the irresistible fleet of bicycles

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“I farm because” a photography project

This past summer I spent two weeks volunteering on a farm in Maine. While I was there, I created a project photographing farm apprentices in the Penobscot Bay area in hopes of capturing the incredible work the young individuals have chosen to do, as well as gain a better understanding as to why they are pursuing the farm life.

warm regards,
Isabel Stearns

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those canadians!

Notes from the field…Dearest Young Agrarian,

We’ve got lots of exciting updates heading into the fall and winter season. From a newly updated website, release of our Land Linking Guide and a series of events across the province, there is much to see, do and share!

If you haven’t already please join us across the social media landscape on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Flickr. Send us your Young Agrarian stories and photos by using the hashtag #youngagrarians.

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marsh culture

engagement with a mucky ecosystem.

70.8% – a great blog with beautiful images HERE.

18 cutting-scoff-stuff

Seventy point eight is the percentage of ocean to landmass on our planet. get wet…a rambling personal collection of news, books, images, ideas, and whatever else I find interesting relating to our aqueous environment..with an emphasis on small boats, sailing, boat design and designers and boatbuilding and builders, especially home builders. And a certain curiosity about seasteading.

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corn corn corn

Corn-fieldShannon Hayes, Sap Bush Hollow Farm
22 January 2013

Dear Friends;

As some of you are aware, I trekked out to Wisconsin this past weekend to speak at a farming conference. While there, I had the opportunity to witness first-hand the impact the latest monoculture corn craze is having on farmers who are putting land stewardship and community ahead of profit. It was a tough weekend for me, and I am thankful to be back nestled away in my own hillsides. But while there, I was reminded of the great magnitude of change we are asking of our farmers: to rebuild a sustainable food system and a life serving economy. This week’s blog post, The Price of Corn, tells the story.
It is my hope that, after you read this, you might hug the next farmer you see who is choosing to grow vegetables or grassfed meat, especially when he or she could be making a small fortune tearing up his or her land for corn. Indeed, this entire new life-serving economy we are trying to build will simply not happen without the farmers who are willing to advance the interests of the land, the water and their communities. They will be our foundation.
Thank you for taking the time to read. I deeply appreciate your support as my own mind fills with doubt at the enormousness of what we are asking, and then finds solace in the beautiful responses that unexpectedly come forward.
Shannon Hayes
Sap Bush Hollow Farm, Shannon,  and Grassfed

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plough and stars

Greenhorns, this is a blog worth following, both for its words (“Pulling a cool dirt blanket over a year’s worth of success and failure feels like shaking up an etch-a-sketch and disappearing that terrible looking stick man you spent all summer trying to draw“) and for its images (see below).

The Plough and Stars Project is a year-long narrative by photojournalist Erik Jacobs, who is chronicling his attempt to become a first generation farmer at The Farm School in Athol, Massachusetts.
It is a weekly story, told in two parts – words and photos – about the challenges of living our values through life on the farm, the inspiration that sustains us and the lessons learned throughout.


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much afoot and apedal in south dakota
Cycle Farm, LLC is located in the heart of Spearfish Valley, in the northern Black Hills of South Dakota. The land has been farmed for many years; most recently it has been lovingly cultivated with hops. We grow mixed vegetables for CSA and market (Spearfish Farmer’s Market on Friday evenings). We are enthusiastic about building community and local resiliency through the food system using human-powered and natural farming practices.

Cycle Farm is on Facebook. Let’s be friends.


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