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summer leadership summit: native youth in agriculture

Fayetteville, Arkansas

July 21 – July 25Zea_mays

Join us for the Native Youth in Agriculture Summit and become a part of the next generation of food and agriculture leaders throughout Indian Country. Fifty selected students will travel to Fayetteville to participate in a week long education and leadership summit designed to provide comprehensive training in the legal and business complexities unique to Indian Country land and agriculture.

Students will engage in classroom and leadership learning, participate in cultural activities, and receive specialized legal and land use education appropriate only to Native farmers and ranchers. All food, lodging, and instructional materials will be provided. Competitive travel scholarships to the University are available.

Deadline for application materials: May 15, 2014 (begin submitting your application now so that your space can be held).  For more information, click HERE

 


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new york: buzz with rev. billy’s honeybeelujah campaign

 

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Springtime Greetings to the Citizens of Earthalujahville!

This spring we run our parallel performances – our nonviolent dramatic activism and our run at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater on May and June Sunday afternoons in New York.  The outside and inside stages feed off each other, with information, arrests and whoops of “Earthalujah!”

Buzz with our HoneyBeeLujah campaign. We will conduct media-genic “bee-swarmings” in and around the property of Monsanto, Bayer, Cargill, and Archer Daniels Midland.  We will perform inside big big box stores where bee-killing chemicals are sold to domestic gardeners from the shelf.  The Bee-stinger-singers will follow the EXECUTIVES OF THE ABOMINABLE MONOCULTURE – into their lobbies, the parking lots and restaurants.  The workers in these hedge funds and chemical companies must be gently exposed to the truth about their pesticide poisons.

If you are in New York, please join us at one of our eight shows starting Sunday May 4th.

 

Earthalujah!

Rev. Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir

 

 

 


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burning ice festival

A great roster of speakers and attendees:

The theme of the seventh Burning Ice is the genetic technology approach to world food issues and the agro-ecological alternative that centres on resilience and biodiversity.

The growth of the world’s population, the pursuit of profit in the agro-industry, the exhaustion of the soil, speculation and climate change have all put serious pressure on the global food system. Some scientists and food multinationals propose genetically-modified food as the miracle cure. Critical comment on this approach is barely tolerated.

The long-term effects of genetic modification are unpredictable. In order to be able to respond to the very pertinent questions about the application of genetic technology, there is an urgent need for a new image, new concepts and a new policy.

Burning Ice gives scientists, policy-makers, activists and artists the opportunity to express their views.

As an introduction to the festival theme watch the film Seeds of Freedom.

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reminder: our land symposium

OUR LAND: A SYMPOSIUM ON FARMLAND ACCESS IN THE 21ST CENTURY
In the next two decades 400 million acres of U.S. farmland will change hands. Will that land be consolidated into larger holdings and treated as a commodity or investment asset? Or will it prove the foundation for a new business, a next-generation farmer, a passionate entrepreneur? Join us for a weekend program to tackle the historical context, long-range implications and economic impact, and stewardship potential of the transition ahead.

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chaseholm farm grand opening

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There will be a cow salon/photo booth, cow milking lessons, farm tours at 2:30 and 3:30, live music, some foods, a raffle for farm store treats, calf cuddling, and acquaintance making of neighbors and friends.  We will also be kicking off farm store season with a special 20% discount card we are calling Milk Money but it works for all of our goodies in the store, not just the milk.  Read more about that below the flyer :)   We hope to see you there, with your kids and your friends and maybe your parents too. Join us!  

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To celebrate we are launching “MILK MONEY” – a farm store card that enables you to support Chaseholm Farm in exchange for a 20% discount on store goods. Purchase of a $200 MILK MONEY card entitles you to $250 worth of core farm products. Purchasing a card will help us buy seeds and equipment this spring and offers you great farm store value. Products that can be purchased using the card are:
Raw Milk fresh from our grass based herd of Jersey’s and Holsteins.  We are especially excited to be offering this promotion as spring brings us fresh grass and the cows embark on another season of grazing, providing nutrient rich milk to us all.
Farmstead Cheeses from our very own Chaseholm Farm Creamery. Chaseholm Camembert, Moonlight, StellaVallis, Alphage, Queso Blancos and Farmers Cheeses.  My brother Rory makes all the cheeses with his team and our milk. Continue reading


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cowboy indian alliance will ride to reject the xl pipeline

April 22-27, 2014

Washington DC

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On April 22nd, a group of ranchers, farmers and tribal communities from along the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline route, called the Cowboy Indian Alliance, will ride into Washington DC and set up camp near the White House to tell President Obama to reject the pipeline.On April 27th, thousands of people will join them to stand together for a final message that the Keystone XL pipeline and the tar sands must be rejected — to protect this, and future generations.

CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE MARCH ON APRIL 27


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reverend billy in san francisco

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 2014 - 6:00PM - 8:00PM
1) First, a fulminating Apocalypse by the Pastor of the Church of Stop Shopping
2) …followed by an ever so incisive Q & A period led by Savitri D
3) …and general partying between the boats and at the renowned bar

Please reserve your place today by emailing marnie@revbilly.com.

We only have a capacity of 85.  The plate will be passed or you can make a tax-deductible contribution today to reserve your spot. 

Your donation benefits the work of Reverend Billy and Savitri D’s non-profit organization.

Rev Billy and Savitri D are visiting from New York, after staging invasions of big banks by extinct amphibians, namely the climate change-killed Golden Toad. Stop Shopping Choir members wore the enamel orange toad-hats with the shiny toad-eyes, sang songs, and handed out information connecting Chase’s investments to the Earth crisis. 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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greenhorns at healdsburg shed!

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Friday March 7th, 7pm at the Healdsburg Shed
PUNK YEOMAN: The Past and Future of the Grange

Join Greenhorns founder Severine Von Tscharner Fleming and evangelist Jen Griffith for a lively evening of learning as we focus on modern farming in their presentation “Grange Future”.

Grange Future is a community history project undertaken by The Greenhorns, a young farmers network, to help interpret both the past and future of the Grange movement, not in a nostalgic or abstract way, but as an appropriate institutional format for contemporary users who are concerned with rebuilding our food system. For today’s young farmers the Grange is a kind of syllabus in community-scale organizing, regional development, cooperative economics and kinship-based policy advocacy. Continue reading


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are you joining the beyond the farm bill conversation?

via The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.  And visit Beyond the Farm Bill.org

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Register for the National Network meeting and help build food and ag policies that work.

March 24–25, 2014
The Marquette Hotel, Minneapolis
http://www.btfb.org

Next month, innovative experts and organizations will come together for a two day, collaborative meeting to build the “blueprint” for food and agriculture policies that are fair, healthy, and sustainable on all levels. Continue reading


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2014 land access symposium

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Agrarian Trust, a program of the Schumacher Center for New Economics, is pleased to announce the schedule and line-up for our 2014 Land Access Symposium.
In the next 20 years, an estimated 400 million acres of farmland will change hands, as the 70% of farmland owners over the age of 65 retire and pass away. Meanwhile, entering farmers struggle to compete non-farming landowners for access to prime farmland, particularly in areas close to metropolitan areas. Continue reading


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collaboration for mutual aid

Hudson Valley greenhorns, take note.

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Collaboration for Mutual Aid: Feb. 25th 6-9:30 PM.
New small farms are proliferating here in the Valley.  In the coming years, we may face some direct-marketing challenges, but also more potential to work together for mutual benefit. What do we need to capture more value?  How can we  tap the opportunities arising?  What do we want for our farms?

On Tues, Feb. 255h, 6-9:30pm, farmers from Columbia and Dutchess counties will come together to generate and troubleshoot ideas for collaboration.  Continue reading


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build your network, grow our future

This upcoming event from the NCFA looks great!  Connecticut Greenhorns, take note. ncfa

In collaboration with UConn Cooperative Extension, Farm Service Agency, Natural Resource Conservation Service, CT DoAg, and Community Farm of Simsbury, the New CT Farmer Alliance is very happy to present…

BUILD YOUR NETWORK, GROW OUR FUTURE
A networking event to strengthen Connecticut’s agricultural community
Wednesday Febrary 19th, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Scout Hall Youth Center – 28 Abbe Rd, East Windsor (just off I-91)
This is the chance every farmer dreams of….the opportunity to meet every person in the state who provides support to farmers (i.e service providers) in a farmer-driven, discussion-based format.   Continue reading
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