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UVM summer experience

Study Sustainable Farming this Summer at the University of Vermontsoil-hands
Learn sustainable farming at UVM’s Catamount Educational Farm this summer in beautiful Burlington, Vermont – a hot-spot for community-based food and agricultural systems. Be part of the vibrant learning environment of the farm that cultivates over 10 acres of vegetables and fruit for the UVM community while educating the next generation of sustainable food producers. Credit and non-credit options available. Read more about the classes and enroll here: http://www.uvm.edu/~summer/catamount-farm/
If this sounds awesome, but you are still in high school, you are in luck! Check out the Summer Academy Intro to Sustainable Vegetable Farming Class: http://bit.ly/precollegefarming
If want to know more about the farm, click here: http://learn.uvm.edu/partners/cals/programs/catamount-educational-farm/
If you have any questions, email us at farmer @uvm.edu or call (802)656 8642. Happy spring!


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negotiation training

May 3 Negotiation Training Workshop
Agrarian Trust has an upcoming negotiation training workshop in the Hudson Valley. The workshop will be held at the beautiful Carey Conference Center, located on an historic 100-acre estate overlooking Lake Myosotis in Rensselaerville, New York. Experts from NYS Agricultural Mediation Program and the New York State Dispute Resolution Association will provide the negotiation and business communication training.

This workshop is for farmland-seekers and professionals that provide technical assistance around land and capital access and transition. More information is also on the Agrarian Trust (website more schedule and program details coming soon):http://agrariantrust.org/may-training-workshop/


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farm advocacy 101

upcoming webinar from RAFI USA

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Farm Advocacy 101
Tuesday, March 11th, 3:00 – 3:45 pm ET
>> Click here to register.

Sitting across the table from a banker or a loan officer is often intimidating and scary, especially when the farm is on the line. Who can farmers depend on to sit on their side of the table and provide guidance, or at least act as a witness, a note-taker, a second set of eyes and ears? Since the Farm Crisis of the 1980s, farm advocates have helped farmers navigate the maze of regulations that govern agriculture and access to farm credit. Continue reading


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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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an mba student’s guide to entrepreneurship (because farmers are entrepreneurs)

Dreaming of starting a farm? Running a farm business? You don’t need an MBA to start a farm venture, but this online entrepreneurship guide does help shine light on the basics of starting a successful business. Included are free web resources to help you get off the ground. It’s worth a look.

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hub camp: the nuts and bolts of local food distribution

LocalOrbitLos Angeles, CA: Mar. 16 – 18, 2014
Davis, CA: Apr. 27-29, 2014

Practical training for the entrepreneurs and organizations building the New Food Economy.  

Walk away from Hub Camp with a 6-month action plan to hit the ground running!
An action-oriented approach to learning, launching and adapting as you grow your local food system.

  • Business Model Mapping.
  • Operations and Service Design.
  • Work through your unique challenges with farmer development, wholesale buyer education, finance, food safety, logistics, operations and storytelling.
  • Three hands-on days with experienced operators who have launched and managed supply chain businesses.
  • To maximize impact attendance is limited to 15 participants.

Click HERE to learn more and apply


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educational opportunities in scotland’s crofting community

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Training
The Scottish Crofting Federation offers a number of training opportunities, supported with funding from the Scottish Government’s Skills Development Scheme and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. Training is available for aspiring, new and existing crofters and open to anyone with an interest in learning more about rural skills and crofting. The training courses are aimed at people interested in developing knowledge and skills in crofting, both for new entrants and to support existing crofters in best practice and improving performance.

Our Crofting Skills Training Programme is now underway and will run between 2013 and 2015 throughout the Crofting Counties offering our much acclaimed Entry Level Induction to Crofting courses as well as a wide range of Practical Skills courses, with Intermediate and Certified courses planned to commence in 2014.

Let us know your training needs. What courses would you like to see running and where? Let us know by emailing training@crofting.org


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allegheny mountain school fellowships

Deadline, December 15th
Allegheny Mountain School Fellowships for 2014
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Allegheny Mountain School is seeking nine inspiring individuals to participate in the fourth cohort of our 18 month fully-funded fellowship program.   Applications are available on our website,www.alleghenymountainschool.org.  The deadline to submit your application is December 15, 2013.  Interviews begin January, 2014. Continue reading


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farm planning for women greenhorns, vermont

2WWwomenlandWhole Farm Planning for Women Beginning Farmers

For women with two to 10 years in farm business management.

Where: Lamoille County, VT
Dates: Jan. 7, 21, Feb. 4, 18, March 11, 25, April 8, 22, May 6, 20, 2014. (snow date March 18)
Time: 9:30 am-4 pm
Application Deadline: Nov. 15, 2013
Fees: $150-$500

Online Application

For more information: Jessie Schmidt. Continue reading


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much afoot, ahoof and aweft

at Fibershed. Always a good reminder.

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Fibershed is a non-profit organization that provides experiential education that both generates awareness, and teaches the necessary skills within our community to build and sustain a thriving bioregional textile culture that functions hand-in-hand with principles of ecological balance, local economies, and regional organic agriculture..


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what is the political economy of farmland access?

Lets discuss it with leading political economist Gar Alperovitz at the Schumacher Center (founder of the first community indianland trust in the USA) and across the street from the first CSA !

Seems a pretty likely place for some insight.
Severine will be there, and we hope for  a strong young farmer turnout from the Barrington / Hudson Region! Please spread the word!
Five Options to Bring about an Era of Political-Economic Change.
The talk will be held at John Dewey Academy, 389 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA, starting at 7:30 pm on October 11th.  Admission will be $5 or 5 BerkShares, and pre-registration is required.  Please register by emailing schumacher@centerforneweconomics.org.
Gar Alperovitz has had a distinguished career as a historian, political economist, activist, writer, and government official. He is currently the Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland and is a former Fellow of Kings College, Cambridge University; Harvard’s Institute of Politics; the Institute for Policy Studies; and a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution. Continue reading


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small scale grain event

Coming up on Friday at Stonewall Farm in Keene, NH.

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Small Scale Grain Fodder & Demonstration Day, Friday August 16th, 9 am-12 pm
Want to witness the next chapter of our farm story take shape? On Friday August 16th, with technical assistance and support from GreenStart New Hampshire, we will be demonstrating our first-ever barley harvest at our leased Bradford Road fields in Keene (weather permitting) with brand new Boaz combine harvesters. All of the barley harvested here will take the resultant seeds and go towards growing barley fodder to feed our +30 dairy cattle. To our knowledge, this will be the first modern, larger-scale barley demonstration in southwest New Hampshire in over 100 years, so you don’t want to miss this opportunity! Stay tuned for our brochure link and more information on the itinerary for the day, which will also include our aged cheddar cheese and farm-made yogurt at day’s end.


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rooftop urban ag course

INTRODUCTION TO ROOFTOP URBAN AGRICULTURE
Brooklyn Grange Navy Yard

Click here to register. 

Thursday, August 29, 2013
9:00 am – 12:30 pm

BLDG 92, Brooklyn Navy Yard
63 Flushing Ave. (at intersection of Carlton and Flushing)
Brooklyn, NY  11205

Learn about multiple approaches to growing food on rooftops through design, installation and maintenance principles, as well as case studies drawn from across North America. Continue reading

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