upcoming webinar from RAFI USA
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
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
- $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
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.
Practical training for the entrepreneurs and organizations building the New Food Economy.
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
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.
Allegheny Mountain School Fellowships for 2014
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
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
at Fibershed. Always a good reminder.
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..
Lets discuss it with leading political economist Gar Alperovitz at the Schumacher Center (founder of the first community land trust in the USA) and across the street from the first CSA !
Severine will be there, and we hope for a strong young farmer turnout from the Barrington / Hudson Region! Please spread the word!
Coming up on Friday at Stonewall Farm in Keene, NH.
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.
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
Up on the web! Recruiting soon for their first class of students.
Watch this space.