the irresistible fleet of bicycles


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build your network, grow our future

This upcoming event from the NCFA looks great!  Connecticut Greenhorns, take note. ncfa

In collaboration with UConn Cooperative Extension, Farm Service Agency, Natural Resource Conservation Service, CT DoAg, and Community Farm of Simsbury, the New CT Farmer Alliance is very happy to present…

BUILD YOUR NETWORK, GROW OUR FUTURE
A networking event to strengthen Connecticut’s agricultural community
Wednesday Febrary 19th, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Scout Hall Youth Center – 28 Abbe Rd, East Windsor (just off I-91)
This is the chance every farmer dreams of….the opportunity to meet every person in the state who provides support to farmers (i.e service providers) in a farmer-driven, discussion-based format.   Continue reading


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wendell berry to speak at yale

a must-see if you’re in the area!

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Poet, novelist, philosopher, environmental activist, cultural critic, and farmer Wendell Berry will present the next Chubb Fellowship Lecture as a guest of Timothy Dwight College and theYale Sustainable Food Project(YSFP).

Berry will appear for a public conversation at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 in the Shubert Theatre, 247 College St. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets will be available beginning on Tuesday, Nov. 19 from the Shubert Theatre box office.

A pioneering and influential advocate for change, Berry has spent more than 50 years helping to shape the movements for agricultural and ecological sustainability. His poetry and essays flow from the rich agrarian tradition of American writing, and Berry’s relationship to his Kentucky farm has been compared to that of Thoreau’s to the forest — a place that nurtures his thinking about the value of physical labor, self-sufficiency, and communities of people living in harmony with the natural world.

more HERE


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food sovereignty: a critical dialogue

Coming right up: Food Sovereignty Conference, September 14–15, 2013 at Yale University.

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A fundamentally contested concept, food sovereignty has — as a political project and campaign, an alternative, a social movement, and an analytical framework — barged into global agrarian discourse over the last two decades. Since then, it has inspired and mobilized diverse publics: workers, scholars and public intellectuals, farmers and peasant movements, NGOs and human rights activists in the North and global South. Continue reading


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some grange press

Always a good thing.

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Can-do: Grange shows how to preserve nature’s bounty
by Mike Lauterborn
Monday, August 12, 2013 for the Fairfield Citizen

With a can-do attitude and an interest in preserving the bounty of the harvest, a group gathered Saturday at the historic Greenfield Hill Grange to learn about canning and preserving homegrown fruits and vegetables.

The program was one of a series planned in conjunction with the grange’s 120th anniversary this year.

Steven Golias, a graduate of the Culinary Instituteand a grange member, led the two-hour session, which was attended by about 15 people. They took notes as he described the process of canning, and sampled some of the preserves and pickles Golias prepared in the grange kitchen.

“The Greenfield Hill Grange chapter was established in 1893,” said Beth Bradley, the grange vice president, “though this actual structure wasn’t completed until 1897. It was a club for area farmers, for the sharing of growing techniques and community services. Essentially everything that everyone is now doing with local sustainability was done then — they were ahead of their time.”

Read the full article HERE 


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connecticut farm tours

from the New Connecticut Farmer Alliance. Read on for the full schedule.
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Each Farm tour, accompanied by a potluck, will take place every third Sunday of the month.
Tours will begin at 4:00pm with a potluck at 6:00pm until dusk. Bring your own place setting and beverages.  Farmer friends welcome.
 
May 19 – Provider Farm, Salem CT
Provider Farm is a 10 acre non-certified organic vegetable farm that uses biodynamic methods managed by Max and Kerry Taylor. They are primarily a CSA serving 200 shareholders and sell to farmers markets and wholesale accounts.  Continue reading


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new england young farmers, get on this list serve!

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Hey everyone,

Just a reminder that our next YFN is TOMORROW!  All are welcome – don’t let the “Young” part of “Young Farmer Night” keep you away!!
We will be meeting at 6pm at the Anawan Grange, 118 Bay State Rd, Rehoboth, MA.  There will be a meet & greet, potluck, and panel discussion featuring folks involved with organizations such as the Farm Bureau, RI Agricultural Partnership, National Young Farmers’ Coalition and the New England Farmers’ Union.  Please bring a potluck dish to share and your own plate & fork!
Carpool update: 
Rides needed from Boston and Berkley, MA
Rides offered from South County (leaving from Richmond, RI) and Providence
Reply to this email and post on the Facebook page if you need a ride or have one to offer!
Hope to see you all there!
-Becca, Margiana & Tess
COMPLETE YFN 2013 SCHEDULE Continue reading


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farm camp seeks staffers

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New Pond Farm’s Summer Camp in West Redding, CT is looking for a few exceptional staff with camp & farm experience for this summer. The camp serves a diverse group of local and urban youth from neighboring cities.  The nature center has acres of forest and a functioning farm with mixed livestock and gardens, many opportunities for adventure. Most importantly the camper population is small and close knit so the connections that can be made are deep and long lasting.
Summer camp runs three sessions between the dates of July 8th through August 9th. We are looking for staff that are available for the whole camp season; staff training and clean up, arriving on site June 28th and staying through August 14th.  First Aid, CPR, Lifeguard certifications are desired. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.   Please visit the website for more information
Contact the Program Director, Alex Keilty, if you are interested in learning more: aekeilty@gmail.com


