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spring beef week programs – march 24-27

From March 24-27, the Cornell Cooperative Extension will hold 2015 Spring Beef Week programs in Canton, Malone, Watertown and Westport, New York to help farmers better understand what beef buyers want and how to produce a consistent supply of cattle that meet their demand. Cattle prices are high, leading some farmers to wonder if beef could become part of their farm’s offerings. At the same time, existing beef producers want to know if there are things they can do to better capture and sustain a viable market into the future.

Two cows grazing hillside beneath tree

Courtesy of the Farm Security Administration photo archive, Library of Congress

The 2015 Spring Beef Week programs will be held at the following times and locations:

Tuesday, March 24 at 6:30pm
Westport, NY: CCE of Essex County office, 3 Sisco Street
Register with Anita Deming at 518-962-4810 or ald6@cornell.edu

Wednesday, March 25 at 6:30pm
Malone, NY: USDA Building, 151 Finney Boulevard
Register with Diane Dumont at 518-483-7403 or drd9@cornell.edu

Thursday, March 26 at 6:30pm
Canton, NY: CCE St. Lawrence Extension Learning Farm, 2043 State Hwy 68
Register with Betsy Hodge at 315-379-9192 or bmf9@cornell.edu

Friday, March 27 at 6:30pm
Watertown, NY: CCE Jefferson County, 203 N. Hamilton Street
Register with Ron Kuck at 315-788-8450 or rak76@cornell.edu

If you have questions or would like more information about any of the above events, please visit the Spring Beef Week site or contact Betsy Hodge, CCE St. Lawrence County at 315-379-9192 or bmf9@cornell.edu.


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grange revival week

News from the Ojai Valley Grange! Grange Revival Week is March 14-22nd.ojai

Our Grange is hosting a week of homesteading, farming and gardening workshops, lectures and gatherings, culminating in a celebration at the Grange Hall on March 21st.  All proceeds from this week will go to the restoration of our historic Grange Hall- an amazing, underutilized community agricultural resource right here in Miramonte.

There’s something for everyone, from canning to installing grey water systems to beekeeping and compost tea brewing. And a contra dance too!

Please forward this to anyone you think might be interested ASAP- this is such an important space to preserve for our community! Register quickly, as the classes should fill up fast!

Registration and the schedule are at www.grangefuture.org/ojai


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kentucky demonstration this friday: first hemp processing in over 60 years!

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St. Catharine, KYThe Berry Farming and Ecological Agrarianism Program at St. Catharine College will host a hemp decortication (processing into fiber material) demonstration on Friday, Feb. 20, at 1 p.m. EST. The event is public and open to those interested in learning about last year’s Homegrown By Heroes crop and textile research project conducted through the partnership of Patagonia, Fibershed, Bastcore, Freedom Seed and Feed, and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA). Event details on the Kentucky Hemp Industries Association website.

Mike Lewis, Vice President of Freedom Seed and Feed, a Berry Farming Program student, and Kentucky hemp farmer who tended the Homegrown By Heroes crop, will conduct the demonstration and discuss his experience working with industrial hemp.

The Berry Farming Program at St. Catharine’s is dedicated to teaching students the historic, and all too often forgotten, agrarian principles of Wendell Berry in hopes of empowering its students to ‘resettle’ America in a sustainable way that provides empowerment and security to the land and its inhabitants,” said Lewis, a founding member of the KDA’s Homegrown By Heroes program.


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ecology action: 2 week farmer course in affordable webinar form!

In January 2014, dozens of people converged at Ecology Action in Willits, California for a special 2-week Farmers Course. 12 different experts with over 250 years of combined experience presented in a variety of topics essential for sustainable farming. Dozens of presentations were captured so this knowledge could be available as educational videos. These videos are offered as part of Ecology Action’s mission to train people worldwide to better feed themselves while conserving resources.

To check out these videos, click HERE!


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spiral: a summer permaculture intensive for young women!

Spiral is a month-long residential intensive Permaculture Design Course offered at Dig In Farm (a ten-acre perennial farmstead in western Massachusetts) for women aged 15 to 18. Aimed to empower young women through regenerative agriculture, this program will be a combination of PDC coursework, hands-on farming, community living and social justice.

Permaculture is a design process that helps people design systems (be they agricultural, social, financial, or other) that nourish the earth, care for people, and bring a more just world into being. Students will graduate from the program with internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificates. Know of a young woman who might be interested? If so- check out SpiralspiralBecause of the sliding-scale nature of this course in order to give equal opportunity, this amazing program is seeking donations. Please contact grace@diginfarm.com if you would like to help support this cause.


