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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NESAWG conference registration open

get all of the details HERE!

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Our 2014 It Takes a Region conference will be held November 11-12 at the Saratoga Hilton in Saratoga Springs, NY.  Pre- conference sessions begin November 10.

This year’s theme: REGION-SIZING: MAKING IT WORK!
What does it take to make our food system strong, resilient and region-sized?  What does real collaboration and cooperation look like?   How can we be more effective?  We’ll be exploring the various channels, mechanisms, structures and infrastructures for making region-sizing work at NESAWG’s 2014 It Takes a Region Conference. 

Together, we’ll explore some of the tremendous advances we’ve made in region-sizing the food system to date, as well as new opportunities for collaboration.  We’ll explore and address the work of farmers, food hubs, cooperatives, and market innovators, non-governmental organizations and Departments of Agriculture, independent researchers, land grant universities, farmworkers, as well as the efforts of science writers and journalists to amplify our stories.  On Tuesday evening, our keynote speaker Jim Hightower will issue a rallying cry for collaboration and change.  Read more. >

Whether you’re a farmer, market manager, ecologist, health care professional, regional planner, educator, advocate, community organizer,  or other food systems practitioner; whether you’re working from environmental, economic, or social angles, we invite you to roll up your sleeves and develop strategies with your colleagues, from NY to WV and all across New England. Join us for Region-sizing: Making It Work! Register here


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the history of fair trade in comic book form

 

Fair Trade, like coffee, is complex, rich and fascinating.

We now have available a new educational resource: The History of Authentic Fair Trade.  In comic book format we present a version of Fair Trade that is shared by many Equal Exchange colleagues, allies, and partners.  We hope that by presenting the material in this way, with heroes and villains, and condensed stories, it will pique the reader’s curiosity so that she will dig deeper, ask questions, and ultimately make a conscious decision about where she stands in relation to small farmers, co-operatives, and democratic movements, as well as corporations, certifying agencies, and alternative trade organizations.

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS COMIC BOOK!


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north carolina: awesome panel on resiliency, apple genetics, rare livestock breeds and branding!!

Make Every Bite CountWake Forest University
Wednesday, September 10th 7-8:30 PM. FREE!

 This exciting panel discussion will provide insights into the importance of biodiversity and sustainable land and water use to a resilient food system. Individually, and collectively, these entrepreneurs are contributing to the economic vitality of our region by offering value-added choices to the marketplace.

!!FREE SIGN UP HERE!!

Featured panelists:

Eliza Greenman- Heirloom and hard cider apple orchardist at Foggy Ridge Cider, fruit explorer, collector of very rare and old apple genetics, fruit tree nursery owner, and blogger for the Greenhorns.

Eric Hallman, PhD- Executive director of The Livestock Conservancy. The conservancy is working with farmers, chefs, historians, consumers, and others around the nation to re-introduce nearly 200 endangered breeds of livestock and poultry to the food supply.

April McGreger- Owner of Farmers Daughter Brand Pickling and Preserves and Andre 3000 fan. She has adopted a nimble business model that allows her to celebrate the taste and spirit of the South, while adapting to the climate-induced agricultural fluctuations of the region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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farmscale permaculture

October 2-5, 2014
Iowa City, IA 52240

IMG_4071Do you want to plan, install, and operate large-scale permaculture systems for maximum resiliency and economic stability?   Ready to learn from international experts in tree crops, keyline design, and multi-species grazing?

We’re all in a unique place in history.  Our motivations are clear: live an enjoyable life, earn a living from a sustainable and regenerative source, and build security while facing an uncertain future.  The only reliable way to fulfill these goals, for ourselves and the greater world, is to scale-up permaculture.  Farmscale Permaculture is the process of rolling out scalable systems that feed lots of people and rebuild ecosystems – changing how Earth looks from space.

Hosted at VersaLand, an emerging 145-acre regenerative savanna actively transforming a degraded monocultural landscape into an abundant agroecosystem.  You can see it happening with your own eyes.

It’s possible, it’s being done, and it’s easier than you think.

More information here

 


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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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