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young farmers in the news

“Greenhorns”: California couple learns farm life running local CSA farm
By Polly Keary, Editor

Andrew Ide, 27, has a degree in philosophy and theology. His wife Micha, 29, has a degree in anthropology and part of another in interior design. Both have experience in the California corporate world.

None of that knowledge is doing them any good now.

The chickens are out.

Read the rest of the article here.


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not farmland without farmers

Keep Farmland for Farmers
By LINDSEY LUSHER SHUTE and BENJAMIN SHUTE

CLERMONT, N.Y. — WHEN we went looking in upstate New York for a home for our farm, we feared competition from deep-pocketed developers, a new subdivision or a big-box store. These turned out to be the least of our problems.

Though the farms best suited for our vegetables were protected from development by conservation easements, we discovered that we couldn’t compete, because conserved farmland is open to all buyers — millionaires included.

Easements are intended to protect farmland, water, animal habitat, historic sites and scenic views, and so they are successful in keeping farms from becoming malls and subdivisions. But they don’t stop Wall Street bankers from turning them into private getaways, with price tags to match.

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we applaud the leadership of quivira

The Staff and the Board of the Quivira Coalition are very pleased to announce a major leadership transition. On November 1, 2012, the Board formally appointed Avery C. Anderson as Quivira’s new Executive Director! Courtney will assume the title of Founder and Creative Director and will focus on fundraising, writing and outreach activities. This transition is heartily supported by everyone at the organization and honors both Avery’s leadership skills and the need to think about long-range planning to keep Quivira resilient. We’re excited about this transition and look forward to the Next Steps it represents.


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ny times talks with young farmers

After Graduating From College, It’s Time to Plow, Plant and Harvest

RED HOOK, N.Y. — It was harvest time, and several farm hands were hunched over a bed of sweet potatoes under the midday sun, elbow deep in soil for $10 an hour. But they were not typical laborers.

Jeff Arnold, 28, who has learned how to expertly maneuver a tractor, graduated from Colorado State University. Abe Bobman, 24, who studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, was clearing vines alongside Nate Krauss-Malett, 25, who went to Skidmore College.

Mr. Krauss-Malett said he became interested in farming after working in a restaurant and seeing how much food was wasted. Mr. Bobman had the same realization working in the produce section at a grocery store before college.

They had been in the fields here at Hearty Roots Community Farm in the Hudson Valley since 7 a.m. They all said they could not imagine doing any other job.

Read the rest of the article here.


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lots of young farmers working with drafts

New Family Farm, bridge to a simpler past
By ANDREA GRANAHAN / West County Correspondent

The young farmers at New Family Farm were not born to their trade. They chose it with a great deal of thought in a way that is reminiscent of the Back to the Land movement of the 1970s. But in many ways these folks are not your Mama’s hippies.

Ryan Power, 26, his fiance Felicja Channing, 26, their 22-month-old baby, Aniela, and partner Adam Davidoff, 25, support themselves on 15 acres they lease outside of Sebastopol. With hired hand Jenny Hertzog, they grow certified organic vegetables on three and a half acres. The rest are devoted to animals, including the draft horses that pull their plows and the wildlife that travels on the fenced off corridor along the creek below their fields. Continue reading


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HYper local young farmer project = deserves attention

This is a traveling exhibit about the young farmers of the Hudson Valley. Photos and narratives about how they succeeded. It is a hyper local WONDERFUL project that is directly working to change the local story about agriculture. What champions.

New Farmer Narrative Project Kickoff! 

Friday, May 18th, 4-7pm
Opening Reception @ Chatham Real Food Market Co-op
15 Church St., Chatham, NY
The reception celebrates the unveiling of the New Farmer Narrative Project’s Journey Into Farming exhibit, a traveling photo- and story-based display featuring 20 Columbia County farmers who have started farms in the last ten years.  At the kickoff event, the public will have the opportunity to meet some of the County’s new farmers while enjoying light food and beverages sourced from local farms.

Featured farms include Blue Star, Common Hands, Cool Whisper, Cowberry Crossing, Full Field, Hand Hollow, Lineage, New Leaf, Oakwood, Pigasso, Sol Flower, Sparrowbush, Tousey Winery, and Whole Hog Farm.

