for our veterans

posted December 31, 2010

www.farmvetco.org

a technical assistence program to help veterans navigate their beginnings as farmers.
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack recently announced that The Farmer-Veteran Coalition (FVC) will receive a grant from the USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) to assist the transition of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars into careers in farming.

tanning

posted December 31, 2010

there’s money to be made in tanning
clean it, salt it, scrub it, tan it DIY
or just clean it and salt it and send it to people who already know how.

Bucks County Fur Products
Box 204
220 1/2 N. Ambler Street
Quakertown, PA 18951
215-536-6614

they have no website but this contact and address are confirmed.

here’s a little more comprehensive list taken from “The Sheep Book”



a chicken 101 workshop

posted December 30, 2010

and it comes with chickens!  from our friend Jenna Woginrich of Cold Antler Farm.

Breakfast in the Backyard
Sunday March 6th and Saturday 12th 2011

This is crash course in how to raise backyard chickens for beginners, and get this, it comes with chickens All people who sign up for the all-day workshop will go home with three heirloom laying chicks and a copy of my beginner’s book: Chick Days. You’ll go home with your new birds and everything you need to know to raise them right. This is a great opportunity for people who just need that friendly push to take the plunge into the poultry world. No experience with chickens needed to attend, and I am confident anyone leaving CAF that day will go home with confidence that they can raise their peeps to laying hens come fall. (more…)


brooke in the news

posted December 30, 2010

our tireless artist and a brilliant urban greenhorn – brooke budner.

Urban agriculture: S.F. considers allowing sales
by Robert Selna, in the San Francisco Chronicle
Thursday, December 23, 2010

With all the talk about locavores, victory garden revivals and residents raising chickens and bees, a San Franciscan might be surprised to learn that he can’t just sell produce out of his backyard. Not without running afoul of the law, that is.

While vacant real estate increasingly is being reclaimed for nonprofit and community gardens, old zoning laws prohibit selling homegrown produce without a costly permit and a hearing in front of the city Planning Commission.

But that could soon change.

Continue reading on the San Francisco Chronicle’s Website –  http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/12/22/MNK81GRCSB.DTL#ixzz19bYqiXfQ

 

 


badass oregonians

posted December 30, 2010

removing concrete…by force of their own fingers. Depave.org.

Depave promotes the removal of unnecessary pavement from urban areas to create community green spaces and mitigate stormwater runoff. Through partnerships and volunteers, Depave strives to overcome the social and environmental impacts of pavement with the use of action-oriented educational events, community stewardship, and advocacy to reconnect people with nature and inspire others. Depave is a project of City Repair, a nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon, USA. (more…)


new mexico draft mule farmers

posted December 30, 2010

we hope to get these guys on Greenhorn Radio! which returns to live shows in january.   here’s an older story about them.

Gemini Farms: Back to the Land
By Mark Schiller and Kay Matthews
published by La Jacarita News

Editor’s Note: As the Agricultural Revitalization Initiative (ARI) gets off the ground (see page 3) we thought it would be interesting to take an in-depth look at a northern New Mexico farm that is run by several young people in their twenties who are doing just what the ARI hopes to accomplish: putting a piece of traditionally irrigated land back into production.

Two young brothers with a vision have created a garden in Las Trampas that provides food for themselves, their friends, the folks who buy at the Santa Fe Farmers Market and who eat in Santa Fe restaurants, and also serves as an inspiration for anyone who cares about food sustainability. (more…)



portland friends

posted December 28, 2010

Snore & Guzzle – a private press especially specializing in the art of the story.

Story-telling is not a luxury, it is an absolutely core need. Story is how we make sense of the world. It’s how in the flux of experience, with all of the things coming and going, with all of the little bits and pieces, we put them together… I have a pan-narrative view of the world. We live enmeshed in a whole series of cross-cutting narratives.