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beginning woman farmer mentorship opportunity in iowa

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The Women, Food and Agriculture Network is accepting applications for their Harvesting Our Potential program, an 8-10 week internship for women who are interested in farming/raising food or food products. The purpose of the program is to empower women who want to farm by providing them on-farm experience and a network of other women in food and agriculture. There is no cost to the intern, and they receive a small stipend of $500 if they complete the program and their evaluation forms (which are quite simple).  They work with a female farmer who has been farming for at least 5 years. The intern would fill out an application, which allows them to share the type of farming they are interested in, then they will be matched with the best mentor for their interests.  We have mentors across Iowa.

There are opportunities for the women to live on-farm or, if their mentor is close by, they can drive to the farm on their scheduled workdays.  They set up goals with their mentor, and then track those goals over the course of the time they are involved.

To apply to be a mentee, click HERE!
Find more on the Harvesting Our Potential program and WFAN by clicking HERE.
Thanks to Anna Johnson for sharing this info with us!


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sweet summer gig/farming opportunity at intentional quaker community in east chatham, ny

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You could drive the scenic Taconic State Parkway to get there!

“Two families in our community are looking to jointly hire a person to work 30-40 hours a week during the summer, starting as early as June 1. Duties include childcare for two small children, driving and errands for an elderly couple, and light household chores. 
 
Payment includes free room and some board in the household with children, plus cash payment of $1000/month to $1500/month, depending on hours worked for the household with the elderly couple.
 
We are part of a small intentional community called the Quaker Intentional Village-Canaan, dedicated to seeking a more spiritually focused lifestyle and living more simply and sustainably. Our ideal candidate would be interested in intentional community and/or the Quaker way of life. You would be invited to use our land for gardening or other land-based projects, and you would also be welcome to join community events including our weekly Friday night potluck dinners.”
 
Interested?  
Contact Hana Askren or Spee Braun at info@qivc.org – landline (518) 392-0289


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usda makes another website

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USDA has a new website and you can see it here.  Its purpose is to support new farmers and is pretty awesome.

We are thankful for the websites, USDA!

What we’d like is a national land bank that holds land in transition and allows young farmers to buy their way into ownership over the course of 30 years without having to face the rapid fire/ long waiting lists/ prejudiced bankers.

We can dream.

 

 

 


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uncle sam wants you to live and farm on a national park

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For readers who are staring out the window of a chilly office on a sunny day, dreaming about a life digging into the land, with miles of hiking trails and quiet, pastoral valleys right outside of your front door…the National Park Service may have a job for you.

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amtrak residency

an idea for the off-season, for our farmer/writers.

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Amtrak is excited to announce the official launch of the #AmtrakResidency program.

#AmtrakResidency was designed to allow creative professionals who are passionate about train travel and writing to work on their craft in an inspiring environment. Round-trip train travel will be provided on an Amtrak long-distance route. Each resident will be given a private sleeper car, equipped with a desk, a bed and a window to watch the American countryside roll by for inspiration. Routes will be determined based on availability.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed by a panel. Up to 24 writers will be selected for the program starting March 17, 2014 through March 31, 2015.  A passion for writing and an aspiration to travel with Amtrak for inspiration are the sole criteria for selection. Both emerging and established writers will be considered.

Residencies will be anywhere from 2-5 days, with exceptions for special projects.

There is no cost to apply for the #AmtrakResidency program. For more information, please read our Official Terms.

 

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