The world premier of the Evolution of Organic (see our previous post on this film here and here) is finally upon us! You can catch the event at the opening Night of Green Film Fest 2017 on April 20 at the Castro Theatre. Schedule as follows: 6:00pm :: Opening Night Reception with Mark Kitchell and Festival filmmakers 7:30pm :: Evolution of Organic (Mark […]
Can New England farmers survive in changing climate? A new podcast says, yes-- and they absolutely need to.
What is it about the ruthless sea? An acculturation in agricultural landscapes, full of flower buds, dewdrops, fresh hay, kittens and baby lambs cannot prepare you for the hard, chilling mechanics of a mechanized fish harvest. To my tender agrarian eyes, the fishing business is brutal. We may call them “stewards of the ocean” but […]
This past Fall, Severine travelled to beautiful Alaska and wrote three comprehensive articles based on her experience for In These Times. From Halibut festivals to fish processing boats to the rugged Alaskan homesteaders, she explores three questions fundamental to her journey: What can the farming community learn from the highly managed, and highly abundant commons of Alaska? […]
WEDNESDAY September 2nd. 6pm- 8.30 pm Boylston Hall 105 in Harvard Yard. FREE and OPEN to the public We hope you can join for this event presented by Greenhorns' Maine Sail Freight in collaboration with "Food Better" at Harvard University. Join Brian Donahue, Marguerita Desy and John Forti for an evening panel and facilitated public […]
Here is a new venue for discussing policies and programs that do not exist within the current farm bill -- or even the farm bill debate. As an organizer I deeply appreciate this new forum for visioning and proto-wonkery. - Severine http://beyondthefarmbill.org/profile/severine-von-tscharner-fleming
Severine is speaking: http://www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/annual-meeting-november-7th/ More information HERE
Dear Loyal blog readers. We've got a request today. Brooke is illustrating farmer sayings for the next almanac. And is looking for suggestions from the crowd. " Knee high by the fourth of july" " Make Hay while the sun shines" We 'd love if you could send us some suggestions... email [email protected] Looking forward! […]
In Conversation with Severine von Tscharner Fleming, a Young Farmer and Activist I first met Severine von Tscharner Fleming when she was a student at UC Berkeley. Her bubbling, nay BOILING energy was a pleasant surprise for me. This wasn’t some idealistic naïve college student nonsense: Severine was already at that point a killer organizer, […]
Land Trusts Across the Pond from The Agrarian Trust July 1, 2013 [vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/65132998 w=500&h=281] A trust for public land in France: Terre de Liens is a civil society organization created in 2003 to address the difficulties faced by organic and peasant farmers in securing agricultural land. Land prices are high and land market so competitive […]
I'm here from the USA with a focus on charting the organizational work of young farmers across Europe. Throughout this month I'll be meeting social entrepreneurs, farmers, organizers and activists who, undaunted by the complex, multidimensional ecosystem and broken economy of food, are working together to fix it. Documenting these projects, evaluating, and sharing ideas […]
New Blood Sparks Identity Crisis for Fraternal Group of Farmers --Jeff Brady, NPR, June 14, 2013. Lots of passionate people are taking up farming these days, motivated by frustration with industrial farming, concerns about the environment, and a desire to build community and local food markets. Some of these new farmers have joined the Grange, […]
Hi there folks we love. ITs distribution time! WE need your guidance in getting the 2013 New Farmers Almanac out and about, AK press will be distributing to bookstores-- but we'd really like to get the book to Hardware stores, Feed+ Farm Supply Stores, Coops, Grocceries, and local small businesses. If you have leads in […]
Ok people. I just want to say, if you are going to manage someone else's farm make darn sure you get: - Healthcare - Housing - Salary of at least a teacher/ non profit person ( 35-45k) - Farm owned vehicle to drive This is a big land, full of opportunity, so if you are […]
[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8rPXBj3iHY] We need more farm-born statesmen. " The economic future of our state depends on a local and regional agriculture" Hell yes! s
Watershed Farm Farmer Manager Wanted Watershed Farm has been a mixed vegetable and herb farm for over 10 years and is located 12 km. from Bridgewater on the beautiful South Shore of Nova Scotia. This past year we have successfully run a 45 member vegetable and flower CSA with a strong social justice mandate (subsidized […]
http://www.beginningfarmers.org/ doing an awesome job over there
Mark your calendar! On December 3, Food+Tech Connect & Gojee are bringing together journalists, technologists, designers, policy makers, and food data specialists to develop tools and visualizations that help the public better understand how the Farm Bill impacts our lives.
