the irresistible fleet of bicycles

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beet clock- an app that tracks how much you invest in a crop

BeetClock allows farmers to easily keep track of the labor and equipment hours that go into every crop.  The app was developed by a diversified organic vegetable farmer in order to quickly record the resources invested in each crop from seeding to sale. This is essential in order to see which crops are profitable. Do you want to figure out if you are really making money on snap peas after all that time spent harvesting? BeetClock can help! Users enjoy these features and more:

–        Keep track of the labor hours invested in each crop from seeding to sale

–        Record tractors and implements used in each job

–        Keep track of any number of ongoing jobs at one time

–        Record jobs after the fact

–        Customize crops, jobs and equipment

–        Summarize records by crop, job and equipment used

–        Send reports to your email inbox as a spreadsheet file

–        Integrate data with the NOFA Enterprise Analysis Workbook developed by Richard Wiswall

To learn more, click HERE!

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monarch habitat eqip deadline friday!

There is a deadline this Friday for getting signed up for a special Monarch Habitat EQIP contract that’s very different from the normal.  You don’t have to be a producer, it’s not a rental payment but an incentive for seeding so it’s a one-time payment.  So, anyone with an odd half acre minimum (like where farmstead building have come down but it’s not in row crop) can qualify for this assistance on paying for seed.  The land doesn’t have to have a cropping history.  You just have to get signed up by Friday to get into the pool.
    There is especially interest in signing up areas along the band of counties, two on either side of I-35 through MN, IA, MO, that is dubbed the “I-35 corridor” (which doesn’t mean attracting butterflies to get smashed on the window, it’s just a landmark) where they’re trying to boost the amount of food plants for larvae to assist the monarch migration north to Canada and the generations back south to Mexico.
    Get to your local NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service) office to find out more details.

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how to conserve biodiversity on the farm

Agriculture comprises almost 60% of the continental U.S., and 40% of the Earth’s landscape. As our population grows and our planet heats up, it is imperative that we take
advantage of biodiversity and the benefits it provides. When doing so, the farm will be
more resilient to changes in climate that will cause increasing drought and flooding, declining ecological balance of natural predators, and more pests and sterile land-scapes. And just as important, the farm is addressing the worldwide biodiversity crisis.
Extensive Agricultural Benefits
More complex farmscapes have the greatest potential of supporting plants and animals
and the benefits they provide. Increased soil microbial diversity improves carbon stor
-age and nitrogen fixation, water retention, and decreases plant pathogens. Extensive
plant cover ensures water quality and soil conservation. The more complex the flower
-ing, and especially native habitat with structural and compositional diversity, the more
support for beneficial organisms and the quicker they colonize the farm. All help to increase yields and buffer against climate change.

To read more and download the wild farm alliance’s biodiversity contiuum,

click: WFA_Biodiversity_Continuum_Final

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hawaii to ny in a double hulled sailing canoe

Hōkūleʻa, our Star of Gladness, began as a dream of reviving the legacy of exploration, courage, and ingenuity that brought the first Polynesians to the archipelago of Hawaiʻi. The canoes that brought the first Hawaiians to their island home had disappeared from earth. Cultural extinction felt dangerously close to many Hawaiians when artist Herb Kane dreamed of rebuilding a double-hulled sailing canoe similar to the ones that his ancestors sailed. Though more than 600 years had passed since the last of these canoes had been seen, this dream brought together people of diverse backgrounds and professions. Since she was first built and launched in the 1970s, Hōkūle’a continues to bring people together from all walks of life. She is more than a voyaging canoe—she represents the common desire shared by the people of Hawaii, the Pacific, and the World to protect our most cherished values and places from disappearing.

To learn more, click HERE!

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ny: hester street fair


This Spring, we have taken the extra time to solidify exciting collaborative relationships, ensure a full calendar of events, revamp our website (freshest version coming soon), and focus on press outreach, marketing, etc. We look forward to a strong opening day, May 14th! The season will run through October 29 with Saturday markets 11-6 and Sunday special events. Hope to see you there!

We are calling all good vibes and ideas! This season will be activated with skills workshops, collaborative activities, and of course diverse high quality vendors of goods spanning design, art, food, found, fashion & more.  

