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urban farming fellowships in berkeley, california

Urban Adamah in Berkeley, CA is now accepting applications for its spring, summer, and fall fellowships.

Posted: February 17 2017
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"agriculture has been one of the greatest blessings and curses to civilization"

Mark Shepard, restoration agriculture guru, is teaching a workshop in Stephentown, NY.

Posted: February 16 2017
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learn to farm in faith at the parish school in norwood, oh

Applications being accepted now for Parish Farming School in Norwood, OH. All who are interested in the intersection of urban farming, food and faith are invited to submit an application to the Parish Farming School of Eucharistic Discipleship in Norwood, Ohio (a city smack dab in the middle of Cincinnati). It is a chance to […]

Posted: February 14 2017
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learn to farm on an island in washington

The Organic Farm School offers 8-month long experiential farmer training-- they offer need-based scholarships and are still accepting applicants for 2017.

Posted: February 7 2017
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certificate program in organic ag from the rodale institute in the mid-atlantic

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9XXRZbeEek&w=560&h=315] Looking for a well-rounded training in organic farming? Have military service? The Rodale Institue and the Delware Valley University partner together to create a 36-credit certificate program in organic agriculture. Formatted specifically for veterans who are interested in agriculture, the program is also open to interested civilians. The program spans one year and […]

Posted: February 3 2017
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indivisable: a how-to for resisting the trump agenda

We are only exaggerating a little when we say that these ideas are too big for google: originally a GoogleDoc, Indivisable was so popular that the traffic overloaded GoogleDocs and has been moved to its own website. The 24-page document was written by former congressional staffers and uses Tea Party strategies as a model for grassroots […]

Posted: January 17 2017
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big thoughts

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvyD2o7w24g Small farmers movements and defending subsistence both depend on a new worldview. We can't think in a mechanical rational way and personally relate to nature. We also can't  patriarchy and capitalism and simultaneously do something about today's sexual division of labor - or colonialism. Though the revolution is coming from the bottom up (and could only come that […]

Posted: December 29 2016
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wanted: donations for educating the next generation of farmers

Heading into a third year of providing educational programs, the good folks at the Grange School of Adaptive Agriculture have been busy training the next generation of farmers: The Grange School's programs recognize that food production must continually adapt to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century. The students in our three-month residential program are […]

Posted: December 18 2016
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news from the grange school

Attention, future and current food producers! The Grange School of Adaptive Agriculture has openings in their 2017 Practicum Program. Details below! How do you practice Adaptive Agriculture? You start by educating yourself on cutting edge practices, by questioning conventions, by equipping yourself with the skills to flex, adapt, adjust to changing conditions and contexts. At […]

Posted: December 13 2016
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Bellegarde Bakery

Graison Gill will be on Greenhorns Radio, Heritage Radio Network tomorrow 4pm EST – listen in! And for more information on Bellegarde and their process, check out this video.

Posted: November 28 2016
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seven ways to be a better leader in systems change

Oh man, we just love this: Seven Lessons for Leaders in Systems Change. Great for educators, activists, community leaders, farmers, and-- generally-- everyone who gives a damn. Here's a taste, but please click-through to read the full piece at at the Center for Ecoliteracy. Lesson #1:  To promote systems change, foster community and cultivate networks. […]

Posted: November 2 2016
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affordable sustainable ag education opportunity for north carolina folks

Located at the very center of North Carolina’s local food and farming scene, the Sustainable Agriculture Program at Central Carolina Community College is a unique opportunity for sustainable agriculture education. At CCCC’s sustainable agriculture program students have the opportunity for "Real Farming- Right Now". The Pittsboro, NC based program has an on-campus, year-round certified organic […]

Posted: July 26 2016
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permaculture design intensive, june 24-july 3, gaberville, CA

  Edible Forest Garden Design Intensive with Dave Jacke, author of Edible Forest Gardens June 24 – July 3, 2016, at Heartwood Institute Scholarships available. Apply early. In this nine-day intensive course, you will dive deeply into the vision, theory, and practice of designing wholesome, dynamic, and resilient edible ecosystems. Dave Jacke and his teaching […]

Posted: May 31 2016
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premature deaths on the rise in rural areas

Where you live should not determine how long you live. New research shows it does. Americans have enjoyed increasingly longer lives over time. Advances in medicine, a decline in fatal car accidents, and falling violent crime rates mean we are living longer. But new research shows a reversal of this trend for some. If you are […]

