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severine's farm house for sale, westport NY

In order to support the ongoing works to build the Greenhorns Campus in Pembroke, Maine -- including the historic buildings Grey Lodge and Reversing Hall -- Severine has put her beautiful property on the market in Westport, NY. The Red Brick Federal style Farm House was built in 1820 and is surrounded by preserved agricultural […]

Posted: August 27 2020
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agrobiodiversity principles from FACT

From the folks at FACT: Food, Agrobiodiversity, Clarity and Transparency: TEN PRINCIPLES FOR AGROBIODIVERSITY [site] The FACT Accelerator has worked with food systems experts from across the globe to develop 10 Principles for Agrobiodiversity; to show how we all benefit from practices carried out across the value chain that support greater agricultural biodiversity. The successful integration and […]

Posted: August 13 2020
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women, food and agriculture network: land walk video

Climate Land Leaders: Land Walk With The Bouska Sisters “Ecological Design advised us to ask certain questions while we walked,” Carol says. “Where is there erosion? How does the water flow through the land? What plant and animal communities live there? What different soil types do you find? What spots seem particularly windy or rocky? […]

Posted: August 7 2020
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maine grains featured in nyt article

That Flour You Bought Could Be the Future of the U.S. Economy (link to article) "The flour industry might seem an unlikely arena for business innovation. There was once a time, in the 1990s and 2000s, when it was widely thought that Silicon Valley would show us the way to a better, fairer economy, creating […]

Posted: August 3 2020
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study warns unprecedented wave of land privatization

DRIVING DISPOSSESSIONTHE GLOBAL PUSH TO“UNLOCK THE ECONOMIC POTENTIAL OF LAND” [pdf] From the Oakland Institute: Driving Dispossession: The Global Push to “Unlock the Economic Potential of Land,” sounds the alarm on the unprecedented wave of privatization of natural resources that is underway around the world. Through six case studies—Ukraine, Zambia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, […]

Posted: July 22 2020
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grassroots media spotlight: organic hazelnuts

Though 99% of U.S. hazelnuts are grown in Oregon, only 1% of these are grown organically. NCAP doesn’t back down from a challenge, though, and we are proud to be working with a new cooperative, Oregon Organic Hazelnuts , to change the statistics. Taylor Larson of My Brothers' Farm shares successes in Oregon organic hazelnut […]

Posted: May 31 2020
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Paycheck Protection Program for Farm Businesses

Thank you to FARM COMMONS for their presentation on how to utilize PPP during this time of financial uncertainty in the face of Covid-19. PPP is a potentially forgivable loan to cover up to 2 months of payroll costs and/or self-employment income, plus portion of rent, utilities, and mortgage interest. And farm / ranch businesses […]

Posted: April 7 2020
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selling to restaurants: a farmer's guide

"Connecting with chefs and restaurants can be intimidating, and it can be hard to figure out where to start. Restaurants can become some of your most reliable customers, placing predictable orders on a regular basis which can help you plan your season and give you a solid base to grow from. Beyond this, restaurants can […]

Posted: June 22 2018
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geothermal greenhouse - growing exotic fruit in the nebraska winter

Russ Finch is the ultimate grandaddy of Farm Hack . He designed a greenhouse in his backyard that is heated using geothermal energy. Despite the fact that winter temperatures in Nebraska can drop to -20°F, the retired mailman grows oranges, lemons, grapes, pomegranates and more without paying for heat. The setup he uses draws on […]

Posted: June 20 2018
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a guide to sharing farm equipment

Faith Gilbert has just released her Guide to Sharing Farm Equipment, a 42-page guidebook intended for farmers, service providers, cooperators, and organizers of shared equipment pools. The guidebook covers a wide array of practical concerns for equipment sharing. It includes case studies, a review of ownership and management arrangements, financial considerations, annotated budgets, best practices, as well as […]

Posted: May 21 2018
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bicimakina: biking across the US celebrating alternative uses for human-power

  You may be familiar with Farm Hack, started by Greenhorns founder Severine. Farm Hack is a worldwide community of farmers that build and modify their own tools (including a few bicycle based tools like the bike tractor). But have you heard about Bicimakina? Bicimakina is a community of makers, educators, and enthusiasts all joined […]

Posted: May 15 2018
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oh boy! check out this treasure trove of apiary wisdom.

Once upon a time in a land... not so far from Seattle... lived a man, his wife and their two beautiful young daughters. One day the man came to his wife and proclaimed that he wanted to be a beekeeper. The wife, completely bewildered by his announcement, looked at her husband and demanded: “WHY on Earth, […]

Posted: December 13 2017
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new farmer's almanac submission time!

