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next weekend in providence, ri: land and water conference

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Activists working on issues related to land and water and academics from the humanities and social sciences will gather to discuss tensions between environmental stress, ecological realities, and human institutions.

Find out more here: http://landandwaterconference.com/


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soil not oil conference, richmond, ca, sept. 4-5

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Soil Not Oil International Conference
Friday-Saturday, Sept. 4-5, 20159:00 am – 5:00 pm
Memorial Civic Center Complex, 403 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA 94804
Note: Dr. Vandana Shiva keynote speech is on Friday, Sept. 4, 7:00 pm

The September Soil Not Oil conference will bring together farmers, climate scientists, land-use experts, and many others to discuss and promote Carbon Farming. What exactly is carbon farming, you ask? Continue reading


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usda to offer apple and grape grafting demos at empire farm days

graftingScientists from the Agricultural Research Service Plant Genetic Resources Unit, Geneva, NY, will demonstrate grafting techniques used with apple trees and grapevines daily at 11 am at the August 1113, 2015 Empire Farm Days at Rodman Lott and Son Farms, 2973 State Route 414, in Seneca Falls, NY.

The ARS scientists will show how rootstocks affect fruit quality, change the shape and productivity of the tree scion, or top, and how scion traits can be modified by different rootstocks.

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improving crop management with aerial imagery set for 2015 empire farm days

Aerial Imagery Seminars Set for 2015 Empire Farm Days

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The view from an airplane or drone gives farmers a unique perspective of their land and crops. Daily seminars at 1pm at the new Soil Health Seminar Center at the August 11-13, 2015 Empire Farm Days at Rodman Lott and Son Farms in Seneca Falls, NY, will present information on how farmers can use the aerial imagery technology to improve their crop management. Speakers include representatives of Empire Ag Imagery and Cazenovia Equipment Company. The new Soil Health Seminar Center is located at Lot 922 on the 300-acre Empire Farm Days showgrounds. The event is the largest outdoor agricultural trade show in the northeastern U.S. with more than 600 representatives of diverse agricultural interests; Dairy Profit, Equine Center, soil and crops seminars; working farm equipment and displays; test driving opportunities; live animal demonstrations; and rural living displays. Parking is $10 per vehicle. Learn more at www.empirefarmdays.com.

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RSVP now: northeast gathering on domestic fair trade, august 14 in amherst, ma

ATTN:: Open Meeting: Northeast Gathering on Domestic Fair Trade
Friday August 14, 2015 9:00 am-12:30pm
Campus Center 903 UMASS, Amherst

This Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Summer Conference Free Meeting, sponsored by The Domestic Fair Trade Committee of NOFA’s Interstate Council’s (IC) Policy Committee, invites activists from the Northeast Region who are engaged in projects and organizing efforts that come under the broad heading of Domestic Fair Trade to come together to share their work and ideas and to discuss possible collaboration for the immediate future.

Who should come? Farm workers, farmers, food system workers, processors, manufacturers, worker organizers, farmer organizers, cooperative organizers, visionaries, and allies.

Consider attending if your work (paid or volunteer) involves fairer wages, safer work, Continue reading


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conference: artisans of the grasslands, oct 2-4

Join the Savory Institute’s annual international conference “Artisans of the Grasslands – Crafting the Future for Food & Agriculture,” on Oct 2-4 in San Francisco this year.  Click here.

Convene with global thought leaders sharing an intimate knowledge of ancestral foods and healing techniques, pastoralists using livestock used to mimic wild herds and heal the land, and climate change champions from around the world.

This unprecedented event will be a venue for producers and consumers to come together and celebrate the throngs of people embracing the holistic paradigm shift in ecology, health, and diet. Join cowboys, gauchos, educated consumers, investors and activists who are actively engaged in this movement. These artisans, who have built their livelihood on fostering an intimate relationship with the land, will commune with passionate families striving to feed their children clean, healthy food that helps rejuvenate the environment on which we all depend.

Registration includes the following amazing speakers, lunch and dinner banquet on Saturday and lunch on Sunday. Also included a complimentary Friday Night Reception with small plate dinner.  All meals will be made from organic, gluten-free ingredients and sourced from local holistically managed farms and ranches where available.

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