the irresistible fleet of bicycles


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seeds go sailing, wonderful european sail freight in motion

screen-shot-2016-11-25-at-2-01-05-pmSeed Journey — a project from the artist group Future Farmers— is a seafaring voyage connected to a public art project. “Seed Journey moves people, ideas and seeds through time and space. This voyage—its crew and cargo—are agents that link the commons as they relate to local networks and a more global complex of seed savers and stewards of the land, air and water. A rotating crew of artists, anthropologists, biologists, bakers, activists, sailors and farmers join the journey and share their findings at host institutions along the route from small harbors to large ports from barns to museums (contemporary art, natrual history and maritime) to social centers.”


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what thanksgiving looks like at standing rock

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Photo cred to Deborah Kates of the NYT

Ever late to the party, The New York Times is finally giving Standing Rock some much-deserved coverage. This gorgeous and inspiring video (and its accompanying article) gives sober context to Thanksgiving celebrations all over this country last week.

Caitlyn Huss, 25, a manager of a vegan hostel in Los Angeles, was closing up late one night last month when the tent flap opened and someone dropped off a deer that had just been killed by a car.

“We knew we had to find an elder from the sacred fire to come and bless it, then find someone who could skin it for us,” she recalled. “It was crazy.”

Not incidentally, Severine and Krista spent the afternoon making saurkraut to send to Standing Rock. And foraged apples from a 150 year old tree..
The events that are transpiring in North Dakota, though horrific, are providing a context for new agrarians, Native Americans, veterans, peace activists, climate activists and people from all across the country to unify in a land occupation that is about protecting the commons. We are moved and we are hopeful.
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LAND ART IN MONGOLIA

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LAM 360° (Land Art Mongolia | acronym LAM) is a biennial art festival located in Mongolia. LAM focuses on Land Art as a form of spatial visualization of the relations between nature, culture and social policies. It strongly promotes freedom of expression in joining people and institutions from all sectors of Mongolian society by meshing their respective backgrounds and perspectives through collaboration and networking actions of regional and global scope.

This past festival took place in Southeast Gobi and was called Catching the Axis –in between the sky and the earth. Check out the website to be inspired about ways to make informative and moving LAND ART.


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funding great nonfiction

It’s no secret that we’re suckers for a beautiful crowd-funding campaign… In this funding crusade, North Carolina author Trace Ramsey, has five more days to fund his upcoming collection of nonfiction All I Want to Do is Live.

Ramsey writes, “This collection is a point of divergence, my entry into literary nonfiction in book form, a point of resolution to continue my journey from self-distribution of chapbooks to getting essays published and receiving national recognition. This new book is what I have worked toward over the last decade.”


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can a farmland investment company help you get access to farmland?

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A new Report by the folks of Land for Good and the University of Vermont delves deep into the complicated terrain of Farmland Investment Models, aiming to provide farmers the nitty-gritty needed to evaluate whether or not a model like this could work for them.

While Farmland Investment models are diverse, the basic idea is as follows:
1. Farmer needs land but doesn’t have the money to buy it.
2. Farmer partners with Farmland Investment Company.
3. Farmland Investment Company buys the land and a) rents-to-own to the farmer, b) owns the land until easement funds become available and the farmer can use those to purchase the property, c) rents the land to Farmer as an incubator site.

Looking to explore this model more? The report is well-researched and farmer-oriented! Read the whole document here!


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2017 Oregon farming internship

Rogue Farm Corps is the only organization in Oregon that offers structured, entry-level and advanced farmer education and training programs rooted in real-world farm businesses. We work with more than 20 host farms located in the Rogue Valley, the Portland Metro Area, the South Willamette Valley, and Central Oregon and offer experiences with vegetable production, animal husbandry, dairy, and more. For complete program descriptions, information on our host farms, and applications: http://roguefarmcorps.org
 
FarmsNext is a full season entry-level residential internship program that combines hands-on training and skills-based education in sustainable agriculture.
As a student intern, you will live and learn on a host farm, receiving up to 1,500 hours of on-farm training and learning in-depth skills from your mentor. Your residential farm training experience is combined with farm tours, classes, and discussion circles throughout the region, as well as opportunities for independent study. Interns are exposed to a vast array of knowledge and expertise by engaging in the daily life of vibrant, agricultural communities.
The FarmsNOW apprenticeship program is for those with farming experience, who are seeking mastery in the art and business of sustainable agriculture. Hands-on training, classes, seminars, and guidance on farm business development will help you gain the skills to plan, design, and run integrated farming systems on your own.
This full-immersion program is designed those who have completed the FarmsNext internship program, or have two years of on-farm experience. You will live and learn on a host farm, receive up to two seasons of on-farm training, and learn in-depth skills from their mentor farmer.
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Savanna Institute – Program Manager Position Available

The Savanna Institute is taking applications for the Program Manager position. They’re growing, and need a hard-working and multi-talented team member to help develop and manage our research and education programming.

 

Know of someone who may be interested? Please share the posting — savannainstitute.org/jobs — and encourage motivated individuals to consider joining their dynamic organization.