rodale's Organic Life is aimed at small farmers and home organic gardeners, not larger organic growing operations, but that doesn't mean this isn't a fun website to browse. There are plenty of tips and resources that can be applicable to even larger scale growers.

Resources you'll find on the website:

  • Features related to organic growing, relaxation, fun and more
  • An amazing cooking section with recipes and tips
  • Free organic growing videos, and
  • Free information on growing, natural pest control and more.
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Farm Journal

Farm Journal

Farm Journal is a general farm publication, but there are tips to be had that may benefit organic growers. Plus, there is an astounding wealth of article archives on the site.

Resources you'll find on the website:

  • Agriculture news
  • Market information
  • Loads of farm machinery tips and resources, and
  • Impressive coverage of agronomy news
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Backyard Poultry

Backyard Poultry

Perfect for poultry lovers of all shapes and sizes, Backyard Poultry, while aimed at small-time producers, offers plenty of resources for anyone raising organic birds.

Resources you'll find on the website:

  • Plenty of tips on better poultry management
  • Humongous online library of articles
  • A wonderful photo gallery, and
  • Breeder directory
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Farm World

Farm World

Farm World is another general farm publication, focused on the Midwest. However, the website offers enough content to make it applicable to every producer.

Resources you'll find on the website:

  • Classified ads for buying, selling and trading
  • Daily news, features, recipes and much more in the archives
  • Comprehensive listing of used farm equipment from Midwest dealers, and
  • Midwest farming events calendar
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