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2016 apprenticeships in regenerative agriculture in the american west



Starting a career in regenerative agriculture? Want to develop technical skills in grassfed beef production, dairy management and cheesemaking, or heirloom fruit tree cultivation and holistic orchard management?

The wonderful folks at the Quivira Coalition are seeking applicants for their New Agrarian Program‘s eight-month (March to Nov 2016) on-site apprenticeships at San Jaun Ranch in Alamosa, CO; James Ranch Artisan Cheese in Durango, CO; and Tooley’s Trees in Truchas, NM. All of these positions explore sustainable agriculture in the new American West and include a monthly stipend, housing, some food, and an education fund.
For more info contact: Sarah Wentzel-Fisher, Quivira Coalition New Agrarian Program Coordinator at Full position descriptions are available after the break.

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rewild! escape from monomania

monoculture_image_481_320Rewild! Escape from Monomania

by: George Monbiot

October 17, 2015, Rural America

Most human endeavours, unless checked by public dissent, evolve into monocultures. Money seeks out a region’s comparative advantage—the field in which it competes most successfully—and promotes it to the exclusion of all else. Every landscape or seascape, if this process is loosed, performs just one function.

This greatly taxes the natural world. An aquifer might contain enough water to allow some farmers to grow alfalfa, but perhaps not all of them. A loch or bay or fjord might have room for wild salmon and a few salmon farms, but if too many cages are built, the parasites that infest them will overwhelm the wild fish. Many farmland birds can survive in a mixed landscape of pasture and arable crops, hedgerows and woodlands, but not in a boundless field of wheat or soybeans.

Some enthusiasts for rewilding see reserves of self-willed land as an exchange for featureless monocultures elsewhere. I believe that pockets of wild land—small in some places, large in others—should be accessible to everyone: no one should have to travel far to seek refuge from the ordered world…

Read on here!

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lady justice brewing: a women-founded and operated, community-focused, philanthropic brewery

Support these ladies in their Indiegogo campaign!

The Impact

Lady Justice Brewing is unique. We are the world’s only solely women-founded and operated, community-focused, philanthropic brewery. Your support plays a crucial role in setting a new standard for brewing. Your support also lays our foundation to begin making positive change in the lives of women and girls in Colorado.

5 years ago, when this little dream was dreamed up, we never imagined it would become a reality. However, over the last 2 years, we have built a business plan, registered our company, met with community stakeholders and government services, scouted locations, created a new model for bringing industry and community together, brewed a whole lot of beer, and much, much more.

Today, you get to join us on this journey.  To be honest, the rest of this journey simply can’t happen without you. By supporting Lady Justice, you are joining our team. Together, we’ll make great beer for a better world.

A Little Bit of Background

Lady Justice Brewing Company is co-founded by Kate Power, Betsy Lay and Jen Cuesta. We are three women who share two crucial connections. First, we share a commitment to social justice work (we met while serving together in Americorps) and being a positive force in our communities. Second, we love good beer.
Lady Justice Brewing (or affectionately, Lady J) is a Community-Focused Philanthropic Brewery which will brew and sell beer. All profits of our beer sales, over cost, will be donated, through a grant-making process, to Colorado-based community organizations that promote the status and opportunity of women and girls. We will distribute our beer through a Community Supported Beer Share program, which allows customers to pay a monthly fee and have beer delivered to their doors. To learn more, visit Lady Justice Brewing’s Community Supported Beer Share web page.

boulder conference: protecting and caring for earth’s community of life

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boulder conference: protecting and caring for earth’s community of life

Boulder, CO
Apr. 3- Apr. 7, 2014

The Contemplative Alliance and Naropa University would like to invite Boulder area farmers to join a special gathering of faith and spiritual leaders, civil society, ecological advocates and others from April 3rd to April 7th.  Anyone interested in attending can contact Janelle Surpris directly.

Find out more about the conference HERE

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open source forever!

Hex Graph Indieogogo

Open Tech Forever is helping create the Open Source Economy: a collaborative society that shares its knowledge, skills, technologies, and resources to overcome artificial barriers and achieve abundance and prosperity for all. And they are building an OPEN SOURCE FACTORY!

We have a 40 acre permaculture site 15 minutes from downtown Denver. This campaign will fund the construction of an Open Source Factory to kickstart our open hardware cooperative:

  • Open Hardware R&D – we are collaborating with people around the world to design, prototype, field-test, and share open source technology.
  • Open Hardware Documentation – we actively teach others how to acquire new skills and build/use open hardware. We create state-of-the-art digital learning resources with pictures, videos, text, animations, interactive multimedia, and more – that anyone can use, edit, improve, remix.
  • Open Agriculture – we are adopting a mixture of permaculture, aquaponics, and organic farming practices.
  • Open Business Models – we are adopting and incubating new, transparent business models that entrepreneurs can use anywhere in the world.
  • Public Workshops – we will provide hands-on learning programs for the public to help grow new businesses and support the development of sustainable communities.
  • Commercial Products – we sell open source products as an open, transparent, replicable business.

Help build this factory out via indiegogo.



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ranch jobs!

via the Quivera Coalition.


Quivira Coalition – Land & Water Program Opportunity
Summer Watershed Restoration Intern: Download the PDF for full job descrption & application. The Quivira Coalition seeks a 2013 summer intern who is passionate about land health to assist with a variety of tasks linked to our Comanche Creek Watershed Restoration project. The intern will work under the direct supervision of Mollie Walton, Ph.D., Quivira’s Land & Water Program Director. This is an amazing opportunity and involves projects that will require both field work and office work. Interested? Take a look at the application – pdf attached in this email – and apply as soon as possible. Dr. Walton will be filling this position as soon as possible.
Other Great Opportunities:
A few of the opportunities listed below were in the April newsletter. Khalsa Greenhouses is hoping to find one additional intern who would be interested in over-wintering with them – see job description and contact info below if you’re interested. Chico Basin is good to keep in mind if you’re interested in ranching, and can plan several months ahead of time. Spur Lake has regular openings for people with horseback experience…. Zapata Ranch is listed again, but with new positions… Continue reading

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