the irresistible fleet of bicycles


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peter barnes – economics for the anthropocene

Sunday July 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm
American Institute for Economic Research, 250 Division St. Great Barrington, MA.

 

Peter Barnes is an entrepreneur and writer who has co-founded and led several successfulbusinesses and written numerous articles and books about capitalism, the commons and other topics.  His latest book, With Liberty and Dividends for All: How to Save Our Middle Class When Jobs Don’t Pay Enough, proposes universal dividends from shared wealth as a practical solution to economic inequality.

To learn more about this event, click —> HERE

$5 or 5 BerkShares, BerkShares preferred.  Payable at the door.
Pre-registration required.  Register here online. Or call 413 528 1737 to register by phone.


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14th annual tomato festival at red fire farm

SATURDAY, AUGUST 23, 2014
7 Carver Street, Granby, MA

Every year, we have an unbelievable selection of amazing and often award-winning tomatoes for you to taste. It’s a great day at the farm, with everything from a 5K Tomato Trot field race to hay rides to cooking demonstrations to live music to crafters and a smorgasbord of local fare from area producers. Come and visit!

Here’s the link to find out more!


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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!

farmers

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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