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agriculture, labor and the law

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project & the Conservation Law Foundation are teaming up to hold a workshop that will provide an overview of key employment issues that farmers need to know. The workshop will be presented by Mary O'Neal, Partner at Conn Kavanaugh, and employment law expert. From apprenticeships to agricultural minimum wage, the workshop will cover […]

Posted: November 22 2017
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event: see winona la duke speak about language, the living world, and the commons

[youtube] The theme of the upcoming 37th annual E.F. Schumacher Lectures, taking place on November 4th, is "Choosing the Path that is Green",  a reference to the prophecy of the Anishinaabe peoples. Winona LaDuke, who is a member of the Anishinaabe is this years keynote speaker. La Duke is an activist, community economist and […]

Posted: October 22 2017
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cider day celebrations in somerville - october 19th

South Street Farm is glorious in the height of fall, and to make it even better, this coming Thursday, October 19th, they are throwing a Cider Day Party! Whether you've been to the farm many times or have no idea where it is, you are more than welcome and they would love to celebrate the […]

Posted: October 14 2017
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7th annual soil & nutrition conference takes place from nov 28-30th in southbridge ma

The 7th annual soil and nutrition conference organisers are committed to raising the quality of nutrition in food, beyond organics. Dan Kittredge, this year's keynote speaker and  founder of the Bionutrient Food Association has taught 2,500 farmers, in 27 states in the last 6 years how to grow food with high Brix levels. On the […]

Posted: October 11 2017
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wonderful job opportunity in the country at the schumacher centre for a new economics.

The Schumacher Centre for a New Economics is seeking a Development and Communications Director to join their non-profit organisation in Western Massachusetts, to further the transition to a new economy. The centre's mission is to educate the public about an economy that supports both people and the planet.  They believe that a fair and sustainable economy […]

Posted: July 28 2017
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wright-locke farm's speaker series july 19th 2017 - molly anderson

As part of their 2017 speaker series, Wright-Locke Farm are hosting their second monthly speaker, Molly Anderson, on July 19th. Molly is a professor of food studies at Middlebury College, a member of the Network Design Team of Food Solutions in New England and is co-author of  A New England Food Vision 2060: Healthy Food […]

Posted: July 18 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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talk on the commons, april 23, great barrington

Woof. This talk should be right up any Greenhorns's alley.

Posted: April 13 2017
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a market for mutton "would change everything"

Move over Lamb Chop: a market for mutton could be a huge boon for New England farmers.

Posted: April 3 2017
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the seed we need: there's not enough

Can organic farmers build strong, resilient, local SEED economies? Seed Hack, anyone?

Posted: March 7 2017
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greenhorns feature: resilient farming in a changing new england

Liza Bemis grows veggies on her great-great grandfather's farm and spoke with us about how to create and maintain resilient farms in an ever-changing world.

Posted: February 22 2017
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know your abattoir: there's a shortage of local slaughterhouses, and it's kind of a big problem

There's a bottleneck problem in sustainable meat: increasingly more producers and consumers and fewer slaughterhouses equipped to get meat from one to the other.

Posted: February 10 2017
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vintage grange pin

Spotted this weekend at the NOFA Mass Winter Conference! Thanks to conference presenter Martin Dagoberto of MA Right to Know and MA Pollen Action for coming over to share this sweet swag with us!

Posted: January 18 2017
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radio interview with draft-horse vegetable farmer

A brief but thought-provoking interview with David Fisher and Anna Maclay of Natural Roots Farm in Conway, MA.

Posted: January 3 2017
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contradance to stop the pipeline in western mass, jan 14, cummington, ma

CONTRADANCE to Protect Otis State Forest / Sandisfield from Kinder Morgan’s Connecticut Expansion Pipeline Saturday, January 14th, 7 p.m., West Cummington Parish House, 27 W. Main Street, West Cummington, MA Proceeds to support legal work of PLAN-NE. Music by Steve Howland, Calling by Sadie Stull, Food from Alice’s Kitchen! A little background: the Connecticut Expansion […]

Posted: December 29 2016
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reinventing the commons, montague, ny, jan 20

