the irresistible fleet of bicycles


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moral boost

  
It can feel nuts to be a farmer in July, when the flies are buzzing round and the midday summer sun is beating down on you, hoe in one hand, to-do list in the second, and in your third hand– wait! I don’t have a third hand! 

But I digress. All o 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. This one is one of my favorites.

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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maps showing how maine’s coastline could change

New sea-level rise forecast is alarming: Here are 10 maps showing how Maine’s coastline could change

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This computer-generated image shows what Portland’s Back Cove would look like after a rise in sea level (Natural Resources Council of Maine).

According to a report this week in Slate, a team led by the former lead NASA scientist on climate change is now forecasting a much more rapid and dramatic rise in sea level than was previously expected.

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