the irresistible fleet of bicycles


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land for food

For any young farmers with the ability to travel, this would be a great experience. unnamed

As part of its biennial conferences, IUFN is happy to invite you to a new international workshop, LAND FOR FOOD. It will address a central question : How can we reconcile land use policies with local food policies? 

Held over two days in the heart of Paris, the LAND FOR FOOD provisional program is build on interaction. It will start with an Open forum the will invite participants to deconstruct some commonly held beliefs and to discuss together ‘Land for food by 2050’ foresight scenarios designed with our partners. On the second day, you are invited to take part in multi-disciplinary co-design workshops, resolutely oriented towards practical innovation around  arable land preservation, rural-urban linkages or urban farming potential as well as policy tools such as food flow analysis or food sensitive planning.

JOIN other local authorities, local decision-makers, and international researchers for this unique occasion to design together the future of local food policies for urban regions.


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a dairy on the move

This farmer in Suffolk  has moved her innovative dairy, using crowdfunder to make it happen.  She runs a small, commercial dairy with suckling calves.  Take note, follow her work, and pitch in if you can!

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Fiona Provan’s Calf at Foot Dairy in Suffolk is unique and very special. Fiona’s small herd of 100% pasture-fed Jersey cows produce fabulous raw milk, as well as pasture-fed veal and beef.  But that isn’t all. The cows at the Calf at Foot Dairy keep their precious calves who are then gently weaned far older than usually happens in the dairy industry, keeping both mum and calf happy. Compassion is the watchword at The Calf at Foot Dairy and the taste of the raw milk and pasture-fed veal and beef from the happy herd is second to none! The Calf at Foot Dairy herd is 11 milking cows and their calves, including the beautiful Bluebell and her two month old calves Forrest and Gump.


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mission to brazil

The Movimento dos Trabalhdores Rurais Sem Terra (MST) will be holding its Sixth Congress in February, 2014 amidst its celebration 6th Congress Bannerof 30 years of struggle for agrarian reform, social justice and democracy. The movement’s 2 million members have spent the last year preparing, debating and discussing in preparation for this historic gathering. Mobilizing 15,000 movement leaders in the capitol Brasilia, the MST will gather to debate and discuss the challenges and next steps in building a more just and equitable Brazil.

The MST is a global leader of social movements of the poor through its leadership in various international movement networks such as Via Campesina International.  In the last 30 years, MST has reclaimed 17 million acres of land, which is equivalent to the size of Uruguay. The MST’s Sixth National Congress is a space for celebration, exchange and learning for movement leaders around the world. Continue reading


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online, international seed swap!

Seems like a work in progress, but a great idea. pavot

Graines de Troc
It is a online platform where everyone can share and trade seeds. We all build the same available list. Each shipment of seeds is worth a token that allows members to choose any variety in the list. Swapping is an opportunity to try another sharing system. Graines De Troc make it easy and magical. All seeds, except hybrids, can be shared. The web is fine, but we also encourage and promote every local swap.

 


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the big potato swap

via the Field Liberation MovementVIB wil een GGO populierenbos aanplanten te Wetteren.  Way to go, Belgians!
On May 29th 2011, hundreds of activists decontaminated a GM potato field trial in Wetteren (BE). They pulled up genetically modified potatoes and replaced them with organic varieties, which are naturally blight resistant.

The voluntary introduction of 108 genetically modified potatoes in the environment was carried out by the Flemish Institute for Biotechnology, University of Ghent, Higher Education Ghent, and the Flemish Agency for Agriculture and Fishery in cooperation with world’s largest chemical company BASF and the University of Wageningen.

The ‘Big Potato Swap’ was a public and nonviolent action of civil disobedience. The Catholic University of Leuven sacked researcher Barbara Van Dyck because of her participation in the ‘Big Potato Swap’ (read more about the dismissal here). The Belgian State is now prosecuting 11 of the activists for criminal gang!

more info HERE


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report from manchester

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I’m here from the USA with a focus on charting the organizational work of young farmers across Europe. Throughout this  month I’ll be meeting  social entrepreneurs, farmers, organizers and activists who, undaunted by the complex, multidimensional  ecosystem and broken economy of food, are working together to fix it. Documenting these projects, evaluating,  and sharing ideas between us will speed this up. Our directory and community of cooperative food ventures and initiatives can make us stronger as we apply models from other places to our own towns, and learn as much as we can before repeating mistakes.  Continue reading


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oakland institute kickstarter

Help ‘em out!

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In the first 20 days of our Kickstarter project to raise funds for a film exposing land grabs in Papua New Guinea, we have raised over $11,000 from 66 individual contributors. The vast majority of those who have given are first-time supporters of the Oakland Institute, which is exciting to see. And we are grateful to our friends who have continued their partnership with OI.But for this project to be fully funded we need support from our longtime members, the people who keep OI moving, You! Continue reading


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say for intance you wanted to do agroforestry work in africa

you’d want to be involved with these folks:  Trees for the Future

Since 1989, Trees for the Future has been helping communities around the world plant trees. Through seed distribution, agroforestry training, and our country programs, we have empowered rural groups to restore tree cover to their lands. Planting trees protects the environment and helps to preserve traditional livelihoods and cultures for generations.


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we ought to have a prince of organic here in america

Prince Charles: ‘If I didn’t do this, who would?’
Britain’s best known organic farmer on soil, sustainability and the unity of all things
by  Tim Adams for The Observer, Sunday 14 August 2011

There is a sign as you turn into the drive at Highgrove that reads: “Beware. You are entering an old-fashioned establishment”. After the best part of the week following the sign’s owner, Prince Charles, around the country – from Dartmoor to the Yorkshire Dales and back to Gloucestershire, him mostly in a helicopter, me mostly on a train – I have been struggling to work out exactly how old that “old-fashioned” is. Continue reading


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reversing desertification with livestock

Here’s a great article passed on to us by greenhorn Emma Young.

The Savory Institute: Healing the World’s Grasslands, Rangelands and Savannas
This is the first of a two-part interview with Allan Savory, President and Co-Founder of The Savory Institute, an organization based in Zimbabwe that works with farmers, pastoralists, and ranchers to restore degraded lands through holistic management practices. Savory is a winner of the 2010 Buckminster Fuller Challenge, which awards recipients for innovative thinking to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems.

Livestock production, particularly cattle, has been blamed in recent years for environmental degradation on both the local and global scales. Do you agree with this perspective?

Yes, livestock are blamed for environmental degradation, and rightly so. They have been blamed for thousands of years, as livestock grazing and burning of grasslands caused the great man-made deserts of the world. Continue reading


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coffee csa

Nora of Strongtree Organic Coffee Roasters in Hudson says that the specialty coffee market is screaming about global climate change, crop failures, drought, supply chain dysfunction, and in general the feeling that their sector is a canary in the coal mine of the global food system.

here is a small project that is quite hopeful,  but in general the meta-narrative keeps being gloomy.
CoffeeCSA.orgis 100% owned and controlled by the farmers featured on this siteWhen you buy a share of the harvest at CoffeeCSA, you get the best of the crop while helping to fund next year’s harvest and strengthen small-scale family farms. CoffeeCSA offers you great coffee and a meaningful relationship with a hard-working farm family. Continue reading
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