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racial justice and maine farming

From MOFGA (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association), tune in to this conversation TOMORROW July 9, 2020 from 5-7PM: Racial Justice and Maine Farming Are you a farmer that wants to commit to anti-racist practices on your farm and in your community? Join other Maine farmers on July 9th from 5-7 pm to discuss racial […]

Posted: July 8 2020
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farm job at Second Chance Youth Garden

The Second Chance Youth Garden is designed to divert youth away from the justice system, by reengaging them in the community and exposing them to meaningful work. Offering a 16 week internship program in underserved communities, the garden program aims to: make healthy food available, cultivate food justice, and help move youth to higher education and […]

Posted: June 25 2020
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passamaquoddy-maliseet sweetgrass harvest video

SWEETGRASS (video) Language Keepers began in 2006 as an experimental project to document endangered languages, addressing a central dilemma in endangered language work: the decline and loss of public group discourse. When a language is no longer spoken in groups outside the family or in public, it cannot be passed on or documented effectively. In […]

Posted: June 25 2020
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elephant in the room...

FOOD AND EMPIRE American food system founded on stolen lands Read this article by Chris Newman of Sylvanaqua Farms for democracy in food and agriculture. An excerpt with some of the nitty gritty: While other nations adopt quotas and other imperfect systems to moderate the supply of food with something more humane than unregulated free […]

Posted: June 22 2020
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commoning and post-capitalist institutional change

Stir to Action has just launched BeyondHere, a programme of webinars that focus on international responses to the COVID-19 emergency. JOIN IN! the first webinar with David Bollier on 22 June, 11am - 1:30pm EST, on Commoning & Post-Capitalist Institutional Change.

Posted: June 20 2020
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next generation dairy farmers

Food security starts here: The next generation of Berkshire dairy farmers An article by Sarah Gardner published on The Berkshire Edge discusses how two next-generation farmers help guarantee food security in the Berkshires. Featured are Darrel Turner of Turner Farm, and Ian Allen of Balsam Hill Farm. Check it out! Furthermore, the end of the […]

Posted: June 20 2020
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nyéléni newsletter: land grabs and land justice

Nyéléni NewsletterNumber 40, June 2020 From La Via Campesina: This issue of Nyéléni is the first part of two editions (June and September) dedicated to the theme of land. This issue examines the challenges of the current rush for land by financial and corporate actors, from the local to the global. It assesses current opportunities […]

Posted: June 19 2020
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national young farmers coalition, now hiring

VIEW CURRENT JOB POSTINGS, HERE! Applications are due on July 13th. If you have any questions, please email [email protected] Information from NYFC below: Young Farmers seeks a California Campaigns Director to build support and capacity for farmer-led change at the state level. We are looking for a candidate who is passionate about building power among communities that have been excluded […]

Posted: June 17 2020
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indigenous sovereignty and black land liberation [events]

Agrarian Trust has centered these upcoming events in their recent newsletter. See below for details and join in the collective action and education!! Furthermore, visit this web page to view The Ultimate List of Black Owned Farms & Food Gardens . Land and Freedom Now: Collective Action for Black Land LiberationFriday, June 19th, 1:00 PM EST/10:00 […]

Posted: June 17 2020
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upcoming virtual garden workshops

From the Trustees Boston Community Gardens, check out their virtual workshop offerings to stay engaged and learning this growing season! Know your WeedsTonight! 6/17 6-7PM - FREELearn how to identify common garden weeds, know if they're edible or medicinal, and manage them if they're troublemakers. Pre-register for zoom link Trellising 101Tuesday, 6/23 5-6PM - FREEReview of a […]

Posted: June 17 2020
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online event, sending hope: women warriors by Sogorea Te Land Trust

event link: Women Warriors: Indigenous Women Protecting The Sacred Hosted by Sogorea Te Land Trust, join this FREE online event Wednesday June 24, 6:00-8:00PM PST // 9:00-11:00 PM EST. Facilitated by Dr. Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu and Nazshonnii Brown. Description from event site: "At this time of pandemic and unrelenting settler colonial violence in our world, we […]

Posted: June 14 2020
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Soul Fire Farm's action steps and policy platform for food sovereignty

Soul Fire Farm's action steps and policy platform for food sovereignty [pdf]: CHECK OUT this incredible resource and guide for addressing and dismantling racism in the food system, galvanizing the movement for land and racial justice, written by the illustrious folks at Soul Fire Farm. Thank you to Nora Feldhusen, Organizing Committee Member of the […]

Posted: June 14 2020
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the people's agroecology process

A NEW PUBLICATION! published on WhyHunger, and co-authored by grassroots organizations in the Caribbean and North America: The People’s Agroecology Process: Unlocking Our Power Through Agroecology // [pdf] You can download the publication in English and Spanish. Text from WhyHunger: "Six years of experience under their belt, grassroots organizations launched this year a new publication describing their path […]

Posted: June 12 2020
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cultivating community, hiring

Cultivating Community is currently accepting applications for: Farmer Support Specialist Food Hub Assistant (Fresh Start Farms Food Hub) Positions are based on a farm in Lisbon, ME. You can send application documents by email to Alex Redfield at [email protected] and call (207) 475-7235 with questions. 1) Write a letter explaining why you are interested in […]

Posted: June 11 2020
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NYT op-ed, "America, This Is Your Chance"

"Our only hope for our collective liberation is a politics of deep solidarity rooted in love." READ THIS ARTICLE! From Michelle Alexander (civil rights lawyer, advocate, legal scholar and the author of “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness) comes this goosebump raising-ly powerful op-ed, published June 8, 2020 in the […]

Posted: June 11 2020
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NYT op-ed, "America, This Is Your Chance"

"Our only hope for our collective liberation is a politics of deep solidarity rooted in love." READ THIS ARTICLE! From Michelle Alexander (civil rights lawyer, advocate, legal scholar and the author of “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness) comes this goosebump raising-ly powerful op-ed, published June 8, 2020 in the […]

Posted: June 11 2020
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TODAY: public debate on regen ag as climate solution

Tune in!! Make your voice heard and participate in the public dialogue! From scholars like the leaders of organization Soil4Climate: the global movement of scientists, practitioners, and engaged citizens working to make soil a climate solution ------- Tussle in Academia: Eminent Scholars Refute World Resources Institute Dismissive Stance on Regan Ag as a Climate Solution […]

Posted: June 10 2020
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human rights watch film festival, screening of GATHER

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival brings to digital audiences the documentary Gather, this Saturday June 20th! Blurb & description below. "Gather celebrates the fruits of the indigenous food sovereignty movement, profiling innovative changemakers in Native American tribes across North America reclaiming their identities after centuries of physical and cultural genocide. On the Apache reservation, a […]

Posted: June 10 2020
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black land theft mini-documentary

How Black Americans Were Robbed of Their Land Watch this 15-minute documentary from The Atlantic, How Black Americans Were Robbed of Their Land -- based on Vann R. Newkirk’s article, “The Great Land Robbery.” Description from the Atlantic below: Over the course of the 20th century, black Americans have lost approximately 12 million acres of land. […]

Posted: June 9 2020
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John Boyd Jr. spokesman for black farmers rights

There were nearly a million black farmers in 1920. Why have they disappeared? "The number of black farmers in America peaked in 1920, when there were 949,889. Today, of the country’s 3.4 million total farmers, only 1.3%, or 45,508, are black, according to new figures from the US Department of Agriculture released [April 2019]. They own a mere […]

Posted: June 7 2020
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heritage radio network tribute to Philando Castile

On June 5, 2020, Heritage Radio Network aired episode 77 of their flagship news show Meat and Three: SAY THEIR NAMES: REMEMBERING PHILANDO CASTILE From Heritage Radio: This week on Meat and Three, we released a special episode that addresses recent police violence and revisits our tribute to Philando Castile, a school cafeteria worker who was […]

Posted: June 6 2020
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rebirthing 'the commons' for racial justice

Taking Action to Support Black-led Organizations on the Land How do we engage the energy of this moment? Steeped in historical, legal and social disenfranchisement, the ongoing violence against black lives calls for long term, place-based and collaborative work. What would it look like to be in solidarity with all life? What would it look […]

Posted: June 5 2020
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rebirthing 'the commons' for racial justice

Taking Action to Support Black-led Organizations on the Land How do we engage the energy of this moment? Steeped in historical, legal and social disenfranchisement, the ongoing violence against black lives calls for long term, place-based and collaborative work. What would it look like to be in solidarity with all life? What would it look […]

Posted: June 5 2020
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flint corn restoration project immersion experience opportunity

A message from Albie and Michele in Norridgewock, ME who are offering a wonderful opportunity in flint corn cultivation, harvest and processing: June 3, 2020Dear Friends, We have been finding and preserving and growing out Maine and Northeast varieties of flint corn now for several years.  We have given away thousands and thousands of seeds […]

Posted: June 4 2020
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sankofa community farm [philadelphia, pa]

View Bartram's Garden full site here to discover the beauty of Sankofa Community Farm. Click here to support the Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram’s Garden! Farmstand (June–November)Thursdays, 3:30–5:30 pm: 5400 Lindbergh BoulevardSaturdays, 10am–2 pm: Clark Park Farmers Market, 43rd and Chester "To develop an African focus for the farm’s core purpose, co-directors Chris Bolden-Newsome and Ty […]

Posted: June 4 2020
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civil eats on showing up for racial justice

Want to See Food and Land Justice for Black Americans? Support These Groups. From the editors at Civil Eats comes this list of organizations working to strengthen food justice, land access, and food access in the Black community. SUPPORT THESE GROUPS! "Food justice is racial justice. Food and agriculture, like everything in this country, are deeply […]

Posted: June 4 2020
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greenhorns guidebook 3.0 NOW LIVE!