Greetings writers, artists, photographers, agrarians! It’s almanac time again! If you would like to contribute to the next volume of the Almanac, now is the time to get thinking, writing and creating agrarian content. This year we have a wonderful new editor Briana - you can contact her with your ideas and submissions at [email protected]  Please […]

Posted: November 28 2017
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agriculture, labor and the law

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project & the Conservation Law Foundation are teaming up to hold a workshop that will provide an overview of key employment issues that farmers need to know. The workshop will be presented by Mary O'Neal, Partner at Conn Kavanaugh, and employment law expert. From apprenticeships to agricultural minimum wage, the workshop will cover […]

Posted: November 22 2017
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best milking practices online course

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aR3QU2UYMIM&w=563&h=374] Penn State Extension are running a best milking practice course for professionals in the dairy industry who want to learn about problems on dairy farms that result from mastitis. "Best Milking Practices" is a self-paced course primarily designed for dairy producers, employees and managers that teaches concepts to help them measure and reduce levels of mastitis, and […]

Posted: November 20 2017
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new research identifies cold weather strategies to avoid respiratory illness in calves

  As winter approaches, research funded by the farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program has identified cold weather strategies for attention by regional dairy calf managers. “Winter weather poses a natural challenge to raising young animals. Respiratory illness in calves can negatively impact weight gain, age at their first calving, first lactation milk production, […]

Posted: November 17 2017
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interactive geoengineering map

  ETC Group and the Heinrich Böll Foundation have produced an interactive map of geoengineering projects around the world in an attempt to shed light on the worldwide state of geoengineering. The map is the first of it's kind that is publically available that  shows the scope of research and experimentation. This latest addition to the […]

Posted: November 16 2017
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can we really restore degraded landscapes?

[vimeo 231744267 w=640 h=360] New and exciting things are happening at the Permaculture Skills Center. The Eco-Landscape Mastery Course is already underway! It couldn't be a more opportune time to continue our work educating our communities and ourselves!  It's a degraded world out there. So many acres/hectares of landscapes have been destroyed and it's having negative consequences […]

Posted: November 9 2017
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allegheny mountain institute is now accepting applications for their farm and food education fellowship.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQgkIrf21w0?ecver=1&w=640&h=360] Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) is seeking applicants for its fully-funded Fellowship program. Now in its seventh year, the 18-month Fellowship prepares and empowers individuals to become teachers and ambassadors for a more vibrant and accessible local food system. Selected Fellows spend six months in immersive training on their mountain farm campus (Phase I) […]

Posted: November 8 2017
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arizona science institute launches first ever glyphosate testing biobank

[vimeo 236206538 w=640 h=360] The Detox Project reported on Tuesday that they along with MetricBio have launched the first ever Glyphosate Biobank. which is being funded by the public. The aim of the Biobank is to help shed further light on the levels of glyphosate in the U.S population in addition to helping researchers investigate […]

Posted: November 8 2017
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organic gardening tips from MOFGA

The seedcorn maggot is the larvae of a fly, says Eric Sideman, MOFGA's organic crop specialist, in the fall issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener. He continues: This critter spends the winter as a pupa in the soil. Flies emerge very early in the spring from these pupae and lay eggs near decaying […]

Posted: November 5 2017
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great article about the social implications of pesticide use

"We live and die by chemical agriculture". In the age of rampant use of chemicals such as the dreaded dicamba, truer words have perhaps never been spoken. Zachary Michael Jack, Iowa View contributor recently writes in the Des Moines Register about stark contrast between pesticide and herbicide spraying in the 80's during his childhood versus the […]

Posted: November 4 2017
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emancipatory educational experiences in scotland

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gZF2_T8WeQ&w=468&h=266] Drumduan school, in the Scottish highlands, offers it's students a unique and emancipatory education experience free of any form from exams or standardised testing. It's educational focus is on participatory and practical education. Academic study is enhanced and balanced with movement, music and artistic work, with crafts, foraging  and outdoor activities. Students learn through […]

Posted: November 4 2017
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community finance, resilience and agriculture

Growing Magazine recently published a good examination of community finance, community resilience and community agriculture - the CSA model. They profile 3 different farms: Brookford Farm in NH, Norwich Meadows Farm NY, and Prairierth Farm IL, all of whom are practicing a modified, diversified form of CSA and are thriving! 

Posted: November 3 2017
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faith farmers

The Common Friars are men and women, married and single, lay and ordained, of an emerging monastic order in the Episcopal Church, seeking to understand and live out what it means to be a Christian disciple today. They do this by placing the utmost importance on being connected to the land, to each other, and to […]

Posted: November 2 2017
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apprenticeships in regenerative ranching and farming

The Quivira Coalition’s New Agrarian Program (NAP) is partnering with skilled ranchers and farmers to offer apprenticeships in regenerative agriculture. Together, they create opportunities for full-immersion learning from expert practitioners. This program is designed to support the next generation of food producers and targets those with a sincere commitment to life at the intersection of […]

Posted: October 31 2017
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get this cool sweater on your holiday gift list!

Check out these cool farmer 'jumpers' made from Guernsey sheeps wool. They do custom size and bespoke orders so make sure to send your measurements  to your family with your measurements for the perfect christmas present!

