the irresistible fleet of bicycles


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farm commons wants to hear from you

Are you a farmer with a good experience drafting a document? Or, have you worked with or helped a farmer through a positive document drafting experience? 
 
We need stories of those who’ve developed a useful legal document firsthand- either on their own or with guidance. 
We are interested in many different legal documents farmers craft and sign: Leases, operating agreements, partnership agreements, land contracts, sales contracts, CSA membership documents, promissory notes… 

If so, I would love to talk with you. Please send an email or call: Rachel@farmcommons.org or 608 616 5319. We will be using these stories to develop farmer profiles for print guides and short videos on farm law basics. If we do a full interview (a couple hours in length), compensation will be provided. 


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pink collar is the new green collar in nyc farms

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Are women more willing to nurture their communities (and also their beet greens)? Are men preoccupied with techie farm toys like aquaponics? Is gender the reason the radio at the Queens Farm washing station is always stuck on Beyoncé and Alicia Keys? More significant, if urban ag work comes to be seen as women’s work, what will that mean for the movement’s farming model, mission and pay? Check out the article “Mother Nature’s Daughters” in the New York Times.


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another great farm training program

Calypso Farm and Ecology Center‘s Farmer Training Program is accepting applications now!
(4 spaces currently available) Open until filled – if you’re interested, apply now! Spaces are limited. Students are selected based on their level of interest in the program and potential for future application of wFarmer Training Programhat they’ve learned. We also strive to select a diverse group of participants. To be considered in our first round of applicants—apply bySeptember 15th! To be part of our second round of applicants (if space allows) – apply by December 1st
For more information on the program and how to apply, visit:

Calypso’s Farmer Training Program is an intensive experiential education program focused on providing the skills, inspiration and experience necessary for participants to embark on starting their own small farm with confidence.

Participants learn how to become self-reliant farmers by working alongside experienced farmers through the entire growing season from caring for greenhouse transplants, prepping the field for planting, planting, seeding, harvesting, managing soil fertility, weed and pest management, caring for farm animals, operating a CSA, running a farm stand, selling to local restaurants, working in natural alignment to prevent injury and more. Guided training in art and craft skills such as wood carving, basic tool making, papermaking, metal working, wool processing, etc is also provided.

See some photos from the year 2013 here! Continue reading


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learn how to buy the media!

Read the Emails in the Hilarious Monsanto/Mo Rocca/Condé Nast Meltdown
by Tom Philpott for Mother Jones

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Last week, Gawker uncovered a hapless tie-up between genetically modified seed/pesticide giant Monsanto and Condé Nast Media—publisher of The New Yorker, Bon Appetit, GQ, Self, Details, and other magazines—to produce “an exciting video series” on the “topics of food, food chains and sustainability.”

Since then, I’ve learned that Condé Nast’s Strategic Partnerships division dangled cash before several high-profile food politics writers, in an unsuccessful attempt to convince them to participate.  

Marion Nestle, author of the classic book Food Politicsand a professor at New York University, told me she was offered $5,000 to participate for a single afternoon. Nestle almost accepted, because at first she didn’t know Monsanto was involved—the initial email she received only referred to the company in attachments that she didn’t open, she said.

“It wasn’t until we were at the end of the discussion about how much time I would allow (they wanted a full day) that they mentioned the honorarium,” she wrote in an email. “I was so shocked at the amount that I had sense enough to ask who was paying for it. Monsanto. End of discussion.”

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