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Greenhorns presents: Down East summer camp series!

posted March 20, 2019

Join us this Summer in Down East Maine for our annual summer camp and workshop series! This summer we will be sharing space with some amazing guest teachers and speakers to engage with our local communities- both in the natural world and human. We will be celebrating our New Farmer’s Almanac, re-wilding nutrient cycles, healing land through poetry, touring civic architecture, discussing seaweed (and everything about it), learning and singing work songs (while picking blueberries), exploring insect life, plant life, and library craft. We will be hosting only the dreamiest camps where we learn to can, smoke, and pickle fish in Sardine camp, engage with feral apples, Down East apple cider, and the commoning of it all in Cider camp, or spend two weeks learning how to build a family sized yurt in yurt camp. The whole month of August is dedicated to blueberries- and celebrating the last sweet bits of Down East summer on Smithereen Farm and at our HQ Reversing Hall where we will partake in conversations, movies, workshops, fried clams, U-Pick blueberries, local beer, and world class kayaking. BYOT (bring your own tent), stay in a Tipi, or book a place. Come solo or bring the whole family along.

Check out www.discoverboldcoast.com for more activities suggestions, hotels, campsites, restaurants, and cultural offerings.

Head to our events calendar to get more details and learn about our special teachers and guest speakers. Spaces are limited, so book your spot now. Contact office@greenhorns.org to RSVP and for more info!


Temple Wilton Community Farm seeks Dairy Assistant and apprentices!

posted March 13, 2019

Temple-Wilton Community Farm is one of the first community farms in the country and helped shape the “CSA” concept which has spread around the world. Our work is directed towards developing an entirely new culture founded on the cultivation of individual freedomequal rights, and a conscious meeting of economic needs. Towards that end we apply biodynamic practices to create a wholistic farm organism and strive to develop new economic structures directly informed by the realities of working with nature.

JOB DESCRIPTIONS

Temple-Wilton Community Farm is seeking both a Dairy Assistant and seasonal Apprentices in vegetables, livestock, and cheesemaking for the 2019 growing season, running from the beginning of April through the end of October. If interested, there are also possibilities to stay on longer. Inquire for more information.

Dairy Assistant
This individual could either have enough experience to step into this role at the onset, or be prepared and willing to grow into the responsibilities. Apart from the dairy, with up to 15 milking cows, the job would also include the care and maintenance of ~200 layer chickens as well as work related to the pastures and haying. We are seeking someone who will find themselves supported and inspired by the work we are doing with the land, the wider cultural life of our community, and the collegial atmosphere among the farmers. This is uniquely articulated in the farm’s original Aims and Intentions (https://www.twcfarm.com/history-of-the-farm). If you resonate with these intentions and strive to bring them into practice with dairy cows, please contact us. To support this work you will be provided with a private bedroom in a beautiful apartment, access to all foods produced by the farm, WiFi, and a base stipend of $750-$1,250/month depending on experience. 

Farm Apprenticeships
Apprenticeships tend to focus on one area of work, however there is flexibility to accommodate those interested in more than one aspect of the farm.Vegetable work includes all facets of planting, cultivating, and harvesting over 40 different vegetables and herbs for our community farm members, as well as regular applications of the biodynamic preparations. Livestock work includes all aspects of milking and caring for an approximately 15 cow dairy herd, and attending to a flock of laying hens. Cheese-making work includes all aspects of making and marketing a great variety of hard and soft cheeses, as well as yogurt.

Throughout the first two weeks of April we will take time to hone our observational skills and develop our understanding of biodynamic agriculture which we will practice and carry through the ongoing season. During the main season, the rhythm of the work is determined entirely by the needs of the farm, so our schedules must be very flexible. However, you can anticipate having at least one day off per week. To support this work you will be provided with a private bedroom in a beautiful apartment, access to all foods produced by the farm, WiFi, and a base stipend of $400-$750/month depending on experience.

If you are interested in working with us in the vegetable fields or with the livestock please contact Jacob Holubeck at jaholubeck@gmail.com, or call him at 603-831-1213.

If you are interested in making cheese with our small and diverse creamery, please contact our friendly cheesemaker Benjamin at bjonas.meier@gmail.com.

