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can organic feed the world? a webinar

Can Organic Feed the World?
A webinar hosted by Friends of the Earth
Tuesday, June 21st
1:00 – 2:00 PST

Two commonly held beliefs about world hunger are that we will need to vastly increase food production to feed a growing population and that organic agriculture is not up to the task.

Join us to hear from top scientists and thought leaders on the science of sustainable food production and a comprehensive approach to creating a healthy, resilient food system to feed all people, now and into the future.

Be among the first to learn about a new report, Farming for the Future: Organic and Agroecological Solutions to Feed the World, by Friends of the Earth. 

Speakers
Frances Moore Lappe, Cofounder & Director, Small Planet Institute, Author, World Hunger: 10 Myths
John Reganold, PhD, Professor of Soil Science and Agroecology, Washington State University
Lauren Ponisio, PhD, UC Berkeley, Environmental Science, Policy & Management
Marcia Ishii-Eitman, PhD, Senior Scientist, Pesticide Action Network
Kendra Klein, PhD, Staff Scientist, Friends of the Earth

When Tuesday, June 21, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (PDT) – Add to Calendar Where webinar – log-in information will be emailed to participants

To REGISTER for this WEBINAR, CLICK HERE!


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free webinar on collaborative trade and fair markets

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Yellow Seed, a nonprofit organization that facilitates connections between farmers and fair markets, recently partnered with Impact Hub Berkley, a social impact working hub out of the Bay Area, to host six curated working groups to focus on Collaborative Trade. The project was called From the Ground Up: Change Accelerator and aimed to “design healthy, global food supply chains where farmers are treated as equal partners and like-minded organizations work together to accelerate the shift towards sustainability.”

Small farmers, social justice groups, and some big names of the chocolate industry participated. (See the Yellow Seed blog for more detailed information!) To bring the sessions to a close, the groups are inviting anyone interested to take place in a webinar that will present the key findings of the working groups. The “welcome all curious minds, open hearts and everyone interested in learning about how we can revolutionize our global food supply chains together.”

Anyone interested has the choice of joining either of the two webinars:

Session A: Fri, Apr. 8, 2016 12:00PM – 1:30PM PDT

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/521009293
You can also dial in using your phone: United States +1 (312) 757-3121
Access Code: 521-009-293

Session B: Mon, Apr. 11, 2016 6:30pm – 8:00pm PDT
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/413804301
You can also dial in using your phone: United States +1 (224) 501-3212
Access Code: 413-804-301


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farm classes online this winter

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Winter is a great time for farmers to rest, slow down the pace, and build new skills for the coming growing season. The Cornell Small Farms Program is pleased to announce the winter roster of online courses available through its Northeast Beginning Farmer Project. These courses help farmers learn from the latest research-based education.

Since 2006, the program has offered high quality, collaborative learning environments online and each year educates hundreds of beginning and established farmers through these courses.

http://www.nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/

Are there courses for me? From aspiring to experienced farmers, there is a course for nearly everyone. There’s a handy chart on our course homepage to direct you to the right courses for your experience level.

What are the courses like? All of our courses consist of weekly real-time webinars followed by homework, readings, and discussions on your own time in an online setting. If you aren’t able to attend the live webinars, they are always recorded for later viewing.

Qualify for a 0% interest loan! Participants who complete all requirements of one or more online courses are eligible to be endorsed for a 0% interest loan of up to $10,000 through Kiva Zip.

Each course is $200, but up to 4 people from the same farm may participate without paying extra. See the course description page for more on the course learning objectives, instructors, and outline

http://www.nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/


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upcoming webinar: enhancing native pollinator populations on farms

April 17, Noon – 1 pm EDT

We need these farming partners to pollinate our fruit and vegetable crops, yet our native pollinators and honey bees are struggling from multiple threats of pesticide exposure, habitat loss, parasites and diseases.  John Hayden from The Farm Between in Jeffersonville, VT will present on who the native pollinators are, why they are in trouble, and how we can bring back populations with ecologically sound farming practices, pollinator friendly plantings, and by providing nesting and overwintering habitat. 

To participate, please go to http://go.uvm.edu/aemon at about 11:45 a.m EDT on April 17, 2014 and click on the webinar title.  For more information, contact newfarmer@uvm.edu or call 802-223-2389×203. If you have not participated in a webinar before, we recommend you download the necessary software for free the day before the webinar is scheduled athttp://tiny.cc/UVMWebinarCheck.

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great context-setting events

 

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Our policy workshop webinar series investigates four broad themes in food and agriculture policy. Part I explores linkages between theory and practice in food justice; Part II, a legal framework for the new food movement; Part III part examines GMOs and intellectual property; and Part IV, the farm bill and the future of farming.

To join the webinar mailing list for updates and registration information, please contact Susanne Stahl at susanne.stahl@yale.edu. More information is available at http://envirocenter.yale.edu.

The Farm Bill and the Future of Farming
Kari Hamerschlag, Senior Analyst, Environmental Working Group Wednesday, March 26, 2014 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Martha Noble, Vice-Chair, Agricultural Management Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources Thursday, April 3, 2014 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM EDT

Ariane Lotti, Assistant Policy Director, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Wednesday, April 16, 2014 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM EDT

Sarah Carlson, Midwest Cover Crop Research Coordinator, Practical Farmers of Iowa Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM EDT


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featured resource: farm commons webinars

Farm Commons delivers fast-paced webinars that help farmers move forward on the legal issues that affect their farm operation. Our webinars are engaging and practical- this isn’t just theoretical learning! Topics include: Overview of Farm Legal Issues, Community Supported Agriculture Legal Issues, Hosting On-Farm Events, Workers and Employees, Starting a business, and much more.

Check it Out. Here’s one on legal issues around starting a farm: