Carolina Farm Stewardship Association: This nonprofit group advocates for local farmers and promotes the growing of local, organic produce. One avid okra grower details his efforts to raise 76 varieties of okra one season. Learn more about his great okra adventure here:
Tractor Supply Company: You may not need a tractor, but this company is a good resource for canning supplies. Get everything you need for canning your okra in one place.
Hoss Tools: Want to try out a ring knife? Hoss has them in a range of sizes to fit most any home gardener. They also stock seeds, pest and weed control, and homegrown gardening advice.
While there do not seem to be many okra-specific associations, there are at least a couple notable celebrations of everything okra.
Historic hometown celebrations
Back in the 1970s, the Lake Murray-Irmo Woman’s Club wanted to raise money for their local library. What better way than to have a festival? The group founded the Irmo Okra Strut, a festival where fried okra takes center stage, and families can gather for live music and carnival rides. The local library has long since gotten its funding; now the festival raises money for other local community projects. The festival usually happens in September in Irmo, South Carolina, after the okra harvest is in. You can check it out at https://okrastrut.com/
Alabama holds its Annual Okra Festival on the last Saturday in August, in the town of Burkville. You can check out all things okra, from fresh to fried to pickled and canned. Music, crafts, and food abound. The local tourism bureau lists the Okra Festival as one of the top 10 things to do in August in the state of Alabama.
General gardening resources:
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds: This site bills itself as “America’s top source for pure heirloom seeds.” You can even order a print catalog for your own perusing.
Bonnie Plants: Buy all your seedlings online, from this family-owned business that’s been around for 100+ years!
Burpee Seeds: One of the preeminent seed companies in the country, Burpee seeds and plants are available for all growing zones and for all seasons. Burpee guarantees each and every product. Order your seeds online!
Dave’s Garden: Dave's Garden is one of the largest sites for gardeners in the world. It offers tens of thousands of encyclopedic files on plants, bugs, and birds, as well as helpful articles by gardening experts. The community also supports an open and safe place for advice, shared experiences, and an active seed and plant trade. There is even a user-reviewed vendor list of sites that sell plants and seeds.
Farmtek: From seed-starting supplies to gardening tools and greenhouse kits, Farmtek caters to home gardeners and commercial farmers, large and small.
Gardener’s Supply Company: Get innovative gardening products to help make your garden productive and your work more efficient and satisfying. From fertilizer and mulch to planters and pots, and from cages and trellises to snippers and canning jar sets, find what you need for your garden.
Growspan Greenhouse Structures: Find a greenhouse for any gardening style—from hobby gardening to commercial applications. All greenhouses are made in the U.S.
National Gardening Association: With over 1 million members, the National Gardening Association is dedicated to promoting gardening and providing members with tools and resources for improving their skills.
Nutrition Value: An online database to help you quickly discover the nutritional value of almost any food, including individual items and prepared dishes—both cooked and raw.
Plant Natural: A great resource for managing an organic garden, Plant Natural provides advice, guidance, and products—carrying everything from organic fertilizers and natural pest control products (including beneficial insects) to compost bins and natural cleaning products for your home.
Seed Savers Exchange: An organization “dedicated to the preservation of heirloom seeds.” As a nonprofit, Seed Savers Exchange aims to conserve and promote America’s culturally diverse, but endangered garden and food crop heritage for future generations by collecting, growing, and sharing heirloom seeds and plants.
Stark Bro’s: You can buy food seedlings and even fruit trees online from this 200-year-old business.
True-Leaf Market: This organization has been a source for non-GMO seeds since 1974. You can get seeds for almost any crop plant here.
U.S. Composting Council: This group sets the standards for composting, including manufacturing and utilization that are central to creating healthy soils, clean air and water, a stable climate, and a sustainable society.
USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map: Check out which zone your home garden is located in when you review this map.
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