a great idea!
coming up in September, and honoring Joel Salatin.
Food 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
The New CT Farmer Alliance hosts monthly farm tours; if you can’t make this one, check out the next!
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
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.
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.
All proceeds from the 2014 Beginner Farmer Symposium directly support the future of ACORN’s Grow A Farmer Apprenticeship and Mentorship programs.
Take advantage, Connecticut greenhorns!
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.
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 email@example.com Registration costs, including snacks and drinks, are $5/individual
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
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.