the irresistible fleet of bicycles

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work song concert & workshop at mettabee farm

Calling all farm crews and musical historians!


Mettabee Farm & Arts in Hillsdale, NY is hosting a two day worksong concert and workshop with Edith & Bennett!  To see the event description in full click here!


Saturday October 17th, 7:00 pm-10:00 pm  $10-$20 suggested donation

Bring a tent and gather ’round the campfire to sing songs and make friends.


Sunday October 18th, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, FREE to all farmers

“People throughout time and across cultures have used song to bring joy, efficiency and connection to their work alone and with others. The hope of this workshop is to re-awaken this inherent joyous and wise practice and what a better place to do so then in relationship growing, harvesting and processing wholesome food! Farm crews are especially encouraged to come to the workshop together and bring songs and inspiration back into their own fields. Individuals and families are also encouraged to come and help rekindle and experience the joy of work when done in “harmony!” 

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learn to farm in alaska


Calypso Farm and Ecology Center, located in Fairbanks, Alaska, is now accepting applications for their 2016 farmer training program! Calypso’s Training Program is an intensive experiential education program focused on providing the skills, inspiration and experience necessary for participants to embark on starting their own small farm with confidence. A small group (5-6 people) of aspiring farmers participate in the program each year — allowing for a high level of personalized attention.

This training program immerses you in farming and self-sufficiency, therefore the majority of the training is experiential and field and farm based, however the program also includes, topical workshops, a creative farm business planning project, discussion groups, visits to other farms and involvement in farm-based youth education. For more information about the program click HERE.

To be considered early —apply by October 15th. To be part of our second round of applicants – apply by December 1st.

Dates: May 2nd – October 5th, 2016

Tuition: $3,500 for the season

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this month in food justice: peanut butter CEO sentenced to 29 years in prison


Before it was over, the Salmonella outbreak of 2008-2009 infected hundreds of people, killed nine, and was traced to peanut butter from the Peanut Butter Corporation of America. Seven years later, the CEO of the company, Stewart Parnell, has been sentenced to 29 years in prison for his role in the outbreak. Parnell, his brother, and another executive of PCA knew about Salmonela contamination in their peanut butter and still continued to ship it to consumers. In an email to a plant manager awaiting Salmonella tests, Parnell wrote, “Just ship it anyway.”

The CEO was found guilty of a whopping total of 72 counts of conspiracy, fraud, and other federal charges and his sentence is the most severe punishment ever given to anyone in a food illness outbreak in this country. Personally, we have to ask, nine people died and he only got 29 years?! That’s only nine more years than this guy got.

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for the mommies, grandmommies, someday mommies, and everyone who cares about mommies and babies

Lest we forget why we care so much about this whole sustainable ag movement… Tyronne Hayes and Penelope Jagessar Chagger on “The Toxic Baby,” or how the chemicals in our world– especially in our food– affect our unborn children.



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