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farmland leasing workshop in virginia’s piedmont region

12106983_10153332847354833_3456374348579502226_nCalling all farmers and landowners! Are you a farmer looking for land to lease? What about a landowner who wants to lease your land? If this sounds like you, join Piedmont Environmental Council for one of two free workshops to learn more about leasing land, hear stories about current lease arrangements, and network with other land owners and land seekers.

Speakers include state and national land leasing experts. Keynote address with Kathy Ruhf, Senior Program Director at Land For Good a nationally recognized leader in farm entry, succession and tenure.

The workshops will take place from 1pm to 6:30 pm on November, 4 in Charlottesville, VA, and on November, 5 in Middleburg, VA.  For more information on the workshop and to view the workshop agenda click HERE.

If you are unable to attend the workshop but are interested in leasing land, you can download a copy of the Farmland Leasing For Private Landowners: A Short Guide.

The workshop is free but requires registration by October 30, 2015.


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2-day biochar workshop this weekend in massachusetts!

October 17 & 18, 2015
9:00am to 4:00pm
Location: Kittredge Farm, 24 Hillsville Road, North Brookfield, MA 01535
Cost: $150.00 for both days, with Financial Assistance available, and for more information on this, please contact Gary Neves, Course Administrator (

Biochar is yet another tool in the toolbox of regenerative agriculture! In the last two decades, Biochar has and is receiving more attention of its benefits to agriculture and of its other uses. This Biochar 2-day Workshop with Gary Gilmore will have both a lecture component and a hands-on component, where attendees will learn how to make an efficient and easy to build Biochar burner, produce biochar during the 2-day Workshop, and learn of a variety of uses of biochar, from producing fuel, to run engines and heat greenhouses, to producing wood vinegar, and more! Whether you are a novice or have some experience, this Biochar 2-day Workshop is for every one! Learning to make biochar on site, for your farms, fields, and gardens, is a wonderfully inexpensive soil amendment, with much potential benefit to receive!

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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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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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wool symposium, nov. 7, point reyes station, california

Wool Symposium

The fourth annual Fibershed Wool & Fine Fiber Symposium
November 7th, 2015 • Dance Palace, Point Reyes Station
10:00 am to 6:00 pm

In addition to hands-on activities and demonstrations, there will be informative presentations on collaborations between fiber farmers and designers, as well as on carbon farming, soil carbon sampling and drought tolerant breeds. The fee to attend the Symposium is $40, or $20 for seniors and full-time students.

The Fibershed Marketplace (open to the public at no charge from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm) will offer an array of beautiful local fibers and handmade goods, on sale in the Dance Palace church building, as well as on the lawn (weather permitting).

To purchase tickets and view the schedule click HERE.

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soil and water conservation policy conference november 19 and 20 at drake university

The Drake University Agricultural Law Center, in cooperation with the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, will host a two-day, state-wide conference on soil and water conservation policy. The conference will bring together individuals and organizations working to protect Iowa’s soil and water resources to consider the role of policy and law in shaping our stewardship efforts.
More than 30 speakers are scheduled for the event. The conference will also include a dinner and awards ceremony honoring individuals for their leadership as Stewards of Iowa’s Land. To view the program and register click HERE.
Registration fees:
Early bird (through Oct. 19) – $125
Regular (after Oct. 19) – $150

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ny: ginseng planting workshop

Date: Saturday, September 19, 2015
Time: 12 noon to 4 PM
Location: Philmont Public Library Cultural Center (rear entrance off the parking lot)
101 Main Street (State Route 217)
Philmont NY 12565 (Columbia Cty.)

You may be able to wild-cultivate American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) on your property, given shade and specific conditions. Learn how to assess your property’s potential for this crop, and how to set up test plots to find the best place to grow the plant.

Two hours of classroom instruction in the Philmont Public Library’s Cultural Center will be followed by a field trip to Retrograss Farm (six miles away) where our instructor will demonstrate the planting of test plots. Our instructor, Bob Beyfuss, worked for Cornell Cooperative Extension for many years and serves as New York state’s resident ginseng expert. He will have stratified seed available at $20 per ounce. (An ounce is about 500 seeds, enough to plant 10 test plots.)
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