the irresistible fleet of bicycles


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larry itliong and the filipino farm labor movement

The significant role of Filipino labor leaders, including Larry Itliong, Pete Velasco and others, has been all but erased from history, including in the recent Hollywood film ” Cesar Chavez”. Yet Filipino workers were in fact critically involved in the early development of the formation of the United Farm Workers (UFW).

This public forum sets the record straight. It took place on July 13, 2014 at the Manilatown Center, the historic site of the International Hotel, in San Francisco, California, as part of the annual Labor Fest (www.laborfest.net).


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taste hunters television

Another food travel show?! Yes. But this time, it’s different. Really. Taste Hunters: Les Explorateurs du Gout is a new travel show from France, whose chef travelers seek “food rebels and good food” and farmers who produce “closer to nature.” Perhaps some members of the Greenhorns readership will find their way on to this program!

Man with hat and rubber apron at dairy in cheese making activity with quotation text that reads "The quality of our product is our best way to survive."

Taste Hunters promotional photo. Photo subject is a cheese maker at Mull Farm in the U.K., which you can learn more about here: https://www.facebook.com/isleofmullcheese

Even if you can’t watch Food Hunters as broadcast television, you can view some of their videos and follow them online via:

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/tastehunters

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tastehunters.org

Tumblr: http://tastehunters.tumblr.com

Bon courage, Greenhorns. The Food Hunters appreciate your efforts.

 

 


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new york organic dairy discussion series

A series of free discussion meetings for dairy farmers — lunch included! — will take place from 11 AM to 2 PM between March 19 and April 1 at the New York farm sites listed below. These meetings are great for beginners and an excellent place for farmers who are considering organic production to ask questions.

Photos of dairy cows grazing green pasture with barn in background

Photo by Kate Whittemore for the Cornell Small Farms program blog.

Titled “Lunch with Jerry,” these discussions will honor the late Jerry Brunetti. Fay Benson, organic dairy extension educator at the Cornell Cooperative Extension, will show video trainings produced by Jerry Brunetti for the NY Organic Dairy Initiative.

To register for a lunch discussion at any of the sites below, please contact Ellen Fagan at etf22@cornell.edu or 607-753-5078, or visit http://scnydfc.cce.cornell.edu. Lunch will be provided.

March 19, 2015:
Alfred State College Farm
1315 New York 244, Alfred, NY 14803
Host: Virginia Chamberlain, Alfred State Farm Manager

March 20th, 2015:
Dave Hardy Farm Shop
718 Aney Hill Rd, Mohawk, NY 13407
Host: Dave Hardy

March 26, 2015:
Hooper Farm
7197 River Road, Memphis, NY 13112
Hosts: Mike and Karen Hooper

March 31, 2015:
Hammond Village Hall
24 S. Main St. Hammond, NY 13646
Host: Farmer Liz Bawden

April 1, 2015:
Malone Courthouse
355 West Main Street #456 Malone, NY 12953
Hosts: Farmers Fred and Gwen Tuttle


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women on the land: creating conscious community

Women On The Land highlights the work of women of this Northern California coastal community over the past forty years. The film opens with archival footage of women who founded “Country Women” in the 1970’s, the extremely successful feminist publication and how-to magazine for women’s self-sufficiency. Featuring the work women in this community have done to care for the environment of our coastal land and sea over the years, the film then follows the lives of women farming now and explains why the sustainable, organic, local food movement is essential in our current world of dwindling natural resources and economic decline.


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this new farmer/story teller has oprah on his side

John Chester has become a recurring storyteller for Oprah Winfrey’s Emmy award winning series Super Soul Sunday on OWN. He started with stories detailing the extraordinary experiences on Apricot Lane Farms, a biodynamic farming project in Southern California. His “mini features” have now expanded to include a variety of uniquely inspiring people from all around the country.  Chester has a way of zeroing in on the heartening nuances of the human condition.


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study shows air and rain samples in the mississippi delta region contained >75% glyphosate in 2007

Screen Shot 2015-01-02 at 8.58.14 AMThe US Geological Survey concluded a study in which samples of a variety of chemicals were traced in the air and rain around the Mississippi Delta agricultural region. Glyphosate and its degradation product, aminomethyl-phosphonic acid (AMPA), were detected in ≥75% of air and rain samples in 2007.

Read the abstract of this study HERE and for your viewing pleasure, watch this Jeckyll meets Hyde (it’s mostly scary information, but in a heroic food production light) video by the USGS below!

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