the irresistible fleet of bicycles

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farm-based festival alert!

September 19-21. 2014

Lake City, Michigan

The Earthwork Harvest Gathering is a celebration of food and music, featuring the freshest of local ingredients and fine imported specialties. A family-friendly Gathering bringing us into contact with the abundance of our community, the Earthwork Harvest Gathering has ripened Michigan’s artisan culture for 13 years and running, and hosts 2500+ attendees, who camp in the mixed hardwood forests and open meadows of Earthwork Farm every third weekend in September, annually.

FREE water, FREE showers, FREE camping and parking! Click HERE to find out more information!

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fundraise with local food, not candy bars!


A FarmRaiser is a powerful and innovative way to raise money for your project while helping to build a stronger, healthier community. We use technology and old fashioned organizing to create product-based fundraisers that allow students to sell healthy products from local businesses.

These programs are currently in Michigan and Washington State. If you are a farmer and interested in learning more about this program, visit HERE. If you are a student or teacher and looking to find out more, click HERE.


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seeking greenhorn to table at small farms conference

Hello upper midwest/Michigander Greenhorns,

We are attending the Northern Michigan Small Farms Conference on February 1st, which should be a blast! We need a steadfast Greenhorn to man the table for us. Full tabling kit mailed to you, and we will pay your conference fee.

 Email if willing and able.

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michigonian opportunity

Calling all farm interns, apprentices, students of agriculture!
Ever wish you had an opportunity which would fill the gap between coursework and internships and the experience of independently owning a farm? The Institute for Sustainable Living, Art & Natural Design is forming a farmer residency program which gives journeyman farmers access to the technical, managerial, and practical experience necessary to operate and own an independent farm. Continue reading

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allied media conference

AMC2013: Media Strategies for a More Just & Creative World

JUNE 20 – JUNE 23, 2013 • DETROIT, MI
The Allied Media Conference is a laboratory for creativity and media-based solutions. Held every summer in Detroit, the AMC unites the worlds of media and communications, technology, education and social justice. From this unique intersection, some of the most innovative community organizing models emerge each year. Each conference builds off the previous one and plants the seeds for the next. Ideas and relationships evolve year-round. This is a conference that works for people at all levels in an organization or campaign. Everyone learns new information and new ways to teach. So start organizing your community to get to the AMC. We are ready to create, connect and transform.


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micro finance in michigan

from the Utopia Fund.  Microcredit in Leelanau County, MI


The Utopia Foundation is committed to creating sustainable change through domestic and international microloan programs. Microcredit provides small loans to people that may not qualify for funding through conventional banking systems. This financial resource allows an individual to begin, or build the capacity of a microenterprise, thus leading to economic sustainability and independence. Such strategic ventures enable Utopia to undertake projects that are significant in scope and have lasting effects on the individuals involved and their communities at large.

At present Utopia Foundation is working on international microloans with Kickstart based in Kenya. Both organizations have similar goals to lift people put of poverty through effective, self sustaining programs that ensure that individuals are empowered.

Utopia Foundation also supports domestic microenterprise. We are partnering with the Northwest MI Farm and Food 20/20 Fund to support undercapitalized local farmers with matched individual development accounts and business guidance.

Past microloan successes include group microloans in rural Guatemala and Leelanau County, MI. Contact us if you are interested in partnering with UF on microenterprise.


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