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boston food forest coalition are looking for a new project coordinator!

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The Boston Food Forest Coalition (BFFC), a grassroots non-profit land trust, is a growing “community of practice” linking gardeners across greater Boston to permaculture projects. Neighbors come together, creating food forest gardens in their neighborhoods, and these open spaces engage and strengthen communities, producing food, hosting cultural events, and sharing experiences and skills with all ages. BFFC has a growing membership of 1,500 people in the greater Boston area. Since we launched, BFFC has offered over 150 free hands-on workshops (with topics from compost tea, permaculture design, medicinal herbs, mushroom logs, soil regeneration, biochar, mounded agriculture, companion plants and guilds, winter pruning, making elderberry syrup, nature art, and more) taught by herbalists, permaculture gardeners, designers, professional farmers and others in our community. The Boston Food Forest Coalition is currently composed of eight sites across the city, in Mattapan, Jamaica Plain, West End, Dorchester, East Boston, and Roxbury. The goal of the land trust is to support hundreds of forest gardens, stewarded by neighbors and community organizations. Imagine each with its own harvest festival and cultural events, sharing abundance, mitigating urban heat island effects, capturing rain-water, sequestering carbon, reducing stress, and regenerating life in the city. Healing ourselves, our communities, and the land.

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The Food Project is supporting and inspiring young people to make a change in their communities.

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Join The Food Project from August 3 to 5, 2017 to learn, grow, and connect with your peers from across the country and the world.

The three day summer institute is packed with activities, workshops and engaging and passionate conversation that will teach you about their youth development and sustainable agriculture models, food justice initiatives and the creation of food secure communities.

Cost: $430.
For more information on The Food Project’s Institutes, please email institute@thefoodproject.org or call 781-259-8621 x29 to speak with Cindy Davenport, Director of Programming and Institutional Learning.
Or register on their website: http://thefoodproject.org/institute


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ice detained migrant farmer activists: thousands responded.

Though those who live farther away from the muddy melting snow of Southern New England, may not have caught wind of the migrant rights struggle that has been playing out between farms and courthouses around the region, it’s worth everyone’s attention.

Since the ICE arrest and detention of farmworkers and Migrant Justice leaders Jose Enrique “Kike” Balcazar Sanchez and Zully Palacios Rodriguez on March 16, hundreds of people have gathered around Vermont and in Boston to demand the young activists release. Migrant Justice is a Vermont-based organization that organizes three regional migrant worker communities to advocate for human rights and economic justice. Especially considering some of the anecdotes in this excellent piece by LatinoUSA.org on their case, it is hard to imagine a scenario in which immigration officials are not intentionally targeting human rights leaders for deportation.

Both are in their early twenties, neither with any prior arrests, and they were on their way home from the Migrant Justice center when they were stopped. Balcazar, as LatinoUSA reports, “is an active community organizer in Vermont, and served on Vermont attorney general T.J. Donovan’s Immigrant Task Force, which was created in January as a response to President Trump’s immigration executive orders.”

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biodiversity conference, harvard, april 30th

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Announcing the following conference at Harvard on April 30th:

THE POWER AND PROMISE OF BIODIVERSITY: VISIONS OF RESTORING SEA, LAND, AND CLIMATE
Geological Lecture Hall
24 Oxford Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

The conference promises to “present the concepts, history, and processes for the restoration of biodiversity” in hopes that increasing global biodiversity can sequester carbon and not only stop, but actually reverse climate change. Tickets are $30 and you can register now on eventbrite. More information here!


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maine products sail into boston!

Maine Sail Freight, a pop-up selling goods from small farms throughout the northernmost New England state, will be anchored inside the Boston Public Market during September. The stash of nonperishable organic cargo — 6,400 pounds — sailed from Portland, Maine, on the schooner Adventure in late August. The Greenhorns, an organization that works to support young farmers, orchestrated the project to help the farmers expand the reach of their products and to spark conversation about the logistics of regional trade and the changing farm economy. “If our mission is to build regional resilience, we can’t just do farmers’ markets. Boston Public Market as an axial market for New England is perfect,” says Severine von Tscharner Fleming, Greenhorns director. Turning products they grow and cultivate into honey, maple syrup, jam, sea salt, heirloom beans, tea, spun wool, beeswax candles, flour, rolled oats, and more is a way for farmers to help their businesses thrive in a region with challenging growing conditions. Stop by for tempting items and interesting conversation. Main Sail Freight at the Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston


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the greenhorns is hiring! sales associate, boston, ma

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Help Wanted: Sales Associate for Maine Sail Freight
Maine Sail Freight has launched a pop-up shop at the Boston Public Market and we are looking for temporary part time workers to act as sales associates and public educator, possibly through December 2015.  This will be an exciting experience unlike any other. Would you like to be the voice of this project and help spread the word about our regional food economy?
Learn more about the project
REQUIREMENTS:
  • 1-2 years of retail experience
  • Strong interpersonal skills, clean, positive, great work ethic
  • Knowledge of sustainable agriculture, ability to communicate ‘ on message’ the goals of the Maine Sail Freight project, for days on end, engaging the public in a discourse about the future of our more regional farm economy
  • High level of enthusiasm and self-motivation
  • Ability to prioritize and manage time effectively
  • Flexible work schedule, including weekend and holiday availability.
  • Ability to lift and move product weighing up to 30 pounds
We have openings for both full-time and part-time help. Hours for the position will be determined by the hours of operation for the BPM and special events. Opening hours for the BPM are expected to be Wednesday-Sunday from 8am-8pm.  Peak business periods may require extended work days and work weeks.
If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please forward a resume, 2 references and a short cover letter to office@thegreenhorns.net with the subject line “BPM Sales Associate Application.”  Please make sure to outline your availability in your cover letter.  Preference will be given to applicants available to start work  immediately.

 

No calls, please.