CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS! The New Farmer’s Almanac, Vol V, the FARMERS NEW DEAL

posted December 10, 2019

The New Farmer’s Almanac is a place for public thinking and proactive literary inquiry into the future we share on the land and at the table. Shifting practices is a team sport, and with its original artwork, stories, poetry, and old-time manifestos, this is just the compendium to inspire your own part in the mix.

Submissions for Volume V will be accepted between December 1, 2019 and March 1, 2020. If you miss that deadline, query anyway—we may still be seeking just what you have to share! 

Submission Guidelines: 

Query before submitting at almanac@greenhorns.org. Include a brief description of the work you’d like to submit, and a word or two on your connection to the land. You can pitch completed work, work-in-progress, or ideas on work-to-be.

Written Submissions

We will consider essays, interviews, recipes, ruminations, reading lists, rants, star charts, stories, instructions, jokes, thoughts, dreams, or other curious textual things. For prose, 700 words (give or take) is our preferred length. (We’ve been known to be flexible, but it’s not often that we publish works longer than eight pages). If you’re submitting poems, give us up to three to consider. If your work defies such categories, aim for one page, or two, or three (but no more than that unless we ask).

Visual Arts Submissions

We will consider photographs, original art, illustrations, picture essays, flowcharts, diagrams, maps, doodles, or natural world paraphernalia. Whatever your medium, materials should be submitted as 300 dpi grayscale images, formatted as .tiff, .png, or .jpg files. With each piece, please specify artist name, name of work, and medium.

Volume V, THE FARMERS NEW DEAL

What emphasis is still missing from the Green New Deal that we read so much about?

We think: Land use! Adaptive, resourceful, responsive re-use is the theme song of the next Almanac.

Imagine the tremendous potential for climate mitigation and resilience if we reconsider habits and conventions of land use that contaminate water, degrade soil, and make our cities dysfunctional despoilers of their ecosystem.

You who are accustomed to making lists of land tasks… let’s look beyond the boundaries of the farms we manage and talk publicly about the changes we could make. All the land around us needs better care, restoration, and refurbishment. 

What do you see? What ideas do you have for WHAT CAN BE DONE on the land? Please take a look around and put your thoughts down on paper, share with us your wild notions and practical thinking for a Farmer’s New Deal.

Didn’t catch the last iteration of the Almanac? Order one now!


National Young Farmers Coalition 2018 Annual Report

posted November 30, 2019

Change Is Here‘ ~ read the report!

The National Young Farmers Coalition is a network of nearly 200,000
farmers, ranchers, and supporters building a brighter future for U.S.
agriculture. Working to reform policy to make land, capital, and
training more accessible to young farmers and ranchers; supporting a
growing network of local farmer chapters; and providing farmer-to-farmer technical resources and services. Read the 2018 Annual Report to learn about the National Convergence event, State Policy updates, Farm Bill wins, finding farmland, and farmer-to-farmer support and training. The young farmers featured in this report are demanding a seat at the table.

Sophie Ackoff says, “Over the past ten years our Coalition has transformed the energy of the young farmer movement into a powerful force for change. As CoExecutive Directors, Martin [Lemos] and I commit to prioritizing racial equity in our work and across our organization, creating systems for farmers to truly lead our work, and taking strong action on climate change, the biggest threat to our farm future.


WORK WITH GREENHORNS

posted November 28, 2019

We are seeking candidates for a seasonal, administrative role based in Pembroke, Maine.

25 hours per-week, contract for 2020 summer season, May-October.

Potential to become year round admin position, based on performance.

This is the ‘Office Coordinator’ role for the Greenhorns, a 14 year old grassroots organization working to support young farmers in the USA. We produce events, publications and various multimedia projects that welcome in the next generation of AgroEcological farmers. We are based on a beautiful small farm in Maine, with a campus that includes: certified organic saltwater farm with teaching facilities, campsite and agrotourism operation, 1986 Odd Fellows hall turned agricultural library, two Pennamaquan River houses with boat shop, barns, carpenter shop with wood stove, mushroomery, amazing trails and nature in every direction.

Our mission is to create a hospitable and networked environment for sustainable agriculture.  We publish the NEW FARMERS ALMANAC, produce films called OURLAND, did many years of RADIO and will resume soon, have 3 guidebooks in the making. The office coordinator supports our various projects including the summertime farm camps, the agrarian research library, managing the blog, managing office functions/coordination, web calendar and web enquiries, supporting and coordinating with contractors and collaborators, running errands, running web shop and mailings. This role is flexible and allows for adventures, gardening, rural living, art practice and self-directed research. This is a residential position for May-October 2020, with remote work starting earlier. 