The Project is based on interviews and farm tours conducted by the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program, and will travel throughout the County this spring, summer and fall.  For more information and a full schedule of events: www.hawthornevalleyfarm.org/fep/newfarmer
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young agrarians in canada

What are Young Agrarians?  Young Agrarians (YA) are promoters of the new agrarian movement.  Young agriculturalists, farmers, urban farmers, market gardeners and their supporters using the power of media and the internet to build a community that can feed the people of Canada.  The Young Agrarians are the trumpet blowers, promoters, marketeers and designers who want to rebuild, promote and inspire the agriculture of our country, from the country to the city.
Modelled after the Greenhorns movement in the United States, we are excited to launch Young Agrarians (YA) Canada side Spring 2012 in B.C.  YA’s goal is to grow more young farmers and food producers and connect existing ones under one umbrella.  YA Founder Seann Dory and YA Coordinator Sara Dent, met with the National Farm Unions Youth Committee in March of 2011 during their annual retreat.  There was a resounding “yes!” to the idea of a grassroots, cross-Canada, on-the-ground and on-line campaign that supports young farmers.  We are now moving this concept into production, and aim to go national in 2013.


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my mom saw this article & sent it to me

Good thing our parents are paying attention!

More young people see opportunity in farming from CBS News

(AP)  MILWAUKEE — A Wisconsin factory worker worried about layoffs became a dairy farmer. An employee at a Minnesota nonprofit found an escape from her cubicle by buying a vegetable farm. A nuclear engineer tired of office bureaucracy decided to get into cattle ranching in Texas.

While fresh demographic information on U.S. farmers won’t be available until after the next agricultural census is done next year, there are signs more people in their 20s and 30s are going into farming: Enrollment in university agriculture programs has increased, as has interest in farmer-training programs.

Young people are turning up at farmers markets and are blogging, tweeting and promoting their agricultural endeavors through other social media. Continue reading


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meat on the radio

On 94.9 KUOW in Seattle this morning, featuring our friends Farmstead Meatsmith. If you missed it, check out the link for a download.

Meat: Raising, Slaughtering And Butchering Your Own Animals

Marcie Sillman
08/26/2011 at 9:00 a.m.

As you walk around your neighborhood in the city these days, you’re likely to see backyard gardens with a bounty of fresh vegetables. You might also see a few chickens scratching away in the dirt. Or maybe even a pig. Growing vegetables is one thing, but how do you go about raising animals? How do you bring yourself to slaughter the animals you share your yard with, and what do you do with them once they’re dead?

Even if you don’t want to raise your own animals, you might not want to buy from industrial scale meat operations. Of course that kind of meat can be very expensive, partly because small scale farmers face a number of challenges getting their meat to market. KUOW’s Marcie Sillman takes up the issues around raising animals for meat. Continue reading


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times are a changin

Seeds of Change

A new generation is bringing back small-scale, sustainable farming. Jordy Byrd

She’s running. Her sandals kick up a cloud of dirt, which floats over the field of chickpeas and swirls in the wind. The view is part pastoral, part urban wasteland. Rusted freezer boxes and a multicolored school bus lie abandoned, slowly being swallowed by weeds.

Mary Kate Wheeler is running after a marmot, and neither it nor the wind will get the best of her today.

“The marmots have the first third, the weeds have the second third and we’ve got all the rest,” she says of Ornery Heron Farm, a small organic farm she shares with her boyfriend in Latah Valley, about a mile from downtown Spokane.

Wheeler is protective of her chickpeas. She’s raised them from seeds that had been stored in Washington State University’s seed vault for more than 30 years, making them older than she is. Wheeler, 26, wears rolled-up Carhartt pants and a floppy cowboy hat over her blond hair. Dirt smears her upper lip. A farmer’s tan streaks her forearms and lower back from hours bent picking weeds.

This is her first attempt at farming.

Read the rest of the article here.


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severine on the radio

From NCPR: Beginning and veteran farmers will gather in the Champlain Valley on Saturday for a chance to network, learn and socialize. The event, at the historic Whallonsburg Grange in Essex, will feature food, music and the screening of a documentary that focuses on a new generation of young farmers.

Todd Moe talks with Hudson valley farmer Severine von Tscharner Fleming, a co-founder of the National Young Farmers Coalition, one of the groups sponsoring Saturday’s gathering. She also directed the documentary The Greenhorns, a film about the young farmer movement.

Listen to the radio interview here.


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they’re doin’ it.

They’re composting and they’re earnest. Amanda Austin and Dan Moon met here in the hudson valley on apprenticeships-and even stopped in for dinner with the greenhorns one night. Now, Amanda’s returned to her hometown, recruited Dan to come join her, and they’ve launched a community farm right in the heart of Texas.   Continue reading

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