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solar farm in oregon tackling fossil fuel dependence and colony loss

SolarCulture (a PineGate Renewables project), is an initiative developed to enhance environmental stewardship, promote sustainable agriculture, and collaborate with the community to support research with a goal of encouraging smarter solar through science. They have just recently opened a solar apiary in Jackson County, Oregon. The project is two pronged, it aims to tackle both […]

Posted: July 26 2018
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geothermal greenhouse - growing exotic fruit in the nebraska winter

Russ Finch is the ultimate grandaddy of Farm Hack . He designed a greenhouse in his backyard that is heated using geothermal energy. Despite the fact that winter temperatures in Nebraska can drop to -20°F, the retired mailman grows oranges, lemons, grapes, pomegranates and more without paying for heat. The setup he uses draws on […]

Posted: June 20 2018
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a digital map leads to reparations for black and indigenous farmers

Check out this awesome article written by very good friend of the Greenhorns, Jean Willoughby for Yes! Magazine. Jean writes about the recent changes within the farming movement. Her article focuses on the increase in the number of voluntary transfers of land and resources to people of color as a means of reparations for past […]

Posted: February 24 2018
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the strategy of crooked cucumbers

In the southwest German city of Freiburg, there is a successful co-op of some 260 people who are participating in successful organic vegetable gardening and sharing the costs and risks. Whatever the harvest, good or poor, it’s distributed to all members. Cucumbers are allowed to be bent, carrots entwined, the occasional lettuce smaller than average. […]

Posted: December 18 2017
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have you heard about regroup farm?

ReGroup.Farm is the tale and reality of a group of Boomers, Gen X-er's and Millennials found themselves on a farm in the Midwest. They recognized that something very interesting was happening in society at large, that in spite of all the division and decay of rural towns, that these phenomena can be reversed. In fact this […]

Posted: November 11 2017
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emancipatory educational experiences in scotland

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gZF2_T8WeQ&w=468&h=266] Drumduan school, in the Scottish highlands, offers it's students a unique and emancipatory education experience free of any form from exams or standardised testing. It's educational focus is on participatory and practical education. Academic study is enhanced and balanced with movement, music and artistic work, with crafts, foraging  and outdoor activities. Students learn through […]

Posted: November 4 2017
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community finance, resilience and agriculture

Growing Magazine recently published a good examination of community finance, community resilience and community agriculture - the CSA model. They profile 3 different farms: Brookford Farm in NH, Norwich Meadows Farm NY, and Prairierth Farm IL, all of whom are practicing a modified, diversified form of CSA and are thriving! 

Posted: November 3 2017
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faith farmers

The Common Friars are men and women, married and single, lay and ordained, of an emerging monastic order in the Episcopal Church, seeking to understand and live out what it means to be a Christian disciple today. They do this by placing the utmost importance on being connected to the land, to each other, and to […]

Posted: November 2 2017
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rich people farming

The NY Times published an interesting article recently about Kimbal Musk's (brother of Elon) foray into farming. Mr. Musk is promoting a philosophy he calls “real food,” which nourishes the body, the farmer and the planet. It doesn’t sound much different than what writers like Michael Pollan and everyone who has ever helped start a […]

Posted: October 30 2017
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restorative agroforestry proposed as a solution to climate change related forest fires.

Forest fires have become an increasingly significant issue in the last decade and it seems as though nowhere is safe from the death and destruction that they bring. Few places have to contend with fires on a large a scale as Portugal. The fires this year killed 64 people and destroyed tens of thousands of […]

Posted: October 9 2017
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solar cookers, the simple solution to a host of complex challenges?

Solar cookers could not be more simple in many ways, their basic means of operation catches the suns rays and uses this heat to cook food. Some use aluminium coated plastic to do this while others other means to achieve the same effect. Either way, the opportunities afforded by solar cookers go far beyond household […]

Posted: August 5 2017
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growing true blue indigo dye in a closed loop system

As part of their True Blue project, Fibershed, have recently released a report on the processes and practices involved in the making of blue indigo dye.  They explain the idea of a closed-loop ideal indigo dye production system which "moves from soil to dye to textiles and back to soil." The basis for the report […]

Posted: July 12 2017
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accessible innovation

An interesting wind powered sailing initiative that is documenting different low-tech solutions from around the world.

Posted: May 8 2017
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a tree for a landlord, a tree for an office

[vimeo 47713837 w=640 h=360] We should all be so lucky.

Posted: May 4 2017
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let's get everyone to the table

Local fresh health food for all persons! Please help!

Posted: May 2 2017
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watch: practicing for when peace breaks out on the latest our land

Great things are happening at the intersection between social justice, farming, and faith. Watch the latest episode of outland to get inspired!

Posted: April 28 2017
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goats in the city

Two of our favorite things: regenerative land stewardship and videos of goats doing adorable things.

Posted: April 20 2017
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the open source ethos in agroecology

A great read on open source in agroecology-- its history, potential, and-- ultimately-- its utter necessity.

Posted: April 5 2017
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mapping perennials

An interactive website that allows you to find perennial farms anywhere in the US.

