the irresistible fleet of bicycles

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hurry and nominate a “champion of change” to go to the white house

The White House will be hosting a Champions of Change event to celebrate local agriculture leaders who are taking innovative approaches to support American farming and ranchingboth now and in the future.  These leaders will be invited to the White House to celebrate their accomplishments and showcase their actions to support the future of agriculture.

Today, we’re asking you to help us identify these standout local leaders by nominating a Champion of Change for the New Generation of American Agriculture by noon on Friday, April 18. These Champions may be:

  • 13760947455_ba1fe78231Beginning farmers and ranchers using innovative practices and techniques to create productive and sustainable farms and ranches that will feed people at home and abroad long into the future.
  • Producers, foresters, small-business owners, and scientists using Farm Bill programs to drive agricultural productivity and economic competitiveness.
  • Local leaders that are working to build new opportunities for those who want to work on the land, create innovation in the field of agriculture, support diversity in agriculture, and connect a new generation to their food, fiber, fuel, and agricultural neighbors.

Click on the link below to submit your nomination (be sure to choose “Future of American Agriculture” in the “Theme of Service” field of the nomination form).

Nominate a Champion of Change for the Future of American Agriculture

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SARE library

SARE’s Library of Publications is Now Available on USB Drives.USDA

Whether you are in the field, on a flight or simply without an internet connection, SARE’s library of publications is just one click away. Now available on convenient USB drives, all of SARE’s publications, program materials, videos and selected regional materials can be easily accessed wherever you are. The drives are sold individually for $5 and in bundles of 10 for $40, plus shipping and handling. Order your USB drives now!

Browse SARE’s entire library of 13 books, 13 bulletins, 14 fact sheets and 15 videos, including:
Building a Sustainable Business
Managing Cover Crops Profitably
Clean Energy Farming
Profitable Poultry
Sustainable Control of Internal Parasites in Small Ruminant Production
Organic Insect Management in Sweet Corn
2013/2014 Report from the Field
…and more!
This easy-to-use USB drive is part of SARE’s ongoing effort to make its research and education materials more accessible and easily shared. Visit to see what is included and to learn more about ordering USB drives and other SARE publications.

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a great read/resource: small farm equipment

the farmers library

“Small Farm Equipment” covers many facets of equipment use and maintenance on the small- to mid-size farm. Topics include the following:

  • Mechanical concepts and terminology
  • Best practices and safety around farm equipment
  • Tools for maintenance
  • Tips for shop work
  • Regular maintenance tasks
  • Troubleshooting start-up problems
  • Common small equipment
  • Tractor operation and safety

Written to be accessible and straightforward—detailed, yet broad enough for the variety of skills needed on the diversified farm, Small Farm Equipment offers clear illustrations of tools, parts, and equipment throughout the text.

Small Farm Equipment offers various benefits to daily farm work: Reduce downtime from non-operational equipment. Learn common terminology to better communicate with mechanics and service personnel. Improve the quality of on-farm repairs with the proper tools and methods. Stay aware of safety and working standards on the small farm.

To learn more about this book or to buy it, check out the Farmer’s Library Website. 

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cornell cooperative extension pre-season farmers market training



quart of strawberries


Four locations throughout New York State (see below)

Cornell Cooperative Extension will present pre-season farmers’ market training to help North Country growers develop their salesmanship, labor management, social media skills and compliance with food safety regulations.

Sessions from 10am to 2pm with Cornell Cooperative Extension educators will help growers create a compelling personal story to connect to consumers. To grow to the next level, many farmers need to learn how to comply with legal requirements for adding a farm labor force. To expand beyond family labor, this is critical.

How to reap sales from Facebook and the latest information on how to meet federal Food Safety Modernization Act regulations for the prevention of food contamination are also on the workshop agenda.

The training will take place as follows:
March 15 in Keeseville at the AuSable Valley Grange, register with Laurie Davis,

March 22 in Watertown at the Cornell Cooperative Extension office, register with Steve Ledoux,

April 5 in Canton at the St. Lawrence County Cornell Cooperative Extension Learning Farm, register with Betsy Hodge,, and

April 12 in Malone at the 911 Emergency Services Building, register with Rick LeVitre,

The $20 cost to attend includes lunch.

For more, please read the press release…

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land and job opportunities can now be found at the agrarian trust

agrarian trust

Go to the Agrarian Trust website for Farm Job/ Land Opportunities like these:

Farmers, Farm owners and land trusts send us your RFPs, job openings or proposals here.

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food patriot’s new documentary trailer

Touched by their teenage son’s battle with a foodborne superbug, filmmakers Jeff & Jennifer Spitz document their family’s struggle to raise backyard chickens, grow food, and transform into Food Patriots. Food Patriots features people from all walks of life who are trying to change the way Americans eat and buy food, and educate the next generation of consumers.

More about the documentary film and engagement campaign can be found HERE

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study finds roundup, a monsanto product, may be linked to negative health issues


Heavy use of the world’s most popular herbicide, Roundup, could be linked to a range of health problems and diseases, including Parkinson’s, infertility and cancers, according to a new study.

The peer-reviewed report, published last week in the scientific journal Entropy, said evidence indicates that residues of “glyphosate,” the chief ingredient in Roundup weed killer, which is sprayed over millions of acres of crops, has been found in food. Read more here…

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greenhorns at shed!

greenhorn invite final

Join Greenhorns founder Severine Von Tscharner Fleming and evangelist Jen Griffith for an evening of learning as we focus on the past and future of modern farming, “Grange Future.” Learn about the early and more recent history of the Grange, the controversy with California State Grange halls and GMO labeling, and the revival across the country of farmer-driven educational, social, charitable, and political uses of Grange halls, Grange kitchens, and the Grange idea.

Tickets HERE

boulder conference: protecting and caring for earth’s community of life

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boulder conference: protecting and caring for earth’s community of life

Boulder, CO
Apr. 3- Apr. 7, 2014

The Contemplative Alliance and Naropa University would like to invite Boulder area farmers to join a special gathering of faith and spiritual leaders, civil society, ecological advocates and others from April 3rd to April 7th.  Anyone interested in attending can contact Janelle Surpris directly.

Find out more about the conference HERE

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the frenchmen are coming!


a quick note from Severine:

Julien and Joseph from ” Ada bio Autoconstruction” are coming across from France to visit farms in Canada, Vermont, NY state– Severine is driving them around.  These are the open source hackers who have focused on tool-design and fabrication skills training for diversified organic farms in France, and have managed to get funding from the French government to train farmers how to build their own equipment! If you are a Farm Hack fan, you’ve likely already heard about them. 
But now you can meet them in person!
If you want to talk with them, meet with them, dine with them, invite them to your farm– please be in touch. I’ve already arranged quite a set of tours, but in the spirit of open Source I wanted to get the word out more widely. 
Basically the dates are Feb 10-15 in the USA before that in Canada where there may be 1-2 remaining slots for the QUebec training. Rememer, the training is in French!
Until soon!

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