the irresistible fleet of bicycles


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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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draft animal power network’s annual gathering

At the Cummington Fairgrounds, Cummington MA
September 26-28th 2014!
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See Weekend Schedule Here!

The Draft Animal-Power Network (DAPNet) advances the practical application of draft-animal power and creates a supportive community by hosting regional events, an online forum, quarterly newsletter and website.

The Annual Gathering will feature horse, mule and oxen demonstrations, shared meals and farmer-to-farmer conversations, a mower raffle and much more. Sign Up Now!

We will be joined by the band ‘Bacon and Eggs’ from Hardwick VT, for an evening show!
For ticket prices, and to sign up now for an early discount please see our Annual Gathering Pre-Registration Form 2014.
Volunteer and get free admission!  We need your help! Volunteer Registration Form

We are looking for volunteers to help cook, play music, direct participants and more.  Meals will also be included for additional volunteer hours.  Contact Karen Pettinelli at dapnetinfo@gmail.com.


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growing local

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Growing Local, a new film series by Seedlight Pictures and Maine Farmland Trust, will premiere during the Camden International Film Festival on Sunday, September 28th. The screening will start at 5pm at The Strand Theatre in Rockland, and will be followed by a panel discussion on Taking Local to the Next Level with Ted Quaday, Executive Director of MOFGA, Bonnie Rukin, Slow Money Maine, and Amanda Beal, Sustainable Food Systems and Policy Consultant, and moderated by John Piotti, President of Maine Farmland Trust.

Watch the trailer here: http://www.growinglocalfilms.org/ Continue reading

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