Essential / introductory projects include web calendar coordinating, web shop management, and summertime Farm Camps — facilitating, budgeting, tracking expenses, communications and marketing. 

Looking especially for someone with experience in Quickbooks, WordPress, MailChimp, creating and updating organizational and project budgets, and coordinating with contract workers.

Position includes heated House Office, off-site housing, studio space, gardening space, miles of trails and access to all our tools, books, bikes, outdoor gear. 

We need a letter of interest, writing sample, resume and 2 references. 

Please send to office@greenhorns.org with subject SUMMER OFFICE.


Interfaith Food Seeks 2 AmeriCorps VISTA Members – Apply Now!

posted November 26, 2019

The Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative (ISFC) is a non-profit organization seeking 2 AmeriCorps VISTA members to assist with advancing our mission: to advance the production of and access to healthy food produced in a sustainable, socially just manner by empowering faith communities with models and resources to impact local food systems and advance public policy.

The Positions: The Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative offers VISTAs the opportunity to build sustainable food systems by working with the faith community. The VISTAs will serve as part of a very small team including up to 3 VISTAs focusing on helping low-income people in Sonoma, Marin, Alameda and Contra Costa counties of California access healthy local food. This will emphasize promoting purchase incentives for fruits and vegetables and CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) programs and produce stands at faith-based sites. The VISTAs will participate in an orientation and attend trainings to build professional and personal skills. The VISTAs will gain familiarity with key aspects of non-profit management and network with community food access groups. Each position will have a different primary focus: community gardens and farms; facilitating job development in the food and urban farming sector; and marketing relationships through CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and produce stands. The VISTAs will be working in a dynamic fluid environment within a 7 year old organization.

The goal of each VISTAs assignment is to: increase food security for low-income individuals, AmeriCorps VISTA members will share models and lessons learned on how congregations and farmers can partner to create farm marketing outlets that supply fresh, sustainably grown produce and products to low income people. Each AmeriCorps VISTA will develop skills in: grant writing, program development; community outreach, community organizing, and evaluation. 

Key activities that the requested AmeriCorps VISTA Members will advance include:

  1. Facilitating relationships between low-income farmers and other food business entrepreneurs and faith-based groups that can support or partner to advance enterprises.
  2. Fundraising, with an emphasis on grant-writing, and program development to support mini-grants and build project capacity.
  3. Sharing and facilitating use of innovative ways that low income consumers and farmers can access and use CalFresh, Senior Farmers Market Nutrition and WIC.
  4. Share models and lessons learned on how congregations and farmers can partner to create community farms and gardens that supply fresh produce and products to low-income people.
  5. Facilitate new partnerships informed by lessons learned and ISFC experience. 
  6. Develop and make available resources including skilled volunteers and direct financial support in the form of mini-grants to congregations to improve economic opportunity through food access.
  7. Developing program evaluation systems to monitor impacts in-terms of intermediate outputs and outcomes.
  8. Outreach for an annual Conference; and workshops/trainings annually.

Terms/Stipend for the Position: The full-time position is for one year beginning November, 2019 and will be based in Sebastopol, California. Serving as a VISTA is a full-time commitment.  Some local travel for night and weekend meetings will be required. Compensation includes a stipend from the Corporation for National Service of approximately $1580.00 per month as well as basic medical insurance and a childcare allowance. VISTA’s receive an approximately $6,000 educational award upon successful completion of service and a student loan deferment while serving. 

Qualifications: The best candidates will have a familiarity with community organizing, sustainable food systems and/or faith community work. Spanish language skills are highly desirable. Experience with cross-cultural relationship building and social networking platforms is a plus. Strong oral and written communication skills are key. A B.A. degree or above is required.

How to Apply: Interested individuals should contact Steve Schwartz at Steve@interfaithfood.org or (707) 634-4672 and review the AmeriCorps website (www.Americorps.gov). This is a competitive position. Please submit a resume as soon as possible as we are scheduling interviews through 10/29/19-11/11/19.  Applicants may also apply through the AmeriCorps VISTA website: http://bit.ly/ISFC-VISTA-2019 

Introduction to the Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative (ISFC)

Established in 2012, the ISFC facilitates faith communities sharing models to produce and access healthy, local food and build a more sustainable food system by providing resources to help committed congregations increase their level of activity. The ISFC also engages in policy activism by connecting congregations to educational resources and specific advocacy opportunities. Interfaith Food works to broaden the base of the sustainable agriculture movement by building bridges between faith and farming communities.

