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BFN fall forum

BFNMass Fall Forum flyer 2013

BFN/Mass Fall Forum- November 12th from 10:00 to 3:00 at the Charlton Public Library.
Register at: www.tinyurl.com/bfnfallforum2013

About BFN/Mass:
The Beginning Farmer Network of Massachusetts (BFN/Mass) is a collaborative group of farmers and farm service providers dedicated to beginning farmer success in Massachusetts.  By creating more space for networking and collaboration amongst Beginning Farmers and Service Providers we bring together people who want to work on similar issues, who want to share information and lessons learned, and who can inspire each other by the work we are doing.
Website www.bfnmass.org.  “Like” us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/BFNMass.


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what is the political economy of farmland access?

Lets discuss it with leading political economist Gar Alperovitz at the Schumacher Center (founder of the first community indianland trust in the USA) and across the street from the first CSA !

Seems a pretty likely place for some insight.
Severine will be there, and we hope for  a strong young farmer turnout from the Barrington / Hudson Region! Please spread the word!
Five Options to Bring about an Era of Political-Economic Change.
The talk will be held at John Dewey Academy, 389 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA, starting at 7:30 pm on October 11th.  Admission will be $5 or 5 BerkShares, and pre-registration is required.  Please register by emailing schumacher@centerforneweconomics.org.
Gar Alperovitz has had a distinguished career as a historian, political economist, activist, writer, and government official. He is currently the Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland and is a former Fellow of Kings College, Cambridge University; Harvard’s Institute of Politics; the Institute for Policy Studies; and a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution. Continue reading


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kickstart city growers

looks like these good folks are getting funded!

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City Growers – Converting Urban Lots into Sustainable Farms

City Growers is a new kind of community-centered urban farm that provides jobs for underemployed residents and fresh locally-grown produce for Boston businesses and residents. Founded in 2010, City Growers has successfully established itself as a Boston urban farm that is here to stay!

In 2012, we proved that our innovative urban farming model is sustainable. Intensively growing nutritious greens on just one quarter acre of land can support a farmer! Your contribution will allow us to acquire and prepare a quarter-acre lot in Roxbury, Massachusetts cultivating lettuce and greens for market.

Supporting this Kickstarter Helps City Growers:

  • Provide jobs in Boston communities that have the highest rates of unemployment.
  • Improve the nutritional health of city residents.
  • Reduce Boston’s carbon footprint.

Our goal is to transform Boston, the largest city in a state with the fastest-growing food-stamp program, into a hotspot of nutritionally- dense food production. Each season, we are converting more vacant city plots into productive urban farmland.

more information on their kickstarter page


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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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norwell farms seeks field assistants

Located in Norwell, Massachusetts, Norwell Farms is a community-supported farm that strives to bring our community together through nutritious seasonal produce, engaging volunteer opportunities, and local outreach.

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This season, we will actively crop 5 of our 7.5 acres, with the remainder of the acreage in soil-building cover crops.  We focus on growing high quality heirloom and open-pollinated produce for an 85-member CSA, a retail farm stand, and local farmer’s markets.  We farm without the use of chemical herbicides, pesticides, or synthetic fertilizers and are taking steps to achieve organic certification.

Field Assistant Description:
Norwell Farms is looking for two Field Assistants who are passionate about hands-on, fast-paced farm work. Continue reading


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full time farm assistant position

Gaining Ground farm is looking for a full-time seasonal assistant farmer. We are an 5 acre nonprofit farm in Concord, MA. Our mission is to grow organic food for hunger relief with the help of volunteers of all ages and abilities. All of our produce goes to food pantries and meal programs in the metro-West & Boston area.
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- Average of 40 hours per week throughout the season, April through October
- Includes greenhouse work, transplanting, weeding, harvesting
- Managing volunteer groups of varying numbers, ages, and abilities
-Answering questions/informal education about the farm with all visitors
-Use of tractor and rototiller
-Basic carpentry and farm upkeep Continue reading


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lead teacher at wright-locke farm

April Vacation / Summer Education Program Lead Teacher
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Wright-Locke Farm in Winchester, MA is now hiring Lead Teachers for both its April vacation and summer education programs. Lead Teachers should be 18 years or older with the exception of former Counselors-in-Training (CITs) who are at least 16 years old.

