May your New Year’s Eve be filled with good food, friends, & music!
The Poughkeepsie Farm Project seeks farm and program interns for spring of 2009!
Do you want to be a farmer, sustainable agriculture educator, or community food advocate? Poughkeepsie Farm Project’s Farming for the City program provides interns with weekly workshop style trainings and field trips, hands on experience growing food and providing education and outreach to the community, and meaningful employment which makes a real difference in the community.
Food, Farms, and Community: Rural America’s Local Food Renaissance
June 16-18, 2009
Craftsbury Common, VT
Panel, workshop, presentation, and roundtable proposals are solicited for The Second Annual Rural Heritage Institute at Sterling College, a three-day series of experiential academic workshops scheduled for June 16-18th 2009.
This year’s theme, Food, Farms, and Community focuses on the changing connections between rural communities and their food sources. The local food theme will be highlighted by discussions, field trips, and hands-on workshops featuring food historians, agricultural scientists, farmers, policy makers, journalists, artists, chefs, and food activists.
A book for the fierce protagonists of soil fertility, the rosy cheeked muscle of the new American countryside.
Enjoy, weigh in, spread far and wide.
The Greenhorns Guide for Beginning Farmers:
Here’s an excerpt of a letter from the Friends of the Farm Campaign about a terrific program training veterans in organic farming.
Please take a look at Archi’s Acres Veterans Sustainable Agricultural Training (VSAT), an innovative program helping veterans in transition right now – in very concrete ways. This progressive small scale organic farm training program was started by Sergeant Colin Archipley, a former Marine who served three tours of duty in Iraq, and his wife Karen. Sergeant Archipley’s infantry position gave him the teaching experience and tools necessary to instill confidence working side-by-side with fellow veterans, giving men and women the opportunity to get a fresh start through this structured program geared to support the unique challenges faced by veterans . To hear a Fox News 5 interview with Sergeant Archipley and one of the veterans served by VSAT go here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=il8X6a1V9GY.
My name is Jacob Slosberg, and I am a student at the University of British Columbia in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems. I am current an undergrad in the B.Sc. Global Resource Systems program focusing on Agricultural and Environmental Studies. I am 21 years old and have been involved in sustainable, organic food systems for nearly six years.
Check out this great post on Civil Eats… it documents the journey (so far) of Naomi Starkman, as she seeks to be an organic farmer. From WWOOF to Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, several sustainable agriculture organizations and the Slow Food Nation Victory Garden, and on to whatever comes next.
Here’s an excerpt:
“Five years ago, living amid the concrete congestion of New York City, I was inspired to become an organic farmer. This surprised some of my colleagues and friends, as I was raised in the suburbs and had lived in major cities for most of my adult life. Until recently, I had never met a farmer or spent any time on a farm. And yet, a small seed inside of me was struggling to make a greater impact in my work and attain a deeper connection to the earth.”
Read the full post at: http://civileats.com/2008/12/12/the-quest-to-be-an-organic-farmer/
Sandor Katz, fermentation guru, author of Wild Fermentation, and Greenhorns Advisor is coming to New York! Sandor will make three appearances in New York this January…
- January 10, Third Root Community Health Center, Brooklyn
- January 11, Just Food, Brooklyn
- January 12, Natural Gourmet Institute, Manhattan
You can find details on how to sign up for each event on Sandor’s website, www.wildfermentation.com
Sandor Katz is the leading advocate for real fermented foods & beverages, from sauerkraut and kimchi to sourdough bread and homemade wine. He’s also a really cool guy.
Here’s a great post on the Green Fork Blog (the blog of the Eatwell Guide) about the recent Young Farmers Conference at Stone Barns. The Greenhorns attended, along with dozens of inspiring, and inspired, young farmers.
A New Crop of Young Farmers
December 10th, 2008 by chelsea
There’s a budding social movement underway and it’s cropping up in fields and markets across the country-America’s newest generation of farmers are stepping up to the pitchfork. Young, excited and energized they’re beginning their own farming operations, facing many challenges, but also reaping many wonderful rewards.