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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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ice detained migrant farmer activists: thousands responded.

A recap of the ten-day campaign to free two young farmworker activists from ICE detention.

Posted: March 28 2017
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the future of farming in new england

Can New England farmers survive in changing climate? A new podcast says, yes-- and they absolutely need to.

Posted: March 27 2017
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experts say 2017 might be crawling with ticks

We've got your back: it's not too soon to study up and start making DIY tick repellant.

Posted: March 8 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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farm classes online this winter

Winter is a great time for farmers to rest, slow down the pace, and build new skills for the coming growing season. The Cornell Small Farms Program is pleased to announce the winter roster of online courses available through its Northeast Beginning Farmer Project. These courses help farmers learn from the latest research-based education. Since […]

Posted: December 27 2015
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it takes a region, saratoga springs, nov. 12-14

Back in June, we posted about the upcoming NESAWG (Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group) It Takes a Region Conference. And maybe, at that moment, you thought that this year's theme of "Putting MOVE in the Movement" was so freaking great that you signed up immediately. If so, good for you! But maybe you, like me, were […]

Posted: October 25 2015
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working the land symposium, oct. 10, shelburne, vt

Next week, in conjunction with its current exhibition Eyes on the Land, the Shelburne Museum in Vermont is holding a Working the Land Symposium. From 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Sunday, October 10, regional scholars will present on the histories, stories, archeology, and symbolism of the working landscapes of New England. These presentations will be followed by a panel discussion […]

Posted: October 4 2015
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these are the sea shanties

In our continued enthusiasm for Maine Sail Freight, we are very excited today to bring you a little piece of traditional nautical ear candy. For hair-raising harmonies, visions of rocky beaches, and dreams of salty beards, download and listen to Rolling Home to Old New England.

Posted: August 23 2015
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switzer fellowship app is open -- let's get a farm leader in there!

Every year the Switzer Foundation provides funding for 20 scholars and innovators in terminal graduate programs in New England and California. The scholarship is $15,000 for the course of a year for people doing work on sustainability, agriculture, urban development, and related fields/issues. Their call of for applications says, "Candidates for the Fellowship should demonstrate […]

Posted: November 3 2014
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agrarian investments

Making a profit off of real estate investment is no new thing, even when it comes to farmland. Land grabs make the land valuable without valuing the land. There are some investment groups, though, that aim to invest in land sustainably. One such group is The Entrepreneur Agrarian Fund (EAF), a private equity fund establishing a […]

Posted: December 9 2013
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small farms quarterly seeks writers

Small Farms Quarterly As the new farmer editor I invite anyone who is located in the Northeast (Maine-Pennsylvania & points east) to submit an article. These can be focused on beginning farmers you work with, or yourself as a beginning farmer, with a story to tell about an innovation in production, marketing, new varieties, use […]

Posted: July 17 2013
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new england young farmers, get on this list serve!

Hey everyone, Just a reminder that our next YFN is TOMORROW!  All are welcome - don't let the "Young" part of "Young Farmer Night" keep you away!! We will be meeting at 6pm at the Anawan Grange, 118 Bay State Rd, Rehoboth, MA.  There will be a meet & greet, potluck, and panel discussion featuring […]

Posted: May 3 2013
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big young farmer track at winter confrerence

Beginning Farmer Track at the NOFA Summer Conference August 10-12, 2012, UMass Amherst Register Now Online! And click here to read descriptions of the following workshops in the Beginning Farmer Track: 4) Cooperative Farm Labor Structures Ryan Karb, Many Hands Farm Corps, Pelham, MA 10) Introduction to Soil Fertility David Forster, Forster Soil Management, Newington, […]

Posted: June 19 2012
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good news from the carrot project

We are excited to announce the Greater Berkshire Agricultural Fund partnership with Salisbury Bank to assist farms and farm-related businesses. Eligible businesses may apply for loans in amounts up to $75,000. These funds will help farmers and related businesses finance capital investments and meet operating costs.  The Fund serves businesses located in the 4-county region […]

Posted: April 23 2012
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farmer and market outreach coordinator

for Animal Welfare Approved Animal Welfare Approved seeks a Farmer and Market Outreach Coordinator based in the Northeast region to cultivate, recruit and support farmers seeking a third-party certification for their sustainable, pasture-based farming operations. This is a full-time, exempt position with benefits. The Coordinator will work from a home-based office accessible to New York […]

Posted: April 17 2012
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farm aquisition course

A new offering from Land for Good: "Acquiring Your Farm."  Access to land is one of the biggest challenges facing farmers - especially beginning farmers. Will you acquire your farm by leasing, purchasing, or a combination?  How much can you afford and how will you pay for it?  How will you determine the right property […]

Posted: March 14 2012
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a shout out for the carrot project

and their  Farm Financing resources! The Carrot Project is proud to be able to offer financing to farmers in Massachusetts, Maine, and Vermont and soon in the Greater Berkshires. Some programs also serve farm-related businesses. For more information about each program, please click on the  appropriate link.  Greater Berkshires     Maine     Massachusetts    Vermont

Posted: December 7 2011
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farm loan funds in new england

Courtesy of The Carrot Project.  Deadlines for some of these are right around the corner! The Carrot Project Agriculture Loan Fund The Carrot Project Agriculture Loan Fund serves the state of Vermont and is administered in partnership with the Vermont Community Loan Fund, a non-profit community development financial institution. This program offers loans of up […]

Posted: October 18 2011
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mentorship in new england

the deadline to apply is April 30th. Beginning Farmer Institute A Partnership between New England Farmers Union and National Farmers Union New England Farmers Union is providing a unique opportunity for individuals who are contemplating starting a farm operation to receive valuable training through the Beginning Farmer Institute. The program is also open to those […]

Posted: April 25 2011