A Lead Teacher’s responsibilities include:


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siena farms seeks apprentices

Sudbury, MA.

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We are seeking reliable, hardworking, and dedicated individuals motivated by a strong interest in sustainable agriculture to join our 2013 apprentice team. As an ambitious and innovative farm operation that has grown over seven years to include a four-season CSA and year-round farm store, Siena Farms offers a unique learning environment. Apprentices will participate broadly in the farm’s daily operations, including production, harvest, and marketing, and will work closely with the management team. Training will be both formal and informal, and apprentices will gain extensive hands-on experience. Those with demonstrated aptitude for a particular aspect of our operation will be encouraged to take on responsibility in that area, with the potential to return for additional seasons.

Full description and additional information available at sienafarms.com/jobs.php


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native plant salesperson position

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Seasonal Native Plant Sales – Nasami Farm Nursery
New England Wild Flower Society seeks a full time/part time Seasonal Native Plant Salesperson for our retail sales area at Nasami Farm Nursery in Whately, MA.  Responsibilities include plant and merchandise sales and care, managing plant orders, and providing excellent customer service. This position offers the additional opportunity to learn about native plant propagation, participate in educational classes and gain practical gardening experience.

Skills
The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent communication skills, work well independently,  have a strong desire to learn, and enjoy working with customers.  The candidate must have botanical interest and understanding and a basic familiarity with horticultural practices. Knowledge of native plants is a strong plus. Continue reading


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NOFA/mass: spring cheese-making workshop series

Keep Calm Make CheeseOnline registration for the Spring 2013 NOFA/Mass Cheese-making Workshop Series is open. See here for a full listing of all six workshops: http://www.nofamass.org/events/type/cheese-making

The workshop series takes place at dairies and cheese-making operations throughout Massachusetts. This series provides instruction and training on making a wide variety of cheeses on a small scale without a lot of investment in equipment. These workshops are led by professional cheese-makers, and they are meant for people interested in learning cheese-making for the first time or honing their skills.

Each workshop provides an opportunity to ask questions and gain direct experience in cheese-making. Instruction is hands-on, and participants will be grouped into teams to do the work. Milk is normally supplied to each participant so that they can take home the cheese made during the workshop. Instructors will also provide a general understanding of the cheese-making process. Workshop enrollment is limited to 10 participants.


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this weekend! national farmers union convention

wavesNew England is hosting the 111th Anniversary National Farmers Union Convention March 2-5, 2013, at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass. Producers from across the country will gather to set the policy priorities for 2013. Join them so your needs are heard and advocated for by one of the oldest agricultural organizations in the country!
The conference theme is Making Waves In Agriculture. USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan, who hails from western Massachusetts, will deliver the keynote address. Panels will tackle international agriculture, conservation compliance, farm safety, women in agriculture and scaling up to meet demand. Check out the agenda.

+ On Monday night, there’s a Beginning Farmer Mixer! There’ll be talk about what sort of policy change will encourage the development of new, sustainable farm businesses, and also some good old fashioned shit-shooting. It will be a great way to meet young and beginning farmers from all over the country. 


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apprentice opportunity in MA

barnWeir River Farm seeks market garden apprentices for 2013.  Weir River Farm, located in Hingham, Massachusetts, is a property of the Trustees of Reservations. The farm sustainably raises livestock and vegetables and provides educational opportunities for adults and youth. The 4.5 acre market distributes organically-grown produce through a community-supported-agriculture program, a local farmer’s market, restaurants and hunger relief donations. Continue reading


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register now! national farmers union convention

wavesNew England is hosting the 111th Anniversary National Farmers Union Convention March 2-5, 2013, at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass. Producers from across the country will gather to set the policy priorities for 2013. Please join us so that New England’s voice can be heard!

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has demonstrated its support of New England producers through its advocacy for farm bill programs that reward conservation, beginning farmers, organic production, dairy reform, and more. Let’s welcome NFU to our great region, and keep the interests of New England’s producers at the forefront of the national agricultural policy agenda.

The conference theme is Making Waves In Agriculture. USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan, who hails from western Massachusetts, will deliver the keynote address. Panels will tackle international agriculture, conservation compliance, farm safety, women in agriculture and scaling up to meet demand. Check out the agenda.

With your participation, New England will indeed make waves in agriculture this year. Please register so we know you’re coming!

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