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mendocino farm hack, dec 6-7.

When: 12/6/2014

Where: Grange Ag School. 16200 Willits Road. Willits, CA 95490

Mendocino County will host its first FarmHack at the Little Lake Grange and Ridgewood Ranch in Willits, CA this December 6-7. This weekend long event will bring together business owners, engineers and mechanics, farmers and home-scale producers to learn about the possibilities of ethanol production and use. A series of workshops, panel discussions, and demonstrations will provide a comprehensive knowledge of this renewable, sustainable fuel source with an emphasis on how we as a community can collaborate and reduce our waste stream and our petroleum addiction.

For more information, contact:

Mendocino Alcohol Fuel Group

(707) 960-0717

mafginfo@gmail.com, mendocinodeb@gmail.com

 


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techno-utopia reading list!

Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures:
Cold Evil: Technology and Modern Ethics by Andrew Kimbrell
Buddhist Technology: Bringing a New Consciousness to Our Technological Future by Arthur Zajonc
The Community’s Role in Appropriate Technology by George McRobie
Books:
New Dimensions of Appropriate Technology: Selected Proceedings of the 1979 Symposium by Alfred L. Edwards
Appropriate Technology and Social Values: A Critical Appraisal by the American Academy Of Arts and Sciences, edited by Franklin A. Long and Alexandra Oleson
Soft Energy Paths: Towards a Durable Peace by Amory Lovins
Fatal Harvest: The Tragedy Of Industrial Agriculture by Andrew Kimbrell
Sowing Resistance: The Third World Speaks Out on Genetic Engineering by Anuradha Mittal and Ellen Hickey
The Future in the Balance: Essays on Globalization and Resistance by Anuradha Mittal and Walden Bello
The Culture of Technology by Arnold Pacey
Making Peace With the Planet by Barry Commoner
The End of Nature by Bill McKibben
The Age of Missing Information by Bill McKibben
Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet by Bill McKibben
Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future by Bill McKibben
Supply Shock: Economic Growth at the Crossroads and the Steady State Solution by Brian Czech and Herman Daly
The Resurgence Of The Real: Body, Nature, And Place In A Hypermodern World by Charlene Spretnak
When Technology Wounds: The Human Consequences of Progress by Chellis Glendinning
Let Them Eat Data: How Computers Affect Education, Cultural Diversity, and the Prospects of Ecological Sustainability  by Chet A. Bowers
Cognitive Surplus: How Technology Makes Consumers into Collaborators by Clay Shirky
Requiem for a Species: Why We Resist the Truth about Climate Change by Clive Hamilton
Growth Fetish by Clive Hamilton
The God That Limps: Science and Technology in the Eighties by Colin Norman
The Circle by Dave Eggers
The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us To Choose Between Privacy And Freedom? By David Brin
The Arrogance of Humanism by David Ehrenfeld
Swimming Lessons: Keeping Afloat in the Age of Technology by David Ehrenfeld
Beginning Again: People and Nature in the New Millennium by David Ehrenfeld
The Uncertain Promise: Value Conflicts in Technology Transfer by Denis Goulet
Rays of Hope: The Transition to a Post-Petroleum World by Denis Hayes
Energy: Crisis or Opportunity?: An Introduction to Energy Studies by Diana Schumacher
Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age by Douglas Rushkoff
Schumacher on Energy by E. F. Schumacher
Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered by E. F. Schumacher
Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences by Edward Tenner
Gaia in Turmoil: Climate Change, Biodepletion, and Earth Ethics in an Age of Crisis by Eileen Crist and H. Rinker
Life on the Brink: Environmentalists Confront Overpopulation by Eileen Crist and Philip Cafaro
The Revolution of Hope: Toward a Humanized Technology by Erich Fromm
Ecotopia Emerging by Ernest Callenbach
To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism by Evgeny Morozov
Nuclear Roulette: The Truth about the Most Dangerous Energy Source on Earth by Gar Smith
Small Is Possible by George McRobie
Technophobia: Getting Out of the Technology Trap by Harold Hellman
Nuclear Power Is Not the Answer by Helen Caldicott
Ancient Futures: Lessons from Ladakh for a Globalizing World by Helena Norberg-Hodge
The Future of Progess: Reflections on Environment and Development by Helena Norberg-Hodge and Edward Goldsmith
From the Ground Up: Rethinking Industrial Agriculture by Helena Norberg-Hodge and John Page
The Technological Society by Jacques Ellul
Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology, and the Fate of the Nation by James Howard Kunstler
World Made by Hand: The World Made by Hand Novels, Book 1 by James Howard Kunstler and Jim Meskimen
The End of the Future: The Waning of the High-Tech World by Jean Gimpel
The Coming Energy Revolution: The Search for Free Energy by Jeane Manning
The Capitalism Papers: Fatal Flaws of an Obsolete System by Jerry Mander
In the Absence of the Sacred by Jerry Mander
Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television by Jerry Mander
Machina Ex Dea: Feminist Perspectives on Technology by Joan Rothschild
Green Wizardry: Conservation, Solar Power, Organic Gardening, and Other Hands-On Skills From the Appropriate Tech Toolkit by John Michael Greer
Not the Future We Ordered: Peak Oil, Psychology, and the Myth of Progress by John Michael Greer
Questioning Technology: Tool, Toy or Tyrant? by John Zerzan and Alice Carnes
The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
An Electronic Silent Spring: Facing the Dangers and Creating Safe Limits by Katie Singer
Appropriate Technology Sourcebook: A Guide to Practical Books for Village and Small Community Technology by Ken Darrow and Mike Saxenian
Human Scale by Kirkpatrick Sale
Stepping Stones: Appropriate Technology and Beyond by Lane De Moll and Gigi Coe
Autonomous Technology: Technics-Out-Of-Control as a Theme in Political Thought by Langdon Winner
The Whale and the Reactor: A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology by Langdon Winner
Proving Up: Domesticating Land in U.S. History by Lisi Krall
Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy #1) by Margaret Atwood
The AT Reader: Theory and Practice in Appropriate Technology by Marilyn Carr
Tinker, Tiller, Technical Change by Matthew Gamser
Techno-Fix: Why Technology Won’t Save Us Or the Environment by Michael Huesemann and Joyce Huesemann
Architect or Bee?: The Human/Technology Relationship by Mike Cooley
Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology by Neil Postman
The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr
Appropriate Technology: Problems and Promises by Nicolas Jéquier
Technology, Transfer and Human Values: Concepts, Applications, Cases by Peter B. Heller
Appropriate Technology: Technology with a Human Face by Peter D. Dunn
Radical Technology by Peter Harper
Earthwalk by Philip Slater
Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth by R. Buckminster Fuller
Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State by Ralph Nader
Unsafe at Any Speed by Ralph Nader
Appropriate Technology: Precepts And Practices by Ram Dass and Richard Alpert
Appropriate Visions: Technology, the Environment, and the Individual by Richard C. Dorf
The Party’s Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies by Richard Heinberg
Peak Everything: Waking Up to the Century of Declines by Richard Heinberg
Powerdown: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World by Richard Heinberg
Turning Away from Technology: A New Vision for the 21st Century by Stephanie Mills
On Gandhi’s Path: Bob Swann’s Work for Peace and Community Economics by Stephanie Mills
In Praise of Nature by Stephanie Mills
Epicurean Simplicity by Stephanie Mills
Energy: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth by Tom Butler
Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution, and Profit by Vandana Shiva
Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply by Vandana Shiva
Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis by Vandana Shiva
Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge by Vandana Shiva
Village Technology Handbook by the Volunteers In Technical Assistance (VITA), edited by Leonard Doak
New Roots for Agriculture by Wes Jackson
Becoming Native to This Place by Wes Jackson
Altars Of Unhewn Stone: Science And The Earth by Wes Jackson
Appropriate Technology in Industrialized Countries by Willem Riedijk
Recovering the Sacred: The Power of Naming and Claiming by Winona LaDuke
All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life by Winona LaDuke
Taming the Tiger: The Struggle to Control Technology by Witold Rybczynski
Paper Heroes: A Review Of Appropriate Technology by Witold Rybczynski
Film/TV:
Surviving Progress (2011) written/directed by Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks
“The rise of personal robots.” 2010 by Cynthia Breazeal at TEDWomen.
“The new bionics that let us run, climb and dance.” (2014) by Hugh Herr at TED2014
Next Generation TV: Standing Up for Our Future (www.nextgeneration.tv)
Magazine:
Geez founded by Aiden Enns and Will Braun
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