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food freedom fest

coming up in September, and honoring Joel Salatin.

FFFMemeFood Freedom Fest Celebrates Local Food Hero
Farmers, foodies, politicians and others dedicated to advancing food freedom unite for a weekend festival in the scenic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia on September 5-6, 2014.  Organized by the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense (FTCLDF), Food Freedom Fest is a fun, educational gathering for anyone who appreciates freedom of choice in food and agriculture. The funds raised will help defend the rights of small farmers and artisan food producers, as well as consumers and buying clubs.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), is trying to control all food regulation and poses a threat to the local food movement.  The September gathering is a meeting of people who see the benefit of a direct farmer to consumer relationship. This is relevant to anyone who wants to make a living off the land and keep the government out of their kitchen.

The aptly named Food Freedom Fest kicks off with the inaugural “Food Freedom Conference” starting with breakfast at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton, Virginia. Emcee Kimberly Hartke will introduce notable speakers who will explore food freedom initiatives happening around the country. Delivering the keynote at lunch will be Congressman Thomas Massie from Kentucky who sponsored the two federal Raw Milk Freedom bills with considerable bipartisan support. Continue reading


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connecticut farm tour tonight!

The New CT Farmer Alliance hosts monthly farm tours; if you can’t make this one, check out the next!

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Join Us on Sunday at Urban Oaks in New Britain
Farm Tour: 4-6pm
Potluck and Social: 6-8pm (bring a dish to share and your own place setting)
Join Farmers Mike Kandefer, Mark Rutkowski, and Joey Listro for a farm tour of one of Connecticut’s first urban farms.  We’ll tour five greenhouses used for year-round growing and learn about how the farm maximizes use of this space year-round.  Mike will discuss the organic seedling sale, one of the largest income generators for the farm, and how it has grown over the years. The farmers will discuss the challenges of growing in small spaces, serving a low-income community, and maintaining aging infrastructure.  They will also discuss their wholesale niche of serving speciality and heirloom produce to farm-to-table restaurants and their love for growing exotic grapefruits, avocados, limes, and figs in our greenhouses.

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upcoming mofga events

unnamedAvena Botanicals
Tuesday, July 29 5pm 219 Mill St Rockport
Join herbalist and biodynamic herb gardener Deb Soule for an informative walk through Avena Botanicals’ medicinal herb gardens. Deb and a crew of three gardeners collect over 1800 pounds of medicinal herbs by hand each year from 2 1/2 acres. These herbs are then immediately processed on-site into a variety of tinctures, teas, oils and salves. Avena is the first Demeter-certified biodynamic farm in Maine and Deb will include an introduction to biodynamics as part of this tour.  Continue reading


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vote for the hmong american farmers to receive a 500k grant!

HAFA is delighted to be a finalist in theTwins “Fans Choose” All-Star Legacy Giving grant program.

We need your help. As a finalist, we are now competing against six other top organizations for a $500,000 grant. In this final portion of the program, fans get to choose which organization should get the $500,000 grant.

Please go to the Twins “Fans Choose” website and vote for the Hmong American Farmers Association. You can vote once a day, every day until the end of the contest. Voting will begin on June 10 and will end at 4 pm on July 10. The winner of the $500,000 grant will be revealed on Monday, July 14 at Target Field.


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canada: registration is now open for acorn’s 3rd annual beginner farmer symposium

August 18th, 2014

Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick

Building on the great success of their previous Symposiums, drawing hundreds of farmers from throughout Eastern Canada, ACORN (Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network) is thrilled to once again showcase another busy day of workshops, panel discussions and prime networking opportunities for new, aspiring and experienced growers across the region.

A highlight this year:  Jean-Martin Fortier of La Jardins de la Grelinette/The Market Gardener will be joining us from St. Armand, Quebec to lead several important workshops and should not be missed!

To see the details in full, click HERE. To register, click HERE!

All proceeds from the 2014 Beginner Farmer Symposium directly support the future of ACORN’s Grow A Farmer Apprenticeship and Mentorship programs. 

 


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peter barnes – economics for the anthropocene

Sunday July 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm
American Institute for Economic Research, 250 Division St. Great Barrington, MA.

 

Peter Barnes is an entrepreneur and writer who has co-founded and led several successfulbusinesses and written numerous articles and books about capitalism, the commons and other topics.  His latest book, With Liberty and Dividends for All: How to Save Our Middle Class When Jobs Don’t Pay Enough, proposes universal dividends from shared wealth as a practical solution to economic inequality.

To learn more about this event, click —> HERE

$5 or 5 BerkShares, BerkShares preferred.  Payable at the door.
Pre-registration required.  Register here online. Or call 413 528 1737 to register by phone.


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new york: farm leasing for farmers and landowners

June 26th, 6-9pmSaratoga County

Ballston Spa, NY 12020

Please join us for a panel discussion on farm leasing. Panelists include local farmers, landowners and attorneys with leasing experience. The panel will address

  • Basic elements of a good farm lease
  • Legal considerations in farm leasing
  • On ‐ the ‐ ground experience with farm leases – what’s worked and what hasn’t
  • Negotiating the right farm lease for your situation

To see the flyer, click HERE!

Space Is Limited. Please Pre-register by Friday, June 20th

By phone at (518) 885 ‐ 8995

By email at eah29@cornell.edu Registration costs, including snacks and drinks, are $5/individual

 

 


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farm hack north dakota

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Farm Hack North Dakota
Sunday, June 22nd @ Bad Goat Forest Products, Missoula MN

See examples of successful DIY tools and dream up your own in Montana’s first ever Farm Hack! It’s a new event that’s sweeping the nation, bringing together farmers, builders, and tech folks to create on-farm solutions! This event will offer attendees the opportunity to learn from some of our region’s experts on tools you can use to improve your farm and reduce your equipment costs.

Two-hour workshops will be offered simultaneously by the following experts:

Blacksmithing with Mark VanderMeer of Bad Goat Forest Products: Learn the basics by developing a simple hand weeder and attaching wooden handles

Welding with Jimmy Willett: Learn the basics of welding to fix your machines and build new tools

Incorporating Bike Parts with Bob Giordano of Freecycles: Learn how to reduce equipment costs by adding cheap or free bike parts to your tool-building know-how

And You!
We’ll finish out the day with a few beers and pizza will be available from the Clove Cart Pizza Peddlers! Join us!

Cost: $30, includes lunch from Burns St Bistro

Location: 1301 Scott St., Missoula (under the Scott St. bridge on the Northside)

REGISTRATION IS LIMITED TO 30 PEOPLE! Click Here to register today – registration closes on Thursday, June 19th.

For more information, visit http://missoulacfac.org/on-farm-field-days.html or contact Annie Heuscher at annie@missoulacfac.org or 406-763-6862.

 

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