the irresistible fleet of bicycles


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grow your farm skills!

from the comfort of your own home. home

The Cornell Small Farms Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension offer a menu of 12 online courses each Fall and Winter to help farmers develop their businesses. These 5- to 7-week online courses cost $200 total for up to 4 members of the same farm to attend. They are an amazing opportunity to discover new resources, build your farm plan, hear from successful farmers, and develop a support network of peers. Courses consist of a weekly real-time webinar followed by readings, discussion forums, and homework on your own time.

Students successfully completing a course are eligible to receive a 0% interest loan of up to $10,000 through Kiva Zip!
UPCOMING COURSES:


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the awful reign of the red delicious. #eatuglyapples

At the supermarket near his home in central Virginia, Tom Burford likes to loiter by the display of Red Delicious. He waits until he spots a store manager. Then he picks up one of the glossy apples and, with a flourish, scrapes his fingernail into the wax: T-O-M.

“We can’t sell that now,” the manager protests.

To which Burford replies, in his soft Piedmont drawl: “That’s my point.” Click HERE to read this GREAT article from the Atlantic.


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movie: seeds of time

Cary Fowler is a man with a mission. A mission that is about securing the foundation of nothing less than earth’s survival in the form of the world’s smallest currency: seeds! The scientist and tireless idealist Fowler has set out to collect all existing grain types in an enormous ‘cereal bank’ on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard in the Arctic Ocean, before it’s too late. And too late it soon may be. The earth is overpopulated, there are more and more mouths to feed, and we are beginning to feel the disastrous effects of climate change on our planet. In recent decades we have experienced periods of drought and severe floods, and together with these disasters we have lost important grain types, which means that they will be extinct within a few years. But nobody understands what devastating impact the extinction of these grain types would have on mankind. It is not just about the survival of this generation, but that of future generations. The good news is that someone has started to do something about it! ‘Seeds of Time’ is simple in its style, but the story of Fowler’s struggle is both touching and inspiring.


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china refuses gmo corn from USA, cargill loses 90 million dollars

CHICAGO, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Cargill Inc has suffered more than $90 million in damages from China’s rejections of U.S. corn containing a genetically modified trait developed by Syngenta AG, the grain trader said in a lawsuit on Friday.

The damages are a “direct and proximate result” of Syngenta’s decision to sell its Agrisure Viptera corn, known as MIR 162, before China approved the variety for import, according to the lawsuit.

Cargill sued a unit of Syngenta, the world’s largest crop chemicals company, in Louisiana state court for damages stemming from the rejections. To read more about this AGRIBUSINESS DRAMA, CLICK HERE!


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bioneers conference 2014: register now!

October 17-19th

San Rafael, CA

After a quarter-century, the Bioneers community of leadership has learned a thing or two about breakthrough solutions and what directions to head in. Like a magnifying glass channeling sunlight, the “Growing The Movement” theme is designed to help focalize this wealth of community wisdom, skillfulness and vision into beams of action – a trellis of light on which our shared work can grow.

This year’s gathering will include a powerful cross-section of speakers including Naomi Klein, Eve Ensler, Severine von Tscharner Fleming, Terry Tempest Williams, Patricia Gualinga, and Paul Stamets.

Please join us for a weekend-long revolution from the heart of nature. To register or learn more, CLICK HERE!

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