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upcoming young farmer conferences!

  The National Young Farmer Education Association is holding their National Ag Leadership Conference July 7-9 in Austin, TX.  Should be nice! More info here.   and National Grange Youth is holding their Northeastern Regional Youth Conference July 11-13 in Exeter, Rhode Island.  Read more here.

Posted: June 15 2008
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the poetry of don: free speaking verse

The Unknown As we know, There are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know There are known unknowns. That is to say We know there are some things We do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, The ones we don't know We don't know. —Feb. 12, 2002, Department […]

Posted: June 12 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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land link for young farmers

from Elisha Greeley Smith, Center for Rural Affairs Farmers are working longer than ever. According to the 2002 Agriculture Census, the average age of farmers is 55, and one in four is 65 or older. As older farmers leave the land and the price of farms continues to skyrocket, it's increasingly difficult for a new crop […]

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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letters from young farmers: Drew McCoy

i'm interested in helping! from 82 to 2000 i was a dairy farm kid on Wotokahan Farm in Ohio and then in 01 i was attending Drake in Iowa working on a graphic design/advertising degree i dropped out ($) from 02 to 05 i attended BraincoMSA in Minnesota which is an advertising portfolio shcool i […]

Posted: June 5 2008
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reclaim your lawn!

Severine's notes from a train ride Sitting on the train enroute from San Francisco to New York State, I've been looking at a lot of silly land use decisions, and the unrelenting grandeur of our nation's arid mid section. Mansions, barrios, scrap-heaps and coyote carcasses, all are visible from the train, as are the broken […]

Posted: June 2 2008
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save the date: a midsummer rabbit roast

Posted: June 2 2008
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special request from Gabe Dominguez

Howdy folks ~ This is Gabe Dominguez from SHAKE YOUR PEACE! San Francisco's own bicycle-touring folk band, and co-director of The Bicycle Music Festival, the coolest free 100% bicycle-powered event ever. After 2 years in my rooftop tent, I'd like to mix it up and relocate the tent to: a backyard, a different rooftop, or else […]

Posted: May 30 2008
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no farmers, no food

via Zoë Bradbury   Every time I come in from my farm fields and tune into the news these days, the headline is about food: food prices, food scares, food shortages, food riots. Food has America’s attention these days, but folks are overlooking a critical piece of the brewing crisis: a national shortage of farmers. […]

Posted: May 28 2008
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awesome captain planet style opportunity

Grow Montana is now accepting applications for FoodCorps, a team of five full-time AmeriCorps VISTA's helping schools and colleges across Montana to buy more locally-grown foods. Now in the third year of this nationally-innovative program, FoodCorps works with Montana farmers, ranchers, students, parents, teachers, and activists to create long-term change. Last year's team returned over […]

Posted: May 28 2008
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rooted in community conference!

The California Conference Planning Team is very pleased to announce that registration for RIC’s 10th Annual Conference is now open!!  You can find the complete registration packet by following the link this link (conference registration).  If you are a member of the Rooted in Community listserv, you can also find the packet on the Shared […]

Posted: May 28 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
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biopiracy!!

Sadly we were unable to attend Planet Diversity and the international protest in defense of Seeds! in Germany last week.  However, you can read all about it, and watch youtube of the protest theatrics and the biopiracy awards.  [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gDzI45mI34&hl=en] Remember, the biggest crimes of this generation aren't even illegal yet.

Posted: May 22 2008
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nominate a young farmer!

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS for Glynwood Center’s 6th Annual National Harvest Awards!   The Harvest Awards honor individuals, organizations, and businesses across the United States that do an exceptional job of supporting sustainable agriculture and regional food systems.  Do you know visionary farmers who not only raise amazing food but have also developed innovations in growing, marketing, and […]

Posted: May 20 2008
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letters from young farmers: our task

from Louella Hill, Cheesemaker, Narragansett Creamery Sev! You are kind to call to consult me the consultant. What a little dilemma you have... But also... not really. My instant gut reaction was simple and strong: Your task right now is to make this film. Your task is not to overthink yourself. It is not to judge […]

Posted: May 19 2008
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young farmer sees respect in full bloom

young Oregon cherry farmer brings fresh perspective and receives much respect.  read on here...

