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farm mentoring toolkit

This just in from the national family farm coalition - a toolkit which includes  an introduction to beginning farmer issues, a research project that explored the strategies and challenges of mentoring organizations, a compilation of resources for experienced farmers interested in becoming mentors, and a directory of mentoring organizations.

Posted: February 5 2011
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barter for education!

What a terrific twist on "trade schools". Starting today! Trade School classes begin on Wednesday, February 2nd at 32 Prince Street, NYC. At Trade School, students barter with teachers. Here’s a sample of upcoming classes and a sample of barter items you'll need to bring: - Learn about Coptic Sewing if you bring grant editing, […]

Posted: February 2 2011
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beehive collective posters

today (january 31st) is the last day of a special offer from our friends at the beehive collective, and the last day of the kickstarter campaign.  Help keep their good work coming! We are sharing our ENTIRE COLLECTION OF POSTERS (13!) with their accompanying narrative storybooks for $100 including shipping. Help us raise funds for […]

Posted: January 31 2011
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Parts and Crafts launches CSE

Parts and Crafts has a new project!   It’s called a CSE, short for Community Supported Education — our new experiment with R&D and kit development. Our goal is to raise $5000 (by February 28 at midnight) to support to creation of high quality, imaginative science, art, and engineering project kits for kids. For details, go to, or visit our website at

Posted: January 30 2011
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Discipline! stamina! curriculum!

The Northeast Beginning Farmer Project is offering more of its popular online courses, including one that will help you take your marketing to the next level. Register now for: What Do I Need to Do to Start a Farm Business? (BF 103) - a 6-week course for new and aspiring farmers addressing the legal, regulatory, […]

Posted: January 29 2011
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you farmers: monetize mommy visits

ABC's of Farm Based Education Spring Workshop Appleton Farms, Ipswich, MA April 7-8, 2011 If you are just starting to explore the possibilities of opening your farm for education, or looking for new ideas for your program, this is the workshop for you!

Posted: January 26 2011
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every city has a food shed..

but does every city have a homesteader's league?

Posted: January 21 2011
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sell to schools, get GAP trained

Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Certification Training February 15th &16th 2011 Anderson County Civic Center. 3027 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.; Anderson, SC The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, in partnership with the Clemson University Sustainable Agriculture Program and Anderson County, is offering Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) training to local farmers, extension agents, institutional food service managers, […]

Posted: January 18 2011
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aspiring farmers, perk up those ears

  Big thank you to Andrea for making us aware of this brand new farmer training program in VT. she said 'would you be into this?' we said YES A partnership between Intervale Center and The University of Vermont. These programs continue to flourish, but will flourish even more if we flood them with applications. […]

Posted: January 16 2011
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Summer internship in New Paltz, NY

Phillies Bridge Farm Project, in New Paltz, NY, is looking for two fun-loving hard working interns to work with our summer education programs. To Apply: Send letter, resume, and names and phone numbers of 3 references to: Amie Baracks, 45 Phillies Bridge Road, New Paltz, NY 12561 or [email protected] Summer Internships in Environmental Education This internship […]

Posted: January 15 2011
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forage oakland portland ..any land with trees!

Portland Fruit Tree Project provides a valuable service that helps communities benefit directly from local resources. Fresh fruit that grows on neighborhood trees is collected by volunteers, and dropped off at local Food Banks for distribution to those in need. The great thing about this program is that in large part, the fruit would not […]

Posted: January 14 2011
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michigan farmer training program

Organic Farmer Training Program Michigan State University Student Organic Farm Now accepting applications for 2011 Cohort! The Organic Farmer Training Program offers nine months of intensive instruction in year-round organic farming.  The program focuses on diversified production of vegetables, flowers, fruits and herbs for local markets.  Students manage all aspects of a 10-acre certified organic […]

Posted: January 4 2011
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useful knowldege

is always welcome. December 3, 2010 11:51 am Best Made List: Heat Values For Various Woods As winter marches on and the mercury begins to dip, we turn more frequently to the hearth. One good thing to remember when your building a fire is that your wood selection will effect the amount of heat produced […]

Posted: December 27 2010
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amazing island training center

The Greenbank Farm Training Center (GFTC) on Whidbey Island, WA has expanded its farmer training programming and is now accepting applications for the 2011 season. Are you, or someone you know, hoping to start a small organic farm? Do you need to improve your production skills and develop a business plan before taking that next […]

Posted: December 22 2010
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badass farmers, feed legions, teach others how

Northeast Organic Farming Association/ Massachusetts Chapter presents: 2011 Advanced Growers' Winter Seminar / With Jean-Paul Courtens and Jody Bolluyt "Systematizing a Diverse Vegetable Operation" Saturday, February 5, 2011: 8:30am to 5:00pm Barre Congregational Church, 30 Park Street, Barre, Mass. Registration Cost The registration cost for the seminar is $90. Any person who registers by January […]

Posted: December 18 2010
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agrarian studies

  The Program in Agrarian Studies at Yale is an experimental, interdisciplinary effort to reshape how a new generation of scholars understands rural life and society. Our basic goal is to infuse categories of social science research in danger of becoming purely statistical and abstract with the fresh air of popular knowledge and reasoning about […]

Posted: December 13 2010
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MOSES Organic Farmer Mentor Program: Call for Participants

Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service This mentoring program links a new farmer with an experienced organic farmer, who are doing the same type of farming ( vegetables, dairy, crops, etc.) and provide an avenue for an exchange of information.  Farmers who have been farming for just a few years, or who are making the transition […]

Posted: December 11 2010
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nyc foodworks report

On November 22nd, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn unveiled an 86 page, comprehensive plan that sets a bold vision for a more sustainable food system—a ground-to-garbage approach unprecedented in the history of our city. The plan, ‘FoodWorks’, provides a blueprint for addressing issues at every phase of the food system - from agricultural production, processing, […]

Posted: December 8 2010
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CT NOFA's new farmer program

Exciting! Connecticut needs more farmers and a lot of people would like to farm. To help bring these two resources together CT NOFA is launching its New Connecticut Farmer program, supported in part by a USDA Beginning Farmer grant in collaboration with NOFA NY and other NOFA chapters. (according to the USDA, a beginning farmer […]

Posted: December 6 2010
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Greenbank Farm Training Center

The Greenbank Farm Training Center (GFTC) has expanded its educational programming and is now accepting applications for the 2011 season. The GFTC on Whidbey Island offers two programs designed for participants who are committed to pursuing a career in sustainable agriculture and desire a thorough academic and experiential education in the business and production aspects of organic small-scale farming. With […]

Posted: December 5 2010
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oral histories of apprentices at stone barns.

very glossy. very cool idea.

Posted: December 2 2010
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Ballymaloe Cookery School Schedule 2011

Behold! The Ballymaloe Cookery School schedule for 2011. A selection of old classics and new twists including Simply Delicious Food for Family and Friends, Classic Techniques, Easy Entertaining with Darina and Rachel Allen and New Trends in Cooking (find out about pop up restaurants, truck food and much more).  Here is a selection of just some […]

Posted: November 27 2010
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Radix Ecological Sustainabilty Center

The Radix Ecological Sustainability Center is a new not-for-profit educational organization based in inner city Albany, NY.   The purpose of the Radix Center is to promote ecological literacy and environmental stewardship through educational programs based around demonstrations of sustainable technologies. They've acquired a half acre lot in the south end of Albany on the corner of […]

Posted: November 14 2010
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legal farm apprenticeships in jefferson county, wa

Jefferson County FIELD is an on-farm based internship program in sustainable agriculture located on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. This collaborative educational program was developed by Jefferson County farmers and Washington State University (WSU) Extension and provides interns the opportunity to study sustainable agricultural enterprises and community-based production systems at several diverse farms in […]

Posted: November 6 2010
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industry publications

For interest's sake, here are two industry publications. The Packer is a weekly newspaper covering produce shipping, distribution, marketing and trends in fresh produce including fruits and vegetables.  Since 1893! The Milkweed offers Dairy marketing information.

Posted: November 1 2010
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in case you don't know about SARE

it is an amazing program. Part of what is awesome about federally coordinated policy objectives: Sustainable Agriculture Research + Education. here is a podcast intro:

Posted: October 16 2010
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Webinar on the 2012 Farm Bill

Feeding Health or Disease? The 2012 Farm Bill November 2, 2010, 11 am CT (9 a.m. PT --10am MT --12 pm ET) In this webinar, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Medical Director and IATP Food and Society Fellow alumnus Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH, will explore the parallels between health reform and the Farm Bill. Anne Haddix, Ph.D., […]

Posted: October 16 2010
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good things in the hudson valley

