the irresistible fleet of bicycles


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land access event

Land Access and the Challenge for the Food Movement: Panel discussiontruck
AUG 20, 2014 , 6:30PM- 8:30PM| LA PEÑA CULTURAL CENTER, BERKELEY, CA

Land access is a serious challenge facing small-scale farmers. Concentration of ownership, increasing farm size, rural gentrification, financial speculation, and rising pressure from residential and industrial real estate developers have made farmland increasingly difficult to get.

One strategy for increasing land access that we are seeing with increasing frequency is the development of land trusts that attempt to intervene in speculative land markets in order to protect farmland. According to the American Farmland Trust’s 2012 national survey, agricultural easements have facilitated the protection of 5 million acres of land. Continue reading


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letter sent to pope francis regarding GMOs

At the request of major peasant organizations, a group of scientists and agricultural experts sent a letter and document on the problem of genetically modified seeds to the Vatican on April 30, 2014.  Signed by eight experts from Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, India and Canada, the letter and accompanying document call upon His Holiness to speak out against the negative impacts of GM seeds on the world’s peasants and    global food security. 
 
The document questions the scientific basis of GM technology, its failure to increase yields, the exponential increase in pesticide use, the dangers of transgenic  contamination of peasant crops, the threat to human health and the concern that GM seeds are patented and monopolized by a handful of transnational corporations. To read more and follow this letter’s progress, CLICK HERE—->


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show ferguson some love!

 

Young farmers, this is a major situation happening in Ferguson, Missouri. If you haven’t heard, click HERE. If anyone is in the area, this is a great event to attend. 

show ferguson some love

From the Ferguson Farmers Market Facebook Page:

The people of Ferguson need your love now more than ever before. Come to the Ferguson Farmers Market this Saturday morning from 8am – 12noon to show your love for this community in much need of healing.

Let’s put the unity back in community. The Ferguson Farmers Market has always been a place for community conversation. 
Your presence on Saturday would mean a lot to us. Those of us who live, work, and play here are concerned for the future of our community. We are particularly concerned for our young people. Please invite every young Ferguson resident you know to attend Saturday’s market.

While the nation’s attention is on Ferguson, let’s show them who we really are. We will have signs saying WE ARE FERGUSON and I LOVE FERGUSON at a photo station so that you can take photos with it and post it far and wide. @[null:@[null:#Ferguson]] #WeAreFerguson 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ue9nDQEGmsc&app=desktop


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200 episodes on greenhorns radio!

Greenhorns Radio is radio for young farmers, by young farmers. Hosted by acclaimed activist, farmer and film-maker Severine v T Fleming, Greenhorn Radio is a weekly phone interview with next generation farmers and ranchers, surveying the issues critical to their success. We hold no punches. Greenhorns is a six year old grassroots cultural organization with a mission to recruit, promote and support young farmers in America by producing media, events and stunts that connect and and inspire.

Click HERE to listen! New shows air Tuesdays at 4pm EST.


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rural academy theater – dates have posted!

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The Rural Academy Theater is a collaboration of individuals, two-legged & four creating theater for primarily rural audiences in response to the growing urbanization of our culture, economy, food, education, media, & art.

Their annual horse-pulled tour brings performers, musicians, sculptors, & dancers to town greens, college campuses, theaters, riverbanks, & farms via horse pulled wagon & bicycle power. They perform evenings of original theater under the stars or clouds using their wagon as their stage followed by a healthy dose of classic silent cinema accompanied by the Rural Academy Orkestar.

2014 Tour Schedule:

Sept. 20th – 8pm- Mulberry Recreation Center, 720 Mulberry St., Lenoir

Sept. 23rd – 8pm- 87 Ruffin St. Gallery, (87 Ruffin St., Linville)

Sept. 25th – 8pm- Appalachian State University, (Sanford Mall, Boone) Continue reading


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farmscale permaculture

October 2-5, 2014
Iowa City, IA 52240

IMG_4071Do you want to plan, install, and operate large-scale permaculture systems for maximum resiliency and economic stability?   Ready to learn from international experts in tree crops, keyline design, and multi-species grazing?

We’re all in a unique place in history.  Our motivations are clear: live an enjoyable life, earn a living from a sustainable and regenerative source, and build security while facing an uncertain future.  The only reliable way to fulfill these goals, for ourselves and the greater world, is to scale-up permaculture.  Farmscale Permaculture is the process of rolling out scalable systems that feed lots of people and rebuild ecosystems – changing how Earth looks from space.

Hosted at VersaLand, an emerging 145-acre regenerative savanna actively transforming a degraded monocultural landscape into an abundant agroecosystem.  You can see it happening with your own eyes.

It’s possible, it’s being done, and it’s easier than you think.

More information here

 


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the hidden wound

A less-read book by Wendell Berry. This one is about racism, agriculture, land reform, Malcom X, Leo Tolstoy, and his intimate hiddenwoundrelationships with the Afro-American people of his childhood.Since usually we think about Wendell Berry in the white-agrarian context, this is a useful read.

“With the expected grace of Wendell Berry comes The Hidden Wound, an essay about racism and the damage it has done to the identity of our country. Through Berry’s personal experience, he explains how remaining passive in the face of the struggle of racism further corrodes America’s potential. In a quiet and observant manner, Berry opens up about how his attempt to discuss racism is rooted in the hope that someday the historical wound will begin to heal.”

Amazon
Indiebound

 

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