Posted: May 19 2008
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Growing Awareness

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2K9LbVX8QE&hl=en] This feature-length documentary from the Pacific Northwest examines Community-Supported Agriculture (csa), through which consumers buy shares of a local farm's harvest, receiving a weekly supply of fresh food throughout the growing season. Small-scale organic farmers and csa members from around the South Puget Sound region share their views on the present reality of small-scale […]

Posted: May 16 2008
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exposed: the great GM crops myth

By Geoffrey Lean, Environment Editor, from The Independent  Major new study shows that modified soya produces 10 per cent less food than its conventional equivalent Genetic modification actually cuts the productivity of crops, an authoritative new study shows, undermining repeated claims that a switch to the controversial technology is needed to solve the growing world food […]

Posted: May 15 2008
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farmers with aprons participate!

An urban ally of young farmer cuisine has taken the initiative to make a book, a cook book from the recipes of young farmers. From the irreverant vegetal concoctions of late afternoon, and the plug and chug breakfasts from too many eggs. Please, share your favorite dishes with her, and she'll organize them, photograph them, […]

Posted: May 14 2008
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job posting: Stone Barns

Position Description Stone Barns has an immediate opening for a full-time Marketing and Communications Manager. Supervised by the Managing Director, the Marketing and Communications Manager will have primary responsibility for all marketing projects, overseeing development, design and production of all internal and external materials. Working with the Managing Director, the Marketing and Communications Manager will […]

Posted: May 14 2008
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young agrarian groundswell!

Pardon us while we sound a trumpet.  The young farmer movement is taking root--roots deepening everyday in healthy soil and healthy communities.  Young farmers are in the public sphere--the NY TIMES and LA TIMES and KPFA Radio.  They are bridging the generational gap, farming in cities and suburbs, squatting land to farm, and negotiating partnerships to farm--farming by any means […]

Posted: May 12 2008
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farm bill update.

For those of you who have been following the farm bill for months, or if you've just noticed how contentious and complicated it is, here is a good list (see policy platform below) of the programs developed that have direct bearing on our capacity as a nation to feed ourselves proper, healthy food.  When you […]

Posted: May 11 2008
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bikes on trains.

Severine reports on a mid-April train ride. Did you know that it's forbidden to take a bicycle on Amtrak? This blog post has little to do with rural revivals or sustainable agriculture--or does it? Bikes on trains is in fact a micro-parable of exactly the kind of transportation paradigm that we are working towards...I support bikes […]

Posted: May 9 2008
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last minute Terra Madre application!

This is very last minute, but we wanted to alert the young farmers out there to a great opportunity to participate in International dialogue about small-scale production, traditional methods, and cross-cultural knowledge exchange. Maybe some of you have heard of it, or applied already, but this year will be the third edition of Slow Food's […]

Posted: May 6 2008
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webportal for young farmers!

Unleash the depths of your agricultural knowledge on the Webportal for Young Farmers Wiki! We are in the initial stages of creating a webportal for young farmers. Its an online funnel that provides young farmers, apprentices, and new entrants into sustainable agriculture with resources necessary to begin farming or to expand their practice. Its a […]

Posted: April 30 2008
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san francisco fundraiser update!

local food farmer friends.  please join us in greenhorns fundraising festivities. may 2 2008 at Mission Pie (intersection of 25th st/mission st) from 7 to 10PM.  suggested donation is 100 dollars. if you can't pay come help, volunteering is encouraged and welcomed! please contact Joylynn at [email protected] or Severine at [email protected] for more on this. fundraiser […]

Posted: April 26 2008
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homegrown: on rock concerts and yard farms

Severine reports from a bike excursion. I just went on my bicycle over to the Farm Aid offices for a visit, and ended up eating pie, talking about strategic take-over of suburbia by determined and principled mothers working fearlessly to expand their domestic humanism out to the edge of the lawn, and beyond.  In Dirt […]

Posted: April 22 2008
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the greenhorns update!

