the irresistible fleet of bicycles

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last minute tickets!

Gundalow Invite (1)
Sail on the PISCATAQUA
August 4 // Portsmouth, NH
Sail on the PISCATAQUA – a reproduction of the historic cargo barges that carried freight on coastal rivers in New Hampshire and Maine. Event includes regional foods dinner and lecture on historical river trade by Jeffrey Bolster, author of the Mortal Sea. Space is limited and proceeds benefit Maine Sail Freight.

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VSDBF farm to table dinner


The Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind (VSDB) Foundation and Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) have partnered together on an event to raise awareness related to the educational benefits of urban gardening and its impact to our schools and local community. The first annual “Farm to Table” dinner will be held on Saturday, August 22nd at the AMI Urban Farm at VSDB.

For additional information, please contact: Ellen Butchart

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moral boost

It can seem insane to the farmer to be a farmer in July– when the flies are buzzing around your head like loud drunken satellites and you’re sweating like a mushroom on the grill, sharpening a stirrup hoe with one hand, reordering that devilish self-regenerating to-do list with the next, and then, with the third– Oh. Yeah. I’m always forgetting. We don’t have a third hand…

But I digress. All of this is just to say that when the going gets hot, I like to turn to Wendell Berry for a little bit of comfort about my life decisions. And this morsel never fails.

To be sane in a mad time

is bad for the brain, worse

for the heart.

– from the “The Mad Farmer Manifesto: The First Amendment” in The Country of Marriage (1973)

And onward hoe!

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farm aid turns 30 and throws a rocking party, sept. 19, chicago

Farm Aid 30  will be at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island on Saturday, September 19! Tickets on sale August 3 with (limited) discounted tickets available to farmers. There are plenty of ways for farmers, advocacy groups, and social media faries to get involved. More details: here!

If you aren’t familiar with Farm Aid yet, it’s a long-standing advocate of American farmers. Started with a benefit concert to help save family farms organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, and Neil Young in 1985, for the last 30 years the organization has been instrumental (har-har) in bringing attention to the marked decline of family farms, raising support for organic farming, and fighting for the survival of small and mid-range farmers.


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