the irresistible fleet of bicycles

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rocking co-op in montana

Putting food from local farm fields onto dinner tables in Polson, Montana, (pop. 5,000) is about healthy eating and a whole lot more.The Polson Food Hub, part of the Montana Co-op, is a place where people not only pick up locally produced food, they might also stop by to take boxing lessons, make salsa, learn how to mix and record music or try traditional tribal dance.

HECK YEA. Learn more about them here!

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great michigan resource for new farmers

MSUThe MSU Farmer Field School is comprised of intensive one and two day hands-on workshops. They are tailored to deliver in-depth, practical information building on the decade of farmer training on-going at the MSU Student Organic Farm and the wealth of knowledge in Michigan’s farming community.

Experienced farmers and premier agriculture educators from our region are teaming up to co-lead and deliver workshops in the Farmer Field School. Each workshop also includes group-based learning processes where diverse approaches to farming challenges can be shared and discussed by both participants and workshop presenters and demonstrated at host farm sites. For the current cycle, workshops will take place on select farms in southern Michigan with a goal of expanding the workshops to other regions of the state as the program develops.

With an emphasis on vegetable production, the Field School is designed to help improve the profitability of diversified, sustainable, Michigan farmers in their first 10 years of farming who serve local and regional markets. The Field School is part of a broader vision and collaboration among statewide organizations including the MSU Center forRegional Food Systems and Michigan Food and Farming Systems to help increase new farm success by working to make farming a more prosperous, secure, and sustainable career choice for the many beginning as well as future farmers here in Michigan– to keep farmers farming, farmland in production, and food local and regional.

For more information on workshop details and to register click HERE.

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fermenting, one mile at a time

Fermentation on Wheels

Fermentation on Wheels

Tara Whitsitt, converted a 1986 International Harvester school bus into a fermentation lab and workshop space during the summer of 2013, departing from Eugene, Oregon October 2013.

Since its departure in October 2013, Fermentation on Wheels has traveled over 12,000 miles, holding free educational workshops and culture exchanges in schools, community centers, and at festivals. The project has also collaborated with other innovative organizations and businesses such as FoodCorps, Fermenters Club, and Edible Communities, as well as dozens of farms and homesteads. Workshops target communities of all ages and socioeconomic levels, teaching attendees how to create nutritious, pro-biotic foods through the simple art of fermentation.

Fermentation on Wheels gives people the tools to consume foods more thoughtfully and also provides communities with resources on how to get involved in the food movement. By traveling the country, visiting farmers and connecting them with consumers, Fermentation on Wheels hopes to make a powerful statement and emphasize the importance of strong, sustainable food practices and values. Read the full story and find where Fermentation on Wheels will stop next, HERE.

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EPA (finally) updates (antediluvian) standards to protect farm workers from pesticides

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Seeing as the the USDA’s worker-training about pesticide safety still (very necessarily) includes the above image and instructions, we couldn’t welcome these development more.

The new revisions to EPA standards “give farmworkers health protections under the law similar to those already afforded to workers in other industries.” You can read the full list of revisions on the EPA fact sheet, some highlights include:

  • children under 18 are no longer allowed to handle pesticides
  • mandatory yearly training for farm workers about pesticides (as opposed to every five years)
  • equirement to provide more than one way for farmworkers and their representatives to gain access to pesticide application information and safety data sheets – centrally-posted, or by requesting records
  • mandatory record-keeping of pesticide application

Great! But if news of the revisions leaves you feeling… I don’t know… a little angry about what they imply about conditions for workers on industrial farms, The United Farmworkers have a number of ongoing actions and campaigns to improve health, life, immigration, and economic conditions for workers on American farms.

Their reaction to the updated standards? “Is it ever too late to do the right thing? It’s been a long time coming, but it has come today.”

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bring your body! show up for fisher people, the ocean commons, and the health of the gulf of Maine, sept. 30, plymouth, ma

Family fishermen and supporters are inviting ally networks to join them and call on Congress, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, and the New England Fisheries Council to stop the corporate takeover and privatization of the ocean and fisheries, to protect the democratic process and to restore the health of the marine ecosystem. 
Bring your body and spirit and turn out for an action starting at 12 p.m. Wednesday September 30 at the Radisson Hotel in Plymouth, MA. The New England Fisheries Management Council will be holding a meeting at this time, and FLC, NAMA, fishermen, supporters, and allies (you! me!) will make it clear to them that we support local fisherman and are determined to protect our oceans. 
Your support in the past — through written testimony or signing petitions — has brought unprecedented diversity of public input to the policies being considered by the New England Fishery Management Council. You have also helped create safe space for fishermen who have felt alone and often harassed for speaking out to actually stand up and be heard.
Whether you eat local seafood, support family food producers/local living economies/healthy oceans/our public commons/the public process, or simply want to keep those in power accountable, this is a fight that affects us all.

To RSVP for this action, email And, for more information or with questions, contact Shira ( or Brett (


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