Poughkeepsie Farm Project needs interns!

posted December 29, 2008

logoGreat opportunity for wannabe greenhorns…

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.


Call for Proposals

posted December 28, 2008

This is a great opportunity – submit proposals for The Second Annual Rural Heritage Institute at Sterling College

Food, Farms, and Community: Rural America’s Local Food Renaissance

June 16-18, 2009
Sterling College
Craftsbury Common, VT

sagPanel, 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.


Veterans and Organic Farming

posted December 23, 2008

Here’s an excerpt of a letter from the Friends of the Farm Campaign about a terrific program training veterans in organic farming.

logo_black1Please 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.


Must Read: The Quest to be an Organic Farmer

posted December 16, 2008

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 in New York City

posted December 16, 2008

sandorkrautSandor 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…

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.

Greenhorns on the Green Fork

posted December 15, 2008

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.