the irresistible fleet of bicycles


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department of agriculture cracks down on seed libraries

Department of Agriculture cracks down on seed libraries

by Naomi Creason

via The Sentinel

CARLISLE — It was a letter officials with the Cumberland County Library System were surprised to receive.

The system had spent some time working in partnership with the Cumberland County Commission for Women and getting information from the local Penn State Ag Extension office to create a pilot seed library at Mechanicsburg’s Joseph T. Simpson Public Library.

The effort was a new seed-gardening initiative that would allow for residents to “borrow” seeds and replace them with new ones harvested at the end of the season.

Mechanicsburg’s effort had launched on April 26 as part of the borough’s Earth Day Festival, but there were plenty of similar efforts that had already cropped up across the state before the local initiative.

Through researching other efforts and how to start their own, Cumberland County Library System Executive Director Jonelle Darr said Thursday that no one ever came across information that indicated anything was wrong with the idea. Sixty residents had signed up for the seed library in Mechanicsburg, and officials thought it could grow into something more.

That was, until, the library system received a letter from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture telling them they were in violation of the Seed Act of 2004.

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video: everyone deserves access

“We know that a lot of things contribute to poor nutrition and obesity but access is a key issue,” says Dr. Giridhar Mallya of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. “People don’t have the ability to get healthy foods in their community at an affordable price. That makes it that much harder for them to be healthy overall.” See how The Food Trust and its partners are improving food access and health in Philadelphia and around the country.

Everyone deserves access to healthy food. Find out how you can get involved:
thefoodtrust.org
healthyfoodaccess.org


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seeking cheese intern

in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.
Cranberry Creek is looking for a Cheese Intern to join us through December, this 2013 season. This is an opportunity for the right person to learn the world of value-added goat dairy processing! Join us during an exciting time of development for this growing family farm.
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Learn cheese processes; pasteurizing, safety protocols, handling the curd, basic milk/cheese chemistry and attuning your senses to judging and grading cheeses. Plus the crucial art and labor of affinage. Work side by side with the farm’s cheesemaker and owners every day. See playful goats every day in the woods of the Poconos.

Intern will learn not only aspects of making cheese but gain skills in the direct-marketing and how-to wholesale dairy. Attending farmers’ markets is required most weeks. Expect that opportunities to visit other cheesemakers for learning will be provided. Continue reading


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PA organic farm jobs near NY border

Slide 4Field Workers at Willow Wisp Organic Farm

Willow Wisp Organic Farm grows a diverse mix of vegetables, herbs, and cut flowers on a 12 acre certified organic farm in the Upper Delaware River Valley (Abrahamsville,PA).   We are looking to fill 2 full-time and 2 part-time field work positions for the 2013 season starting in April.  Preference given to candidates with experience on an organic vegetable farm, but we will train the right candidates.  Salary commensurate with experience.  Send resume, 3 references, and letter of interest to:  greg@willowwisporganic.com  www.willowwisporganic.com


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dietz produce seeks interns

Dietz Produce farm is looking for an intern or two for 2013, any time between March and September. We are a small farm, with a diverse range of vegetables and small fruits in production on about two acres.

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We also have a small flock of about 100 free range laying hens, a few pet goats, a pot-bellied pig, and a German Shepherd/Husky mix named Duke. We use natural methods, but are not certified organic.  Our farming is very small-scale, concentrating on manual labor for many tasks. This is a production-oriented farm, and it is crucial to the sustainability of the farm to get all the work completed in a timely manner. Punctuality is important, working steadily at a reasonable rate is expected. Conversations during work are encouraged as long as they don’t detract from the work. You can expect to do plenty of planting, hoeing, weeding, mulching, picking of fruits and vegetables. Continue reading


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positions at rodale

Agriculture Supported Communities Internship Positions At the Rodale Institute
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We are now accepting applications for Internship Positions in our Agriculture Supported Communities (ASC) Program for the 2013 growing season.  The ASC Program is a modified farm share program offering affordable payment plans to make fresh, local, organic produce accessible to just about anyone in the community.

Internship participants will be trained and involved in every aspect of setting up, producing, and running a small local organic grower’s business.  The ASC Program focuses on hands-on training in seed starting, greenhouse production & seasonal extensions, transplanting, pest & weed management, soil health, introduction to large equipment, harvesting, processing, marketing, customer relations, and working with community partners.  In addition the internship program will follow a comprehensive curriculum exposing participants to additional training in business planning & marketing, nutrition education, and designing a crop plan. Continue reading


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everblossom farm seeks interns

The beauty of the intern system is that there is a constant rotation of fresh faces, new energy, and a myriad of interesting people to meet. However, this is
inherently intertwined with the sad part of the intern system – those who blossom and grow dear move on and out of our lives. So it is with sadness but also a great deal of excitement that we begin the 2013 Edition of the Intern Search!

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We’ve had some amazing interns over the past season, and we are only growing upward as a business and therefore will be searching out more and more energetic, dedicated, hard-working individuals to contribute to the farm. If the following factual information appeals to you, and the dire warnings of difficult work and exhaustion don’t deter you, there’s a very good chance that there is a place for you at Everblossom.

The intern positions begin in April and last through October. We’re flexible on timeframe and are happy to receive resumes any time of year, as we have job
opportunities year round. Our farm is an ideal place to learn what makes a CSA successful and how to market quality produce in different venues. Additionally, every intern gets hands-on, practical training in all aspects of vegetable production – an education that’s beneficial for a lifetime. Continue reading

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