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A training facility for low-input and small scale dairy in new england

*they’re also hiring!

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Wolfe’s Neck Farm Secures Major Grant from Stonyfield to launch an Organic Dairy Farmer Training and Research Program

FREEPORT, Maine — For many years, the story of dairy farming in New England was a story of decline. But, a new program being launched by Wolfe’s Neck Farm in partnership with organic yogurt maker, Stonyfield, hopes to change that trend. The Organic Dairy Farmer Training Program aims to revitalize and strengthen the organic dairy industry in Maine and New England while ushering in the next generation of organic dairy farmers. The program is made possible by a 3-year, $1,693,000 grant awarded to Wolfe’s Neck Farm from Stonyfield and the Danone Ecosystem Fund. Continue reading


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corridors of nature…in the city

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A Butterfly Species Settles in San Francisco’s Market Street
Two advocates track Western tiger swallowtails through the city and use art to encourage residents to think of the fluttering creatures as welcome neighbors

By Aleta George for smithsonian.com
August 28, 2013

“Nature is everywhere,” says lepidopterist Liam O’Brien about the tigers of San Francisco’s Market Street—Western tiger swallowtail butterflies, that is.

O’Brien and naturalist Amber Hasselbring of Art-ecology have launched a campaign called “Tigers on Market Street” to speak for the butterflies that live in the canopy of trees that line the busiest street in downtown San Francisco. They are bringing the butterfly’s story to light using science and art as the City of San Francisco re-imagines the role of this hardworking boulevard in a project called Better Market Street. On blank walls and in Powerpoint talks given to groups throughout the city, the duo display photographs, paintings and fantastical collages of the butterflies and the urban world in which they live. Continue reading


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australians adapt the “seed circus” model

Find our seed circus model here. And check out what these guys are doing! 

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Milkwood is a crew of doers and makers, dedicated to skills for smart, simple, regenerative living.

We’re a social enterprise based south of Sydney, Australia.

We thrive on sharing practical skills and knowledge that can help individuals and communities move towards a mode of living that’s ethical, abundant, and deeply hands-on.

At the moment we do this in two ways: with short courses held in both in Sydney and nearby farms, and with free online how-tos and resources.

We work with the best teachers we can find. People who are not only walking the talk, but are also skilled, humble and awesome communicators, who can empower folks to make the most of their new knowledge.


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report from the field

Greenhorn Erin Bullock says The Good Life Farm is “the coolest farm I’ve seen in a while.” And reports, “these kids are doing permaculture and agroforestry on a farm scale, they are smart cornell types, with cover crop tattoos for their wedding rings. They are building a huge new cidery for their apples, and a certified kitchen.  They run the farm off horse power, and grow baby ginger & turmeric in hoop houses, peaches, turkeys, asparagus, and now they are experimenting with grazing their angus in the woods.” 


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  Follow their BLOG for some inspiration!

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a calling out of the farm bureau’s “right to farm” proposal

Nearly every state has a “Right to Farm” act, which basically protects farmers from nuisance lawsuits like when your cows moo and it’s too loud for your vacation-home neighbors to tolerate. This act, however, is being pushed into other endeavors concerning deregulation and agribusiness. Listen to John Ikerd lay the smack down.

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