THE WORLD'S LARGEST SOLAR EVENTFREE TOUR OF 20,000 SQ. FT.  CARBON NEUTRAL BUILDING , Saturday, October 2nd, 2010 at SunDog Solar/Kling Magnetics Buildings , 343 Route 295, Chatham NY THE NATIONAL SOLAR TOUR is the largest nonprofit solar event in the world.  This 15th annual event, (coordinated by the nonprofit American Solar Energy Society (ASES) […]

Posted: September 23 2010
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Monday Oct 4th - Washington Young Farmer Mixer & Spit Roast

Monday, October 4th 2010, 5pm, Free! Washington Young Farmer Mixer & Spit Roast at the Vashon Island Grange Hall 10365 S.W. Cowan Road Vashon, WA 98070 Google Map at the North End Ferry Park & Ride upper parking lot FREE! Family friendly, including kids activities from Homestead Farm School! Please RSVP: ROUGH SCHEDULE: 5pm: […]

Posted: September 9 2010
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Farm Business Webinar Tonight!

September 9, 7 pm The Ins and Outs of Insurance for Farm Businesses UVM Extension New Farmer Project Webinar, with Kevin Bourdon from Co-op Insurance Companies To insure, or not to insure?  Do you need worker's comp for your farm apprentice? Can you insure land you are leasing from liable for injuries caused by your […]

Posted: September 9 2010
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Online Courses for Beginning Farmers

TO REGISTER, or for more information on course format and requirements, please visit New Online Courses for Beginning Farmers Debut This Fall! Need some guidance on the development or expansion of a farm enterprise? Can’t find any trainings near you? If you’re comfortable enough with a computer to consider learning online, you’ll be glad […]

Posted: September 2 2010
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pedal-powered corn shelling

MIT Global Challenge: Agricultural Processing Problem Around the world, 550 million smallholder farmers lack access to mechanized agricultural technology. Many important food staples like maize (corn) and grains (e.g., rice or whet) are harvested and processed by hand, which is both labor intensive and time consuming. Processing agriculture manually can also lead to injuries or […]

Posted: August 28 2010
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cool beans and check out the bodacious daylesford farm school too. gold plated shovels, oh my!

Posted: August 2 2010
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local food cycle teach out

Coordinated by the Food Justice Project of the Community Alliance for Global Justice Third Event of 2010! Refugee Farmer Project - Auburn, WA Saturday, July 31st, 10am-3pm

Posted: July 15 2010
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blight bites.

Listen in on this Webinar today!  And tell fellow farmers how you feel with the Hudson Valley Seed Library's Blight Bites T-shirt. * Intro to Plant Diseases and Management Strategies for the Farm, a webinar presented by the UVM Extension New Farmer Project, June 24, 7 pm (EST) * Many of us walk into the […]

Posted: June 24 2010
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a report on the DIALOG TOUR that the canadian government did about beginning farmer land issues. 2009 Dialogue Tour on Young Farmers And Farm Transfers - Executive Summary In November of 2009, the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture), hosted half-day roundtables on young farmers and farm transfer issues […]

Posted: June 24 2010
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that amtrak smell

i've finally learned what it is.  And I'd like them to please make a less toxic situation for the riders of the trains. its called PHENOL disinfectant. and it kills nearly everything there is according to the label. active ingredient is 0-phenylphenol and frankly i'd like to know a bit more about it. on the […]

Posted: June 23 2010
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amazing guidebook for new york farmers

Just out from the American Farmland Trust. The New York Agricultural Landowner Guide is an indispensable tool for farmers and rural landowners trying to navigate the sometimes confusing array of public programs available to them. “I don’t have a lot of time to research all the programs out there,” says Don Telaak, a dairy farmer […]

Posted: June 21 2010
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its happening in nystate-- good for everyone to know

GNP Forum:  Hydrofracking - "The Gulf Coast Disaster" for New York State with Tom Prichard Wednesday,  June 9 ,  7:00 -9:00 pm Guilderland Public Library 2228 Western Avenue (US Route 20), Guilderland, NY 12084 Learn more about  the potentially disastrous "hydrofracking" currently underway in New York State.   Underneath much of upstate NY is the […]

Posted: June 5 2010
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sustainable food and bioenergy systems - MSU

Thanks to Jacob Cowgill of Prairie Heritage Farm for the heads up on this program at Montana State University. Here's what Jacob has to say about it: I listened to your interview with Olivia at Farm 255 in Georgia and she was talking about land grant colleges being far behind on sustainable ag. Until recently […]

Posted: June 3 2010