the irresistible fleet of bicycles


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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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rural academy theater fall tour!

Check out the schedule here.

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BREAKING NEWS FROM YOUR FAVORITE HORSE PULLED THEATER…

This fall The Rural Academy Theater will clip clop its way into your back yard and heart with a full array of exciting new material to inspire, charm, divert and incite.

The ambassadors of The Slow Theater Movement bring with them an evening of audience manipulated mini-circus, a fast paced, slap stick exposé of North Carolina’s pro frackinglegislation and a two dimensional study commissioned by the University of Cardboard exploring ideas of geographical identity and the human presence as viewed on a geological timeline.  The evening will wrap up with a screening of Georges Méliès’ 1902 classic silent film “A Trip to the Moon” with live, eclectic score provided by The Rural Academy Orkestar. Continue reading


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NESAWG conference registration open

get all of the details HERE!

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Our 2014 It Takes a Region conference will be held November 11-12 at the Saratoga Hilton in Saratoga Springs, NY.  Pre- conference sessions begin November 10.

This year’s theme: REGION-SIZING: MAKING IT WORK!
What does it take to make our food system strong, resilient and region-sized?  What does real collaboration and cooperation look like?   How can we be more effective?  We’ll be exploring the various channels, mechanisms, structures and infrastructures for making region-sizing work at NESAWG’s 2014 It Takes a Region Conference. 

Together, we’ll explore some of the tremendous advances we’ve made in region-sizing the food system to date, as well as new opportunities for collaboration.  We’ll explore and address the work of farmers, food hubs, cooperatives, and market innovators, non-governmental organizations and Departments of Agriculture, independent researchers, land grant universities, farmworkers, as well as the efforts of science writers and journalists to amplify our stories.  On Tuesday evening, our keynote speaker Jim Hightower will issue a rallying cry for collaboration and change.  Read more. >

Whether you’re a farmer, market manager, ecologist, health care professional, regional planner, educator, advocate, community organizer,  or other food systems practitioner; whether you’re working from environmental, economic, or social angles, we invite you to roll up your sleeves and develop strategies with your colleagues, from NY to WV and all across New England. Join us for Region-sizing: Making It Work! Register here


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young farmer mixer in raleigh, nc

National Young Farmers Coalition and Rural Coalition: Young Farmer Mixer
9/14/2014 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Old Milburnie Farm, Raleigh, NC

mixer

Join us for a Farm Aid after-party with wood-fired pizza, cold brews and the company of fellow young and beginning farmers from central North Carolina and beyond.
Visit www.youngfarmers.org/farmaid for more info & RSVP.


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north carolina: awesome panel on resiliency, apple genetics, rare livestock breeds and branding!!

Make Every Bite CountWake Forest University
Wednesday, September 10th 7-8:30 PM. FREE!

 This exciting panel discussion will provide insights into the importance of biodiversity and sustainable land and water use to a resilient food system. Individually, and collectively, these entrepreneurs are contributing to the economic vitality of our region by offering value-added choices to the marketplace.

!!FREE SIGN UP HERE!!

Featured panelists:

Eliza Greenman- Heirloom and hard cider apple orchardist at Foggy Ridge Cider, fruit explorer, collector of very rare and old apple genetics, fruit tree nursery owner, and blogger for the Greenhorns.

Eric Hallman, PhD- Executive director of The Livestock Conservancy. The conservancy is working with farmers, chefs, historians, consumers, and others around the nation to re-introduce nearly 200 endangered breeds of livestock and poultry to the food supply.

April McGreger- Owner of Farmers Daughter Brand Pickling and Preserves and Andre 3000 fan. She has adopted a nimble business model that allows her to celebrate the taste and spirit of the South, while adapting to the climate-induced agricultural fluctuations of the region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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