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food policy in san diego

Join California Food and Justice Coalition and local experts for “It’s Your City. Is it Your Policy? A workshop on using local-level policy to rebuild local food systems” on June 20th. Contact [email protected] with any questions or to register. Location: City Heights Wellness Center, 4440 Wightman Street, Suite 200, San Diego 10:30 am-4:30 pm. $30 […]

Posted: June 9 2009
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some young farmer commentary on the usda report

you'll recall that the usda recently released a report on young ("beginning") farmers in america.  we mentioned it a couple of weeks ago here.  Greenhorn Paula Manalo of Mendocino Organics had some feedback. I finally got around to reading this report. Along with "beginning farmer," they use a couple terms that have very specific definitions […]

Posted: June 9 2009
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here is a fierce patriot of justice.

Start this video at Minute 8. Why is farming relevant? Why must we raise the social status of farmers? Why must we transform the political structures of agricuture both domestically and abroad? [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5R0Uy15HUfI] Does anyone out in blog landia know how we can become members of via campesina?

Posted: May 30 2009
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Soy Oh Boy

Milk-drinkers probably remember The Cornucopia Institute's report and scorecard on organic milk  (and if not, you should check it out) - - for many of us, it has become an invaluable tool in determining which organic dairy farms (and companies) should be trusted and supported. This time the Institute takes on Soy in "Behind the […]

Posted: May 26 2009
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USDA Releases Report on Young Farmers

This report on "Beginning Farmers and Ranchers" was released just last week... USDA defines beginning farmers and ranchers as those who have operated a farm or ranch for 10 years or less either as a sole operator or with others who have operated a farm or ranch for 10 years or less. Beginning farmers tend […]

Posted: May 22 2009
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Nuffield Canada Scholarships

Any Canadian Greenhorns out there?  This would be a valuable experience. The Canadian Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust is accepting applications for their 2010 program. Applications are due by June 1, 2009 and forms can be downloaded from the Nuffield Canada website at http://www.nuffield.ca/ApplicationForm.htm Nuffield Farming Scholarships are awarded to enthusiastic individuals, between the ages of […]

Posted: May 20 2009
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Rural Urban Linkages

The NYC Food Project We are a group of food justice and urban agriculture activists working to ensure that people of all walks of life have access to fresh, nutritious, and environmentally-sound food. as part of this mission, we run a CSA (community supported agriculture group) in the Lower East Side, and are pursuing several […]

Posted: May 18 2009
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Ag Issues in the News

Some light reading for a drizzly day... Seriously people. BUY MILK! not sodapop Young Dairy Farmers Worry About Future - Brattleboro Reformer, May 8 bootstrap optimism. but only to a point. we need to change the structures ( POLITICAL! EDUCATIONAL! CULTURAL! ECONOMIC!) that govern the American food system. Stubbornness and Optimism Drive Many Farmers - […]

Posted: May 17 2009
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Time's Up - Roving Garden Party

Check out this punky direct action garden celebration from Time's Up! With the Rude Mechanical Orchestra, a 300-piece radical marching band and dance troupe. "Stop! Plant! Grow!" [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZLBkkw1890&feature=related]

Posted: May 13 2009
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Future Farmers of America & A Punky Contrasting Collective

Another side of the young farmers scene... Future Farmers of America - Founded in 1928, the Future Farmers of America brought together students, teachers and agribusiness to solidify support for agricultural education. In Kansas City's Baltimore Hotel, 33 young farmboys charted a course for the future. They could not have foreseen how the organization would […]

Posted: May 12 2009
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Apprenticeship Scheme

Remember the 1918 flu? Well here is the 1913 apprenticeship scheme. globalization, down under baby! http://www.safarmapprentices.net/farmers/

Posted: May 9 2009
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$ to Transition to Organic!

This is a big deal. Organic Farming Research Foundation Hails Historic USDA Plan To Aid Farmers and Ranchers with Organic Transition Santa Cruz, CA Background: The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service today announced plans to provide $50 million in 2009 to help farmers and ranchers throughout the country transition to organic production systems. The funds […]

Posted: May 9 2009
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Reverend Billy for Mayor!

Imagine. the man who predicted the shopocalypse. in office! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4Pl2UA_Rp0]

Posted: May 9 2009
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Cooking Up A Story

wow! government enters new media... SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education) Outreach is pleased to announce a unique partnership with the online television series Cooking Up a Story to produce a series of videos highlighting SARE grantees and sustainable production and marketing practices. The two year project will produce a series of "how-to" technical videos […]

Posted: May 4 2009
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A GMO-Free Europe?

