the irresistible fleet of bicycles

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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 Registration costs, including snacks and drinks, are $5/individual



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farm hack north dakota


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 or contact Annie Heuscher at or 406-763-6862.


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a summer gathering ~ growing food, farms and community


Saturday, July 19, 2014
9:30 am to 5:00 pm 

Winvian, Morris, CT

This summer’s gathering is a high-energy, interactive and fun, yet serious educational event targeted at the grassroots, with an in-depth single focus on the fusion of food, sustainable agriculture and related issues with a call to action. Our goal is to help a broad audience from all walks of life understand the critical issues in our food system, and what they can do about them.


Family Activities Only:
Family 4 pack: $35; 12 yrs – adult: $12; 6-11 yrs: $5; 5 yrs & under: free

Keynotes, Workshops, All Activities:
Individuals: $50 Members/$60 Future Members
Students, apprentices & beginning farmers (less than 10 years): scholarship funded-$0

Both Friday* and Saturday Events:
$175 Members/$185 Future Members

Online registration available HERE.


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greenhorns severine & patrick to speak at maine sail freight event

We hope you will join us in early summer, for an evening event exploring possibilities for a Maine Sail Freight Project along our fine seacoast. On June 22 we’ll join with Penobscot Marine Museum, MOFGA, Maine Farmland Trust for a Grange-hosted potluck dinner, and panel presenters from around New England.

If you’ve been following the revival of the working sail, you may have caught the maiden voyage of the Vermont Sail Freight Project last fall, further afield there’s New Dawn Traders in England, Salish Sea Traders in Puget Sound, Sailing Vessel Kwai out of the Cook Islands, and a Tres Hombres, traveling with rum and cocoa to the Netherlands!

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strolling of the heifers!

strolling of the heifersJune 6,7,8

Brattleboro, VT

Join us in beautiful, historic Brattleboro for a weekend of activities honoring farmers and celebrating local food, all built around our signature event, the world-famous Strolling of the Heifers Parade, Saturday, June 7 at 10 a.m. sharp!

Check out the full weekend entertainment schedule, as well as entertainer bios and pictures, and follow this link for more information on all Stroll Weekend events:


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upcoming new england shows: max godfrey and elias alexander

Join Max and Elias for a raucous, foot-pounding evening of southern traditional songs and tunes.  Max Godfrey and Elias Alexander play Southern American music with rare soul, striking a dynamic balance between rootedness and spontaneity.  Their performance will include mountain ballads, fiddle tunes, work songs and country blues on fiddle, guitar, banjo, harmonica, and cajon.  Many of these songs are participatory, so come ready to cut loose, sing out, and have a great time!
Upcoming Tour Dates:

May 29th @ Halcyon Grange #345 in Blue Hill Maine. 6 pm.  1157 Pleasant Street Blue Hill, Maine 04614
May 30th @ SheepScot General 5-7 pm.  98 Townhouse Rd, Whitefield, Maine 04353
June 1st @ Brattleboro House Concert.  7–9 pm  RSVP to for directions.
June 2nd @ The Prairie Whale, 178 Main Street Great Barrington, Massachusetts 6:30 pm.  
June 3rd @ 28 Center St, Montague, MA.  7:30pm (potluck dinner starting at 6pm).
June 5th @ 51 Main, Middlebury VT.  8–10 pm

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14th annual tomato festival at red fire farm

7 Carver Street, Granby, MA

Every year, we have an unbelievable selection of amazing and often award-winning tomatoes for you to taste. It’s a great day at the farm, with everything from a 5K Tomato Trot field race to hay rides to cooking demonstrations to live music to crafters and a smorgasbord of local fare from area producers. Come and visit!

Here’s the link to find out more!

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vermont sail freight flies again!

Mark your calendars.
And stay in the loop!


  • Mechanicville, NY  Saturday June 7th.  Market at the dock.  Hours TBA
  • Waterford, NY  Sunday June 8th.  Attending Waterford Farmers Market 10am – 1pm
  • Coxsackie, NY Wednesday June 11th, Attending Coxsackie Farmers Market 4-7 pm
  • Croton-on-Hudson NY, Ferry Sloops, Shattemuc Yacht Club, June 18th, Market, hours TBA
  • Croton-on-Hudson, Clearwater Festival, June 21st-22nd
  • Manhattan, NY, New Amsterdam Farmers Market, June 28th, 11-4pm

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