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farm job in connecticut

The Hickories (www.thehickories.org) is looking for a part-time intern to work in all aspects of our farm: field crops, greenhouses, livestock, and especially harvesting.  We offer diversified production experiences and introduction level training to farm management.  As with all working farms, some days are full of varied tasks and others are more monotonous (for example, lots of hand weeding.)  Interns must be able to work quickly and efficiently, whether it is sunny and warm or cold and rainy, whether working with a crew or working on one’s own.  An idea candidate: is self motivated to quickly and efficiently complete each task at hand; is able to work all day on your feet, sometimes lifting heavy things (up to 50 lb); has some experience working on farms.

We ask that interns work five days a week with rotating weekend hours.  We work rain or shine.  Positions are available for various time frames, but starting April 15th.  Compensations $10.00 for first three months, then incentive based increases throughout the remainder of the season.  5 unpaid vacation days are available each season.  On-farm housing is not available.  If you have any questions, please call our farm office at 203-894-1851.
To apply: please send a resume and cover letter to The Hickories, 136 Lounsbury Road, Ridgefield, CT 06877


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connecticut farmland available !

ctFive acres of beautiful, prime farm land available for an experienced
vegetable farmer to use without rent in exchange for a small portion
of the crop. Formerly used for grazing grass-fed sheep, the soil is
rated 29A (prime farmland) by the NRCS. Land includes electric
fencing, barn, drip irrigation equipment, access to a tractor as well
as other implements. Produce must be grown sustainably, using organic
methods wherever possible. Owner can supply assistance in marketing to
restaurants, farm markets, CSA’s, etc. and possibly some financing to
help you get started. Long term arrangement prefered. This farm is
located in a lovely small town along the Connecticut shoreline with
inexpensive housing available nearby. Contact Bill at
Upperpondfarm@gmail.com


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connecticut PAID farm job

truckHolcomb Farm is a non-profit mixed-vegetable production farm in West Granby CT.  We grow on 26 acres of town-owned property for a 300 member Summer CSA, 85 member Winter CSA, wholesale customers, our on-farm farm stand, and a low-income food donation program called Fresh Access.  We use only organic methods but we are not certified organic.

We are looking for a select group of responsible, hard-working, and enthusiastic people to join our farm crew for the 2013 season.    Each member of our crew will play a critical role in the production, harvest and distribution of crops, and will be expected to take on individual responsibilities within the structure of the farm team. Previous experience in production vegetable farming or similar work outdoors is necessary to be considered for this position.  Individuals must have the ability to lift 50 lbs comfortably and regularly.

Compensation includes $9/hr for a 40-50 hr work week, option to a private room in the farm house for $225/month (utilities included), workers compensation, on-farm produce, and a discount on farm store products.  Work schedule is 7am -5pm, Monday-Friday, with rotated weekend watering duties. This position runs from the beginning of April 2013 until the first week in November 2013.

If you are interested please send resume to Karen @ karen@holcombfarm.org


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farmer worksong singalong – saturday!

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Join Max Godfrey and Friends for a raucous, foot-stomping evening of worksongs, food, and infectious laughter. We will learn many songs traditionally sung by prisoners and field workers as a means of enduring the hardships of forced labor, but which have been rediscovered by farmers as tools for making their work more enjoyable. With simple,call-and-response structures, these songs can be learned quickly and require no vocal “skill” whatsoever. We will start with the simplest songs and share some more involved worksongs as our lungs warm up. We will also share many songs from around the world that American farmers have adapted for use in the fields. Even if you’re not a farmer you’re bound to remember some of these songs and enjoy sharing them with friends. This singalong will include a meal prepared by Max and Friends, but singing will continue throughout the evening.

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farm fraternizing event / new ct farmers alliance

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New CT Farmer Alliance: 2012 Season’s End Social!
Tuesday December 18th 5 – 8 pm @ 
The Kitchen Café at Billings Forge in Hartford

Join other small-scale, young, and beginning farmers as we talk about the “uh oh and ah hah!” moments of the 2012 growing season.  What were some of your favorite vegetable varieties? What breed of chicken worked well? How did you deal with insane pest pressures?  Meet other small diversified growers from across CT as we say goodbye to another productive year and hello to the welcomed pace of winter.

We also have awesome door prizes like gift certificates for Johnny’s, maple syrup, garlic, work gloves and more! Continue reading


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apprenticeship opportunity, salem CT

Provider Farm is a diversified, biodynamic farm located in Salem, Ct. We grow 14 acres of vegetables for our CSA, farmer’s markets and whole sale accounts. We also maintain a small heard of cattle for our grass-fed beef operation.. We believe that animal integration is essential for a sustainable farming system. Our goal is to combine efficient farm systems with holistic farm planning to create and run the best farm possible.

Apprentices will participate in all aspects of farming at Provider Farm. This includes feeding and care taking of the livestock; pasture rotation and management, seed propagation, transplanting, weeding, mulching, greenhouse management, harvesting and post harvest preparation as well as the use of biodynamic preparations. Continue reading

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