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free viewing of “Grazers: A Cooperative Story” april 30th in ballston spa, ny

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Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County will host a free(!) viewing of the film Grazers: A Cooperative Story.
When: Thursday, April 30th 2015 at 7pm at the 4-H Training Center
Where: 556 Middleline Road Ballston Spa, NY
Why: New York State loses a farm every three days, and with it a way of life, generations of farming knowledge, small town infrastructure and a whole landscape. Filmed over the course of two-years, Grazers: A Cooperative Story follows a group of fiercely independent farmers in upstate New York as they create a beef cooperative to hold on to their failing farms. Grazers explores the demise of the family farm and rural landscape and the emergence of a new, local food movement that links country and city in an effort to improve food quality and retain local farms.
How: The viewing is free, however pre-registration is encouraged. Please call 518-885-8995 to register. Visit http://www.grazersfilm.com/ or contact Carter Older at co263@cornell.edu for more information.


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bookmark for winter: alan savory videos! (think holistic management)

Click HERE to watch the videos!

The Savory Institute’s Annual International Conference, was held in London on August 1st and 2nd. This central location allows our partners and collaborators from around the globe to join us and contribute to this special event. We spotlighted grasslands for all their under-appreciated beauty and value. We also foster conversations around the unifying language of the land which bridges all cultures. Our movement is about real people with dirt under their fingernails and families to feed, people unified by a love of the land, a desire to understand nature’s rhythms and cycles and the magical beauty of abundant life in the soil.

 


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csa/grazing manager – TN

Rural Resources is a non-profit organization based on a 15 acre farm in the mountains of East Tennessee. The farm, complete with barns, creek, greenhouse, high hoop house and walk-in cooler, has been a learning center for the community to learn about agriculture for the past 18 years. We are currently interested in reviving an organically grown market garden to accommodate a small CSA. We want to fill the position of CSA/Grazing Manager.

Position Description:
The CSA/Grazing Manager position is a year-round position with responsibilities that include but are not limited to developing a CSA model farm including planning, implementing, and maintaining a market garden for the CSA as well as over-seeing  small scale rotational grazing for livestock on the farm. Continue reading


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grazing top ten – from jim gerrish

Jim’s Top Ten Links

The BEHAVE project
Many visitors will recognize the name of Dr. Fred Provenza from Utah State University. This is where you can hook up with Fred and his many colleagues studying and teaching a holistic approach to human and natural resource management.
http://www.behave.net

BEEF magazine
Jim is a contributing editor for BEEF with a regular column, The Grazier’s Corner. A good all around source for news and information for the livestock industry.
http://www.beef-mag.com/ Continue reading


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save this hereford breeding stock!

Time to step it up, Greenhorns.

Go Go Northwest Farmerfolk!
We need to find a home (or as many homes as possible) for a group of pure blood, AHA Registered Hereford hogs ASAP!  These are top-notch, of the highest quality breeding stock, fully accustomed to each other and are of prime breeding age. You could have piglets immediately. Continue reading


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amazing grazing

Rare animal breeders in many countries are supported in this critical work by private foundations. As you are probably well aware the results of careless or greedy breeding is a degeneration in the quality of the livestock. Some breeds ( like holsteins) take over the markeplace as their milk production is maximized.  With sperm shipments, more and more cows are bearing heifers from the same top bulls. This is efficient in terms of a nice genetic makeup for the calf, but it means less diversity in the overall cow-population.

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