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For more information about our farm, please visit twcfarm.com


Grant Funding Available

posted March 6, 2019

The Cornell Small Farms Program, through the Labor Ready Farmer project, has grant funding available to offer one-on-one technical assistance to beginning farmers, including next generation farmers on family farms, on different labor and workforce management needs.
This “Smart Farming Team” grant funding is available for up to 20 eligible farms.
To read more and apply for funding, click below:
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Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Workshop

posted March 5, 2019

The National Young Farmers Coalition and the Leatherstocking Young Farmers Coalition are offering a FSMA Produce Safety Workshop for fruit and vegetable growers on March 9, in Oneonta, NY, followed by a Food Safety Plan writing workshop the following morning, March 10th.  For more information and to register, please visit the link below:

FSMA Workshop Information

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Job Announcement: Policy Director at CCOF

posted February 15, 2019

California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) is hiring a Policy Director to aid in advancing organic agriculture for a healthy world through policy, advocacy, outreach, and strategic communications. The Director will be a highly collaborative leader who is committed to working with internal and external stakeholders to address local, state, and national policy and regulatory issues impacting CCOF members. For more information, please visit https://www.ccof.org/ccof/work-ccof

 

 


Unadilla Community Farm is seeking community members to live & farm cooperatively on 12 acres in Otsego County, New York!

posted January 13, 2019

Founded in 2013, Unadilla Community Farm is an off-grid solar-powered organic fruit and vegetable farm and permaculture education center. Our mission is to provide a space for the teaching and practice of sustainable skills. Currently, we have 4 farm members (2 of whom live on-site year-round) and a crew of seasonal interns. We’re seeking additional members who want to live and work with us cooperatively. 

We grow a diversity of cold-hardy organic fruits, vegetables, herbs, and mushrooms, following the principles of agroforestry, organic agriculture and permaculture. We are establishing a regenerative food forest with over 50+ varieties of fruit and nut trees and berries. We’re also currently building our infrastructure from the ground up, using natural building methods and local + salvaged materials. We have completed a self-sufficient tiny home, and are in the process of building a barn and converting a school bus into another tiny home. 

Potential members are invited to live and work with us for a trial period of at least 3 months during the growing season, with the opportunity to move in full-time if it seems like a good fit. There are several pathways to communal landownership that we can pursue, depending on the interests of new members. Our project is run cooperatively, so new members are invited to share their unique skills and ideas for communally driving the project forward as we expand and diversify. 
Visit our website for more details about our work – and please email us at unadillacommunityfarm@gmail.com to get in touch! And please share this with your networks.
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https://nyfarmlandfinder.org/find-a-farm/property/unadilla-community-farm


Start Farming, Start Ranching at the School of Adaptive Agriculture

posted January 12, 2019

The School of Adaptive Agriculture Practicum Program is for adults who have decided to enter the sustainable food system. You may not yet know what your role will be. But you want to be among the million new farmers, ranchers, and leaders this country needs in order to transform agriculture through creative, sustainable and profitable enterprises. Join us for a three month intensive residential training program on a 5,000 acre working ranch in Mendocino County, California. Our 2019 Practicum Programs start in April and July. Visit our website for more information.

The School of Adaptive Agriculture Practicum Program is for adults who have decided to enter the sustainable food system. You may not yet know what your role will be. But you want to be among the million new farmers, ranchers, and leaders this country needs in order to transform agriculture through creative, sustainable and profitable enterprises. Join us for a three month intensive residential training program on a 5,000 acre working ranch in Mendocino County, California. Our program combines experiential learning with living and working side-by-side with farmers and ranchers. Classroom based learning is designed to send students off with a comprehensive vocabulary, skill set, and understanding of the foundations of small scale agriculture. Weekly field trips contribute to a unique learning experience, giving students a well-rounded education that helps launch them into your career in the food system. Programs start in April and July. Visit our website for more information.

To learn more about our program please visit our website: www.adaptiveagriculture.org. Please note that applications for our 2019 Spring term are due Thursday, February 14th.


Global Challenge: Sparking the Next Agricultural Revolution

posted December 30, 2018

December 4, 2018 Steve Babin & Praveen Penmetsa

Human progression has forever been linked to our ability to find ways to more efficiently feed ourselves. From hunter gatherer to agrarian to industrial and networked, each advancement in civilization has been led by technological advancements in agriculture. 

For a historical perspective, in the United States in 1870, nearly 50% of the population was employed in agriculture. Today that number is under 2%. During the middle of the industrial revolution, there was still one worker in agriculture for every other employee in the work force. A series of global famines lead to immense focus on agricultural efficiency and application of technology in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Currently, roughly 1 employee in agriculture can feed 50 people.

However, the need for farmers can never completely disappear. As the world population increases and global food demand skyrockets, the need for higher and better food production is increasing while the margin for error is decreasing with limited arable land. Our food producers have always been at the mercy of nature. Drought, flood, heat, cold, pests, and disease are only a few of the natural phenomenon farmers have had to contend with for millennia. In addition, farmers today are facing challenges that no other generation of farmers have had to face.

