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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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open source forever!

Hex Graph Indieogogo

Open Tech Forever is helping create the Open Source Economy: a collaborative society that shares its knowledge, skills, technologies, and resources to overcome artificial barriers and achieve abundance and prosperity for all. And they are building an OPEN SOURCE FACTORY!

We have a 40 acre permaculture site 15 minutes from downtown Denver. This campaign will fund the construction of an Open Source Factory to kickstart our open hardware cooperative:

  • Open Hardware R&D – we are collaborating with people around the world to design, prototype, field-test, and share open source technology.
  • Open Hardware Documentation – we actively teach others how to acquire new skills and build/use open hardware. We create state-of-the-art digital learning resources with pictures, videos, text, animations, interactive multimedia, and more – that anyone can use, edit, improve, remix.
  • Open Agriculture – we are adopting a mixture of permaculture, aquaponics, and organic farming practices.
  • Open Business Models – we are adopting and incubating new, transparent business models that entrepreneurs can use anywhere in the world.
  • Public Workshops – we will provide hands-on learning programs for the public to help grow new businesses and support the development of sustainable communities.
  • Commercial Products – we sell open source products as an open, transparent, replicable business.

Help build this factory out via indiegogo.



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ranch jobs!

via the Quivera Coalition.


Quivira Coalition – Land & Water Program Opportunity
Summer Watershed Restoration Intern: Download the PDF for full job descrption & application. The Quivira Coalition seeks a 2013 summer intern who is passionate about land health to assist with a variety of tasks linked to our Comanche Creek Watershed Restoration project. The intern will work under the direct supervision of Mollie Walton, Ph.D., Quivira’s Land & Water Program Director. This is an amazing opportunity and involves projects that will require both field work and office work. Interested? Take a look at the application – pdf attached in this email – and apply as soon as possible. Dr. Walton will be filling this position as soon as possible.
Other Great Opportunities:
A few of the opportunities listed below were in the April newsletter. Khalsa Greenhouses is hoping to find one additional intern who would be interested in over-wintering with them – see job description and contact info below if you’re interested. Chico Basin is good to keep in mind if you’re interested in ranching, and can plan several months ahead of time. Spur Lake has regular openings for people with horseback experience…. Zapata Ranch is listed again, but with new positions… Continue reading

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young farmer mafia in BOULDER Colorado?

mobHI there young farmers.

Greenhorns team is crashing slow money conference to distribute information about our New Agrarian Trust.
more details soon, but in meantime looking for farmer-hosts, preferably in bike distance of downtown while we are in town.
Please email if you have leads.
WE can bring barter items!


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pachamama organic farm is hiring

Pachamama Organic Farm in Boulder, Colorado is now accepting applications for seasonal employees and interns.

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Pachamama is seeking to hire full-time employees and interns to participate in all areas of the farm during the 2013 season, including seeding, planting, weeding, watering, harvesting and marketing vegetables, and various other farm projects. Both positions require living on the farm from April 1st through the end of November. Continue reading

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internships at native hill farm

Native Hill Farm is a  diversified intensive vegetable farm located just north of Fort Collins, Colorado cultivating the freshest and highest quality naturally 100625_0072grown produce for our neighbors.  We grow high quality vegetables using innovative and sustainable growing practices with a focus on passive season extension techniques.

We are in our fifth year of cultivation and we are honored to be growing healthy food for our community. We sell our produce to committed local restaurants in Old Town, the Fort Collins Food Co-Op, through our Wednesday farm stand at Beaver’s Market, the Old Town Farmers Market, and through our Unique Market CSA,  Fall CSA Program, and  Spring CSA.

Internships for 2013
We are currently accepting applications for internships for the 2013 growing season here at Native Hill!  These positions are for folks that have always wondered what it would be like to run a small scale agricultural operation as an economically viable enterprise.   These are entry level positions geared towards gaining experience with growing food from seed to sale in the Northern Colorado climate.  As an intern on the farm, not only will you be exposed to all aspects of vegetable production but you will also gain insight as to the  inner workings of a family run, diversified vegetable operation.  Although you will work very hard, sometimes for long hours, we hope that our interns will complete the season with an idea of what it takes to run a market farm, a firm knowledge base from which to continue on their agricultural path, and a deep satisfaction for the work they have accomplished.   Continue reading

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apprentice at colorado cattle ranch

cattleRANCH APPRENTICE wanted for year-long position on San Juan Ranch, a certified organic, grass-based cattle ranch in Colorado. Apprentice will be trained in all aspects of ranch management. Room/partial board + stipend. Start date late March 2013. Contact Virginie Pointeau at the Quivira Coalition to request application:, or download it HERE. Applications due January 27, 2013.

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james ranch, paid apprenticeship !

jamesSEEKING DAIRY/CHEESE MAKING APPRENTICE for 8-month position with James Ranch Artisan Cheese, an organic, 100% grass-fed cow dairy and cheese making operation in Durango, Colorado. Hands-on experience with all aspects of cheese production, including low-stress animal handling, milking, cheese-making, biological monitoring, marketing, financial planning, Holistic Management, and land stewardship. The James Ranch has been recognized for innovation and leadership in sustainable agriculture.

