While the toolkit is replete with information and links about Healthy Foods, Healthy Soils, permitting, zoning and land use rules pertaining to composting, and sustainable organic resource management methods for the edible and compostable fraction of what typically gets thrown away, this page shall serve as an additional resource, and includes links contained within the toolkit as well as others. 

Similar online tool kits, books, and other references are included here as well. And we're always open to suggestions, so if you have a link or book you feel we missed, please contact us.


Healthy Soils 

California Governor Jerry Brown's 2015-2016 Healthy Soils Initiative

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service - Healthy Soils Fact Sheets

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service - Soil Health

CDFA Office of Farming & Innovation - Healthy Soils Program

CDFA Office of Farming and Innovation - Healthy Soils Initiative

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) - Healthy Soils

UC Davis - Secret Life of Soil

UC Davis Soil Microbial Ecology Lab - Plant-Soil Interactions

University of Minnesota Extension - Healthy soil, healthy plants!

Healthy Foods

San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Education (SNAP-Ed)

San Diego County Farmers' Markets

Tuna Harbor Dockside Market

211 San Diego

Planning, Zoning and Regulatory Links

General Plan Guidelines from the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research

Model Goals, Policies, Zoning and Development Standards for Composting and Remanufacturing Facilities

Rules We Like!  Best Practices from San Diego County and Beyond

Keys to Developing Zoning and Land Use Rules Fair to Composting

Model Ordinance Language and Recommendations

CalRecycle Composting Regulations

CalRecycle Composting Definitions, Regulatory Tiers and Excluded Activities

California Water Resources Board - Regulation of Composting Operations

Urban Agriculture

From Empty Lot to Garden Plot: Urban Agriculture in Chula Vista

San Diego Resource Conservation District

San Diego Community Garden Network

San Diego Master Gardeners - Community Gardens & Farms

Community Gardens in San Diego - Victory Gardens


American Wasteland - Jonathan Bloom

Crisis and Opportunity: Sustainability in American Agriculture (Our Sustainable Future) - John Ikerd

The Essential Urban Farmer - Novella Carpenter and Willow Rosenthal