the irresistible fleet of bicycles


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online courses from NE beginning farmers

Terrific offerings and a guide to choosing which courses are best for you.

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With the growing season at its peak, it’s hard to believe that the “down” season is just a couple months away. Use that slow season wisely to continue your farming education with a selection of 12 online courses. Registration is open now and some courses fill quickly, so be sure to check them out soon!


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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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a new seed company in the finger lakes!

we love seeing new companies pop up.  Fruition Seeds!
Check out their Kickstarter, Blog and Facebook page

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Fruition Seeds grows three acres of certified organic seed in the Finger Lakes of New York and collaborates with several other regional certified growers to offer outstanding organic vegetable, herb, flower and grain seed in the Northeast.

A life-long seed saver, story collector and adventurer native to the Finger Lakes, Petra Page-Mann loves all things Small and Unassuming. For the last decade she’s travelled the globe, soaking in the wisdom of small scale, ecological agriculture and is glad to be home in the hills, beginning a seed company called Fruition with her partner Matthew Goldfarb.


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for you beginning women farmers out there

Whole Farm Planning Training Program accepts applications for upcoming sessions
– The Central New York Resource Conservation and Development Project, Inc. (CNYRC&D) recently announced that applications are being accepted for the fourth year of the Beginning Women Farmer Program.  “Empowering Beginning Women Farmers in the Northeast through Whole Farm Planning” is provided in association with Holistic Management International. Across the Northeast, over 200 women have graduated from the training giving them new tools, information and perspectives on how to succeed in farming. Continue reading


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NOFA summer conference

This weekend! August 10-12, 2012 at UMass Amherst in Massachusetts.

View a list of the 200+ workshops offered for 2012 on organic farming, gardening, land care, draft animals, homesteading, sustainability, nutrition, food politics, activism, and much, much more.

Every year, there are special workshops designed for kids and teens. An educational, fun opportunity for your children to bond with others from the Northeast while you attend workshops and events.

We have entertainment for the whole family: Music and dance, an old-fashioned Country Fair, farmer’s market, games and fun. Modest registration, inexpensive dorm rooms, camping and delicious, wholesome organic meals.

visit the conference website for more information: http://www.nofasummerconference.org/


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NESAWG network coordinator position

The NESAWG Network Coordinator manages one of the largest and most influential sustainable agriculture and food systems networks in the Northeast. With participation of more than 500 organizations and 1,500 individuals, NESAWG is a hub for communications, information resources, public policy development and food system innovation, serving 12 states from Maine to West Virginia. Continue reading

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