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job posting: part-time connecticut farmer alliance coordinator

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A very exciting part-time job opportunity in Connecticut!

The Connecticut New Young Farmer Alliance is seeking a coordinator to help grow their network, manage events, and promote their organization. The ideal applicant will be passionate about farming and farmers, experienced with event coordination, an savvy with social media.

Check out the posting HERE!

To apply, send a resume, cover letter, and two references to newctfarmers@gmail.com


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interactive california water rights map

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So much has been said about California’s record-breaking draughts this year, but some experts have proposed that it’s not so much a an absolute lack of water, but a problem of water management. A group of organizations in California have banded together to provide us with this INTERACTIVE MAP OF WATER RIGHTS in their state. It is meant to help citizens, journalists, and researchers understand the state of water management in an accessible and intuitive way.


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call for articles: farming matters

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Deadline: 1 December 2014.
Farming Matters

As a south Indian farmer said, “soil is the mother of agriculture, the mother of life”. And 2015 is the International Year of Soils. So now is an appropriate time to look again at soils that are so fundamental to agroecology and family farming. Soils are not only the foundation for agriculture, livestock production and forestry, they also supply clean water, capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and provide many other ecosystem services. However, these functions are jeopardised as many soils are becoming increasingly degraded.

And whereas research and policy often emphasise the use of chemical fertilizers to boost production, these by themselves cannot reverse the problems of degraded soils and poor crop yields in the long term, and may even make them worse in some cases. What is central is that the nutrient content of the soil says little about soil health, and whether the soil can actually sustain production over decades…  Continue reading


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faith & fears in wendell berry’s kentucky

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Faith and fears in Wendell Berry’s Kentucky
By Darby Minow Smith

Wendell Berry’s mind is preoccupied with four dead sheep. I join the 80-year-old food movement sage for a drink and a visit in the kitchen of his neat white house on the top of the hill in Henry County. The talk meanders, picks up steam, and tapers off until the hum of the refrigerator fills the air, but the conversation always circles back to those missing animals.

Berry has four fewer sheep, but there were only two carcasses. The others disappeared without a trace. It’s coyotes, according to a trapper who knows the beasts and how to get rid of them. Berry has never heard of coyotes doing such a thing — not the stealing of sheep, for which they have an established reputation, but for doing such a clean job of it. No telltale chunks of hide or dried blood. I can tell that the mystery rattles around in his thoughts even as we trade stories of hunters being hunted, my home state of Montana, and women who tell dirty jokes.

Berry’s mind is one of the most famous and respected in environmentalism. The farming poet has been writing since the ’60s, and has more than 50 books to his name. His timeless tomes show a deep love of nature and rich understanding of the power of community. Described as the “modern-day Thoreau,” Berry holds up the simple, good things in the world while decrying the forces of greed and globalization that sully them. The man knows how to pack a punch in just a few words: “There are no unsacred places; there are only sacred places and desecrated places.’’

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