NRDC Announces Fourth Annual Growing Green Awards to Honor Extraordinary Contributions in Sustainable Food Nominations are due by December 9, 2011 $10,000 cash prize in the Food Producer category $2,500 cash prize in the Food Justice Leader category $2,500 cash prize in the Young Food Leader category The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) announces its fourth annual Growing Green Awards to […]
Tomorrow (Tuesday) - Greenhorns will be representing! Art + Agriculture Old Field Farm and Gavin Brown’s Enterprise will be holding talks at the gallery in July 2011 on subjects related to agriculture, land and water rights, art, community and production. This event is the first in the series. For the full calendar, visit: gavinbrown.biz “A […]
I'm not the hugest fan of this paper, but he references a lot of historical texts that I've begun digging into. Currently on the bed: Agricultural Discontent in the Middle West It is a history of American Populism (which was born in the farmer cooperatives and state level leadership of Wisconsin, Iowa, etc). The galvanizing […]
I may be a cloudy eyed springtime mud hopper, but these sharky speculators pushing buttons on wall street with our nation's food supply get me all riled up and FURIOUS. Hedge Farm! The Doomsday Food Price Scenario Turning Hedgies into Survivalists By Foster Kamer, May 17, 2011 for the New York Observer On the rare […]
lots of times people wonder how this local food movement is going to 'Feed the masses' Those of you here likely have your own favorite answer to this question, but recently mine has had to do with Succession. the succession of local farm operations, that grow more sophisticated, more logisticated, more formalized and diversified with […]
if you know any carolinian crafty farmer types. send them our way. we are working on the flyer http://elsewhereelsewhere.org/programs/collaboratory/
In the last three weeks. New crops. ALfalfa, sugar beets, ethanol corn. What is going on ? obama? You need us to show you the movement? You need us to get direct up in your space? You need some squealing piglets on the white house lawn? These developments erode the resiliency of our agricultural system, […]
As I said to the berkeley class I spoke to last night: we have to Choose to choose! http://www.theatlantic.com/food/archive/2011/02/why-you-should-care-about-genetically-modified-alfalfa/70557/
Here is the house committee ag chairman Lucas ranting about the EPA's unachievable and radical environmental proposal - http://agriculture.house.gov/keyissues-spraydrift.shtml As neighbors in the ag- landscape many of us are keen for regulation of spray-drift. How many of us? This is old news this spray drift issue-- but not many of us have weighed in on it. […]
Sometimes it feels like there aren't enough of us focused on meeting the needs of farmers.. especially now as the snow drifts up up up and I look at our calendar, the 6 north east regional Nofas, the trips to maine, virginia, west virginia, new hampshire, north carolina. Its a lot but, frankly no matter […]
Growing roots. A new book by chelsea greene publishing. Its a collection of profiles of young activists, farmers and food advocates with photographs, recipes and interviews from around the country. There were some familiar faces, and some new ones to be found in this book. Written by an empty nester, I could see it being […]
http://www.clui.org/ The Center for Land Use Interpretation: Dedicated to the increase and diffusion of knowledge about how the nation's lands are apportioned, utilized, and perceived Was just there to visit and try to convince them to interpret some towns destroyed by agribusiness, and perhaps also some towns restored by agri-innovators.
We need agricultural research to support the transition of our foodsystem to regional production-- not making candy bars into little candy coated bite size pieces. Convenience is killing us. Lets begin the awkward and unglamorous logistics of redesigning our foodsystem to feed us properly. GRRR. Obama taps food-industry exec for top ag-research post From Grist.org: […]
hi farmers. for a photo collage project we are asking you to bust out your digital camera.. and would like please a collection of your dirty fingers. particularly.. the weeding finger that has dirt all up in the skin wrinkles. please email to [email protected] thank you SEverine
about how the women's land army at first had issues with harvesting tobacco, in connecticut so close to the women's colleges... but ultimately they did it. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dfon799_FI8&feature=related]
Severine was recently chosen by Grist as one of 40 people who are "redefining green". Check it out!
Severine hits the airwaves on this week's grow-op on Radio Ecoshock, gettin down to business and talking about getting back to the land! getting out, growing where you are, feeding the city, from the city.
and her book! By Julia Moskin March 30, 2010, The New York Times IN 1968 — when Alice Waters had just graduated from Berkeley, when Paula Wolfert was studying couscous in Tangier, when Diana Kennedy was writing recipes after years of research in Mexico — another young woman, this one from the Irish Midlands, went […]
Epicenter for green economic development. I'm thinking of sending that town my strongest brother for the summer. You can find out more by reading the brand new book The Town That Food Saved, written by our friend Ben Hewitt. Here's a description: Over the past 3 years, Hardwick, Vermont, a typical hardscrabble farming community of […]