Interfaith Food empowers congregations to develop programs through networking, technical assistance and financial assistance. Through seven regional conferences and more than 30 workshops and trainings, we have identified more than 300 congregations interested in advancing a just, sustainable food system. With these congregation and other partners, we’re building the movement of people demanding healthy, sustainable food by facilitating cooperation with and among faith community leaders.  Many low-income individuals in the SF Bay Area do not have adequate access to affordable food. Farmers need more outlets to sell food and infrastructure to be able to accept payments from individuals using government assistance programs. Families without land or garden space need places to grow their own food. The ISFC empowers congregations with resources to advance programs that address these challenges. The sustainable agriculture and local food advocates have had many successes over the decades. Several religious denominations have advanced initiatives highlighting the connection between the food system and spirituality. Many creative programs have blossomed from this, but the diverse application of congregational-level projects has not been catalogued and shared in a way that facilitates development of new projects across the faith spectrum. The ISFC fills the gap by facilitating sharing of innovative models.  More information can be found at www.interfaithfood.org.


Greenhorns Cider Camp 2019, in the news!

posted November 18, 2019

For all yee greenhorns whose end-of-summer plans did not involve the pippins of Pembroke, check out this fun and informative article by Jeffrey B. Roth, Maine Correspondent to Lancaster Farming journal: Hard Cider Production Is Focus of DIY Cider Camp.

Gene Cartwright emptying bucket into portable apple grinder to make the pulpy mash that goes into electric cider press. Featuring Smithereen Farm’s Timber Frame Kitchen, Herb Drying Attic, and Blueberry Shed (in the far right)!

Severine reports: “We hope to host more workshops on these kinds of things, co-visioning natural resource economies that are of use in this region. And, we believe that there will be more young farmers in this region — that is why we are here,” Tscharner Fleming said in her welcoming remarks at the cider-pressing weekend in mid-September.

And a dreamy description of Cider Camp’s festivitis: “At the cider event, Cartwright set up his portable apple grinder and cider press in front of the Farm Camp, a two-story, timber-frame outdoor kitchen, which features a large cast-iron kitchen wood-stove. Baskets and bins containing various small apple varieties, along with chokecherries, blueberries and nuts, lined the entrance of the building. With the help of attendees, he demonstrated grinding and pressing apples, the first step in the cider-making process.”

AND of course, stay tuned for upcoming schedule to join us for the next round of Greenhorns Summer Camp workshops and camps in 2020!!


Farm Apprenticeship in Wiscasset, ME

posted November 5, 2019

Chewonki is accepting applications for their Farm Apprentice position beginning in January 2020!

Chewonki is a school, camp, and environmental education organization based in Wiscasset, Maine, that inspires transformative growth, teaches appreciation and stewardship of the natural world, and challenges people to build thriving, sustainable communities throughout their lives. Chewonki is a 501(c) non-profit organization.

(C) Jock Montgomery Photography

The Farm Apprentice is a year-long position that aids in all aspects of Chewonki’s small, diversified farm, including livestock, pasture, and diversified vegetable production and integrates Chewonki students and participants into all production systems. For a complete position description and application instructions, please visit the Chewonki Employment Opportunities page. Applications are due November 17th, 2019. 

Please see https://farm.chewonki.org/ for more information about Chewonki’s Farm and Food System.

Position Title: Farm Apprentice
Department/Program: Farm
Employment Category: F-A 
Permanent/Temporary: Temporary
Reports to: Farm Manager
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Exempt
Schedule (hours and weeks): Full-time January 13, 2020 – January 10, 2021
Benefits Eligible: LC3 health insurance


SIGN ON: Farmer Letter on Climate Change!

posted October 30, 2019

A coalition of farm organizations and their allies around the country are circulating the farmer statement on the climate crisis, viewable in the form here. This statement has been put together by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), an alliance of grassroots organizations that advocates for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities. Check out their comprehensive and impressive Grassroots Guide to Federal Farm and Food Programs, here.

Don’t be a rotten egg — please consider adding your name! The statement will be made public and sent to Congressional and USDA leaders. Your name and contact details will not be shared beyond listing your name, farm, town, and state on the letter, which will be shared publicly.

Thank you!

