the irresistible fleet of bicycles


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activism we admire

This video demonstrates how a community is trying to save their water and wetlands and reduce the impact of an unnecessary freeway. Save Little Lake Valley http://www.savelittlelakevalley.org/ members are requesting that the California Water Quality Control Board order Caltrans, the Department of Transportation in CA., to cease and desist construction on the Willits Bypass. In March 2014 Caltrans is, and has been, in violation of the Water Board permits that are needed to proceed with construction.


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future organic farmer grant fund is open for grant applications

futureorganicfarmergrantfund

Let your future organic farmers know. The CCOF Foundation, in collaboration with partner organizations UNFI Foundation, Driscoll’s, Organic Valley, Bradmer Foods, and National Cooperative Grocers Association will be making grants in three educational categories in 2014. Categories and requirements are:

Kindergarten through Eighth Grade:
Grants for in-classroom organic projects in California
$1,000 grants available for 10 schools

High School:
Grants for individuals to complete organic Supervised Agriculture Experience projects nationally
$1,000 grants available for 10 individuals

Vocational and Higher Education:
Grants for students to study organic agriculture nationally
$2,500 grants available for at least 10 individuals

 

To learn more visit the website. http://www.ccof.org/ccof/structure/ccof-foundation/future-organic-farmer-grant-fund


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hurry and nominate a “champion of change” to go to white house

The White House will be hosting a Champions of Change event to celebrate local agriculture leaders who are taking innovative approaches to support American farming and ranchingboth now and in the future.  These leaders will be invited to the White House to celebrate their accomplishments and showcase their actions to support the future of agriculture.

Today, we’re asking you to help us identify these standout local leaders by nominating a Champion of Change for the New Generation of American Agriculture by noon on Friday, April 18. These Champions may be:

  • 13760947455_ba1fe78231Beginning farmers and ranchers using innovative practices and techniques to create productive and sustainable farms and ranches that will feed people at home and abroad long into the future.
  • Producers, foresters, small-business owners, and scientists using Farm Bill programs to drive agricultural productivity and economic competitiveness.
  • Local leaders that are working to build new opportunities for those who want to work on the land, create innovation in the field of agriculture, support diversity in agriculture, and connect a new generation to their food, fiber, fuel, and agricultural neighbors.

Click on the link below to submit your nomination (be sure to choose “Future of American Agriculture” in the “Theme of Service” field of the nomination form).

Nominate a Champion of Change for the Future of American Agriculture

- See more at: http://blogs.usda.gov/2014/04/16/white-house-champions-of-change-for-the-future-of-american-agriculture/#sthash.As92WEJb.dpuf


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superweed map of the usa

Glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, has spawned a new generation of superweeds that are spreading rapidly across the United States.

Since farmers planting Monsanto’s genetically engineered Roundup Ready crops no longer need to worry about overdosing their crops with herbicide, they tend to spray more of it. And just as antibiotic overuse has resulted in antibiotic resistant drugs, constant use of Roundup and its active ingredient, glyphosate, has given rise to an epidemic of glyphosate resistant superweeds.

Use the interactive map HERE to find where superweeds have made their appearance. And learn more about three superweeds in particular: pigweed (Palmer amaranth)horseweed (Conyza canadensis), andragweed (Ambrosia trifida).

superweeds


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summer job working with farmworkers

Live and work in Immokalee!

TheStudent/Farmworker Alliance (SFA), Interfaith Action of Southwest Florida (IA), and Just Harvest USA (JH) are currently seeking full-time interns for Summer and Fall 2014. Interns MarchingSummer applications are due Friday, April 25, 2014. Applications for the fall are due Friday, June 20, 2014.

Applicants should be flexible to organize with each of the three organizations — in partnership with the CIW — in a variety of tasks including logistical support for the CIW, office support, and national and local campaign organizing.

Exact dates are determined on an individual basis, though applicants should be prepared to commit to a period of four to five months: early January to mid-May. Interns are provided a modest monthly stipend and free housing.

For more information about this internship and how to apply, visit http://sfalliance.org/intern.html

 


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summer leadership summit: native youth in agriculture

Fayetteville, Arkansas

July 21 – July 25Zea_mays

Join us for the Native Youth in Agriculture Summit and become a part of the next generation of food and agriculture leaders throughout Indian Country. Fifty selected students will travel to Fayetteville to participate in a week long education and leadership summit designed to provide comprehensive training in the legal and business complexities unique to Indian Country land and agriculture.

Students will engage in classroom and leadership learning, participate in cultural activities, and receive specialized legal and land use education appropriate only to Native farmers and ranchers. All food, lodging, and instructional materials will be provided. Competitive travel scholarships to the University are available.

Deadline for application materials: May 15, 2014 (begin submitting your application now so that your space can be held).  For more information, click HERE

 

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