Posted: May 28 2016
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fork to fork

11th June sees the second year of the Franklin Fork to Fork Festival, a celebration of food, drink, music and the buzz of a strong, engaged and active community!   There will be food from Kitty Fisher’s, the River Café, etc etc etc….. The aim is to raise funds for the Open Air Classroom project at […]

Posted: May 27 2016
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farm and homestead day at mofga

Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA Get ready to get dirty! Saturday, June 11, 2016 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., rain or shine Bringing the days of old alive for today's world, Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association) is a 100 percent hands-on, FREE event where people of all […]

Posted: May 22 2016
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beginning woman farmer mentorship opportunity in iowa

The Women, Food and Agriculture Network is accepting applications for their Harvesting Our Potential program, an 8-10 week internship for women who are interested in farming/raising food or food products. The purpose of the program is to empower women who want to farm by providing them on-farm experience and a network of other women in food […]

Posted: May 15 2016
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jane jacobs: citizen economist

We tend to take it for granted that nature—being basic to everything—is the place to begin when we try to understand regional economies. The given natural attributes of a region certainly do explain much about subsistence economies: why some people eat seals and caribou while others eat dates and goats; why herders in some places […]

Posted: May 6 2016
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a new take on the no trespassing sign

no trespass, no access, no spray

Posted: May 4 2016
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such fun, these scots!

[vimeo 121573942 w=500 h=281] “How do you sow the seeds of a better food system?”

Posted: April 11 2016
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dph: cool information directory

The idea of the dph database of experiences was born in 1986 from the desire to link people and groups working towards the construction of a responsible world of solidarities. We hope to make both memory and experiential reflection available on this resource site. We also hope to enhance the analysis and the experiences through […]

Posted: April 7 2016
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check out these thinking bodies...

http://blog.yellow-seed.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/FullSizeRender_3-768x576.jpg Impact Hub Berkeley’s “From the Ground Up” is a four part, year-long program that brings together multi-stakeholder organizations working in sustainable food and agriculture to collaborate on joint initiatives. The change accelerator combines dynamic innovation salons, public-facing education programs, and community building events to drive systemic change in the following areas: (1) Collaborative Trade, […]

Posted: March 22 2016
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meatsmith classes are up! vashon, wa

Brandon and Lauren are not strangers to meatsmithery, in fact they are owners of Farmstead Meatsmith. "We generally harvest for small family farmers who raise a couple of pigs, a few sheep or a flock of various poultry for their own household.  Think very small scale. The animals never leave the land they know, we […]

Posted: March 7 2016
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permaculture skills center farm school, july-sept, sebastopol

In the summer of 2016, the Permaculture Skills Center in Sebastopol, CA is offering a Farm School, a 10-week intensive on regenerative farming, followed by an integrated 6-month mentorship on independent projects.  The program integrates sustainable design, business planning, and farm operation-- blending class, field trips, visits from local experts, and on-farm experience-- to give students a holistic education in […]

Posted: March 6 2016
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conway school of ecological landscape and design-- info session march 19, easthampton, ma

The Conway School, a Landscape Design School in Massachusette's Pioneer Valley, is holding an information session March 19th at its new Easthampton campus. The Conway School is a 40-year old accredited institution that offers Masters of Science degrees in Ecological Design. Its curriculum focusses on hands-on, real-world, project-based learning with supplemental classes in design theory, graphics, computer skills […]

Posted: March 6 2016
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canada: stewards of irreplaceable lands (SOIL) seeks apprentices!

SOIL links Canadian farmers willing to take on and train apprentices with folks wanting to work and learn on an organic farm using sustainable practices. We aim to facilitate apprenticeships which transfer lasting knowledge to both the farmer and the apprentice. Established in 1989 as a non-profit organization, our goals are: To encourage the growth […]

Posted: February 26 2016
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virginia farmers share their stories

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UN2tlgMbCmw] Earlier this year, The Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition sat down with the owners of five farms across Virginia to talk with them about their enterprises. They asked them how they got started in farming, where they sell their products, how they handle their labor, and so much more! These conversations were recorded […]

Posted: February 22 2016
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edible agroforestry design templates!

These design templates are meant to be implemented on common landscapes. While they use temperate climate species that grow in the northern hemisphere (hardiness zones 4-7), documentation about underlying patterns is provided so substitutions can be made for different growing conditions and desired yields. Check out this awesome and exciting PDF to learn more!

Posted: February 17 2016
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grange school applications due feb 20!