Spanish version here / En Español >> http://bit.ly/farmerclimateespanol


Cultural Conservancy lays groundwork for future intertribal biocultural center

posted October 24, 2019

Thank you to Carol Benfell, special reporter to Sonoma West news, for shedding light on the beautiful field of growth in Graton, CA — where The Cultural Conservancy, lead by CEO Melissa Nelson, will develop a center for food sovereignty and community: “a Native place of refuge and learning”. Click here for the full article. And to learn more about the Conservancy, visit www.nativeland.org. For the highlights, read on:

“The Conservancy has focused on ‘returning native lands to native hands’ and restoring cultural eco-knowledge and traditions around the globe.

The group’s many projects include sponsoring the first Native American Land Trust in Maui; historic recordings of the Salt Songs of the Southern Paiute; recording Tibetan elders from India; and supporting the Apache Survival Coalition to protect sacred sites on Mt. Graham, Arizona.

More recently, The Conservancy has focused on the native peoples of California and “food sovereignty,” a movement arising in the 1990s that focuses on people’s right to raise culturally appropriate food, using ecologically sound and sustainable methods.

The food sovereignty movement is a part of the larger food movement that, for the last several decades, has seen young people moving back to the land in Sonoma County, raising organic crops with sustainable farming and selling them to the local community at farmers’ markets or through subscription.

The food grown on the farm will be distributed to local tribes — Miwok, Pomo and Wappo — and intertribally to Native Americans living in the Bay Area. The surplus will be sold to restaurants or at farmers’ markets.” October, 2019


RIGGING, ROLLING, AND RAISING: The Art of Moving Immovable Objects with ROBERT RIVERSONG, Builder, Caver, Climber

posted October 12, 2019

WHO: Robert Riversong, builder and rigging expert

WHAT: Workshop in Rigging, Rolling, and Raising: The Art of Moving Immovable Objects

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, November 2nd and 3rd, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

ENROLLMENT: Limited to twelve people

COST: $85 (includes lunch and coffee)

RESERVATIONS/INFO: Phil McBride, phildmcbride@gmail.com

Would you like to learn how to move big things around, without hydraulic excavators and cranes? Whether you’re a builder, a homesteader, an arborist, or anyone else who needs these skills, Robert Riversong will show you how.

In this two-day workshop, you’ll practice techniques of moving large and heavy objects using manpower combined with ropes and pulleys to create mechanical advantage.You’ll move a half-ton granite block and raise a timber-frame bent, while getting instruction about safety and many technical aspects of rigging and knot tying.

 Robert Riversong has used these techniques to build timber-frame houses and assist in caving rescues. He’s given workshops on rigging at Yestermorrow Build/Design School and Maine’s Common Ground Fair. His students have included people in the building trades, arborists, boatbuilders, and emergency-rescue personnel. Of his two-day workshop, Robert says, “I usually cover rope types and functions, knot theory and practice,  and a variety of rigging equipment, as well as basic theory in mechanical advantage systems, anchor systems, friction-reduction systems, and vector geometry (with a little trigonometry thrown in for those who enjoy that!).”


For more information about Robert and the workshop, visit https://riversonghousewright.wordpress.com/about/28-rigging-rolling-raising-the-art-of-moving-immovable-objects/


Walden Bello on Coutnerrevolution, October 30 in Oakland

posted September 27, 2019

On Wednesday October 30th please join the Oakland Institute and SEIU Local 1021 in welcoming internationally renowned author Walden Bello as he discusses his newest book: Counterrevolution: The Global Rise of the Far Right. 

Walden Bello’s Counterrevolution is a bold, sweeping enterprise that seeks to deconstruct the challenge from the far right. Using as case studies Italy in the 1920s, Indonesia in the 1960s, Chile in the 1970s, and contemporary Thailand, India, and the Philippines, Bello lays bare the origins, dynamics, and consequences of counterrevolutionary movements. Reflections on the rise of the right in the United States, Europe, and Brazil round out this remarkable, timely study by one of the premier intellectuals of the South. 

  • Location: SEIU Local 1021: Lower Level Conference Room
  • 447 29th St, Oakland CA
  • Time: 6:30-8:00pm 
  • Light snacks and drinks will be provided
  • Books will be sold and time allotted for a signing 
  • Parking will be available behind the event location; The #6 bus drops off at 29th & Telegraph   

There is no charge for admission, pleaseRSVP here.
Walden Bello is the International Adjunct Professor of Sociology, SUNY Binghamton. He is the recipient of the Right Livelihood Award (aka Alternative Nobel Prize) and the Outstanding Public Scholar Award of the International Studies Association. He is a former member of Congress (Parliament) of the Philippines and the author or co-author of 25 books.