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2015 ballymaloe cookery school schedule is live!

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Ballymaloe Cookery School, a Slow Food culinary institute that sits on a 100-acre farm in County Cork, Ireland, has just put out their course schedule for 2015. Some highlights are a course on raw food, one about homemade butter, yoghurt, and cheese, and another on dynamic vegetarian cooking.

Also don’t forget about their 12-week certification course!

Read the full schedule HERE.

You can also order copies of their course listings to put out at your business or distribute to friends HERE.

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137ac outsider artist collective in london

Check out our friend Annatina’s outsider artist collective, based in London, UK!

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Here’s what they say about themselves:

“137AC is a group of outsider, self taught artists consisting of painters, sculptors, writers, photographers and film makers. Our goal is to develop our talent to a professional level outside of sheltered workshops. We want to shape a rotating collaborative space where our ideas can materialize and reach the public. We are starting out small in a building already engaged in creative activities, including theater, hackers, beekeepers, up-cyclers, scientific research and roof gardening. There is opportunity to expand our space and welcome new members to our original group of 10 artists. As a collective we will support and challenge each other to explore our creativity to its limits.”

Learn more at their website HERE.

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unique maine farms: book, resource, fun fun fun!

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Mary Quinn Doyle and the folks at Unique Maine Farms have been cooking up a treat for us over the past two-and-a-half years. In an effort to increase knowledge and enthusiasm about farms in Maine, they have profiled 178 farms across the state. The project, which is makes its findings available both on its website and in a hardcover book, showcases the diversity of farms in Maine. The profiles include organic and conventional farms; dairy, aquaculture, tree, vegetable, herb, fiber, flower, and meat farms are all there. The book also incorporates harvesting and gathering by Native Americans, gardens operated by refugees, immigrants, inmates, and the homeless.

All in all, it looks like a very exciting project.

You can learn more about Unique Maine Farms and read their farm profiles on their WEBSITE.

Also check out the Unique Maine Farms BOOK. The proceeds go to furnishing Maine libraries with copies of the book.

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UN: 2015 is international year of soils

5 December 2014 – Healthy soils are the foundation for food, fuel, fibre and even medicine said the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today as it kicked off 2015 the International Year of Soils on the first-ever World Soil Day.

Soils are also essential to our ecosystems, playing a key role in the carbon cycle, storing and filtering water, and improving resilience to floods and droughts, and yet we are not paying enough attention to this important “silent ally,” the UN agency explained.

The International Year of Soils kicks off today at events in Rome, New York and Santiago de Chile, in an effort to raise awareness and promote more sustainable use of this critical resource. Click ⇒HERE to read more and help bring about soil awareness!

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want to become an organic farmer??


Interested in becoming an organic farmer? Become a student at the Organic Farm School! Applications are currently being accepted.

Located on scenic Whidbey Island in Washington State, the Organic Farm School (OFS) at Greenbank Farm trains aspiring farmers to run successful small-scale organic farms. During the full-time, 7.5-month program, students spend a third of their time participating in weekly classes and field trainings, going on bi-weekly field trips to other farms, and engaging in the writing of a personal farm business plan. Students spend the balance of their time co-managing the eight-acre OFS student farm, which focuses on market-scale production of organic vegetables, seed crops, and cover crops with berries, poultry, lambs, and bees incorporated as well. Through this balance of academic and experiential studies, students experience all aspects of starting and running a small-scale organic farm, from goal setting and business planning to planting, harvesting, and marketing. With this skill and knowledge base, graduates are able to minimize their risk and maximize their success as they enter the growing field of sustainable farming. Students also have the option to earn college credit and a certificate in Sustainable Farming through our partnership with Skagit Valley College.

For more information or to apply, please visit our website at

or contact:

Sebastian Aguilar
Training Director
Greenbank Farm
765 Wonn Rd, A-201
Greenbank, WA, 98253


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