The 5th GMO-Free Regions Conference just concluded in Europe.  Here is the final declaration of the participants of "Food and Democracy.  For more information, visit http://www.gmo-free-regions.org/food-democracy-april-2009/programme.html Final Declaration : GMO Moratorium: The way forward for Europe The participants of the 5th European Conference of GMO-Free Regions "Food and Democracy" call for an EU-wide moratorium on […]

Posted: April 29 2009
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Japanese Greenhorns

It's a worldwide trend - young folks getting back to the land.  This time, in a government-sanctioned program. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/16/business/global/16farmer.html?emc=eta1 excerpt: YOKOSHIBAHIKARI, Japan - A motley group of unlikely farmers descended on the countryside here one recent Sunday, fresh towels around their necks, shiny boots on their feet. "This is harder than it looks," said Tatsunori […]

Posted: April 18 2009
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Who Pays for Science? Industry!

This is good follow-up on that controversial op-ed piece in the New York Times... http://food.theatlantic.com/the-food-channel/free-range-pork-really-riskier.php Curator's note: Like pretty much every advocate of sustainable agriculture, including our own Bill and Nicolette Hahn Niman, I took immediate and sharp notice of James McWilliams's New York Times op-ed suggesting that pigs raised in the very epitome of […]

Posted: April 17 2009
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News We Can Believe In!

Rodale Institute's Compost powers USDA's organic People's Garden (despite Chemical Ag's concerns) WASHINGTON, D.C. - About the time that Chemical Ag spokespeople were chiding Michelle Obama for promoting home-grown organic food with her White House garden, compost from the Rodale Institute farm was landing on a new organic garden right in front of U.S. Department […]

Posted: April 13 2009
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Voices from Africa

This is important work from the Oakland Institute. Important for the future of sustainable farming in Africa and around the world. Oakland, CA: Concurrent with the release of a printed report, Voices From Africa: African Farmers & Environmentalists Speak Out Against Against a New Green Revolution in Africa, the Oakland Institute has launched Voices from […]

Posted: April 10 2009
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Grant Money From the Government.

Get used to it folks. The rules are changing and the loopholes which allowed wealthy people and corporations to give 'tax free' to non profit organizations are closing up. It seems like social activism will have to learn another model of accounting. And some of us are probably going to go work for the government. […]

Posted: March 31 2009
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Shaping Food Policy

Here's a re-post from Daily Finance, with some promising, happy thoughts. Pollan, Waters influencing food politics more than we know sarah gilbert Mar 22nd 2009 at 6:00PM Filed under: Economy Blame Tom Vilsack's grandchild, blame Sasha and Malia Obama, blame 30 million American children. Blame them for this: food politics are changing mightily, and the […]

Posted: March 30 2009
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Take Action: Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program in CA

This via California FarmLink Dear California FarmLink Clients and Friends, I'm writing to you today to ask for your support in securing funding for the Beginning Farmer Individual Development Account (IDA) Pilot Program. This program would enable beginning farmers and ranchers to open an Individual Development Account (matched savings account) in order to save for […]

Posted: March 28 2009
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Serve Your Country Food

News from the Farmer-Veteran Coalition: Dear Friends, I am sending this e-mail to you because you know me and you know my commitment to a sustainable food and farming system. Recently, I accepted the position of Deputy Director for the Farmer Veteran Coalition, a nascent non-profit with amazing potential to address some of our country's […]

Posted: March 25 2009
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New Release: A New Report Issues a Challenge to Western-led Plans for a GE Revolution in Africa

A New Report From the Oakland Institute Issues a Challenge to Western-led Plans for a Genetically Engineered Revolution in African Agriculture Voices From Africa: African Farmers & Environmentalists Speak Out Against a New Green Revolution in Africa Oakland, CA: A new report from the Oakland Institute, Voices from Africa: African Farmers & Environmentalists Speak Out […]

Posted: March 5 2009
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Anna Lappe's Letter to Oxfam

As so often happens, this comes to us via comfood. And is worth re-posting.   Ray Offenheiser Oxfam America sent via e-mail February 8, 2009 Dear Ray, I started writing this letter in response to the panel lineup that Oxfam is co-sponsoring this month at the Asia Society, "The Global Food Crisis: Time for Another […]

Posted: February 27 2009
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Farm Aid to Us:Tell Congress to make family farmers a part of the economic recovery

Yes. We agree with this. Family farmers. ...and the family of farmers that includes: city farmers farmworkers young farmers aspiring farmers we are the team of agricultural conspirators who are launching our small businesses around the country-- carving out new territory and growing strong soil in the hills, and in the laser-land valleys of the […]

Posted: February 24 2009
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NAIS - a new video

Check out this video from Organic Consumers: "What is the National Animal Identification System & Why It Should Be Rejected" http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_16869.cfm And read Severine's Letter to Dolly the Sheep - "Dear Dolly, with regards, from Severine" full text below

Posted: February 24 2009
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Good News in the 2007 Farm Census!

