Fully-sponsored Farm Fellowship with Allegheny Mountain Institute

posted February 18, 2020

Now in its ninth year, this unique program provides six months of free farm training followed by a year of employment with regional non-profits working to build vibrant, healthy local food systems.

Applications due by March 9, 2020.

Learn more and apply today at www.amifellows.org.

For more information, e-mail jessa@amifellows.org or call 540-886-0160.


BERNIE for “community ownership of farmland” !

posted February 5, 2020

Bernie Sanders on REVITALIZING RURAL AMERICA, an issue near and dear to the hearts of Greenhorns far and wide:

“Fundamental change in America’s agricultural and rural policies is no longer just an option; it’s an absolute necessity. With the right support and policies, we can have rural communities that are thriving economically and ecologically.”

Major policy developments are being called for on three fronts: (1) Policies Leveling the Playing Field for Farmers and Farmworkers, (2) Policies to Empower Farmers, Foresters & Ranchers to Address Climate Change and Protect Ecosystems, and (3) Policies to Foster Investment to Revitalize Rural Communities. Yes, yes and yes!!

Particularly exciting for the young farmer movement and developing the agrarian commons are the propositions below. Learn more about the work of our sister organization, Agrarian Trust, here!

  • Invest in beginning farmers to purchase land and equipment for sustainable farming.
  • Allocate government funding to purchase easements to ensure land stays in agriculture.
  • Incentivize community ownership of farmland to allow more people to work the land and produce food for local consumers.
  • Make government owned farmland available as incubator farms for beginning farmers.

And the list goes on. Click here to read more on Bernie’s plans to Revitalize Rural America.


Foraging Adventures with Healing Ecosystems! SF Bay-Area, February 23, 2020

posted February 3, 2020

Learn to safely identify, forage & cook local plants & fungi in a beautiful outdoor setting. Sample tasty foraged foods from the ecosystem on
Sunday, February 23, 2020 from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM PST.

Get your ticket, here!

Winter rains bring plentiful foraging opportunities from choice greens to delicious mushrooms. Our foraging adventure will teach you where to collect edible plants & fungi and how to identify them safely as well as poisonous specimens to be aware of. Our relaxed hike will end with a sampling of deliciously prepared locally-foraged food.

Many choice greens like Miner’s Lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata), Chickweed (Stellaria media) & Thistle (Cirsium spp.) (just to name a few) are in their immature stages at this time of year. Some species can be foraged as microgreens, which are in some cases more nutritious and succulent than their older counterparts. Plants are predictable but mushrooms are not – we will do our best to find some fungi during the walk. Either way, there will be examples to identify and you will learn habitat considerations for finding edible fungi.

The class is hands-on, in field and provides a perfect chance to directly connect with Nature. The class will focus on identification so you can forage your own foods – we will not be actively foraging as a group. We will discuss ethical harvesting and you will learn ways to tend our local ecosystem towards greater abundance using Native Ecology as our model. That’s right, proper foraging supports a thriving ecosystem- come be a part of the regenerative foraging movement.

Sign-up for the mailing list for future events by visiting www.healingecosystems.com


Northeast Healthy Soil Network: Symposium February 20-21

posted January 27, 2020

The Northeast Healthy Soil Network Presents:

Agriculture and Climate in the Northeast: Soil and Ecosystem Health

Register here today!

The Northeast Healthy Soil Network will strengthen and aid the healthy soil movement in the Northeast region by fostering communication and collaboration. Building on an initial conference in April 2019, the 2020 Symposium will bring together policymakers, farmers, academics, and students for a symposium aimed at advancing healthy soils policies and practices throughout the Northeast.

Agrarian Trust Director, Ian McSweeney, will speak on the creation of the Agrarian Commons. Database & Relationships Manager Megan Browning will also be in attendance. 

The event will begin on Thursday, Feb 20th, with an all-day in-depth policy working group for members of the Northeast Healthy Soil Network. Click here to see the Thursday, February 20th working group schedule.