Monday, Nov. 10th – 12pm to 2pm (Pacific Time)
Monday, Nov. 10th – 12pm to 2pm (Pacific Time)
Kick off the holiday season with an evening of good music, local food, and the release of the brand new Farmers Guild Cookbook, a collection of recipes from our favorite young farmers and their own harvest, along with a collective exploration into our agrarian future.
FarmsNext is an entire season of hands-on training and skill-based education in sustainable agriculture for aspiring farmers and ranchers. This immersive on-farm experience combines field training with a mentor farmer, classroom learning with agricultural professionals and expert farmers, tours of local farms, and opportunities for farm-based independent study. Positions available on a diverse network of commercial family farms in four communities across Oregon. No experience necessary to apply. More info here.
FarmsNOW is a two-year advanced training program designed for the student who has a solid foundation of farm experience, and the goal of managing a farm operation. This program will propel beginning/intermediate farmers to the next level of planning, designing and running integrated farming systems. FarmsNOW is for those seeking mastery in the art and business of farming. Candidates must have two years, or equivalent, of vegetable production experience. More info here.
Rogue Farm Corps trains the next generation of farmers and ranchers through hands-on educational programs. Our host farms are located in four clusters around Oregon: the Rogue Valley, the Portland Metro Area, the South Willamette Valley, and Central Oregon.
For complete program descriptions, information on our host farms, and applications, visit our website:http://roguefarmcorps.org
From NPR: Top agribusiness companies, including Monsanto, DuPont, John Deere and Dow, have moved into the information business, offering to help farmers collect that data and analyze it — for a price.
But some farmers are starting to worry about how that data will be used; whether, for instance, details of their operations will be open for all to see. Others wonder how the data companies will exploit their new-found ability to monitor what’s happening on vast tracts of farmland.
Sometimes the most compelling way to expose an injustice is to flip it around and visit it upon the powerful.
Remember the great scene from “Erin Brockovich” where the hero brings a glass of contaminated water to a meeting with the companies her clients have accused of contaminating their drinking water. “You claim this water is perfectly safe to drink?” she says. “Okay, drink this,” and she places the glass of water before them. When they refuse, the injustice of the situation is laid bare for all to see. She has “turned the tables.”
People have an innate sense of fairness, but don’t always see the injustices happening around them. By taking an existing unjust situation and dramatically flipping it back upon its source, you can highlight the inherent asymmetry and activate people’s sense of fairness. Turning the tables like this can be an effective means of garnering public support as well as undercutting the moral authority of your target. Click HERE to read more about the principle of turning the tables!
Also, Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for the Revolution, is a fantastic activist resource. Check it out!
Lauren Markham, author of The New Farmers, an article in Orion Magazine, recently spoke on Wisconsin Public Radio about the young farmer movement. Have a listen, she gives the Greenhorns a big ole’ shout-out and boost!
Greenhorns were also recently featured with Lauren Markham on Michael Olsen’s food chain radio show to discuss the future of farming. Click HERE to listen to the show (warning: Greenhorns were often cut off for commercial breaks, resulting in many incomplete thoughts.)
Come out this Friday Nov 21st in NYC for a short talk by esteemed author and University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaigne professor of Law Eric Freyfogle, followed by drinks and a discussion of land rights.
We face this cultural, economic, and environmental dilemma from a landscape perspective, with ownership-regimes at its root.
Join us as Eric Freyfogle, Swanlund Chair at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, helps set the context of our current predicament, and inform our collective work supporting a shift to a new food paradigm. Eric’s books include: The Agrarian Reader, Wilderness Law, On Private Property: Finding Common Ground on the Ownership of Land (Beacon Press, 2007; paper ed. 2009) and The Land We Share: Private Property and the Common Good (Island Press, 2003; paper ed. 2011), along with two law school casebooks, Natural Resources Law: Private Rights and Collective Governance (Thomson/West, 2007) and Property Law: Power, Governance, and the Common Good (Thompson/West 2012.
Eric will be joined by North Carolinian board member of Agrarian Trust, Jean Willoughby who directs the Agricultural reinvestment project of RAFI, the Rural Advancement Foundation International, and heads up their new Cooperative Development program for farmer-owned cooperative enterprises. As well we’ll hear about land reform efforts in NYC with Caroline Woolard, artist and organizer of Tradeschool.org and Ourgoods.coop. She is working on commons based solutions for affordable housing for artists and low income New Yorkers. Moderating the session is Severine v T Fleming, founder of Greenhorns, board secretary of Farm Hack, and founding board member of Agrarian Trust.
Hope to see you there!
Read more about the event HERE.