the irresistible fleet of bicycles


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farm hack needs you! help fun the patriot weeder!

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In the grand tradition and the innovative spirit of Farm Hack, Lu Yoder is embarking on an engineering adventure to respond to the lack of  effective, versatile, adaptive, and cheap weeding systems for smaller-scale farms. The goal is to produce an open-source mechanical weeder that can be easily replicated with common materials and scaled up or down depending on each individual farmer’s needs. Hypothetically, this could be mounted on a tractor, walking tractor, or bicycle-powered cultivator.

On the project’s gofundme.com page, you can find more detailed information and a breakdown of costs. They are trying to raise $7,500 in the next month, which, we want to point out, is very little compared to the possible savings for farms across the country. Come on Greenhorns community! We can do this!

For more information on Farmhack in general, check out the website!

 

 


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harvest lunch to benefit seed song farm, sunday dec. 8, kingston, ny

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Please join Seed Song Farm this Sunday, December 11, for their first HARVEST LUNCH in a new heated indoor space. The event is a fundraiser for the expanding infrastructure at the Farm Center.

What: A locally grown, seasonal, homemade lunch at the farm; a short presentation about our exciting plans for 2017; visit the new spaces.
When: Sunday, December 11th, 11am – 2pm (drop in any time!)
farm presentations at 12:00 and 1:30.
Where: Seed Song Farm & Center, 160 Esopus Ave, Kingston, NY
Why: To raise funds to grow our farm’s interactive public spaces– and to sign up for a CSA share if you wish
Menu (tentative): winter squash soup, meat dish with vegan option, kale and egg frittata, mesclun salad, Jon’s Bread, goat cheese, cider, sumac and herb teas, apple pie. Sourced locally and organically where possible.
Cost: Sliding scale $10-$40 or please give even more generously to support our projects. Under 15 half price. No one turned away.
Bring: a coat. if the sun is shining, it will be toasty warm. If overcast, the space will be sustainably heated but cool.
RSVPs strongly encouraged but not required, so we can best plan the meal–  please respond to this email!


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make-us-green-with-envy farm dinner, hudson, ny, OCT 9

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This is an epically swoon-able event:

  • to support the progressive, collectively-own integrated urban Letterbox Farm,
  • catered by the up-and-coming culinary geniuses at Lil’ Deb’s Oasis,
  • with DRINKS IN THE GARDEN,
  • a multi-course dinner under the stars in the field of
  •  “bright & bold tropical dishes inspired by the founders combined roots in Latin America & the North American South”

We’re not exactly in the vicinity to attend this one, so the least you can do is do us the favor of going in our place. Learn more and purchase tickets, here!

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farm coop heroes in georgia

Is there a single thing that we don’t LOVE about this video, idea, and people? Mmm… don’t think so. This sweet band of small farmers have formed a small island of small-scale diversified growing in largely conventional area to form a cooperative marketing organization. While they are committed to proving good food to their rural community, they are finding it difficult to make ends meet with their small rural customer base. They hope that by cooperatively marketing, they will be able to form a broader market without leaving their communities.

To collectively market in a way that reduces cost and expands their markets, they are raising money to buy a delivery vehicle and to cover the administrative costs of forming a cooperative.

Fund their Indigogo campaign here: Middle Georgia Growers Co-op Crowdfunding Campaign! And, while you’re at it, if you liked the video, check out Forage Films on Vimeo.


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GOOD DIRT premier @ BAM, april 10

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GOOD DIRT is a multimedia performance based on real stories from six diverse farm families in the Hudson Valley. Written by Jeremy Davidson and directed by Mary Stuart Masterson of Storyhorse Documentary Theater, GOOD DIRT illustrates the fragility of our agricultural heritage and inspires the audience to rebuild what’s been lost. 

APRIL 10, 2016 // PREMIER
Show starts at 4pm // at the BAM Fisher (Fishman Space)
Cocktail reception at 6pm // at BAM Lepercq Space, 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

The proceeds from this event go to support the work of our good friends at the National Young Farmers Coalition.

Buy tickets here!


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raising funds for low-income CSA shares in maine

For the past five years, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) has raised funds to enable Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farmers to offer reduced price shares to low-income families while farmers still receive the full share value.

In just two weeks, more than 24 contributors have taken the low-income CSA fundraising campaign past the halfway mark toward the $6,000 goal. Let’s bring ’em home, Greenhorns. They’ve only got about $2,000 to go!

For more information and to support this campaign, please visit:
https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/7xla6/sh/f4cUtf

A flow chart showing how the MOFGA fundraising campaign works

How you can help low-income families in Maine get CSA shares