the irresistible fleet of bicycles


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need more acres: great farm name, sweet video

Need More Acres farm owners Nathan and Michelle discuss the necessity of diversified vegetable farms and increasing food access. This is a beautiful and heart-felt little video about a family passionate about the work that they do: providing a multi-farm CSA to 35 families; organizing a community market to make more food available in their region; and engaging in the slow, sometimes tedious, but ultimately critical work of reforming our food system from the roots up.


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new documentary on wendell berry premiers at SXSW festival

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The Seer: A Portrait of Wendell Berrypremiered yesterday at SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin. The film spans four seasons; revolving around Berry; his muse of Henry County, Kentucky; and this pivotal contemporary moment in agrarian America. Barbara J. King did a great piece on the film yesterday for NPR, ripe with great Wendell Berry quotes and some contextual food for thought, all of which you can read here.

I scoured the internet for a trailer like a hungry squash bug but to no avail. So I watched every video of Wendell Berry reading his poetry that I could find on Vimeo (wondering if this is how normal people felt about news of the new Star Wars movie), and finally did find a video on the film’s new kickstarted page, which I have happily embedded for you below:

No news yet on where the film will show after SXSW, but you find our more and follow the latest news here.


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obama vetoes keystone xl pipeline bill

Whew.

Meanwhile, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index has ranked Kentucky and West Virginia as having the lowest health and well being than any other state in the US for the sixth year in a row. Is it coincidental that the states with the most mountaintop removal have the worst health and the worst outlook? This study, like all the rest involving human health, falls on deaf ears with politicians and the agencies that are supposed to be protecting us.  What can you do to help us make them listen? Put your foot down!


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kentucky demonstration this friday: first hemp processing in over 60 years!

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St. Catharine, KYThe Berry Farming and Ecological Agrarianism Program at St. Catharine College will host a hemp decortication (processing into fiber material) demonstration on Friday, Feb. 20, at 1 p.m. EST. The event is public and open to those interested in learning about last year’s Homegrown By Heroes crop and textile research project conducted through the partnership of Patagonia, Fibershed, Bastcore, Freedom Seed and Feed, and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA). Event details on the Kentucky Hemp Industries Association website.

Mike Lewis, Vice President of Freedom Seed and Feed, a Berry Farming Program student, and Kentucky hemp farmer who tended the Homegrown By Heroes crop, will conduct the demonstration and discuss his experience working with industrial hemp.

The Berry Farming Program at St. Catharine’s is dedicated to teaching students the historic, and all too often forgotten, agrarian principles of Wendell Berry in hopes of empowering its students to ‘resettle’ America in a sustainable way that provides empowerment and security to the land and its inhabitants,” said Lewis, a founding member of the KDA’s Homegrown By Heroes program.


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farm manager at pine mountain

Pine Mountain Settlement School has an opening for the position of Farm Manager.

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The Farm Manager is responsible for the School’s gardens, which supply food for Pine Mountain’s dining hall. The Farm Manager cooperates with the School’s food preparation staff to grow what the School needs for its dining operation. The Farm Manager supervises and works on landscaping on the main campus, particularly in the orchard and around School buildings. The Farm Manager represents the School in area and regionally.
The Farm Manager position is full-time and includes benefits, including medical insurance.

Requirements for the position are:

  • successful experience in working on or managing a small-to-medium size farm operation Continue reading
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