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opportunities new york conference, nov. 4, albany, ny


American Farmland Trust is excited to announce that the next Harvesting Opportunities in New York Conference will be held November 4th in Albany! This conference is for people who care about New York agriculture and want to work together to grow local food economies, protect farmland from development, promote environmental stewardship on farms and support the next generation of farmers. Conference participants will include: farmers, public officials from all levels of government, land trusts, local food and public health leaders, institutional food-service managers, agricultural organizations, environmentalists, conservation professionals and concerned citizens.

The conference will offer nearly 20 workshops with more than 50 speakers. Conference tracks include:

  • Save Farms in Your Community
  • · Buy Local
  • · Keep Farmers on the Land
  • · Agricultural Stewardship in a Changing Climate
  • · Local Agriculture and Land Use Leadership Institute

Conference Details:

  • WHAT: American Farmland Trust’s Harvesting Opportunities in New York Conference
  • · WHERE: Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York
  • · WHEN: November 4, 8:30 to 5:00

To learn more about the conference and to register Visit the Harvesting Opportunities Webpage! Students, beginning farmers and others are eligible for need-based scholarships. For information on press passes e mail Laura Ten Eyck, AFT’s Senior Manager of New York Programs and Outreach at or call (518) 581-0078 ext. 300.

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young farmer mixer in raleigh, nc

National Young Farmers Coalition and Rural Coalition: Young Farmer Mixer
9/14/2014 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Old Milburnie Farm, Raleigh, NC


Join us for a Farm Aid after-party with wood-fired pizza, cold brews and the company of fellow young and beginning farmers from central North Carolina and beyond.
Visit for more info & RSVP.

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another great resource from farm aid

Rebuilding America’s Economy with Family Farm Centered Food Systems

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Seeds of hope lie in America’s family farmers and ranchers despite the grim economic conditions facing the nation. Our new report seeks to underscore what we at Farm Aid know as a simple truth: supporting family farmers and family farm centered food systems is a powerful strategy for jumpstarting our fragile economy and revitalizing communities across America.

Download the full report HERE

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seeking farm aid volunteers!

We Greenhorns are hosting a booth again this year at Farm Aid in Saratoga Springs, NY.  Tickets are sold out for the show already, but we’ve got slots 4 slots for “booth team-mates.”
Volunteers will help us run the booth, answer questions about Greenhorns, network with other organizations, eat ice-cream and other organic treats (including pasture raised pork chops with all the fixings) and then listen to the concert in the evening. It’s an all day affair — and it’s all volunteer. 

If you are interested:
Wearing clean, un-ripped clothes without brand-logos, get yourself to the venue (train accessible!) by noon, work the day with us 12-6pm. We’ll be driving back up the Adirondacks that night, so we can offer you a ride north, but not south, so please figure out your own travel plans IN ADVANCE.  Email

Looking forward to hearing from a few of you who want to attend!

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helping farmers

Sometimes it feels like there aren’t enough of us focused on meeting the needs of farmers..

especially now as the snow drifts up up up and I look at our calendar, the 6 north east regional Nofas, the trips to maine, virginia, west virginia, new hampshire, north carolina.
Its a lot
but, frankly no matter where you are in america chances are you are nearby to a farmer service organization that is likely quite willing to help you find what you are looking for.
Here is a great list of organizations that got funded by willy nelson + crew this year
shake the tree

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click your bit for dairy farmers

seriously. There are about 800 of you reading this posting today.

If those of you who are not in the middle of planting a field could please  click over to Farm Aid and help them make this comment campaign a success?
The farmers among us are STRAPPED hustling to plant in between deluges of rain. So we need all computer hands on deck.

Here is Farm Aid’s Message to you:

Family farmers are some of the hardest-working people I know. Too many of them know what it’s like to risk their land, their homes, and their livelihood, and nobody is more dedicated to doing whatever it takes to succeed. But sometimes hard work isn’t enough to survive, and that’s when family farmers turn to Farm Aid.

Right now dairy farmers are looking to Farm Aid to speak out for them, and I’m asking you to stand with us. The USDA is asking for public comments as it decides what to do about the dairy crisis — send a message right now and tell them farmers need a fair price for their milk. Continue reading


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