audio trawl

posted September 16, 2013

Hello loyal blog readers, 200

Our occasional, random requests have been so fruitful that we’re coming back for more!
Can you send in  your favorite:
1. Farm / farm-affiliated bands
3. Sea Shanties/ pirate songs
4. Topic songs about farming
Please email We’ve got such a great start on this.
Here are some sources for you to start with if you are still a greenhorn to ag audio:

support food entrepreneurship on Kiva Zip

posted January 26, 2013

seedstarta note from friend of the Greenhorns, Johnny Price, project director of Kiva Zip

Dear friends,

I’m writing to you as great innovators, entrepreneurs and organizers in the food / agriculture space, who have expressed support and interest in our Kiva Zip project.
I wanted to flag one loan in particular to you in Vallejo CA. Of his business Vallejo Gardens, Kip (the borrower) writes: “Vallejo Gardens mission is to be a beacon of restoration, creativity and good food in the historic downtown area of Vallejo, CA. Vallejo Gardens promises a commitment to a local living, thriving economy, by keeping our dollars in our beloved city and its food choices closer to home.”
Unfortunately Kip has not been getting a great deal of funding — he is currently only 20% of the way to his goal, and his loan is set to expire on February 6th. If you want to help Kip out, you can make a $25 loan to him by clicking on the link above. Any help you can give Kip in promoting his loan to your networks, e.g. through social media, would be greatly appreciated. He promises to repay you over time.
If you haven’t become a lender on Kiva Zip yet, this one would be a great one to start on!
Hope you’re enjoying your starts to 2013!

high altitude farmer training

posted December 2, 2012

a note to all you lovely readers from Dana, friend of the greenhorns, asking for your help and willingness to share your wells of knowledge. to reply, email


I am writing to ask if any readers out there have any resources, statistics, or insight into the growth in demand for farmer training and education.  I am part of a group that calls itself FEED (farmer education and economic development) and we are working on a few programs for our area to increase farmer training, specifically in the niche environment of high altitude farming.  We are currently drafting proposals and having meetings with administration at the local junior college to create a sustainable ag. certification through the junior college.  In addition, an awesome woman here has also just received a grant for 2 years of funding to orchestrate an intensive farmer training program for 3 people per year.

Specifically, I would be interested in what you have to say about the rise in interest and demand for small-scale farming.  We have a meeting next Friday with college administration and would like to present them with some data like: what type of jobs will be available to students after they receive a certificate, the rise in interest in small-scale farming (why we think we will actually be able to classes), etc. The ultimate goal: sustainable high altitude farming training and eventual cooperative that links in with slow food and culinary training/endeavors and is sourced to a future local hostel/brew pub and other young entrepreneur restauranteurs.  Far fetch and far away but EXCITING!

Thanks for your help, Dana —

alaskan greenhorns?

posted September 14, 2012

Hi there blog readers,

WE are including in the almanac a ‘ dairy recruitment’ map of alaska from 1926. It therefore came to my attention that we have not adequately covered the young farmers movement in Alaska, and I wonder if anyone out there can point me towards some useful starting points to begin an investigation into the opportunties and communities of the northern most state.
Much appreciated if you’d send some suggestions of young farmer farms, best support organizations, and key institutional hubs Or asky your friends who live in alaska who would know those things, and forward their replies.  We must do better!

farmland investing, a growing sector

posted August 25, 2012

Where are there benefits for young farmers? How do these schemes impact the matrix of farmland ownership?

How does it compare with the land-grabs and speculative investment that we have seen in Africa ?
Are there other ways for investment to benefit the future of agriculture?
We are interested in your big ideas  Here is  a program in Oregon that allows investors to buy conventional ag land, convert it to organic ag land, and then it is managed for sheep and beef grazing.
Know of other examples? Let us know, we are compiling our index of these projects.
Thanks! Severine

any greenhorns want to represent us in madison?

posted August 13, 2012

if so, please email

Sacred Agriculture
2012 Biodynamic Association Conference
November 14-18, Madison, WI

Join us on November 14-18, 2012, at the beautiful Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison, WI, for an extraordinary event — the 2012 North American Biodynamic Conference. This biennial conference will bring together hundreds of farmers, gardeners, educators, activists, and interested newcomers for five days of inspiring keynotes, informative workshops, networking, exhibits, film screenings, art, and organic and biodynamic foods.

This year’s theme, Sacred Agriculture: Creating a New Relationship with the Earth, will focus on how we can build a sacred relationship to the earth through farming, gardening, and transformational work in our communities.

Featuring keynote speakers Dennis Klocek and Charles Eisenstein, a panel of leading biodynamic farmers, 40+ workshops, and much, much more. Click here for conference details….

research in biodynamic world

posted June 23, 2012

Announcing Call for Pre-Proposals and Collaborators for Biodynamic Research
The Biodynamic Association is seeking creative, relevant and innovative research projects that will advance the understanding and practice of biodynamics. By making this Call, we hope to spark a new direction and impetus for biodynamic research through a broad idea sharing process. Projects are invited that address any aspect of biodynamics, following any relevant method or approach (natural scientific, spiritual scientific, Goethean, social scientific, artistic, other). Authors of the strongest submissions will be invited to a gathering of researchers to be held November 14-15, 2012 inMadison, Wisconsin, just prior to BDA’s biannual Biodynamic Conference.  Read more here
For the submission guide and template, see the attachment or this link:
The Call for Pre-Proposals and Collaborators is one aspect of the BDA’s new Biodynamic Research Development Program

national young farmers conference!

posted June 20, 2012

Yes, it’s not until December, but you can start planning now.

SAVE THE DATE: 2012 Young Farmers Conference: December 12-14, 2012

Every December, over 250 young farmers from across the United States gather at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture to learn from agricultural luminaries, peers, and advocacy organizations at the National Young Farmers Conference: Reviving the Culture of Agriculture. On December 12-14, 2012, Stone Barns Center will host the fifth National Young Farmers Conference, providing participants with access to inspiring keynotes and more than 50 unique workshops that address soil science, technical skills, agricultural policy, farm business management, marketing, and more.

Requests for Proposals:
The Growing Farmers Initiative at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture is now accepting workshop proposals for the 5th annual National Young Farmers Conference, December 12-14, 2012. (more…)