We are beyond delighted to announce that Brian Donahue, author of Reclaiming the Commons, will be speaking on the Maine Sail Freight Panel in Cambridge on September 2!
Ever wished and wished and wished beyond all reasonable hope that you could buy an organic farm with good will, passion, and desire? Well, now maybe you can! The owners of Humble Heart Farms, a 20 acre goat dairy in Northern Alabama, want to give their farm (along with its 55 milking goats, 3-bedroom ranch house, $20,000 for start-up costs, and all the secrets of their trade) to the writer of the best 200-word essay.
And, no, this isn’t a dream.
The entry fee is $150 and the contest ends October 1, 2015, at 11:59:59PM Central Time.
Read the official entry rules and view pictures of the farm on the contest website.
Oh, why, do you ask? Because the Maine Sail Freight is docking there TOMORROW night (that’s Saturday August 29)! Be there to see it! Be there to unload Sunday morning at 8:00, and then spend the day exploring the harbor, listening to Songs of Land and Sea, and learning more about strengthening our local economies.
A Northern New York Agricultural Development Program project report encourages farmers to consider the benefits of tile drainage to both crop production and environmental stewardship. The research is especially timely as farms face changes to the environmental standards they are required to meet and at a time when federal and state funding is available for installing the tile drainage.
As many states refine their phosphorus management requirements for farm nutrient management plans, it is critical that the models they use are based on representative field conditions and sound data, says project leader Eric Young, research agronomist at W. H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute, Chazy, NY.
Young estimates the return on investment from installing tile drainage on farms with slow or very slow permeability is from seven to 12 percent over five to 10 years.
The goal of the most recent tile drainage research funded by the farmer-driven NNYADP was to compare phosphorus losses between tile drained and undrained test plots designed to simulate field-scale conditions typical of northern NY dairies.
Undrained conditions resulted in greater surface water runoff and phosphorus losses compared to tile drained lots, Young says.
Activists working on issues related to land and water and academics from the humanities and social sciences will gather to discuss tensions between environmental stress, ecological realities, and human institutions.
Find out more here: http://landandwaterconference.com/