  Dear allies, advisors, activists, agriculturalists. Thank you for being a part of this network. You may well have already helped us feed fundraiser guests, wash dishes, stuff envelopes, or overcome existential crisis. We are so grateful for your advice, contributions and tremendous hard work. Together we form a sizable, growing piece of the young […]

Posted: April 21 2008
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available: farm worker position!

Full-time (40 hours/week) farm worker position available. 47 acre educational farm in Queens is looking to add one full-time, year-round worker. Primary responsibilities will be to assist farmer in vineyard and vegetable production, but must be willing to do general labor work as required. Some weekend work and seasonal attendance at farmer's market. Farm experience […]

Posted: April 17 2008
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King Corn on PBS!

King Corn airs this week on the Emmy-winning PBS series Independent Lens. Broadcasts begin tonight! Check local listings, learn more about the world of corn, get lost in the corn maze, and go behind the scenes on the new PBS website for King Corn.

Posted: April 15 2008
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farm bill update!

We urge those of you who haven't yet called your representatives about the farm bill to take a look at the Sustainable Agriculture Coalition website and call the numbers on the site--we need to seal up the dealio with 15 million for beginning farmer funding (see this action alert to get started). Maybe, or maybe we […]

Posted: April 15 2008
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letters from young farmers: Nicole

Cheers to our new series: letters from young farmers.  Of late, our inbox has been blessed with moving missives from those either currently farming or investigating the fruits of life on the land.  Our goal is to inspire another generation of optimistic agrarians, so when we receive these inspiring letters that inspire our work we can't help but want […]

Posted: April 11 2008
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hawaii taro

Taro, one of the earliest cultivations, is threatened by the tsunami of GMO research in Hawaii- which is the world headquarters of genetic research in agriculture. Until recently Hawaii was a major exporter of cane sugar, pineapples and other tropical fruits to the mainland and Japan, as well as large-scale cattle raising industry. These agricultural […]

Posted: April 9 2008
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miranda july and barak and voting

by Miranda July I'd like to think all the people who follow my work are radical, political firecrackers. But those of you who are don't need any encouragement from me. Instead I will focus my efforts on the demographic who, like me in 1996, feels completely disconnected from life, nevermind their country. I'm hoping that […]

Posted: April 7 2008
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young farmer vs. big pharma

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_--xnJVC2AU&hl=en] Who should we trust with the health of the nation? This You Tube video just served to remind me about the horror and deceitfulness of mega-pharmaseutical companies and the expense they'll go to to manufacture our desire for pills. More and more pills. My own dad is on quite a number of pills, and […]

Posted: April 3 2008
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nominate the best!

It is unfortunate that often the best foods cost the most--if you buy them in the city, that is. If you grow your own, its affordable to eat quail eggs.   In season local fruits are frugal. Work like a peasant, eat like a king. It is with these sentiments that we present an event […]

Posted: March 28 2008
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greenhorns expedition : Atlanta and the American Lawn

This a travel journal entry from Severine's trip through Iowa, East Tennessee, and Georgia. ---------- From the Georgia Organics Conference, laden with four pounds of peanuts and two gallons of sorghum syrup from the silent auction, I caught a ride to Atlanta with Farmer Dee. The light was brilliant as the hills of Chattanooga flattened […]

Posted: March 27 2008
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fundraiser in San Francisco

dear California Bay Area greenhorns and friends of the sustainable farming movement, Please join us on Thursday March 27 for a fundraiser in SF. Proceeds go directly to the film. Email agrariana <at> gmail <dot> com for more information.

Posted: March 24 2008
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spring equinox goat birth

Young farmer Novella Carpenter has just welcomed two new Nigerian Dwarf doelings to the world at GhostTown Farm. Here's their birth announcement, and read more about the birth here on Novella's blog City Farmer. "I ran downstairs and Bebe came running up to me, bleating and looking at me with distress. Tail up. That’s always […]

Posted: March 21 2008