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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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nesawg 2015 conference

logoNESAWG 2015 Conference: Putting MOVE in the Movement

Civil rights, labor, women’s rights—the movements that transformed our world can give us insight on ways to accelerate food systems change.  What can we learn from leaders past and present?  How can we better organize our work, our networks, our message, our media? At this year’s NESAWG conference (Nov 13-14), learn and strategize with hundreds of attendees—from farmers to researchers to policymakers—as we work to build a movement and realize the change we want to see.

Shirley Sherrod, a longtime civil rights activist and advocate for family farms and food justice, will deliver the keynote speech, addressing the conference theme: Putting Move in the Movement. Check out the conference website for more info, and hope to see you there!


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north carolina cooperators gathering may 22-23

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The Northern Carolina Cooperators are gathering THIS WEEKEND as part of the Southern Grassroots Economies Project for socializing, networking, and workshopping.

Their website described the event: “The North Carolina Cooperators Gathering is an opportunity for social justice activists and those interested in growing cooperative businesses and economies in North Carolina to gather, learn more about cooperatives and network with like-minded people across the state.”

The conference is an extremely affordable $25 and open to all. Here’s a little peak at the agenda:

Friday, May 22nd
6:30pm Dinner (for those who are interested)
7:30pm Social Activity
8:00pm – 10:00pm Bonfire

Saturday, May 23rd
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am Opening/Welcome/Introductions (3-minute synopsis of projects)
10:00am Cooperatives and Social Justice Discussion
11:30am Early Lunch
12:30pm Afternoon Workshops
3:30pm Closing
4:00pm Adjourn

Email Tyler at tyler@commonenterprise.coop for more information!

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