Posted: October 29 2017
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job: full time teaching farm manager position in upstate ny

North Country School and Camp Treetops seek a full-time Teaching Farm Manager to oversee a year- round farm program intended for both food production and education of middle school aged children. North Country School is an independent boarding and day school for grades 4-9, and Camp Treetops is a seven-week, overnight summer camp. They share […]

Posted: October 27 2017
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agtools technology to reduce waste for growers, shippers and buyers

Despite the fact that 1 in 7 Americans if food insecure, every year, American consumers, businesses, and farms spend $218 billion a year, or 1.3% of GDP, growing, processing, transporting, and disposing  of food that is never eaten. That’s 52 million tons of food sent to landfill annually, plus another 10 million tons that is […]

Posted: October 25 2017
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applications for calypso farm & ecology center's 2018 farmer training program are now open!

Calypso Farm & Ecology Center (Fairbanks, AK) is now recruiting applications for their 2018 Farmer Training Program, a 5-month immersive residential programs. The Program runs from May 7th to September 29th, 2018  and is designed to equip participants to become self-reliant farmers through immersion in all aspects of farm operations, working alongside experienced farmers for an entire […]

Posted: October 24 2017
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open gate field day: ortensi farm ny

Open Gate: Ortensi Farm Day November 11, 2017 Ortensi Farm in Richfield Springs, NY Tickets $25, includes lunch!   Ortensi Farm Day is part of HMI's Open Gate Learning Series. Open Gates are peer-to-peer action-based learning days with short presentations and small group exercises geared for participants to share discoveries and management techniques with guidance from experienced […]

Posted: October 24 2017
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join the climate justice movement.

As part of Food Week of Action, the Presbyterian mission, sponsors of the week, bring us a message of climate justice today. God created the earth, and it is sacred. As Psalm 24:1 proclaims, “The earth is the Lord’s, and all that is in it.” Therefore we are called to stewardship of the earth. When […]

Posted: October 20 2017
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the farm school is now accepting applications for 2018

Program Dates: October 2018 - September 2019 Since 2002, The Farm School has offered a practical, real-world agricultural education for aspiring farmers, educators and community leaders. The Learn to Farm program is a full-time, residential immersion in the work and rhythms of sustainable farm life. Everyday, and in every way, student farmers at The Farm School […]

Posted: October 19 2017
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new resource: national sustainable agriculture oral history archive

The National Sustainable Agriculture Oral History Archive is a collection of interviews with people who have been instrumental in the development and implementation of public policies to advance sustainable agriculture in the United States. It was started in 2015 and has been growing ever since. Several of the interviews are with key members of the National […]

Posted: October 12 2017
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check out this amazing workshop on managing cattle, soil health, and local food economies in colorado.

This workshop takes place on October 18th - 19th at Adams State University.  It is led by Dr. Allen Williams, a champion of the grass-fed beef industry as well as cutting edge grazing methodology. Dr. Williams helps restore natural soil water retention and reduce runoff, increase land productivity, enhance plant and wildlife biodiversity, and produce […]

Posted: October 10 2017
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farmer fundraiser in santa fe for a lending tool library

The Northern New Mexico Young Farmers Alliance, (affiliate of the National Young Farmers Coalition and Rocky Mountain Farmers Union) is hosting a “Farmer Fundraiser” next week in support of a greater-Santa Fe Tool Lending Library next week. There will be a local food supper, beer and entertainment provided and it takes place on Thursday, October […]

Posted: October 5 2017
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upcoming: heritage livestock conference

The Livestock Conservancy are holding their annual conference in Williamsburg VA from November 9th-12th 2017. The Livestock Conservancy, is a national nonprofit which plays an important role in educating the public about heritage livestock breeds on both a national and international scale. Speakers include Deborah Niemann-Boehle, a heritage breed farmer and author of three books on […]

Posted: October 3 2017
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last chance to register for cornell rotational grazing skills course this weekend!

This weekend, Friday August 25th - Saturday August 26th CCEE Livestock Educator Jason Detzel is running a 2 day hands on clinic on rotational grazing. Over the course of the weekend you will learn the practical skills necessary for implementing a rotational grazing system on your farm to improve the overall health and efficiency of […]

Posted: August 21 2017
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the right to repair movement takes on apple and john deere in nebraska

"Kyle is one of many farmers in the US fighting for the right to repair their equipment. He and others are getting behind Nebraska’s “Fair Repair” bill, which would require companies to provide consumers and independent repair shops access to service manuals, diagnostic tools and parts so they aren’t limited to a single supplier. They […]

Posted: August 18 2017
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solar cookers, the simple solution to a host of complex challenges?

Solar cookers could not be more simple in many ways, their basic means of operation catches the suns rays and uses this heat to cook food. Some use aluminium coated plastic to do this while others other means to achieve the same effect. Either way, the opportunities afforded by solar cookers go far beyond household […]

Posted: August 5 2017
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