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uncle sam wants you to live and farm on a national park


For readers who are staring out the window of a chilly office on a sunny day, dreaming about a life digging into the land, with miles of hiking trails and quiet, pastoral valleys right outside of your front door…the National Park Service may have a job for you.

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shone farm 2015 independent agriculture enterprise program


Shone Farm, Santa Rosa Junior College’s educational farm in Forestville, CA, is offering 6 intermediate growers an opportunity to farm on 3 acres of our land, producing for sale to our 100-member CSA, restaurant customers and Culinary Program at the college.

This is a revenue-sharing opportunity for those who are working towards establishing their own independent farming enterprise and want the experience of taking responsibility for a parcel of land.  You will have the chance to grow for established markets within a supportive environment with access to mentorship and shared resources like equipment, irrigation infrastructure, etc. You will also be able to establish new sales channels for your products, including farmers market.

Participation in the Enterprise Program requires:

  • Minimum of 2 FULL seasons of experience growing mixed vegetables in a commercial environment
  • Availability of 20 hours/week (average) to plant, maintain and harvest your parcel
  • Willingness to grow according to our 4-year crop rotation and pre-established 2015 crop plan
  • Registration in Santa Rosa Junior College’s Ag 98 (Independent Study) and Ag 56 (Ag Enterprise) courses

This program begins in May of 2015 and applications are being reviewed now.  To express an interest in the program and request more information, click here

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central maine organic farm available

A great opportunity for the right greenhorn!

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We are reaching out to the farming community to find a buyer for our farm.  We are currently operating an organic farmstead dairy and creamery.  We had big plans for this farm when we purchased it 4 years ago and have found that we do not have enough hours in the day to bring those plans to fruition.  Our children have moved away from home and we have decided to downsize our dairy and cheesemaking operation.

The 20+/- acre property has approximately ⅔ of open land. There is a farmland easement held by Maine Farmland Trust. In addition to the 1830’s New England farmhouse, the property has a new farm store, commercial kitchen & creamery with walk-in cooler, milk house, 6 cow step up parlor(can be easily converted to goats or sheep), two barns, two greenhouses and another shed for additional storage or animal housing. Continue reading

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write-a-house: a fantastic model to mimic out of detroit

Ever heard of an in-residence program where you actually get to keep the residence??! That would be the case in this innovative new model coming out of Detroit.

Write A House accepted applications from working, “low-income” writers earlier this spring, which included writing samples and a letter of intent. Whoever wins (to be announced this month) will call Detroit home for at least the next two years. Writers will lease the homes from the nonprofit, a small amount to cover taxes and insurance. If they stay for 24 months, they’ll be awarded the deed — and Detroit will count another resident to its comeback. To read more about this awesome endeavor, CLICK HERE—>

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farm transitions in the midwest


During the summer of 2013, Land Stewardship Project Farm Beginnings journalism intern Alex Baumhardt interviewed families in Minnesota and Wisconsin that were in various stages of farm transitions. The following five “Farm Transition Profiles” are the result of those interviews.

Ryan Batalden Profile: A Return to the Community

Lauren & Caleb Langworthy Profile: Teeming with Team Members

Jon Peterson Profile: Trust in the Land

Mary Ellen Frame, Erin Johnson & Ben Doherty Profile: Luck, Pluck & Relationships

Craig Murphy Profile: Leaving an Organic Legacy

The common thread connecting these profiles is that all parties involved—retiring farmers as well as new farmers—have given the transitioning process long, careful thought. Planning, flexibility and creativity are key elements of any transition plan. In the end, these profiles illustrate that no matter what the circumstances, successful transitions require help and support from a broad spectrum of community members. For more information on the farm transitions toolkit, visit HERE.

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california farmlink announces new online linking system


If you are a farmer with 2+ years of experience farming and a clear idea of what you’re looking for, California FarmLink now offers a new service which allows for landowners and land-seeking farmers to connect directly online (rather than through their regional coordinator).

Here’s how the new system will work:

  • Landseekers and landowners must register for an account with California FarmLink.
  • Registered users will be able to see detailed land listing information, including landowner contact information. Only logged-in and registered farmers will be able to see this information, and the property addresses will NOT be posted.
  • Become a member of California FarmLink. Landseeker Memberships are $15 and are valid for one year. If you have previously paid a membership fee within the last year, your membership will be activated automatically. You may also request a Fee Waiver Application by contacting the main office.
  • Have a business plan or a statement about your farm vision ready, then use the Dashboard to browse the Land Listings and contact landowner”?;.lkijouhyh7loi0t09r54rre3wq2

To see more of what California FarmLink has to offer, head over to their website!


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finger lakes landlink!


Finger Lakes LandLink

Farmers in the Finger Lakes region who need access to land, and landowners who wish to have their unused acreage farmed, now can be matched through Finger Lakes LandLink, a new project developed by Cornell Cooperative Extension South Central NY Agriculture Program and the Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming in Ithaca (NY).  Finger Lakes LandLink will be an online service where farmers and landowners can search either the available land or farmer database to find an appropriate match.  Cornell Cooperative Extension and Groundswell will provide resources and consulting to help facilitate the matching process.  The initial pilot for this project will include Tompkins, Tioga, Schuyler, Cortland, and Chemung counties.   Continue reading


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