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maine’s young farmer alliance

Gathering of Maine’s Young Farmers Alliance!

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The next gathering will be held at Grassland Farm in Skowhegan on Saturday May 10th at 5pm. After a round of introductions there will be a farm tour and potluck. Please bring a dish and drinks to share. FMI or to carpool email David Gulak, davidgulak@gmail.com. Grassland Farm is located at 41 Grassland Lane, Skowhegan.

Photo courtesy of Grassland Farm: http://www.grasslandorganicfarm.com/

Maine’s Young Farmer Alliance is a Chapter of NYFC: http://www.youngfarmers.org/


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send your hudson valley peeps to the nyfc benefit!

Our cocktail party to benefit NYFC’s work in 2014 is fast approaching! Please join us on Sunday, Dec. 8th (one week from today) at the Red Devon Restaurant in Bangall at5pm for delicious food and drink, beautiful art and good conversation. sawkill-farm-watching-over-the-pics-small

We’re teaming up with the Hudson Valley Seed Library for an exhibit of their spectacular Art of the Heirloomcollection and Jean-Paul Courtens of Roxbury will be joining us to talk about the future of farming in the Valley.

All proceeds will support our work in 2014, including: working with land trusts to make farmland affordable, working with the USDA to reform programs to better target young, organic and diversified growers, and helping young farmers launch new NYFC chapters across the country.

Tickets can be purchased ahead of time here or please rsvp to sophie@youngfarmers.org if you plan to buy your ticket at the door. Farmer tickets are only $25!


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well done, lindsey

Op-Ed: To Recruit a New Generation of Farmers, We’ve Got to Get the Story Right
The National Young Farmers Coalition wants to set straight the economic facts of local food production.
By Lindsey Lusher Shute, April 16, 2013

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In the past year, the mainstream media featured more than a few stories critiquing America’s local and organic foods movement. The New York Times and others swallowed the findings of a Stanford study debating the value of organic foods hook, line and sinker; Time and Dr. Oz declared, “Organic food is great, it’s just not very democratic”; and NPR recently reported that growing local food doesn’t pay.

Vigorous debate is good, but these stories seemed more about selling clicks and papers than getting the facts straight. And that’s bad news for a nation that’s in need of a new generation of young people to provide it with healthy food.

Read the full article here


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NYFC online forum

forumWant to be a part of the young and beginning farmer national community? National Young Farmers Coalition is proud to launch the NYFC Forum!  Serving as a link between farmers, coalitions, and farm-supporters from around the country, the forum is a space for chatting about farm techniques and practices, making sense of farm laws and regulations, and organizing grassroots networks.
Check out the NYFC Forum here.


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young farmers @ georgia organics conference

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3rd Annual GO Conference Farmer Mixer
Kick off the conference on the Thursday night prior with another awesome mixer,  this year hosted by our very own Alliance and the generous Chef Shaun Doty at his Bantam + Biddy chicken joint. We’ve got the patio to ourselves for our shindig, and B+B will be donating chicken-y and veggie snacks. There’s no cost to attend, cash bar, and you won’t want to miss it.
Thursday Feb 21, 8-11pm
Bantam + Biddy
1544 Piedmont Road, Suite 301 in the Ansley Mall Shopping Center

RSVP on our Facebook event page here

Farmer Storytelling Photo Project
As part of our goal to tell the stories of young & beginning farmers in the southeast loud and clear, we’ve dreamed up a multimedia project to gather and project YOUR thoughts and words. Friday evening during the Conference Expo, we’ll have a photo booth set up to snap your pretty mug and listen to your tall tales — that time you shot yourself with the nail gun while finishing the mobile chicken coop, the very first exuberant sale you made at your very first farmer’s market, how you got your mini loan, why you chose the crops you did and which ones the flea beetles eat…we want to hear it all. Continue reading


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NYFC seeks a western organizer!

A great opportunity to work with the National Young Farmers’ Coalition in the Colorado River Basin.

COLORADO RIVER BASIN ORGANIZER
The National Young Farmers’ Coalition seeks a full-time Colorado River Basin Organizer to build 7 new young farmers coalition affiliates in Colorado River Basin states (AZ, CA, CO, NM, NV, UT, WY) and promote various campaigns with partner organizations to ensure the sustainability of farming in the region.

Responsibilities

  • Organizing 7 new NYFC affiliate groups in AZ, CA, CO, NM, NV, UT and WY with volunteers.
  • Hosting at least one event in each of these states as an introduction to the National Young Farmers’ Coalition
  • Building a highly engaged group of farmers and citizens in support of young and beginning farmers in these states Continue reading
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