the shortage of livestock veterinarians is reaching “crisis levels”

posted May 9, 2017

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Even after the lamb comes, the ewe continues to strain. Sticky with afterbirth, the ram lamb calls to his mother in quavering tenor, but though she lifts her head in his direction and lets out a low moan of response, her heaving sides won’t let her rise and go to him.

In the compounded darkness of the manger—it’s well after sunset—it’s hard to see what’s happening. The ewe stretches a hind leg in effort, and then again, and again, pushing. She stops her rhythmic movement, breath ragged. Someone shines a light: there is something there, behind her hind legs, on the straw. A second lamb? The thing is dark, darker than the first lamb. A black lamb? But no, it glistens too strangely in the odd glare/shadow contrast of the flashlight.

“I—I think that’s part of her body.” What? “I think those are her organs.” 

The stillness breaks. The livestock manager is called. “Prolapse,” “iodine,” “warm water,” “towels.” There is a flurry of activity in service to these words. The rumble of a truck announces the arrival of Josh, the livestock manager, from down the road. He clicks his headlamp on to peer at the lumpen tangle between the prostrate ewe’s legs. “That’s her uterus,” he says, and walks away to call the vet.

He returns shaking his head. The vet can’t come for two hours—there’s another emergency, over the border in Vermont. “I guess I’ll try to put it back, but I’ve never had much luck.”

Josh instructs someone to fetch sugar, someone to fetch a better light, someone to prepare a bottle of colostrum for the new lamb (“He’s huge, look how huge he is! That must be what did it”). He sloshes iodine up to his elbows while two people hold the ewe still. Gingerly, he lifts the uterus from ground, pulling off bits of straw and hay. He pours sugar over it. “The vet says this will make it shrink, so that it will fit,” he tells us. Then in a low mutter, to himself, “This was my favorite sheep.”

After a few moments, he begins trying to push the uterus back into the ewe. But even gritty with sugar, reverse-osmosis starting to drain the fluid, it’s slippery and swollen, bulging any place where Josh’s hands can’t stretch, the task like trying to fit a water ballon into the tap from which it was filled. “She’s pushing against me,” he says. “Her body thinks she’s having a lamb.”

He keeps trying: adding more sugar, repositioning, applying prolonged pressure, but it won’t go. Josh sits back on his heels. There’s nothing to do but wait for the vet.
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farm coop heroes in georgia

posted May 31, 2016

Is there a single thing that we don’t LOVE about this video, idea, and people? Mmm… don’t think so. This sweet band of small farmers have formed a small island of small-scale diversified growing in largely conventional area to form a cooperative marketing organization. While they are committed to proving good food to their rural community, they are finding it difficult to make ends meet with their small rural customer base. They hope that by cooperatively marketing, they will be able to form a broader market without leaving their communities.

To collectively market in a way that reduces cost and expands their markets, they are raising money to buy a delivery vehicle and to cover the administrative costs of forming a cooperative.

Fund their Indigogo campaign here: Middle Georgia Growers Co-op Crowdfunding Campaign! And, while you’re at it, if you liked the video, check out Forage Films on Vimeo.


georgia: second annual farmer prom!

posted May 12, 2016

MAY 14th, 5pm

Young Farmer Mixer Alert!

Second Annual Farmer Prom 2016
It’s that time of year again!
Your spring-time chance to dress up fancy and boogie down in the barn!
Sparkly dresses are encouraged …and sparkly overalls are EVEN MORE encouraged.

THIS IS A MUTLI-PURPOSE EVENT…
This is our launch party for the Middle Georgia Chapter of National Young Farmer Coalition…
AND the launch of our Middle Georgia Growers Co-op Funding Campaign
($5.00 suggested donation/entry to help us get our FUNd-drive started)

Other notes:
We’ll provide the food!  Bobby and Branson will be baking brick-oven pizzas with lamb from Forest Grove Farm.
Bring whatever you’d like to drink because we all have different tastes (although there will be beer and wine on-hand!)
Come early, stay late, camp out and spend the night!  In fact, camping is encouraged…we’ll be having pancakes in the morning!
There may or may not be prizes….be prepared for fun!

Join the Facebook Event to let us know you’re coming:
https://www.facebook.com/events/634173973397835/

…and email babeandsage@gmail.com if you have questions or need directions!


second annual farmer prom, gordon, ga

posted May 10, 2016

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Young Farmer Mixer Alert!

Second Annual Farmer Prom 2016

It’s that time of year again!
Your spring-time chance to dress up fancy and boogie down in the barn!
Sparkly dresses are encouraged …and sparkly overalls are EVEN MORE encouraged.

THIS IS A MUTLI-PURPOSE EVENT…
This is our launch party for the Middle Georgia Chapter of National Young Farmer Coalition…
AND the launch of our Middle Georgia Growers Co-op Funding Campaign
($5.00 suggested donation/entry to help us get our FUNd-drive started)

Other notes:
We’ll provide the food!  Bobby and Branson will be baking brick-oven pizzas with lamb from Forest Grove Farm.
Bring whatever you’d like to drink because we all have different tastes (although there will be beer and wine on-hand!)
Come early, stay late, camp out and spend the night!  In fact, camping is encouraged…we’ll be having pancakes in the morning!
There may or may not be prizes….be prepared for fun!

