the irresistible fleet of bicycles

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food freedom fest

coming up in September, and honoring Joel Salatin.

FFFMemeFood Freedom Fest Celebrates Local Food Hero
Farmers, foodies, politicians and others dedicated to advancing food freedom unite for a weekend festival in the scenic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia on September 5-6, 2014.  Organized by the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense (FTCLDF), Food Freedom Fest is a fun, educational gathering for anyone who appreciates freedom of choice in food and agriculture. The funds raised will help defend the rights of small farmers and artisan food producers, as well as consumers and buying clubs.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), is trying to control all food regulation and poses a threat to the local food movement.  The September gathering is a meeting of people who see the benefit of a direct farmer to consumer relationship. This is relevant to anyone who wants to make a living off the land and keep the government out of their kitchen.

The aptly named Food Freedom Fest kicks off with the inaugural “Food Freedom Conference” starting with breakfast at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton, Virginia. Emcee Kimberly Hartke will introduce notable speakers who will explore food freedom initiatives happening around the country. Delivering the keynote at lunch will be Congressman Thomas Massie from Kentucky who sponsored the two federal Raw Milk Freedom bills with considerable bipartisan support. Continue reading

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young & beginning farmer mixer!


On October 19th, local heirloom seed savers and worker-owned co-operative Southern Exposure Seed Exchange will be hosting a Young Farmer’s Mixer to facilitate an enriching community building experience, provide networking opportunities and have fun.  We want to provide young farmers and young farmer recruits with access to examples of financially viable business models for new farms, homesteading resources and land link organizations. We also want to facilitate connections between landowners who want their land in cultivation and land-less farmers.  There will be opportunity to link farmers with food justice organizations and illustrate how food justice activism can play into a small farm business. Continue reading

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apply for 2014 allegheny mountain school fellowship!

fellowsAllegheny Mountain School is seeking seven to nine inspiring individuals to participate in the fourth cohort of our 18 month fully-funded fellowship program.   Applications are available on our website,  The deadline to submit your application is December 15, 2013.  Interviews begin January, 2014.

Allegheny Mountain School (AMS) was founded in 2011 as a not-for-profit experiential fellowship program designed to serve communities in developing a more secure food system.  The fiscal agent for AMS is The Highland Center (THC), a non-profit organization located in Monterey, Virginia.
Our intention at AMS is to assemble a cohort of highly curious, hardworking individuals, with complementary skills and experiences, in order to create a cohesive and cooperative team for living, working and studying. Our goal is to build skills to help communities create a vibrant and accessible local food economy.

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harvest table farm seeks manager


The Meadowview Farmers’ Guild and Harvest Table Restaurant are currently accepting applications for the position of farm manager for the Harvest Table Farm. This position is a salaried and full-time position, and requires that the person occupy the residence at the farm. The position has three primary responsibility categories. First, to operate the 3-acre sustainable farm to grow produce in coordination for the needs of the Harvest Table Restaurant, and for selling at the Abingdon Farmers Market. Second, to coordinate and help organize occasional tours of the farm. Third, the farm hosts WWOOFers and interns on a seasonal basis, and short-term day volunteers, and the farm manager would be responsible for supervision of these workers.

Harvest Table Farm is located in Meadowview, VA on a rolling 3-acre plot about 2 miles from the restaurant. The job requires a person skilled in modern ecoagriculture, with a strong sense of the changing seasonal needs of a human-scale farm.

The position is  full-time, salaried and is open immediately.

A full description of the position is available HERE

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Come check out the Young Farmer Zone this year at Heritage Harvest Festival, Sept. 15th

The Young Farmer Zone will be a place at the festival where those interested in farming, young farmers, and supporters of young farmers can share information and resources, showcase young farmer successes, and facilitate networking.   Continue reading

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fall biodynamic workshop

Fall Intensive Workshop, Wednesday, October 31st through Sunday, November 4th in Woolwine, Virginia.

Harvesting of sheaths and the making of the Biodynamic preparations, including spray and compost preps and barrel compost.  Five days of hands-on workshops and lectures.
Guest Speaker – Brian Wickert, Viroqua, WI.

All meals included.  Some lodging is available. Camping in tents permitted.
A limited number of sliding scale/work-exchange places are available for beginning Biodynamic farmers and farm apprentices.
Call 276-930-2463 to make reservations.

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land opportunity, central VA

in exchange for some livestock care.  This is a good start-up opportunity for a landless greenhorn.

Red Row Farm is a very small, organic farm to table operation in Esmont, VA (30 minutes south of Charlottesville).  We just opened another restaurant, so this year our focus is very much skewed to the table side of the equation.  That means we have 1.25 acres of farmable land sitting idle for the 2012 growing season, which strikes us as a waste.  We are looking for someone (or a team of someones) interested in running their own organic produce operation on our land.  Continue reading

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land available, virginia

As most of you know, we stopped growing for market in 2011. This year we have turned our attention to finding people who may be the right buyers for a new configuration of the farm.

In 1973 we bought 60 acres in western Loudoun County, our part of a purchase of 400 acres –nearly ½ mile by 1 mile—with the Newcomb, Moutoux, and Graybeal families. In 2002 we bought a log house on 5 acres northwest of our farm from John Graybeal. In that same year, we began the subdivision of our 60 acres. This change took place officially in 2007, with 58 of the 60 acres now in permanent conservation easement. Continue reading

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young farmers, lobby at state level

Farmer objects to bill on livestock treatment

from the Daily Progress By Bryan McKenzie

On Davis Creek Farm in bucolic Nelson County near the non-incorporated community of Old Myndus they raise animals for people to eat, but that doesn’t mean the family farmers don’t want the animals to be well treated.

In fact, that’s why Elizabeth Zan Deventer, whose family owns the farm, is opposing a proposed change in state law that would eliminate basic protections for agricultural animals that are enjoyed by other livestock. Continue reading

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the route 250 project

The Route 250 Fellowship
MISSION: Tricycle Gardens + Allegheny Mountain School work together to provide intensive training for young adults in sustainable agriculture and ecological systems development and management.
VISION: Everybody who completes the rural program will extend their knowledge to 10 people in an urban environment. This ripples outward, creating a new awareness of our relationship with ecological and agricultural systems. Continue reading


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