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farmaid 2016

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This year’s Farm Aid concert is scheduled for September 17 in Bristow, VA. Featuring: Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Alabama Shakes, Sturgill Simpson and many more artists. Get the full lineup here. Tickets went on pre-sale last week!


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farm aid 2016 concert details!

Farm Aid’s annual concert is an all-day music and food festival, featuring a unique lineup of artists and genres and family farm-identified, local and organic foods with its own HOMEGROWN Concessions®. In Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Village, attendees will have the chance to meet farmers, engage in hands-on food and farm activities, and learn about the ways family farmers are enriching our soil, protecting our water and growing our economy, in addition to bringing us good food for good health.

To learn more about Farm Aid and to purchase tickets, click HERE!


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farm aid’s homeplace under fire

The film tells the story of the farm advocates we have worked with since 1985, many of whom experienced the Farm Crisis of the 1980s and wanted to use what they learned to help other farmers. Farm Aid took on this project to ensure that we preserve the legacy of Farm Advocates for future generations and to inspire and recruit new Farm Advocates to keep the movement going.

For more information on Farm Aid, please visit https://farmaid.org


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

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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 lteneyck@farmland.org 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

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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 www.youngfarmers.org/farmaid 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!

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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 office@thegreenhorns.net

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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homegrown: on rock concerts and yard farms

Severine reports from a bike excursion.

I just went on my bicycle over to the Farm Aid offices for a visit, and ended up eating pie, talking about strategic take-over of suburbia by determined and principled mothers working fearlessly to expand their domestic humanism out to the edge of the lawn, and beyond.  In Dirt We Trust.

They kindly gave me a bunch of Farm Aid swag– FARMERS kick ASS tote bag with neon green ink. And in the book pictures of their incredible rock concerts.

WOW! rock concerts.

I think that the lovelies over at Superforest are scheming to help us set up a rock concert of our own.