James Ranch Artisan Cheese has partnered with the Quivira Coalition, a conservation non-profit in Santa Fe, NM, to offer agricultural apprenticeships through Quivira’s New Agrarian Program (NAP). The explicit intent of NAP apprenticeships is to train the next generation of agrarian leaders. We now seek the next apprentice for the James Ranch to start in March 2013.

Enthusiasm and sincere commitment to sustainable agriculture and food production is more important than experience, though experience with large animals and dairy is a plus. Compensation is room/partial board + a stipend. Application can be downloaded directly from the Quivira website:, or by contacting Virginie Pointeau at the Quivira Coalition: The application deadline is Tuesday, January 15, 2013.


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land opportunity in greeley, colorado

Including the potential to take over a growing CSA Operation. Coming to us from Claire Boyles, Boyles Family Farm.

We have 16 (or so, survey pending) acres with irrigation water rights for sale in rural Greeley, Colorado for $110,000 pending approval of recorded exemption at the county office. There is a possibility for a farmer who purchases this to take over our established and growing 35 member vegetable CSA. The land has a building site with views of the Rocky Mountains,  a 3 acre growing site with buried drip irrigation t-tape already installed, is 1/2 mile from the town of Gill, Colorado and only 8 miles from the city of Greeley. Interested parties can view the listing at: and should call Trevor Thiel at Orr Land, (970) 351-8777 or (970) 978-0800.


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NYFC seeks a western organizer!

A great opportunity to work with the National Young Farmers’ Coalition in the Colorado River Basin.

The National Young Farmers’ Coalition seeks a full-time Colorado River Basin Organizer to build 7 new young farmers coalition affiliates in Colorado River Basin states (AZ, CA, CO, NM, NV, UT, WY) and promote various campaigns with partner organizations to ensure the sustainability of farming in the region.


  • Organizing 7 new NYFC affiliate groups in AZ, CA, CO, NM, NV, UT and WY with volunteers.
  • Hosting at least one event in each of these states as an introduction to the National Young Farmers’ Coalition
  • Building a highly engaged group of farmers and citizens in support of young and beginning farmers in these states Continue reading

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land library needs new home

Couple needs new home for 30,000-volume Rocky Mountain Land Library
By Electa Draper for The Denver Post

Give me a home where the stacks of books loom, and the reader and researcher play.

Two self-described bookish people with an unusual dream worked a quarter-century and amassed a 30,000-volume collection on “the land and people’s connection to the land” that could make any naturalist drool.

It’s called the Rocky Mountain Land Library, and experts say it’s a Colorado treasure. But the books are about to be homeless

Read more: Couple needs new home for 30,000-volume Rocky Mountain Land Library – The Denver Post

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farmland for rent, western colorado

This special land needs to be used and nurtured.  If there is someone who wants to grow organically and needs land on which to do it, this is a golden opportunity in a very special rural place a half hour from the nearest town.

Wanted:  a self-motivated couple, partners, or independent singles to rent farmland in western Colorado for growing organic food and/or animals for the growing season 2012 (May-October) Continue reading

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land available – Cortez, CO

This one is for serious applicants!  If that means you, read the property description and contact Dan Peterson by email: danpetersen at to set up a telephone chat.

The irrigated land in the photos covers 12 or 13 acres.  The entire ranch is 150 acres with a total of about 25 acres of agricultural land, the remainder being mostly for its esthetic beauty.  The small house in the one photo is on my neighbors property but is most likely available for rental at a very affordable cost.  I am looking for a person who would eventually be interested in managing the entire ranch which I have been doing for many years and I am getting older and need some young blood here.  I see that person beginning with the newly prepared pastures as their own project for hay, livestock, orchard, produce or whatever we could mutually agree upon.  The land is minimally fenced and I would finance the fencing as needed.
My website can give any interested person an idea of my work which is closely tied to the vision and the use of the ranch as a retreat facility. (  I have a first right of refusal on some adjacent land and the vision includes acquiring that land if practical if it becomes available.
A personal telephone interview would be a first step to see if the offer is in the interest of both of us.


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farm dinners workshop

Step by Step, Row by Row:  How to Start Your Own Farm Dinner Business
January 14 & 15, 2012
Cure Organic Farm, Boulder, Colorado

This 2-day workshop is intended for cooks, chefs, artists and artisans, farmers, food lovers and anyone who feels inspired by seasonal, locally grown foods—and mobile kitchens.

Meadow Lark Farm Dinners offer residents and visitors of Colorado’s Front Range a chance to set foot on one of many local farms, be seated at an elegant table set outdoors among the crops, and savor a handcrafted dinner prepared from the day’s harvest. We’ve enjoyed four beautiful and successful seasons of bringing our school-bus-turned-kitchen to our local farms. Last summer, demand for seats at our table was so great that we moved to a lottery system for assigning reservations!

We feel fortunate to have been part of a growing awareness and appreciation of locally sourced, sustainably grown foods. Farm dinners and other opportunities to taste the seasons and visit local farms have been taking shape around the country, and we’ve been fielding inquiries about how to get a business like ours started. In response to such queries, we’ve gathered our experience and knowledge into this workshop. Continue reading


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