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san juan islands agricultural summit

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The San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit is back in 2016!  This year it will take place in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island on Friday and Saturday, February 12-13th.  Join fellow farmers, regional experts, local food and farm advocates for three days of education, inspiration, and camaraderie.  

Registration is now open! Sign up before February 1st for Early Bird Pricing: Early bird rate for the Saturday Summit is $50 pp, or $55 pp including a ticket to Friday night’s Plenary Talk by Dr. Courtney White.

Click here to Register.

Keynote speakers for 2016 will include

  • Courtney White, author of Soil, Grass, Hope: A Journey Through Carbon Country, and Two Percent Solutions for the Planet.  White offers positive solutions for farmers to “regenerate the planet now, rather than in some distant future.”
  • Severine von Tscharner-Fleming will also join the Summit as a keynote speaker.  Severine is a visionary, farmer, activist, and organizer based in the Champlain Valley of New York.  She is founder and director of The Greenhorns, a grassroots cultural organization with the mission to promote, recruit and support a growing movement of young farmers and ranchers in America. She also co-founded the National Young Farmers Coalition, the Agrarian Trust, and Maine Sail Freight. She is a director of the Schumacher Center for New Economics.


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time to submit to the new farmers almanac, volume 3!

Time to submit to the NEW FARMER’S ALMANAC vol. III
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Agrarians and stewards of all types, young and old, seasoned and greenhorn, we want to hear from you! We’ve begun the process of compiling submissions to the New Farmer’s Almanac: vol III. Awash in fascinating content, we want more!
The upcoming Almanac will explore the theme of The Commons, drawing from folklore, mathematical projections, empirical, emotional and geographical observations of theory and praxis. As farmers we hold space in many interwoven commons, and possibilities for our shared future would seem to rest on how these intersecting commons are governed, particularly at the juncture of humanity and ecology where we make our workplace.
We face a dystopian future, with guaranteed-unpredictable weather, the impending collapse of the fossil fuel economy, endlessly consolidating monopolies, and a country that is, for the first time in our history, majority urban. For these reasons the Almanac is a utopian publication oriented toward the foundational concepts of an agrarian democracy, but also a publication which rejects the self-propelling logic of techno-utopia—dependent upon extraction economies and the enclosure of common resources. We align ourselves with the words of Ursula Le Guin, who reminds us that our intent in utopian thinking should not be “reactionary, nor even conservative, but simply subversive.”

 

We want to hear from you on your engagements with the Commons and all its intricacies—marine and terrestrial, tragic and elemental, constantly under assault and yet inexorable in the persistence of its promise. Send us astronomical data, exercises in cooperation, reading lists, games, poems, rants, historical accounts, animal handling instructions, illustrations, guides to any and all aspects of farming and stewardship, recipes, health suggestions, thoughts, dreams, plans, schematics, even computer code if you’ve got some that’s applicable. We’re open to everything!

Text submissions should be around 700 words. Visual materials should be submitted as 600 dpi grayscale images, formatted as .tiff, .psd, or .jpg files.

If you’ve got ideas and want to run them by us beforehand, please do so by Jan. 10, 2016. Submissions are due by Feb. 1, 2016!

Send submissions to almanac@thegreenhorns.net
Questions or further information needs? Email us at the above address.

 

Onward!


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Yes, yes. Up UP~ order this film festival for your school, grange, library or community non profit

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We made this, and we’re dang proud. It’s a whole glorious collection of young farmer films! Now, you can order it to screen from Collective Eye Films for your nonprofit or community.

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maine sail freight is hiring (again)

Maine Sail Freight is hiring!

Position: Sales Associate

DECEMBER 2015

Dear Mainers and Maine-lovers, Apply for this retail position to represent Maine Products and producers at the Boston Public Market during the busy holiday season.

Maine Sail Freight is a project of T​he Greenhorns,​ an 8 year old grassroots organization which works to promote, recruit and support the incoming generation of farmers through cultural programming and media production.  Maine Sail Freight aims to illustrate and connect our regional foodshed using the logic of the landscape to orient the generation-long project of re-regionalizing our food supply.  In partnership with Crown of Maine Organic Coop, we coordinated and delivered food, using the ocean as a trade-route.

Maine Sail Freight launched a pop up shop at the Boston Public Market in August, and now we are happy to partner with other organizations and business from Maine to extend the market presence into the Holiday season. Each of these organizations represent another segment of the growing sustainable agriculture economy in Maine, and we hope that our booth can be a pavillion that invites Bostonians and shopping tourists to explore all that Maine organic farming has to offer. Partners include: Maine Grain Alliance, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardners Association, Maine Department of Agriculture, Crown of Maine Organic Coop+ Fiddlers Green Farm, Experience Maritime Maine.

Would you like to be the voice of this project and help spread the word about our regional food economy, to learn about and promote the programs of the partner organizations.

Learn more about the project: Continue reading


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we’re featured in this beautiful magazine

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But we don’t think that we’re the only reason that you should pre-order it. The cover (like a good cover should) speaks for itself: ffreelancing co-ops, abandoning the perpetual growth model, and a fascinating look at the potential of abandoned villages in Southern Europe and the diverse communities they might encompass.

STIR Magazine is a “quarterly print magazine that features articles and interviews on the international co-operative movement, the emergence of the commons and collaborative networks, and other community-orientated alternatives in technology, agriculture, food, sports, energy, education and other important aspects of our lives.”


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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.
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