the irresistible fleet of bicycles

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reminder: moses new farmer summit

New Farmer Summit
April 4-5, 2014photo
Primrose Valley FarmBelleville, Wisconsin (near New Glarus & Madison)

Two full days of workshops, networking, hands-on learning, organic food and fun!

  • 24 workshops focused on issues on the minds of new farmers
  • $75 (includes meals and entertainment)
  • Scholarships available! Apply here.
  • $35 Pre-Summit farm tours with lunch April 3rd
  • Friday evening dance with live folk music and a caller
  • Click here to register!

Much more information can be found HERE

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MOSES new farmer summit

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New Farmer Summit
April 4-5, 2014
Primrose Valley Farm
Belleville, Wisconsin (near New Glarus & Madison)

Two full days of workshops, networking, hands-on learning, organic food and fun!

  • 24 workshops focused on issues on the minds of new farmers
  • Pre-summit farm tours with a light lunch April 3
  • Friday evening dance with live folk music and a caller
  • $75 (includes meals and entertainment)
  • Scholarships available
  • Registration opens February 15

find more information, and a full list of the amazing workshops that will be offered, HERE.

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moses conference, coming right up.


La Crosse, Wis.
Feb. 27 – Mar. 1, 2014

The MOSES Conference, started 25 years ago with 90 people who wanted to learn more about farming organically, has grown to become the country’s foremost educational and networking event for the organic community. The people involved in organic and sustainable farming tend to be passionate about food and farming, which makes for a truly inspiring event. Please join us in celebrating the 25th anniversary of this remarkable gathering!

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spring conference in WI

The Community Initiatives in Sustainable Agriculture Conference (CISA) will take place April 5-7, 2013 at Lawrence University and Riverview Gardens in Appleton, WI.


Our mission is to provide the necessary community, resources, and experience to establish and support new farmers.  We will provide a venue for young people to engage in conversations and educational activities. Featuring farmer panels, workshops, open space discussions, local food dinner and dance, and more! For more information and to register, please visit

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if you’re going to the MOSES conference…


You’ll want to check out this event. FB PUBLIC Ad 10-29-30

The Farm Beginnings Collaborative will host an evening Shindig on Friday, February 22nd. Farm Beginnings® is a Land Stewardship Project (LSP) initiative that provides participants a wide range of opportunities to learn firsthand about low-cost, sustainable methods of farming. Launched in 1997, Farm Beginnings is a farmer-led, community based training and support program aimed at getting more farmers on the land farming sustainably.

Anyone who is interested in how Farm Beginnings can help them start their farm business is welcome to attend and network with Farm Beginnings graduates, instructors and service providers.
Taking place during the MOSES Conference.

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apprentice at dog song farm

Sarah and Evan at Dog Song Farm in Amery, Wisconsin seek an apprentice/intern for the 2013
We request a minimum commitment of April 1st through October 1st.  In 2013 we will raise meat (beef, lamb, chicken and possibly goose), eggs, honey, and vegetables for a 30 member CSA and local farmers’ market. We are also planting strawberries, asparagus and garlic this year as well as prepping for a future 4 acre apple and pear orchard. Our 40 acre farm will be transitioning to Biodynamic. A neighboring farm, where we’ll be growing much of the veg for CSA, is certified organic. We also preserve our own food, including but certainly not limited to making cheese, butter, yogurt, ice cream, and canning, freezing, dehydrating, etc.
Interns will assist with/learn about the following:
- All aspects of CSA fruit/veg production: Planning successive sowings, spring greenhouse/seed starts, transplanting, cultivating, irrigation, harvest, post-harvest handling, packing.  Continue reading

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intern at equinox community farm

Equinox Community Farm is currently accepting internship applications for the 2013 growing season. Equinox Community Farm is a small market farm and CSA located in Waunakee, WI just a twenty minute drive from downtown Madison.


We raise a wide variety of vegetables as well as a number of herbs, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries. We will have approximately ten acres under cultivation during the 2013 growing season including land devoted to cover crops.

Our farm is Certified Naturally Grown and we are currently in organic transition. We keep about 30 laying hens, raise heritage breed pastured pork, have several meat goats, and make maple syrup. Our primary market for our produce is our CSA which will have approximately 125 shares this season; we also sell at a market in Madison.  Interns will be involved with all aspects of production including greenhouse work, planting, transplanting, cultivation & weeding, harvesting, washing & packing, and working at the Farmer’s Market. Continue reading

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any greenhorns want to represent us in madison?

if so, please email

Sacred Agriculture
2012 Biodynamic Association Conference
November 14-18, Madison, WI

Join us on November 14-18, 2012, at the beautiful Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison, WI, for an extraordinary event — the 2012 North American Biodynamic Conference. This biennial conference will bring together hundreds of farmers, gardeners, educators, activists, and interested newcomers for five days of inspiring keynotes, informative workshops, networking, exhibits, film screenings, art, and organic and biodynamic foods.

This year’s theme, Sacred Agriculture: Creating a New Relationship with the Earth, will focus on how we can build a sacred relationship to the earth through farming, gardening, and transformational work in our communities.

Featuring keynote speakers Dennis Klocek and Charles Eisenstein, a panel of leading biodynamic farmers, 40+ workshops, and much, much more. Click here for conference details….

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midwest happenings

via the Inn Serendipity newsletter – a good one!