We are currently accepting and reviewing all 2016 applications. If you have already applied, thank you and you’ll hear from us very soon. If not, we’d love to hear from you.

Please review all of the online information and be sure to include your preferred vending dates along with your product descriptions as soon as possible. If accepted, you will be contacted with additional instructions on how to complete your reservations.

Please note: this season, Hester Street Fair will also be offering Full Season and Half Season packages.

Submit your application today.

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what does severine use to get stuff done?

Severine von Tscharner Fleming

Severine von Tscharner Fleming

Organiser, cultural worker (Greenhorns, Agrarian Trust, Farm Hack)

Who are you, and what do you do?

I’m Severine, an organizer and cultural worker in the young farmers movement. I run Greenhorns in the Champlain Valley of New York, I’m founder of Agrarian Trust, and co-founder and board secretary of Farm Hack. I’m also involved with quite a few other projects including mixing up wild-crafted seaweeds, fruits, and flower petals into herbal teas for a little farm business on the side.

You may have noticed the phenomena of the new agrarian movement — out on the weekends selling our food at farmers’ markets. Local agriculture is a compelling, diverse and healthy alternative to corporate mega-culture farming. My colleagues-in-arms have put their lives into direct action by founding thousands of new, small and medium-sized family-based businesses across the country. My main work is to initiate and coordinate creative networks that support my community’s needs. That means connecting people, helping with access and mobility to overcome inevitable obstacles, and transmitting farmers voices and viewpoints out into media-space.

This work crosses many sectors, formats and institutional forms. It includes web-based communities that create and share open-source tools, as in Farm Hack. It includes direct contact with archives, public and private libraries, older people, oral and folk narratives, junk shops and radical micro-histories like Grange Future. It involves small teams of humans making grass-roots media (radio, video, anthologies/publications) like the New Farmers Almanac, and Greenhorns Guide to Cooperative Farming. It includes social media, Instagram and making our own cooperative film festival for outreach on college campuses. It includes sailboats and cargo-value-chain logistics. It includes engaging programmers and researchers to do mapping, working with lawyers to craft new legal forms of commons-based governance. It is wide ranging and more expansive than I ever expected, and it takes me out on the rural roads, almost constantly tracking down the future budding up from the agrarian underground.

What hardware do you use?

I’m sorry to admit it, but I’m on my 9th Apple. It seems like I’ve stared at a computer pretty much every day since 6th grade – my brother says I’m addicted to it. I like the Brother printers and the Canon cameras. When I’m at home I use an old-fashioned roller-dial phone for my radio show, which gives the best sound quality, but often I’m on the road and my listeners cringe at the bovine background chatter from the busted up old iPhone. I like the old iPhone software, not the new stuff. Kids these days!

I’m a luddite who needs wifi. It’s a challenge working in rural and remote areas, hobo-ing and making films, while trying to manage workflows in 3 timezones on snatches of Internet. It does get done, but my calves are bloody from raging around in a techno-bramble patch for so many years and I’m not good at it. Suggestions are deeply welcome. It’s only sheer persistence and the massive social architecture, a baroque brocade of co-operators and allies that keep the machines running, and servers clear of space-trash. What I really want is to live in a world with less computers, and a more appropriate level of complexity. I’d like to live in a place where setting up a meeting happens in a common kitchen, informally at mealtimes, and is synched not by algorithms, but according to our daily routine of sunrise, tea-drinking, goat-milking, and a leisurely rye toast with butter. I’d like a recycled, refurbished, off-grid solar server (that is locally owned) run by a friend of mine who barters for goat milk, kombu + rosehip jam.

And what software?

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farm hack in ireland!

Notice, good ideas that are in English reverse engineer the English empire!

Made partly from repurposed bicycle parts, rollerblade wheels, and an old exercycle, the Rootwasher cleans twenty kilograms of roots in under five minutes and does not require any electricity to operate. A five-acre vegetable farm harvests up to 250 kilograms of root crops per week, including radishes, carrots, turnips, potatoes, parsnips, and celeriac. Washing the roots by hand can take about three hours per 250 kilograms, and is very unpleasant in cold weather. The bicycle-powered Rootwasher provides the farmer with gentle exercise and helps makes washing roots fun.

To read more, click HERE!




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