Posted: April 4 2017
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free download of "pasture rabbit for profit"

Nichki Carangelo, of the delightful Hudson Valley-based, cooperative Letterbox Farm Collective, has just finished a publication on the commercial production of pasture rabbits. Funded by a SARE grant, "Pasture Rabbit for Profit" is an easily digestible, practical resource for farmers intended to guide readers through the start-up phase of their own pasture-based rabbitry. It includes a full […]

Posted: April 1 2017
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regenerative enterprise

Regenerative Enterprise, or the idea that business doesn't have to suck so much. Wait! Don't go: before you think I'm about to preach to the choir on creating businesses that go beyond the extractive model, or throw some vague "Be sustainable!" nonsense at you, don't worry. Enter, the Regenerative Business Institute, a nonprofit with its roots in permaculture and […]

Posted: March 31 2017
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to reduce food waste, farm insects

Can we use insects to convert food waste into animal feed?

Posted: March 13 2017
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it's art, it's recycle, it's fuel, it's interfaith, it's awesome

A great initiative coming out of Amsterdam, that brings a community, professionals, and artists together to solve a food waste challenge

Posted: March 11 2017
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ecosystems 101

An excellent infographic.

Posted: March 4 2017
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before you throw rocks, read this book

Tech companies and the digital economy don't have to be all bad!

Posted: February 22 2017
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accelerating appalachia today on GH radio

Accelerating Appalachia is a "word HUB for sustainable business," providing training to, coordinate mentorship for, and encourage financial investment in organizations who are "solving big problems with their business models." They work predominantly with women entrepreneurs, look to support students, and have even had farms in their accelerator program. If all of this sounds revolutionary […]

Posted: February 14 2017
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full scholarships for mediation training in the nys agricultural mediation program

The NYS Agricultural Mediation Program is offering scholarships for mediation training to folks rooted in rural agrarian communities.

Posted: February 8 2017
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the radically pragmatic idea of biomicry

The folks at Kiss the Ground give us a lesson in biomimicry, an extraordinarily useful concept which can basically be summed up to "don't waste time reinventing the wheel."

Posted: January 29 2017
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the conversation continues: hydroponics divorce people even further from the stewardship of the land

This recent submission to our series on whether or not hydroponics should be considered organic comes from Joanna Storie, a Doctoral candidate in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences of Estonian University of Life Sciences. She takes a similar stance on hydroponics to our last contributor, adding that hydroponics are not sustainable […]

Posted: January 24 2017
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raising hell(gate) in urban farming

Throughout its seven years, Hellgate Farm has always done things a bit differently than other urban farms in New York City- from raising backyard chickens and housing an apiary, to producing its own hot sauce. Hellgate Farm is not your typical urban farm. Last season, crops were grown in over seven plots of land throughout […]

Posted: January 23 2017
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pint-sized tea estates

North Bengal's small-scale tea farm movement is growing rapidly.

Posted: January 21 2017
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speaking your truth: in honor of every human being marching in the women's march tomorrow

Audre Lorde for the win!

Posted: January 20 2017
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crop planning resources for farmers

'Tis the season for nailing down your crop plan for the Spring! (Hypothetically, this would have been on our to-do lists for early December ago, but I can't be the only one whose holidays got the better of her business agenda, right?) Is this your first time crop planning? Looking to upgrade your system? Maybe you're feeling […]

Posted: January 10 2017
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another model for financing farm starts

Creatign farmer focused credit union in Maine.

Posted: January 9 2017
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commons based technology: a glimpse inside l`atelier paysan

A photo tour of Les Recontres, a radical hands-on skill-sharing event in France hosted by French farm hacking heroes l'Atelier Paysan.

Posted: January 6 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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forget the champagne this NYE: we found lost apple cider

[vimeo 147721444 w=640 h=360] Shacksbury Orchard out of Vergennes, VT is collecting  lost apple varieties and creating remarkably distinctive hard ciders from them. In the best thing since Rodolph came to the Island of Misfit Toys, the orchardists have grafted a Lost Orchard, propagating 12 carefully selected wild and heirloom apple varieties to over 1000 trees. […]

Posted: December 27 2016
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hospital plus farm

This seems like a combo we could use more of: according to Ecowatch, "this hospital prescribes fresh food from its own organic farm." The reporting in the linked article accurately articulates a move we hope to see more of in Western Medicine: a holistic approach that recognizes patients as members of large societal systems in […]

Posted: December 27 2016
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LAND ART IN MONGOLIA

Between the Sky and the Earth In times of google maps are the evidences of detecting and viewing lands; we read them, we move according to them, we navigate with them, we get lost and we found ourselves with them.

Posted: November 26 2016
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can a farmland investment company help you get access to farmland?

A new Report by the folks of Land for Good and the University of Vermont delves deep into the complicated terrain of Farmland Investment Models, aiming to provide farmers the nitty-gritty needed to evaluate whether or not a model like this could work for them. While Farmland Investment models are diverse, the basic idea is as follows: 1. […]

Posted: November 25 2016
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