For a while we've been mentioning that the reliable data on young farmers was not yet in. Well, it's here!

Posted: February 19 2009
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A Bill to End Interstate Raw Milk Ban

It's cool when libertarians are down with raw milk. That make sense in the new America. This is announcement comes from The Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund, a great resource and cause. http://www.ftcldf.org/news/news-01feb2009.htm Ron Paul Introduces Bill to End Interstate Raw Milk Ban On January 28 Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) introduced HR 778, a […]

Posted: February 12 2009
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For healthy food and soil, we need affordable health care for farmers

Re-Post from The Ethicurean http://www.ethicurean.com/2009/01/06/health-care/ For healthy food and soil, we need affordable health care for farmers By Steph Larsen When we talk about local food, it means more than just proximity to a farm. We associate supporting "local food" with supporting specific values - such as family ownership, local control, small scale, environmental stewardship, […]

Posted: January 27 2009
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Eat Well on the Way to Obama's Inauguration!

Or wherever you are. Inaugural Eating Starts on the Road to D.C. With the Obamas' much-discussed habit of healthy eating, this week foodies from all over the nation will travel to D.C. to munch up sustainable goodies at two green inaugural balls and revel in the election of our svelte, tech-savvy, 44th president.

Posted: January 18 2009
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The Dark Side of a Green Fuel - video

Here's a reminder of why we need to be more conscious of what "green" fuels really mean - Here, it means deforestation, wildlife habitat loss, and the destruction of local livelihoods. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.  The video discusses palm oil in Indonesia. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3i7VAjx9p0 More info at http://www.paneco.ch/aktuelles-n111-sD.html (you […]

Posted: January 17 2009
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The Oakland Institute

There's so much information on the web, so many webpages and widgets to distract or engage us...Here's something that we think is worth your time - The Oakland Institute. The Greenhorns heartily recommends their site for food politics news and briefings, and much more. Right now, there's a great policy brief on the Food Crisis […]

Posted: January 5 2009
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Secretary of Agriculture - let's have a say

Yes We Can influence Obama's choices for Ag Secretary, and other appointments in the USDA! In the last week there has been much exciting talk of potential people Obama could or should choose for Secretary of Agriculture. So how do we take action? Chrys Ostrander of Chrysalis Farm at Tolstoy compiled an amazing list of […]

Posted: November 13 2008
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November 16: Celebrate Change & Cheese at the Greenhorns Obama Melt!

Excited about our new president-elect? Come celebrate with the Greenhorns at our farm in upstate New York! We're having a cheese melt to celebrate change, an "Obama Melt", if you will.  It's a chance to gather together to celebrate the election of a progressive president, one who says exciting things like ""America's farmers are America's […]

Posted: November 10 2008
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Young Farmers for Young Presidents!!!

We at the Greenhorns have some sayings. Vote with your fork: as a person faced with the decision of what to eat (hopefully) 3 times a day, you have the power to vote with your fork: consume locally grown veggies, peruse your local farmers market and eat what is in season. Think about where your […]

Posted: October 22 2008
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Stakeholder input sought for Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP)

encourage young farmers to attend. Throw in your stake! The 2008 Farm Bill has made available $18 million in fiscal year 2009 to fund a Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) through a competitive grants process administered by CSREES. Stakeholder input for the FY 2009 funding cycle will continue through November 14, 2008. The Request […]

Posted: October 20 2008
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real food crisis, fake solutions

The cost of basic food staples is skyrocketing around the globe. Billions of people who live on less than $2 a day are sliding into hunger and despair. Now more than ever, international entities and national governments must shift their agricultural policies toward sustainability, hunger prevention, and economic justice for farmers and farmworkers. Below, we […]

Posted: June 10 2008
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old mcdonald had a farm bill

from www.michaelpollan.com Greetings. I haven't been in touch for a while, and some of you have written asking for an an update on the 2008 Farm Bill.   After many, many months of wrangling, the bill was just passed by Congress, overriding a veto by the President. In my view, it is not a very good bill-- it preserves more […]

Posted: June 9 2008
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can i still fill out the online census?

Severine emails with the USDA's National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS), about her missing census mail survey and related protocols. Severine: How do you address the under reporting of certain farming demographics, such as nomadic and young famers? NASS: Thank you for contacting the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Although the statistical methodology for the 2007 Census is somewhat different […]

Posted: May 27 2008