the irresistible fleet of bicycles

Leave a comment

fermenting, one mile at a time

Fermentation on Wheels

Fermentation on Wheels

Tara Whitsitt, converted a 1986 International Harvester school bus into a fermentation lab and workshop space during the summer of 2013, departing from Eugene, Oregon October 2013.

Since its departure in October 2013, Fermentation on Wheels has traveled over 12,000 miles, holding free educational workshops and culture exchanges in schools, community centers, and at festivals. The project has also collaborated with other innovative organizations and businesses such as FoodCorps, Fermenters Club, and Edible Communities, as well as dozens of farms and homesteads. Workshops target communities of all ages and socioeconomic levels, teaching attendees how to create nutritious, pro-biotic foods through the simple art of fermentation.

Fermentation on Wheels gives people the tools to consume foods more thoughtfully and also provides communities with resources on how to get involved in the food movement. By traveling the country, visiting farmers and connecting them with consumers, Fermentation on Wheels hopes to make a powerful statement and emphasize the importance of strong, sustainable food practices and values. Read the full story and find where Fermentation on Wheels will stop next, HERE.

Leave a comment

opportunities new york conference, nov. 4, albany, ny


American Farmland Trust is excited to announce that the next Harvesting Opportunities in New York Conference will be held November 4th in Albany! This conference is for people who care about New York agriculture and want to work together to grow local food economies, protect farmland from development, promote environmental stewardship on farms and support the next generation of farmers. Conference participants will include: farmers, public officials from all levels of government, land trusts, local food and public health leaders, institutional food-service managers, agricultural organizations, environmentalists, conservation professionals and concerned citizens.

The conference will offer nearly 20 workshops with more than 50 speakers. Conference tracks include:

  • Save Farms in Your Community
  • · Buy Local
  • · Keep Farmers on the Land
  • · Agricultural Stewardship in a Changing Climate
  • · Local Agriculture and Land Use Leadership Institute

Conference Details:

  • WHAT: American Farmland Trust’s Harvesting Opportunities in New York Conference
  • · WHERE: Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York
  • · WHEN: November 4, 8:30 to 5:00

To learn more about the conference and to register Visit the Harvesting Opportunities Webpage! Students, beginning farmers and others are eligible for need-based scholarships. For information on press passes e mail Laura Ten Eyck, AFT’s Senior Manager of New York Programs and Outreach at or call (518) 581-0078 ext. 300.

Leave a comment

alaska public radio on farmers and fisherpeople

Featuring Greenhorn’s Director Severine VT Fleming on her Alaska tour!

The maritime workforce is Alaska’s largest private sector employer. From harvesters to processors, ship builders, maintenance and fisheries researchers and industry suppliers, a report compiled by the state, university and industry groups says the workforce represents 70,000 jobs. The aging of many in the maritime trade is of concern for the future of the industry. What’s the plan for attracting more young Alaskans to this area of the economy as well as drawing the next generation of farmers to the agriculture industry? Click HERE to listen!

Leave a comment

young farmers fermenting the deep south: donate to the first fermentory in alabama!

Harvest Roots Farm & Ferment focuses on small batch wild ferments and specializes in not only sourcing from local farmers but foraging and gleaning fruits and herbs primarily for our seasonal kombucha. They are currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter to raise $14,000 to more than double their production and infrastructure in their fermentory and orchard in Mentone, AL. We also are proud collaborators of The Fruit Explorers – young fruit hunters seeking, preserving and using heirloom and wild fruits in our fermentation practices.

“Working on fermentation, foraging and eccentric fruit production in the Deep South is exciting, because the amount of work being done on any one of those practices is limited. So I think we spend equal time educating and selling. We also spend a lot of time innovating and revisioning fermentation, capitalism, and fruit production in the Deep South – which is generally an exhausting, financially stressful but rewarding and sometimes radical process. But we think of this re-visioning from both a social and ecological perspective – from accessibility to terroir.”

Help make fermented foods a known entity in Alabama by helping these farmers scale up! Donate HERE.

Check out their instagram @harvestrootsfarm or on Facebook

Leave a comment

the unexpected effect of pigs

From, a blog run by Greenhorns’ Eliza Greenman

A couple weeks ago, I made the decision to move the pigs out of the orchard and into a new series of paddocks behind the one-day-soon Greenhorns headquarters. This decision came because the timing of harvest was getting difficult with pig rotation, so I figured it would be best to remove them from the orchard for a few weeks. Luckily, the Greenhorns HQ is only a pasture and a backyard away from the orchard so the move was about an eighth of a mile away.

Armed in running clothes with a quart Ball jar full of grain (for noise making), I had Shizue (the newest hire of Greenhorns!) lift up the gate of their old pen and I started to jog across the pasture. As expected, the pigs followed me and eventually fell into a hilarious single file line with Mortimer, the 8 month-old boar, leading the group. If ever I have felt like the pied piper, that was the day.

Before reaching the new paddocks, we ran through Doug and Yvonne Sears’ backyard, where they were standing on the back porch whooping with laughter and clapping as we passed. I guess its not everyday you see a line of little pigs run through your backyard….

Click to read more!

Leave a comment

feds say it’s time to get serious about food waste…

“[We’re] basically challenging the country to reduce food waste by 50 percent by the year 2030,” Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilasack recently told NPR.

Currently, Vilsack says an estimated 133 billion pounds of food is wasted each year. And if that’s hard to fathom, picture this: “It’s enough to fill the Sears Tower [technically now called the Willis Tower] 44 times,” Vilsack says.

As for who’s responsible? Well, pretty much everyone who eats.

We consumers let a lot of food wilt or go sour in our refrigerators. And we may toss out items when they pass their sell-by dates — even though the food is still safe to consume.

On farms, there’s a lot of waste generated — as we documented in this story about lettuce grown in California — when food not quite up to cosmetic standards isn’t harvested. Often times, food also ends up in landfills because it won’t stay fresh long enough to be shipped across the country. Click HERE to read more!

Leave a comment

new millennium jelly rollers, september 7, montague, ny


From Nate and the Foxtown Crew:

This here is a once and final invitation to the New Millennium Jelly Rollers’ Labor Day Spectacular 2015 at the barn at Windy Hollow next Monday, September 7th. That’s Max Godfrey and Elias Alexander, to be clear. This duo brings pungent good-n-greasy southern traditional songs and raucous, foot-stompin’ dance tunes. And it’s all held together by rousing call-and-response worksongs and a unifying dramatic plot structure that challenges all notions of music, theatre and performance!
When: Go at 8 p.m. for music and stay for bonfire to follow. 

Where: 66 Sunderland Rd. (rt 47) in Montague
Suggested Donation: $10

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 688 other followers