the irresistible fleet of bicycles


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maine: course in the principles and practices of organic farming

A two-part course offered by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), Organic Farming: Principles and Practice is designed to provide farmers with a strong background in soils, weeds and pest management, enabling them to make good management decisions. It is geared toward those who want to gain a greater understanding of the biology and ecology behind better soil, pest and disease management, weed management and hence better crops and healthier livestock.

The course will take place in Augusta, Maine on March 18th and 25th between 10 am and 3:30 pm.

Learn more about the course and register for it HERE.


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‘nature abhors a monoculture': food forward series from pbs

This video is a trailer for PBS’s series Food Forward, which aired last year. The series endeavors to raise awareness about the dysfunction of the American food industry and show how people are working to change the ways we produce and consume food. This clip is about meat, but the series also looks at urban farming, seed rights, water, and many other issues facing us today.

You can watch a slightly longer clip about a biodynamic ranch in Georgia.

You can learn more about the program and watch all of the episodes HERE.


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northern new york agricultural development program posts economic impact report

NNYADP

The farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program has posted the economic impact report for its 2014 projects.  The program serves Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties with farmer-selected agricultural research and technical assistance projects.

Twenty-nine NNYADP–funded projects in 2014 included research focused on dairy and field crops production, crop and livestock pest and disease management, agricultural environmental management, beef production and marketing, and fruit and vegetable production.

Read the full Press Release here.


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farmlink mixer march 7th in dover-foxcroft, maine

Are you thinking about whether there are farmers out there that could use some of your available farmland? Or are you curious about what it might be like to farm in Piscataquis County (where the farmland is spectacular and the people are nice)? Then our Maine FarmLink Speed-Linking event is for you! Shake off that cabin fever and come on down for some good, old-fashioned farmer meetin’ and greetin’!

When:    Saturday, March 7th at 3:30p.m. (Snow Date: March 14th at 3:30pm)

Registration will start at 3:15 p.m.

Where:   Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church, 824 West Main St., Dover-Foxcroft, ME

What:     A chance for farmland seekers and owners to interact in a fun, facilitated way

Why:      Because we want help to connect YOU!

Get more info and register HERE!


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300 seed libraries regulated out of existence?

People have been saving and sharing seeds for over 10,000 years. Seed libraries have sprung up around the country to support this practice, which not only brings communities together but also helps protect the diversity of our seeds and strengthens our food system. Now they’re in danger of being shut down.

Pennsylvania, Maryland, Minnesota and Nebraska seed libraries have received letters from their state departments of agriculture saying they are out of compliance with state seed laws that were written to regulate seed companies. We need your help to convince state departments of agriculture across the country to remove the legal barriers to seed sharing through seed libraries. Please add your name to the list and share widely!

SEEDS OF TIME (my new documentary which follows agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler on his race to protect and preserve seed diversity around the world) is partnering with the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) and Seed Matters on this important campaign to protect our right to save and share local seeds. They have already gathered over 7K signatures; we hope to help them reach far beyond their goal of 10K signatures.

Go HERE to learn more about the film and sign the petition!

You can also reach out to Sandy McLoed if you would like to screen SEEDS OF TIME in your community or institution!


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women dairy farmers: three short films

The National Young Farmers Coalition featured three women who had started dairy farms in 2013. Later, they were shipped goodie bags of film equipment. These videos are the result of that.

Chaseholm Farm

Read Sarah’s blog posts HERE

Golden Yoke Farm

Read Laura’s blog posts HERE

Clover Mead Farm (a neighbor of the Greenhorns!!)

Read Ashlee’s blog posts HERE

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