Tackling modern day challenges is where the farmer is less equipped or in some cases, not at all.  The world is seeing an overall urban migration at a rate never seen before. The labor force which farmers have relied upon lately is slowly aging and disappearing as rural communities “advance” through their agrarian phase.  Urban service economies are creating high paying, high-tech jobs, leaving employment in the agricultural industry looking unexciting and unprofitable. Non-GMO and organic movements are stripping farmers of their historical weapons against nature. A focus on urban economies and urban service industries has led to government policies artificially driving up labor wages without consideration to its impact on farming communities, thus adding a new challenge in an always price driven commodity market. Other resources that feed farming, such as and especially water, are now a regulated, debated, and increasingly expensive resource. The rate of global civilization advancement coupled with the above societal shifts has left the farmer technologically behind. 

The list could go on.

All of the above has resulted in farming communities feeling threatened and marginalized at a time when we need them most. Quoting one of our clients – “…we feel like we have a target on our backs.”

There is a new movement that is countering the above, farmers and farming communities are beginning to take control of the future and pool their resources to fund the innovation they need. A major impediment has been a lack of familiarity with complex technology development at a global scale. The technology companies that do engage with farmers have ignored the generational knowledge and insights that rests with farmers and hence have failed in providing the needed advancements. Several technology companies have taken advantage of farmers whether through data rights, usage/modification restrictions, or limiting revenue trickle down to farmers. Some companies have engaged in all of these and more.

This has led to audacious farmers engaging companies like Motivo, to develop their needed solutions. Motivo’s unique commercial arrangements allows farmers and farming communities to leverage their insights by encapsulating them into unique services and products for deployment not just on their farms but globally. Early adopters and visionaries in agriculture are seeing a world of opportunity with new innovations leading to intellectual property and new revenue streams.

This is just the beginning and unless we apply the kind of societal focus and resources applied to other global challenges, our next generation will be re-introduced to the word “famine”, a word that has largely disappeared from the public vernacular. Unlike previous famines, this time around our society antipathy towards farmers and farming would be the primary cause.

In our upcoming blogs we shall examine additional ways to overcome the highlighted food security challenges and accelerate a future where farming is viewed as an exciting and profitable profession globally.

A future where society has advanced by taking the next giant leap in agriculture.


Steve Babin is a Product Manager at Motivo who grew up working on and around farms in rural Northern Idaho where he now resides. After 12 years working in aerospace maintenance, production, and R&D, Steve joined Motivo after noticing the work they were doing in the AgTech space.

Praveen Penmetsa is the CEO and founder of Motivo Engineering.

Motivo Engineering is an innovation engineering firm headquartered in California, USA and has executed numerous projects in mobility, aerospace and AgTech. Motivo’s unique innovation framework and phased product development approach has reduced the risk in transformative product development for audacious visionaries. Motivo projects range from innovation and intellectual property development to low volume manufacturing of these transformative products. Several Motivo clients are now leveraging these technology solutions for additional future revenue through licensing or by selling these unique products.

Motivo will be at the 2019 World Ag Expo, February 12-14 at the International Agri-Center in Tulare.

 www.motivo.com


Rogue Farm Corps Internships & Apprenticeships for 2019 – Oregon

posted November 22, 2018

Rogue Farm Corps helps train the next generation of farmers via hands-on immersive training on sustainable farms in Oregon. Live and learn side-by-side with a mentor farmer. Take part in classes, farm tours, and discussion circles. Learn more and apply today for the 2019 season: http://roguefarmcorps.org

Rogue Farm Corps Internship Program is a full season entry-level residential internship that combines hands-on training and skills-based education in sustainable agriculture.

Participants live and learn on a host farm, receiving up to 1,500 hours of on-farm training and learning in-depth skills from their mentor farmer over the course of a farming season. The hands-on, residential training experience is combined with farm tours, classes, and discussion circles throughout the region, as well as an independent study project, and access to lots of resources for further learning. Interns are exposed to a vast array of knowledge and expertise by engaging in the daily life of vibrant, agricultural communities.

The Apprenticeship Program is an advanced program for those with farming experience who are seeking mastery in the art and business of sustainable agriculture. Hands-on training, classes, weekend workshops around the state, an independent study project, and guidance in farm business development will allow participants to gain the skills to plan, design, and run integrated farming systems on their own.

This full-immersion program is designed for those who have completed an internship program with RFC or a similar organization, or have two years of on-farm experience. Apprentices live and learn on a host farm, receive up to two seasons of on-farm training, and learn in-depth skills from their mentor farmer. The rotating two-year curriculum focuses on advanced farming techniques and business planning and management.

Rogue Farm Corps is the only organization in Oregon that offers structured, entry-level and advanced farmer education and training programs rooted in real-world farm businesses. The program works with host farms located in the Rogue Valley, the Portland Metro Area, the South Willamette Valley, and Central Oregon and offer experiences with vegetable production, animal husbandry, dairy, mixed operations, and more. For complete program descriptions, host farm profiles, and applications visit http://roguefarmcorps.org