the irresistible fleet of bicycles


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official state soils!

A state soil is a soil that has special significance to a particular state, and each state in the United States has one! According to the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), these “Official State Soils” share the same level of distinction as official state flowers and birds. The NRSC has handy fact sheets to download for each state (ex. Honeoye in New York, San Joaquin in California, Chesuncook in Maine, Tama in Iowa). We think this is a great place to start the much needed conversation about soil conservation.

 
Find your official state soil at the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service website: 
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capitalism, the climate, and indigenous people

 

Evo Morales, Bolivia’s first indigenous president, inaugurated the first World Conference on Indigenous Peoples at the UN on Monday and said he is living proof that the community can “govern and not just vote.”

“These principles — the protection of life, land and peace — are constantly threatened by a system and a model: capitalism and a model that seems to pursue the end of life and mother earth,” the president told the audience.

Ban said indigenous people are “central to our discourse of human rights and global development” and have an important role in the push for a more sustainable use of natural resources. To read more,—> CLICK HERE<—


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montana: public lands rally saturday!

public land rally

Defend your public lands! Do not stand idly by while politicians try to auction off public lands to the highest bidder. Bus, food and door prizes are free…you can’t afford not to come!

Here are bus pick up times and locations:
Great Falls: Scheels Parking Lot (pick up at 9:15 am) – 1200 10th Ave South, Great Falls, MT
Missoula: CVS Parking Lot (Pick up at 9:30 am) – 1914 Brooks Street, Missoula, MT
Billings: Cabela’s Parking Lot (pick up at 7:00 am) – 4550 King Ave East, Billings, MT
Bozeman: K-Mart South Parking Lot (Pick up at 9:30 am) – 1126 North 7th Ave, Bozeman, MT
Butte: Butte Plaza Mall (Pick up at 10:00 am) – 3100 Harrison Ave, Butte, MT

To reserve your spot and for more information or questions, please email Caitlin@backcountryhunters.org or call 406.370.4325.


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maine sail freight goes public!

We got some great press the weekend before last, and our website is up if you want more information: http://www.thegreenhorns.net/mainesailfreight/ sev

Meet: Severine von Tscharner Fleming of Sail Freight Maine
She wants to borrow your boat, but it’s all about farming.
by Mary Pols for the Portland Press Herald

Severine von Tscharner Fleming recently landed a spot (No. 23) on Food & Wine and Fortune magazines’ dual list of the most powerful women in food and drink. The honor came about in large part because of her work with the Greenhorns, a national organization to support new farmers, but the 33-year-old resident of Essex, New York, and frequent visitor to Maine has her hands in many projects. The latest is Maine Sail Freight, a plan to get Maine sailors and farmers to work together to ship goods down the coast to urban centers (Boston and New York, as well as points in between) in the old-fashioned way. Von Tscharner Fleming masterminded a similar project in Vermont in 2013, and now her vision is to harness the sustainability of wind power and the romance of the seas to spread the Maine brand in the prettiest possible way. We talked to the University of California-Berkeley graduate, who majored in conservation and agro-ecology, about seaweed, the troublesome future and how to pronounce that mouthful of a name of hers (the “t” is silent).

read the full article HERE


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draft animal power network’s annual gathering

At the Cummington Fairgrounds, Cummington MA
September 26-28th 2014!
dpnhttp://www.draftanimalpower.org/
See Weekend Schedule Here!

The Draft Animal-Power Network (DAPNet) advances the practical application of draft-animal power and creates a supportive community by hosting regional events, an online forum, quarterly newsletter and website.

The Annual Gathering will feature horse, mule and oxen demonstrations, shared meals and farmer-to-farmer conversations, a mower raffle and much more. Sign Up Now!

We will be joined by the band ‘Bacon and Eggs’ from Hardwick VT, for an evening show!
For ticket prices, and to sign up now for an early discount please see our Annual Gathering Pre-Registration Form 2014.
Volunteer and get free admission!  We need your help! Volunteer Registration Form

We are looking for volunteers to help cook, play music, direct participants and more.  Meals will also be included for additional volunteer hours.  Contact Karen Pettinelli at dapnetinfo@gmail.com.


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growing local

film

Growing Local, a new film series by Seedlight Pictures and Maine Farmland Trust, will premiere during the Camden International Film Festival on Sunday, September 28th. The screening will start at 5pm at The Strand Theatre in Rockland, and will be followed by a panel discussion on Taking Local to the Next Level with Ted Quaday, Executive Director of MOFGA, Bonnie Rukin, Slow Money Maine, and Amanda Beal, Sustainable Food Systems and Policy Consultant, and moderated by John Piotti, President of Maine Farmland Trust.

Watch the trailer here: http://www.growinglocalfilms.org/ Continue reading

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