the irresistible fleet of bicycles


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australians adapt the “seed circus” model

Find our seed circus model here. And check out what these guys are doing! 

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Milkwood is a crew of doers and makers, dedicated to skills for smart, simple, regenerative living.

We’re a social enterprise based south of Sydney, Australia.

We thrive on sharing practical skills and knowledge that can help individuals and communities move towards a mode of living that’s ethical, abundant, and deeply hands-on.

At the moment we do this in two ways: with short courses held in both in Sydney and nearby farms, and with free online how-tos and resources.

We work with the best teachers we can find. People who are not only walking the talk, but are also skilled, humble and awesome communicators, who can empower folks to make the most of their new knowledge.


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write-a-house: a fantastic model to mimic out of detroit

Ever heard of an in-residence program where you actually get to keep the residence??! That would be the case in this innovative new model coming out of Detroit.

Write A House accepted applications from working, “low-income” writers earlier this spring, which included writing samples and a letter of intent. Whoever wins (to be announced this month) will call Detroit home for at least the next two years. Writers will lease the homes from the nonprofit, a small amount to cover taxes and insurance. If they stay for 24 months, they’ll be awarded the deed — and Detroit will count another resident to its comeback. To read more about this awesome endeavor, CLICK HERE—>


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farm hack in England!

Practical Farm Ideas
This is our 90th issue, and features another 45 innovations to add the the total 4,200 “Made it Myself” farming ideas since 1992. With a growing readership – 12,000 farmers are currently reading each issue – farmers hang on to each issue as it’s published. Too good to throw away.

    Nuffield tractor still in daily use  Easy way to catch cow for calving 
Grass aerator, Hydraulic tip low loader; Fan cooled gearbox; Easy cow control; Ultra low ground pressure
Practical Farm Ideas has always been in front of the curve – grass aerators in 1992; front mounted equipment like buckrakes, cultivators, presses in 1993; biogas in 2006; cover cropping 2012. 

- See more at: http://www.farmideas.co.uk/#sthash.BjZhK8kZ.dpuf


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farm commons wants to hear from you

Are you a farmer with a good experience drafting a document? Or, have you worked with or helped a farmer through a positive document drafting experience? 
 
We need stories of those who’ve developed a useful legal document firsthand- either on their own or with guidance. 
We are interested in many different legal documents farmers craft and sign: Leases, operating agreements, partnership agreements, land contracts, sales contracts, CSA membership documents, promissory notes… 

If so, I would love to talk with you. Please send an email or call: Rachel@farmcommons.org or 608 616 5319. We will be using these stories to develop farmer profiles for print guides and short videos on farm law basics. If we do a full interview (a couple hours in length), compensation will be provided. 
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