the irresistible fleet of bicycles


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agrarian investments

agrarian-entrepreneur

Making a profit off of real estate investment is no new thing, even when it comes to farmland. Land grabs make the land valuable without valuing the land. There are some investment groups, though, that aim to invest in land sustainably.

One such group is The Entrepreneur Agrarian Fund (EAF), a private equity fund establishing a network of livestock based farm enterprises that provide local grass-fed, natural and organic meats to markets of the Northeast.

Capitalizing on immediate market demand, the EAF utilizes regional production efficiency to create strong investor returns through cash-flow from a consistent supply of premium crops, and on-going improvement to land and soil quality. Thus making investing in the land more attractive to individuals and groups looking to put their money into something they believe in, without sacrificing a favorable return value.

 

 

read the full post at Agrarian Trust


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small farms quarterly seeks writers

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As the new farmer editor I invite anyone who is located in the Northeast (Maine-Pennsylvania & points east) to submit an article. These can be focused on beginning farmers you work with, or yourself as a beginning farmer, with a story to tell about an innovation in production, marketing, new varieties, use of technology, etc… These should be timely topics and those with stories others can learn from. You can find more information on writing styles, guidelines and more at: http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/quarterly/writers/#Examples. The deadline for submission is August 2nd through the online submission form located here: online submission form with several pictures. The word length and other details are addressed in the first link. I hope you will consider submitting a piece.
 
Laura Biasillo
Agricultural Economic Development Specialist
Cornell Cooperative Extension-Broome County


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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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big young farmer track at winter confrerence

Beginning Farmer Track at the NOFA Summer Conference
August 10-12, 2012, UMass Amherst

Register Now Online!

And click here to read descriptions of the following workshops in the Beginning Farmer Track:

4) Cooperative Farm Labor Structures
Ryan Karb, Many Hands Farm Corps, Pelham, MA

10) Introduction to Soil Fertility
David Forster, Forster Soil Management, Newington, CT

27) Growing Winter Greens
Nancy Hanson, Hampshire College CSA, Amherst, MA
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good news from the carrot project

We are excited to announce the Greater Berkshire Agricultural Fund partnership with Salisbury Bank to assist farms and farm-related businesses. Eligible businesses may apply for loans in amounts up to $75,000. These funds will help farmers and related businesses finance capital investments and meet operating costs. 

The Fund serves businesses located in the 4-county region that includes Berkshire County, MA, Litchfield County, CT, and Columbia and Dutchess County, NY. Funds can be used for working capital, capital needs such as equipment or buildings, operations, or other improvements for production or value-added enterprises. Continue reading


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farmer and market outreach coordinator

for Animal Welfare Approved

Animal Welfare Approved seeks a Farmer and Market Outreach Coordinator based in the Northeast region to cultivate, recruit and support farmers seeking a third-party certification for their sustainable, pasture-based farming operations. This is a full-time, exempt position with benefits. The Coordinator will work from a home-based office accessible to New York City.

Animal Welfare Approved is a national nonprofit organization that audits, certifies, supports and promotes pasture-based farmers raising their animals with the highest welfare standards.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Working within assigned region, the primary focus of this position is to identify, educate and recruit pasture-based farmers to apply for AWA certification, to deliver AWA services to farmers in the program, and to build awareness of the benefits of AWA.

read the full job description HERE


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farm aquisition course

A new offering from Land for Good:Acquiring Your Farm.” 

Access to land is one of the biggest challenges facing farmers - especially beginning farmers. Will you acquire your farm by leasing, purchasing, or a combination?  How much can you afford and how will you pay for it?  How will you determine the right property for you?  How will you work with landowners, landlords and community resources?  These are big questions for all farm seekers.

This online course will help you find the answers that are right for you.  As you go through the course, you will build your own action plan.  You will have new information and be better prepared to make sound land acquisition choices.

To get the most out of this free course, please read these directions.

1.   Register:  By registering, you’ll let Land For Good know about you.  We will send you updates on this course – new information, stories, tools. Continue reading

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