Sat. July 14 & Sat. Oct. 6
Thanks to strong response to the first one last year, we’ll be hosting two Speed Skilling sessions this year in partnership with Transition Green County daylong events from 10-4 pm during which area community friends share skills ranging from electric cars to goats to food preservation.  Think “speed dating” for homesteading enthusiasts.  More info here.  Event is free and open to the public but please e-mail Lisa to pre-register (
Inn Serendipity & Farmstead Chef Updates
The extreme early summer heat fast-tracked our harvest by several weeks; we’re pulling in the garlic and potatoes already.  Do a rain dance for Wisconsin farmers – the gardens are overdue for a long drink.  We’re looking forward to some of our fresh summer favorites from Farmstead Chef, such as Fresh Tomato Breakfast Pie and the Fried Green Tomato and Basil Sandwich.
We’re posting weekly to our Farmstead Chef blog with on topics ranging from favorite recipes and food entrepreneurs we encounter in our travels (check out the lasagna recipe from the MREA Energy Fair) to new twists on salad greens (Farmstead Greens with Honey-Jalapeno Dressing), as well as writing for publications like Natural Awakenings on starting a hobby farm. Continue reading

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work for the rabblers

Who protect the organic industry from besmirchment and collusive bad boy behaviors by watchdogging mercilessly.
Good for the small start-ups among us, really.  Though sometimes hard to like it.

Connect Your Career and Your Heart — Organic Farming Champions Wanted (locations: virtually-officed/national and Wisconsin)

The Cornucopia Institute is a farm policy research group focused on research and education. We are one of the most preeminent and aggressive organic and sustainable food and farming watchdogs. Continue reading

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bike rides for farmers!

9th Annual Ride to Farm
Saturday, June 2, 2012                               

Ride to Farm is a bicycle ride to raise awareness and funds for the Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers (WSBDF). Retiring farmers are leaving farming at a much faster rate than new farmers are starting. The school meets the critical need to train, mentor and support Wisconsin’s next generation of dairy and livestock farmers. The program emphasizes low-capital, environmentally friendly, grass-based dairy farming. About 400 students have attended the school and more than 75 percent of its graduates are farming.

The School is sponsored by the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems and the Farm and Industry Short Course, both within the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UW-Madison. Continue reading

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sisa conference, wisconson

SISA Conference 2012

The second annual Student Initiatives in Sustainable Agriculture Conference will take place on March 31st and April 1st of 2012 at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.

The conference will include:
*A keynote address by agricultural economist John Ikerd
*Presentations by students, farmers, and entrepreneurs
*Screenings of documentaries “American Meat” and “Queen of the Sun”
*Breakout workshops and discussion sessions
*Panel discussion with local farmers
*Local Beer and Gourmet Soda tasting
*Live music and dancing

Register here.

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students taking initiative

“The Greenhorns” will be showing at this student-organized conference in Wisconsin. We like what Sophie is doing as a student farmer-organizer in the midwest. Her campus garden wasn’t big enough, so they made a deal to grow more on local farmland. That’s thinking laterally and enterprising beyond the campus container. College student farmers: you are already in the game. Go for it!

They’ve got a  facebook page too.

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report from MOSES Organic Farming Conference in Wisconsin

Severine reports in from Wisconsin.heifers in Monroe, Wisconsin

I’m at the MOSES Organic Farming conference in downtown Lacrosse, Wisconsin. A wonderful small town in the “riftless” region on the state border with Minnesota and the beginning of the Mississippi river. This region is characterized by glorious limestone bedrock that has eroded into river valleys and lovely forested hills with dairy farms, orchards and family scale agriculture in the many valleys. Unlike much of the flatter midwest- this region was never scraped by the glaciers of the last ice age, and the nooks and crannies of the landscape remain and enforce a particular scale of farming.

No coincidence that this is the headquarters for ORGANIC VALLEY- a cooperative of family farms that produces milk, meat, cream, cheese, eggs and many other products which it distributes to shops across the country.


Organic Valley is doing an amazing job– not only in growing their business, but also in promoting the idea of family farming, the faces of its farmers, and the regionalization of its milk-pools. There are good folks out here in the midwest- dozens of local food co-ops, local fair trade initiatives, hazelnut-based permaculture projects, Land Stewardship project+ The Land Connection (leaders in Beginning farmer projects in Illinois) and cooperation with State and Federal agencies who are investing in sustainable agriculture.

The keynote came from Andrew Kimbrell- a real hero of the Organic movement, director of the Center for Food Safety. Center for Food SafetyThey have been leading the grassroots opposition to Genetic Engineering in the country. Most recently they were a part of the success story: Banning Round up Ready Alfalfa. He talked about how hard it is to inform such large-scale technological actions with any sense of humanism. He talked about the brutal ruthlessness of the World Bank and IMF as they impose the “cold evils’ of structural adjustment: economic totalitarianism, hunger, poverty, systemic evil. These systems destroy the livelihoods of so many around the world. He reminded us about the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Rockerfeller Foundation’s work spreading genetic enginnering across Africa. These programs are following the prophesy of progress, profit, and the Jetsons. Spam and Tang for everyone. This contentious program bodes poorly for the future sustainability of rural Africa. Instead of a sensible program of rural development with low-energy use equipment, women’s empowerment, and micro irrigation technologies–they are promising Biofuels will pay off Africa’s great debt. By strip-mining the soil, evicting subsistence agriculturalists, and turning itself over to the rapacious biotech industry? Sounds like a horrible idea.

In Wisconsin, young farmers everywhere! Scrappy ones, Amish ones, real strong tall beautiful ones with little tiny babies in slings. Everyone is smiling and well fed– they are total dairy heads. Some such farmers saw my note on the message board and offered me a place to stay on a nearby Organic Apple orchard. I got to see the cider press. They are planning a bike trip to look at organic farms this spring. From North Carolina to Maine– we’ll be linking to their blog.

Meanwhile at the Successful Beginning Farmer session the coalition of Beginning Farmer Training Organizations gave The Greenhorns project a call out– and told everyone about our stickers, our project, and the conversations that we are having about the story of America’s young farming community. It’s wonderful to be thus embraced by the institutional leaders of the young farming sector.


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