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mendocino farm hack, dec 6-7.

When: 12/6/2014

Where: Grange Ag School. 16200 Willits Road. Willits, CA 95490

Mendocino County will host its first FarmHack at the Little Lake Grange and Ridgewood Ranch in Willits, CA this December 6-7. This weekend long event will bring together business owners, engineers and mechanics, farmers and home-scale producers to learn about the possibilities of ethanol production and use. A series of workshops, panel discussions, and demonstrations will provide a comprehensive knowledge of this renewable, sustainable fuel source with an emphasis on how we as a community can collaborate and reduce our waste stream and our petroleum addiction.

For more information, contact:

Mendocino Alcohol Fuel Group

(707) 960-0717

mafginfo@gmail.com, mendocinodeb@gmail.com

 


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schumacher lectures online + upcoming!

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The Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures (listed below) include some of the foremost voices on a new economics. Hildegarde Hannum is the editor of nearly all the lectures. Summaries of all lectures can be found here. Registration is now open for the 34th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures on November 15th, 2014 in New York City.

The Schumacher Center for a New Economics publishes its papers in pamphlet form. We keep good stock, so feel free to order these pamphlets (2-up saddle stitched binding) for your community, your local library, or other educational institutions. Each pamphlet is 5 Berkshares or 5 dollars. Learn more about how to order pamplets.

All lectures can be found HERE

The full text of the lectures are made available free of cost in the spirit of sharing this information widely and democratically. When distributing this information, please include all contact information for the Schumacher Center for New Economics.

Thanks to the good work of Schumacher Center’s staff, the lecture pamphlets are now also available in eBook format — both on Kobo and Kindle.  Just search “Schumacher Center for New Economics” on either site. Read the newsletter: “The Fine Art of Pamphleteering in 2014.”


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celebrate indigenous people’s day – north oakland, ca

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Greetings Friends,Christopher Columbus, Conquest and Colonization is nothing to celebrate.  Please join us this weekend with our friends at Self Help Hunger Program, POOR, and the North Oakland Restorative Justice Council to celebrate resistance through Celebrating Indigenous People’s Day.  The gentrication we see in our neighborhoods today is built upon the old notion of discovery, the notion of bringing culture and civilization where there is none.  Please come out and see there is plenty already here and its alive and thriving…

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creative arts + agriculture

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Last month in Greensboro, NC, Art-Force and the National Rural Assembly hosted Cross Currents, a convening of artists-artisans-designers, rural leaders and advocates, elected and agency representatives, CSAs and CDCs, food producers and distributors, policy researchers and scholars, entrepreneurs and small business owners for three days of dialogue, workshops, and exploration of how partnerships between the creative arts and agriculture can produce innovative strategies for economic redevelopment and well-being in rural and economically distressed communities.
Did you go? We would love a report on how it went, let us know at farmer@thegreenhorns.net!


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MOFGA’s farmer to farmer conference

Every year farmers and other agricultural experts from Maine and beyond gather at MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer mofgaConference to share their expertise about organic cultivation and marketing.

This year the conference takes place fromNovember 1 to 3 at Point Lookout in Northport. It includes tours of the draft-powered North Branch Farm in Monroe and Bahner Farm’s mixed vegetable operation in Belmont.
Dan Brisebois will deliver the keynote address, “Integrating Seed Production into a Market Garden.” Brisebois farms at Tourne-Sol Co-operative Farm in Quebec and co-authored “Crop Planning for Organic Vegetable Growers.”

The core of the conference – two full days of educational workshops – maximizes peer-to-peer information sharing. More than 30 workshops are scheduled on topics ranging from farming with draft animals to learning the pros and cons of value-added food processing. Continue reading


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capitalism, the climate, and indigenous people

 

Evo Morales, Bolivia’s first indigenous president, inaugurated the first World Conference on Indigenous Peoples at the UN on Monday and said he is living proof that the community can “govern and not just vote.”

“These principles — the protection of life, land and peace — are constantly threatened by a system and a model: capitalism and a model that seems to pursue the end of life and mother earth,” the president told the audience.

Ban said indigenous people are “central to our discourse of human rights and global development” and have an important role in the push for a more sustainable use of natural resources. To read more,—> CLICK HERE<—

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