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land for food

For any young farmers with the ability to travel, this would be a great experience. unnamed

As part of its biennial conferences, IUFN is happy to invite you to a new international workshop, LAND FOR FOOD. It will address a central question : How can we reconcile land use policies with local food policies? 

Held over two days in the heart of Paris, the LAND FOR FOOD provisional program is build on interaction. It will start with an Open forum the will invite participants to deconstruct some commonly held beliefs and to discuss together ‘Land for food by 2050’ foresight scenarios designed with our partners. On the second day, you are invited to take part in multi-disciplinary co-design workshops, resolutely oriented towards practical innovation around  arable land preservation, rural-urban linkages or urban farming potential as well as policy tools such as food flow analysis or food sensitive planning.

JOIN other local authorities, local decision-makers, and international researchers for this unique occasion to design together the future of local food policies for urban regions.

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spring conference: central arkansas new agrarian society

April 26th, 2014, Little Rock, AR



The Central Arkansas New Agrarian Society (CANAS) is hosting a day-long series of workshops devoted to backyard gardening, food security, skill sharing, and community food culture.  Participants in this first conference will learn to plan, grow, source, and use the freshest food and products in Central Arkansas. Join us and become a part of Little Rock’s growing DIY food community.

Advanced registration is strongly encouraged to guarantee space.

Conference opens at 8:30 AM. Closing at 4:15 PM.

Scholarships are available! Please send inquires to

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mark your calendars: american farmland trust national conference




October 20-22, 2014

Lexington, Kentucky

The Farmland, Food and Livable Communities conference will bring together leading experts from around the country for the first nationwide conference focused on farming, land use and food policy. It will showcase and encourage best practices and inspire efforts to protect farmland, support the next generation of farmers, encourage job creation and create opportunities in local and regional food systems.

“This is the first time a national conference will bring together these diverse interests to comprehensively address the 21st Century challenges of agriculture,” said Andrew McElwaine, President and CEO of American Farmland Trust. “The conference will encourage greater understanding and collaboration to support agricultural viability and vibrant community food systems.”

Sign up HERE for more information on registration, the agenda, and other details.

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reminder: moses new farmer summit

New Farmer Summit
April 4-5, 2014photo
Primrose Valley FarmBelleville, Wisconsin (near New Glarus & Madison)

Two full days of workshops, networking, hands-on learning, organic food and fun!

  • 24 workshops focused on issues on the minds of new farmers
  • $75 (includes meals and entertainment)
  • Scholarships available! Apply here.
  • $35 Pre-Summit farm tours with lunch April 3rd
  • Friday evening dance with live folk music and a caller
  • Click here to register!

Much more information can be found HERE

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wonderful new grains company

Community Grains.  Read on for information on their conference this weekend, and register HERE


2014 Conference on the Development of Our Local Whole-Grain Economy
Community Grains
Sunday, March 9, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT), Oakland, CA

A Progress Report & To-Do List

Intact Whole Grain–Why Is It Important?

Michael Pollan, Professor, Graduate School of Journalism, UC, Berkeley, author, Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation–What I’ve learned about grain. Where does it lead?

David Jacobs, PhD, Professor, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota–Food synergy and food patterns: are whole foods more than the sum of their individual nutrients and bioactive substances?

David W. Killilea, PhD, Staff Scientist, Nutrition and Metabolism Center, Children’s Hospital Oakland Institute–If you take it apart, can you put it back together? Knowing what’s in your flour. Continue reading

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MOSES new farmer summit

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New Farmer Summit
April 4-5, 2014
Primrose Valley Farm
Belleville, Wisconsin (near New Glarus & Madison)

Two full days of workshops, networking, hands-on learning, organic food and fun!

  • 24 workshops focused on issues on the minds of new farmers
  • Pre-summit farm tours with a light lunch April 3
  • Friday evening dance with live folk music and a caller
  • $75 (includes meals and entertainment)
  • Scholarships available
  • Registration opens February 15

find more information, and a full list of the amazing workshops that will be offered, HERE.

boulder conference: protecting and caring for earth’s community of life

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boulder conference: protecting and caring for earth’s community of life

Boulder, CO
Apr. 3- Apr. 7, 2014

The Contemplative Alliance and Naropa University would like to invite Boulder area farmers to join a special gathering of faith and spiritual leaders, civil society, ecological advocates and others from April 3rd to April 7th.  Anyone interested in attending can contact Janelle Surpris directly.

Find out more about the conference HERE

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moses conference, coming right up.


La Crosse, Wis.
Feb. 27 – Mar. 1, 2014

The MOSES Conference, started 25 years ago with 90 people who wanted to learn more about farming organically, has grown to become the country’s foremost educational and networking event for the organic community. The people involved in organic and sustainable farming tend to be passionate about food and farming, which makes for a truly inspiring event. Please join us in celebrating the 25th anniversary of this remarkable gathering!

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save the date: maine grain conference!

We will post registration information as soon as we have it!

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2014 Maine Grain Conference, March 15th – Bangor, ME
We are extremely fortunate this year to have as our main speakers Mary-Howell and Klaas Martens of Lakeview Organic Grains, Penn Yan, NY.  The Martens are regional experts in all aspects of organic grain production and handling.  They will discuss crop rotations, fertility and weed management, seed production, and post-harvest grain cleaning, drying, and storage; as well as the topics and questions that you bring.  We’ll also learn from a panel of Maine grain growers about their successes and lessons learned; and hear about results from UMaine grain research.

Save March 15th on your calendar and look for upcoming registration information!




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rhode island women in ag

Conference coming right up!


he RI Women in Agriculture Conference will be on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 from 8:30am to 4:00pm at the University of RI (120 Flagg Rd. Kingston, Rhode Island 02881). You’ll hear from leaders in RI agriculture and be inspired by your peers. Trade show will provide information from ag non-profit organizations and ag-related vendors. Complete agenda will be available soon. Registration is $25 and includes breakfast and lunch. If you are a beginning farmer and would like to attend the conference for free, please email youngfarmernetwork@gmail.comwith your name, contact information, and 1-2 sentences about why you would like to attend the RI Women in Agriculture conference.
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seeking greenhorn to table at small farms conference

Hello upper midwest/Michigander Greenhorns,

We are attending the Northern Michigan Small Farms Conference on February 1st, which should be a blast! We need a steadfast Greenhorn to man the table for us. Full tabling kit mailed to you, and we will pay your conference fee.

 Email if willing and able.

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