It's no secret that we love the Grange School. We're here to remind you that applications for their Spring term, which starts in April, are due in by Feb. 20. And, as any farmer can tell you, cold as it may be right now, the summer semester is right around the corner! CALL FOR APPLICANTS: […]

Posted: February 14 2016
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throw away the teflon, use cast iron

There have been several stories lately about the poisons of teflon and the down-right corruption from DuPont (influencing the EPA, among other agencies). There is currently a corporate lawyer battling it out with DuPont in order to get the many people affected by the manufacturing of teflon their settlement, but there's a long way to […]

Posted: February 11 2016
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rick berman, gun for hire, is attacking chipotle

Who is Richard Berman? Richard “Rick” Berman is a longtime Washington, D.C. public relations specialist whose lobbying and consulting firm, Berman and Company, Inc., advocates for special interests and powerful industries. Berman and Co. wages deceptive campaigns against industry foes including labor unions; public-health advocates; and consumer, safety, animal welfare, and environmental groups. Non-profits linked […]

Posted: February 4 2016
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carbon farming gives hope for the future

From wellnesswarior.org The concept of carbon farming is relatively simple. The industrial agricultural system we’ve developed over the last 60 years, while being incredibly productive, robs the soil of carbon and other nutrients. Carbon, in the form of soil organic matter, is the thing that gives soil life. Techniques like cover cropping (never leaving the […]

Posted: February 4 2016
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cannabis - science, legality & best practices, a six-part course series

Growing Cannabis - the Outdoor Garden Open to the public - this Wednesday at 6:30pm at Ricker Addition room 202, University of Maine at Farmington Coordinating educator: Erica Haywood of LoveGrown♥™ Guest expert lecturer: King Bishop of Medical Marijuana University Cost per person: $30 Registration table opens at 6pm. Pre-registration link: http://goo.gl/forms/bbECwpQzcs Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1695671757384295/ Some patient scholarships available, email [email protected] for more […]

Posted: February 1 2016
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good example of citizen science

The Practical Farmers of Iowa have released their latest study on the effects of apple cider vinegar supplementation in feeder pigs. Apple cider vinegar is held to being a health tonic that promotes beneficial gut bacteria, improves digestion of feedstuffs, enhances performance, and helps decrease parasite load. PFI cooperator, Tom Frantzen, supplemented three groups of […]

Posted: December 31 2015
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farm classes online this winter

Winter is a great time for farmers to rest, slow down the pace, and build new skills for the coming growing season. The Cornell Small Farms Program is pleased to announce the winter roster of online courses available through its Northeast Beginning Farmer Project. These courses help farmers learn from the latest research-based education. Since […]

Posted: December 27 2015
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new institute focused on nation's soil health

[vimeo 147375088 w=500 h=281] To ensure that soil continues to be a vital natural resource for generations to come, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation and Farm Foundation, NFP, today announce the formation of the Soil Health Institute. The announcement coincides with World Soil Day (Dec. 5) and celebrates the 2015 International Year of Soils. The […]

Posted: December 7 2015
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tell gov.cuomo to turn on the TAP

From: John Brown Lives! The research is clear: Education reduces recidivism, improves job prospects for individuals once they leave prison and strengthens communities. Since 1995, though, New York has blocked incarcerated individuals from receiving this aid. Our goal is to restore it.​ You can help - sign this petition today! Next month, John Brown Lives! will […]

Posted: December 1 2015
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red clover genome for sustainable farming

November 30, 2015 The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) in collaboration with IBERS, has sequenced and assembled the DNA of red clover to help breeders improve the beneficial traits of this important forage crop. The genome is published in Scientific Reports, a journal from the Nature publishing group. Before industrial nitrogen fertiliser production (from fossil fuels), […]

Posted: December 1 2015
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green farming in the green mountains: farmer training program at UVM

Applications are currently being accepted for UVM's farmer training program! The six-month program offers a certificate in Sustainable Agriculture and provides students with a combination of classroom learning and hands-on experience managing the school's 10-acre education farm. Each year, 25 students are accepted and learn everything from crop rotation to marketing. If you're looking for an learning […]

Posted: November 29 2015
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usda makes another website

USDA has a new website and you can see it here.  Its purpose is to support new farmers and is pretty awesome. We are thankful for the websites, USDA! What we'd like is a national land bank that holds land in transition and allows young farmers to buy their way into ownership over the course of 30 […]

Posted: November 17 2015