Join the Facebook Event to let us know you’re coming:
https://www.facebook.com/events/634173973397835/


worksongs with max & maggie! atlanta, ga

posted May 18, 2014

if you’ve got roots and/or connections in the Southeast, spread the word!

Max and MAggie Druid Hills

Whistlepig Productions Presents: “I’m Goin’ Home: Worksongs, Chanteys and Roots Music with Max and Maggie.”

Join Max and Maggie for a raucous, foot-stomping evening of singing.  With simple call-and-response structures, these work songs and sea chanteys can be learned quickly, require no prior experience, and are great for singing in the field, in the kitchen, or around the campfire. We will start with the simplest songs and learn some more involved worksongs as our lungs warm up. Along the way, Max and Maggie will share ballads, blues, and fiddle tunes from the southern tradition.  Max has taught work songs at farms, colleges, grange halls and general stores throughout the northeast and is excited to share them with folks in his home state of Georgia.  Come ready to cut loose and sing out!

Saturday, July 12th @ Whistlepig Productions in Atlanta, GA.  Admission $15.  Bring your own mug for a $1 discount.  Coffee, tea, and snacks will be served.  Feel free to BYOB.

Please RSVP to tradhouse9@gmail.com for directions.  Doors open at 6 pm, Show starts at 7 pm.

Full Moon Full Plate – Worksongs with Max Godfrey

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81YNbRpqHno

https://www.facebook.com/wppconcerts

 


young farmers @ georgia organics conference

posted February 6, 2013

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3rd Annual GO Conference Farmer Mixer
Kick off the conference on the Thursday night prior with another awesome mixer,  this year hosted by our very own Alliance and the generous Chef Shaun Doty at his Bantam + Biddy chicken joint. We’ve got the patio to ourselves for our shindig, and B+B will be donating chicken-y and veggie snacks. There’s no cost to attend, cash bar, and you won’t want to miss it.
Thursday Feb 21, 8-11pm
Bantam + Biddy
1544 Piedmont Road, Suite 301 in the Ansley Mall Shopping Center

RSVP on our Facebook event page here

Farmer Storytelling Photo Project
As part of our goal to tell the stories of young & beginning farmers in the southeast loud and clear, we’ve dreamed up a multimedia project to gather and project YOUR thoughts and words. Friday evening during the Conference Expo, we’ll have a photo booth set up to snap your pretty mug and listen to your tall tales — that time you shot yourself with the nail gun while finishing the mobile chicken coop, the very first exuberant sale you made at your very first farmer’s market, how you got your mini loan, why you chose the crops you did and which ones the flea beetles eat…we want to hear it all. (more…)


assistant cheesemaker position

posted October 31, 2012

Many Fold Farm is looking for the right person to join our team! We have an opening for a full-time position as assistant cheese maker for the 2013 milking season. This is a paid position that begins around January 15 and ends around September 15 with the possibility of continuing on into 2014.

We will be reviewing resumes and conducting interviews October-November 2012. (more…)


work with global growers network this fall

posted August 7, 2012

2 open positions with this wonderful organization!

The Global Growers Network, in partnership with Refugee Family Services, creates new agricultural opportunities in Georgia for international farmers who were forced to flee their homelands as refugees, due to war, genocide and persecution.The Network uses a whole-systems approach to produce good food, train and place farmers and create economic opportunity for local communities in the Decatur-Clarkston-Stone Mountain area.

Global Growers Farm Apprentice
The Farm Apprentice will support production at various farm and garden sites and lead a farm crew of 3 Interns. (more…)

jobs for badass georgian organizers

posted March 7, 2012

Two positions available at Georgia Organics.

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT, GEORGIA ORGANICS
Georgia Organics is currently seeking a full-time administrative assistant to work at its office in Atlanta. This position provides important administrative, accounting and office management for Georgia Organics’ operations. Deadline for applications is March 28. To see a job description, click this link.

FARMER SERVICES COORDINATOR, GEORGIA ORGANICS
Georgia Organics is currently seeking a full-time farmers services coordinator to work at its office in Atlanta beginning this summer. (Our current coordinator is transitioning to a farm based business.) This position provides important outreach to sustain and increase the number of sustainable and organic farms in rural and urban areas of the state. Deadline for applications is May 1. To see a job description, click this link.


hey, southeastern greenhorns!

posted February 11, 2012

Young and beginning farmers in the southeast, let’s meet up! Join us for an inaugural gathering of young and beginning farmers from across the region, a good old-fashioned party to build momentum and community. We’re looking to start a Southeastern Young and Beginning Farmers Alliance as a resource for us to connect with our peers and start dialogue about what the community needs. (more…)