Reinventing the Commons: Social Ecosystems for  Local Stewardship & Planetary Survival A Friday evening public talk and Saturday one-day workshop With David Bollier and Dave Jacke Montague Common Hall (“Grange”), 34 Main St., Montague, MA 01351 Friday, January 20, 2017, 7-9 PM, $10 @ door or in advance. Saturday, Jan 21, 2017, 8:30-5, $85-125, includes Friday evening […]

Posted: November 19 2016
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help this rad lady plant 72 rare varieties of heirloom wheat, sunday sept. 11, colrain, ma

Heritage Wheat Planting Festival Sunday, Sept 11 from 11 to 4, 4 pm potluck 400 Adamsville Rd, Colrain, MA Join us for a community planting festival! I need help to plant 72 rare varieties of landrace wheat, that include the almost-extinct ancient grains of Eretz Israel and Europe that I collected when working with the Israel and EU gene banks*. Many […]

Posted: September 6 2016
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red fire farm's strawberry soiree

STRAWBERRY SOIREE 2016 Saturday, June 18th, 2016.  Rain or Shine!  Family Friendly! Afternoon Strawberry Tasting at the Farm - Free! 2-5 pm in the fields at 184 Meadow Road, Montague     Join us at the farm in Montague for a celebration of the strawberry during the peak of picking season! We grow at least nine varieties […]

Posted: June 5 2016
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biodiversity conference, harvard, april 30th

Announcing the following conference at Harvard on April 30th: THE POWER AND PROMISE OF BIODIVERSITY: VISIONS OF RESTORING SEA, LAND, AND CLIMATE Geological Lecture Hall 24 Oxford Street Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA The conference promises to "present the concepts, history, and processes for the restoration of biodiversity" in hopes that increasing global biodiversity can sequester carbon […]

Posted: April 26 2016
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farm-based education network national gathering

The 6th Farm-Based Education Network National Gathering is coming to Concord, MA, November 4-6, 2016. The event will bring together educators, farmers, nonprofit organization staff, parents, nutrition practitioners, policy makers, students, and more to share skills, build relationships, and celebrate the vibrant field of farm-based education. The workshop submission period is open through May 6, and I'm writing to […]

Posted: April 22 2016
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conway school of ecological landscape and design-- info session march 19, easthampton, ma

The Conway School, a Landscape Design School in Massachusette's Pioneer Valley, is holding an information session March 19th at its new Easthampton campus. The Conway School is a 40-year old accredited institution that offers Masters of Science degrees in Ecological Design. Its curriculum focusses on hands-on, real-world, project-based learning with supplemental classes in design theory, graphics, computer skills […]

Posted: March 6 2016
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just food forum on land access, rights, and ecology: march 25-26, cambridge, ma

Posted: February 7 2016
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meet johny wildseed: foraging expert russ cohen has a new mission

An interview with foraging genius Russ Cohen on his new mission to create a seed bank of wild edible plants in North America.

Posted: January 17 2016
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brunch and bellow- 12/13, mass

This is the first Brunch & Bellow since the last time we had one and we are very excited. So very excited that we wanted to invite you right on over here to celebrate said excitement with us. Come on by, you fun farm animal, you. Bring yourself some tunes. Bring some songs. Bring a […]

Posted: December 10 2015
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beginning farmers to gather in greenfield, mass

December 12, 9:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. The Arts Block, 4 Court Square, Greenfield, MA 01301 Join the Northeast New Agrarian Network—a new coalition of farm organizations with a focus on young and beginning farmers—at the First Northeast New Farmer Winter Gathering on December 12 in Greenfield, Massachusetts. The convergence will bring together farmers […]

Posted: December 3 2015
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northeast new farmer winter gathering: dec 12

For more information, click HERE!

Posted: November 14 2015
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2-day biochar workshop this weekend in massachusetts!

October 17 & 18, 2015 9:00am to 4:00pm Location: Kittredge Farm, 24 Hillsville Road, North Brookfield, MA 01535 Cost: $150.00 for both days, with Financial Assistance available, and for more information on this, please contact Gary Neves, Course Administrator ([email protected]) Biochar is yet another tool in the toolbox of regenerative agriculture! In the last two […]

Posted: October 15 2015
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who fishes matters


Posted: October 4 2015
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bring your body! show up for fisher people, the ocean commons, and the health of the gulf of Maine, sept. 30, plymouth, ma

Urgent! This just in from the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance and Fish Locally Collaborative: Family fishermen and supporters are inviting ally networks to join them and call on Congress, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, and the New England Fisheries Council to stop the corporate takeover and privatization of the ocean and fisheries, to protect the democratic […]

Posted: October 4 2015
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taking stock, tufts U, october 2

Posted: September 27 2015
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solution to pollution (or overfishing), is it really aquaculture?

