Since we don’t carry ALL the items needed to operate a small sustainable farm, here is a list of companies we have become acquainted with that carry other high-quality essential items. This is by no means a full or exhaustive list, but we will add to it as we have experience with (and good referrals for) other such companies. As such, we appreciate our customers (you) giving us feedback on good suppliers you have found, so we might add contacts to this list and help share good information around to other farmers and homesteaders.
Some of these suppliers carry a few items similar to what we offer, but we are not worried about “competition” on these items…as you will find, these items are not their area of expertise, as they are ours (and with our sales volume, our prices are better anyway). Listed in alphabetical order.
Apogee Climate & Energy Transitions
Frankfort, KY - 502-699-2553
This is actually a program of Earth Tools…it started out as our “Sustainable Systems” division, but it has morphed into more of a educational and consulting service to help with the local / regional transition to renewable energy. Headed by Andy McDonald, this public-service “arm” of Earth Tools operates primarily in the North / Central Kentucky region.
CARTS AND TOOLS
Corvallis, OR 855-476-9834
American Manufacturers of an electric motorized wheel-hoe.
FARMER’S FRIEND LLC
Williamsport TN, 931-626-4911
Manufacturer of a great little salad / greens harvester. Also sells a nice salad/greens spinner, and “Silage Plastic Tarps”…used for covering fallow beds to increase microbial & “macrobial” action.
FOUR SEASON TOOLS
Kansas City, MO 816-444-7330
Named after Eliot Colemans’ Four Season Farm, this company offers a variety of High-tunnels (greenhouses) with state-of-the-art designs. They also offer installation of these systems.
Winslow, ME 877-564-6697
Most of our customers probably already buy from Johnny’s, but we’re going to list them here anyway, because they’re a good company and a great growers’ resource.
THE MARKET GARDENER / JEAN-MARTIN FORTIER
St-Armand, Quebec, Canada 1-438-800-0498
In 2008, we sold a walk-behind tractor and implements to this fellow, and he started a very successful small-scale market garden with it. He then wrote a book about the whole process, which has been WILDLY successful both in his native Canada and the USA. Jean-Martin now also shares his experiences on a “speaking” circuit during the winter season (when he is not gardening!), and he has started a “Master Class” program to teach farmers.
NATIONAL YOUNG FARMERS COALITION
Hudson, NY - 518-643-3564
–INFORMATIONAL SITE– This organization is all about helping young (and old!) farmers be successful. They have all kinds of useful info for farmers; they have campaigns going to on various fronts to help the small farming endeavors, and they even have programs to help farmers find land to farm on. A worthy group to support (and we do), and they have a lot of great info.
PURPLE MOUNTAIN ORGANICS
Takoma Park, MD 301-891-2488 or 877-538-9901
These fellows carry a wide variety of Organic Gardening/farming products, from books/DVDs to soil supplements to seeders to mushroom inoculants to BioDiesel processors. They are one of our Grillo walk-behind tractor dealers, as well. And they have an Acupuncture clinic! (sorry, can’t mail-order that!)
SEVEN SPRINGS FARM
Check, VA 540-651-3228
Offering a wide variety of Organic Farming & Gardening supplies, such as Soil Supplements, Organic Insecticides, BioDynamic products, Animal supplements, Animal & Pest repellants/Barriers, Cover crop seed and more.
SOUTHERN EXPOSURE SEED EXCHANGE
Mineral, VA 540-894-9480
A great source of Certified Organic seed and Heirloom seed, including potatoes, sweet potatoes, garlic, etc. (This is where I buy what seeds I don’t manage to save from year to year—Joel at Earth Tools)
SPECIALTY AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS, LLC
Orange, CT 800-483-8889
Specializing in Animal control fencing and barriers. (When I needed to buy deer fencing, I did my research, and this is where I purchased!—Joel at Earth Tools)
CRITTERFENCE.COM Londonderry, NH 855-921-7900 https://www.critterfence.com/ Another fencing supplier, offering various types of fencing products.
SPIN Farming LLC
–INFORMATIONAL SITE– SPIN Farming is a “system” of farming in small spaces/acreages…already practiced by many of our customers, but this site is a great resource.
This Non-profit operates a website dedicated to providing information about harmful products, environmental hazards, and preventing personal injuries. The link above is to their “alternatives to pesticides” page, but they have lots of other helpful info as well.
SOLAR SAVES LIVES
While this isn’t a “resource” as such, it is a project that Earth Tools supports, one which is in dire need of funding. In September 2017, Hurricanes Maria and Irma swept across Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, devastating the lives of 3.5 million American citizens. Solar Saves Lives is an initiative led by The Solar Foundation to coordinate the delivery and installation of donated solar equipment to areas in need.
PStyle Dowelltown, TN https://www.thepstyle.com/ For all people with Female anatomies who work (or play) outdoors, this woman-owned Tennessee-based small company offers a solution to the “pee” problem. (products are made right it TN, too!)