The Greenhorns Beginner's Guide to Getting Into Farming Visit our newly published guidebook! Institutional violence and debt, land dispossession, food insecurity. Our present moment follows from the looting of land and the failures of American agriculture. We encourage you to donate to Black Lives Matter chapters and Bailout funds in cities or communities near you. […]

Posted: June 2 2020
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Seasonal Gardening Position on acreage in Brookline, MA

SEASONAL GARDENING POSITION Residential and private preschool property in Brookline, MA 30 hours per week, June 1 - Nov. 1, with opportunity to extend through December and return in March Hourly pay, $19-$24 per hour, experience considered and raises offered Pay frequency: monthly Work in beautiful residential gardens on land farmed for a local CSA, […]

Posted: May 31 2020
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rhubarb and resilience: women share inspiration

Lisa Kivirist, Senior Fellow and Endowed Chair in Agricultural Systems at the University of Minnesota, authored a beautiful piece published in the Monroe Times: Rhubarb and Resilience - Women Share Inspiration And a note from Lisa: Here in my southern Wisconsin farm-hood, with my local women farmer summer potluck scene on COVID hiatus (and unfortunately […]

Posted: May 31 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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Native food sovereignty in the face of coronavirus

A "Seeds and Sheep" project in Utah is one of many innovative programs seeking to help Native communities become more food sovereign and self-reliant. A beautiful article from writer Erik Ortiz, As the coronavirus pandemic strains supplies, Native Americans fight food insecurity. Read to discover the initiatives in food and seed sovereignty in Native communities […]

Posted: May 26 2020
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USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) Applications Open Today

From FUTURE HARVEST, the Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture: Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the new Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) to provide $16 billion in aid to farmers who suffered economic losses due to the coronavirus pandemic, making it the largest single payment in history to our nation’s farmers. Today through August 28, 2020, farmers […]

Posted: May 26 2020
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boston area gleaners hiring distribution manager

From the Boston Area Gleaners: BAG, a nonprofit hunger relief organization dedicated to rescuing surplus farm crops for people in need, is looking to hire a Distribution Manager to join our operations team. The Distribution Manager fulfills the mission as established by the Board of Directors, which is to rescue surplus farm crops for people in need.  In doing so, we […]

Posted: May 26 2020
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weekend reading: Coronavirus, meat, and food systems

From Marion Nestle's remarkable blog Food Politics, three articles not to miss out on this weekend: "Three exceptionally thoughtful and interesting pieces by people who have been writing about food and food systems for a long time".... Jane Ziegelman in the New York Times: America’s Obsession With Cheap Meat Eric Schlosser in The Atlantic:  America’s Slaughterhouses Aren’t […]

Posted: May 23 2020
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what to make of this?

From Vice: Man Who Has Never Had an Actual Job Encourages Laid-Off Workers to Pick Fruit Some have criticized Prince Charles' suggestion that people out of work due to coronavirus sign up for underpaid physical labor. "Charles name dropped Pick for Britain, the government's newly launched campaign to find seasonal help for farms and farmers […]

Posted: May 23 2020
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Blow Up the Restaurant Industry and Start Over

A system that relies on exploitation isn’t one that should survive the pandemic. There’s a better way to feed people and care for workers. Check out this rad article about reimagining the restaurant industry. Full of potent anecdotes woven together by author Marian Bull and published May 21 in The New Republic: founded in 1914 […]

Posted: May 23 2020
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Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures

Virtual eventMerlin Sheldrake & Helen MacdonaldFriday, June 5 at 12pm PST From the wonderful Point Reyes Books, an upcoming virtual release party that you won't want to miss! ---- Register on Eventbrite Point Reyes Books: "We're delighted to host Merlin to celebrate the release of Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape […]

Posted: May 20 2020
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national young farmers coalition, hiring admin intern!

The National Young Farmers Coalition seeks a part-time Administrative Intern to provide basic financial and administrative support for the Operations Manager. For the full job description and details on applying, please visit  website. The Administrative Intern will be based at NYFC headquarters in Hudson, NY. Given COVID-19, the Administrative Intern will initially work remotely until it […]

Posted: May 20 2020
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Regenerative Farming in New Zealand

How regenerative farming can serve as a tool for global sustainable development Author John Mccrone recently wrote an article concerning New Zealand’s prospects for regenerative farming in Stuff, a New Zealand news and media site. In it, he situates regenerative farming within the framework of New Zealand’s farming future. Mccrone highlights global challenges and trends: […]

Posted: May 20 2020
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Oaklands Farm, Gardiner ME seeks farm manager

The owners of Oaklands Farm seek an enterprising farmer or farming couple to manage an established grass-fed beef and forage business in central Maine. The property, owned by a family trust, is located 4 miles from I-95, 50 miles north of Portland and 35 miles from midcoast, in a community with a small downtown, food co-op, restaurants, and cultural opportunities.   […]

Posted: May 20 2020