As scientists struggle to count fish, and conservationists attempt to save them, America’s oldest fishing community – Gloucester, Massachusetts is dying. Fishermen are losing their livelihood and even their homes. Last year, NOAA imposed a historic cut to the cod quota — a 78% catch reduction. Then, on Nov. 10, 2014 — the U.S. government […]

Posted: September 21 2015
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pig roast for great cause, great barrington, ma, sept. 13

Pork // Poultry// Fixings// Auction Music By Luck Five 205 North Plain Road Great Barrington, MA Sean and Tess Stanton are fixing up a supper to benefit the Stanton House at North Plain Farm, their family farm and community for people with special needs. With their brother Jeremy and his Fire Roasted crew, they'll be spitting […]

Posted: September 6 2015
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the greenhorns is hiring! sales associate, boston, ma

Help Wanted: Sales Associate for Maine Sail Freight Maine Sail Freight has launched a pop-up shop at the Boston Public Market and we are looking for temporary part time workers to act as sales associates and public educator, possibly through December 2015.  This will be an exciting experience unlike any other. Would you like to […]

Posted: September 4 2015
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Its easy. walk there from the aquarium. Walk there from the Boston Public Market! Walk through the North end! Oh, why, do you ask? Because the Maine Sail Freight is docking there TOMORROW night (that's Saturday August 29)! Be there to see it! Be there to unload Sunday morning at 8:00, and then spend the day exploring the […]

Posted: August 28 2015
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maine sail freight takes sail!

The Maine Sail Freight takes sail THIS Friday, August 28th from the Portland Harbor and arrives in the Boston Harbor on Saturday, August 29th.  There is then a slew of events taking place in Boston until September 2nd. In this MAINE SAIL FREIGHT PDF you will find the FULL schedule of events for the Maine […]

Posted: August 25 2015
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land, co-ops, compost: a local food economy emerges in boston's poorest neighborhoods

via by Penn Loh of YES! Magazine When Glynn Lloyd couldn’t source enough locally grown produce, he decided to grow his own. Since 1994, Lloyd has run City Fresh Foods, a catering company based in Roxbury—one of Boston's lowest-income neighborhoods. He wanted his business to use locally produced food, but at that time it […]

Posted: November 26 2014
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draft animal power network's annual gathering

At the Cummington Fairgrounds, Cummington MA September 26-28th 2014! See Weekend Schedule Here! The Draft Animal-Power Network (DAPNet) advances the practical application of draft-animal power and creates a supportive community by hosting regional events, an online forum, quarterly newsletter and website. The Annual Gathering will feature horse, mule and oxen demonstrations, shared meals and […]

Posted: September 25 2014
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draft animal power network

Annual meeting is coming right up! The Draft Animal-Power Network is looking for volunteers for the Annual Gathering!Sept 26-28th, 2014 Cummington Fairgrounds, Cummington MA The Annual Gathering brings together farmers, loggers, etc around the use of draft power - we will have horse and oxen demos, community meals, farmer-to-farmer conversations, music and more. Don't […]

Posted: September 3 2014
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peter barnes - economics for the anthropocene

Sunday July 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm American Institute for Economic Research, 250 Division St. Great Barrington, MA.   Peter Barnes is an entrepreneur and writer who has co-founded and led several successfulbusinesses and written numerous articles and books about capitalism, the commons and other topics.  His latest book, With Liberty and Dividends for All: How […]

Posted: June 26 2014
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14th annual tomato festival at red fire farm

SATURDAY, AUGUST 23, 2014 7 Carver Street, Granby, MA Every year, we have an unbelievable selection of amazing and often award-winning tomatoes for you to taste. It's a great day at the farm, with everything from a 5K Tomato Trot field race to hay rides to cooking demonstrations to live music to crafters and a […]

Posted: May 22 2014
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