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2-day biochar workshop this weekend in massachusetts!

October 17 & 18, 2015
9:00am to 4:00pm
Location: Kittredge Farm, 24 Hillsville Road, North Brookfield, MA 01535
Cost: $150.00 for both days, with Financial Assistance available, and for more information on this, please contact Gary Neves, Course Administrator (

Biochar is yet another tool in the toolbox of regenerative agriculture! In the last two decades, Biochar has and is receiving more attention of its benefits to agriculture and of its other uses. This Biochar 2-day Workshop with Gary Gilmore will have both a lecture component and a hands-on component, where attendees will learn how to make an efficient and easy to build Biochar burner, produce biochar during the 2-day Workshop, and learn of a variety of uses of biochar, from producing fuel, to run engines and heat greenhouses, to producing wood vinegar, and more! Whether you are a novice or have some experience, this Biochar 2-day Workshop is for every one! Learning to make biochar on site, for your farms, fields, and gardens, is a wonderfully inexpensive soil amendment, with much potential benefit to receive!

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bring your body! show up for fisher people, the ocean commons, and the health of the gulf of Maine, sept. 30, plymouth, ma

Family fishermen and supporters are inviting ally networks to join them and call on Congress, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, and the New England Fisheries Council to stop the corporate takeover and privatization of the ocean and fisheries, to protect the democratic process and to restore the health of the marine ecosystem. 
Bring your body and spirit and turn out for an action starting at 12 p.m. Wednesday September 30 at the Radisson Hotel in Plymouth, MA. The New England Fisheries Management Council will be holding a meeting at this time, and FLC, NAMA, fishermen, supporters, and allies (you! me!) will make it clear to them that we support local fisherman and are determined to protect our oceans. 
Your support in the past — through written testimony or signing petitions — has brought unprecedented diversity of public input to the policies being considered by the New England Fishery Management Council. You have also helped create safe space for fishermen who have felt alone and often harassed for speaking out to actually stand up and be heard.
Whether you eat local seafood, support family food producers/local living economies/healthy oceans/our public commons/the public process, or simply want to keep those in power accountable, this is a fight that affects us all.

To RSVP for this action, email And, for more information or with questions, contact Shira ( or Brett (

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solution to pollution (or overfishing), is it really aquaculture?

As scientists struggle to count fish, and conservationists attempt to save them, America’s oldest fishing community – Gloucester, Massachusetts is dying. Fishermen are losing their livelihood and even their homes. Last year, NOAA imposed a historic cut to the cod quota — a 78% catch reduction. Then, on Nov. 10, 2014 — the U.S. government closed the Gulf of Maine.

For centuries, cod fed the world and built our nation. But today, the iconic American fisherman is caught in a perfect storm of foreign competition, erratic regulations and declining fish stocks. FISH & MEN, an upcoming film, will reveal to consumers what they don’t know about where their fish comes from, who is catching it, and how it lands on their plate.

Cheap imported fish continues to flood U.S. markets. In fact, 91% of the seafood Americans eat is imported — and only 1% is inspected by the FDA. Even in coastal towns, fish fed to schoolchildren and consumed in most restaurants is imported from thousands of miles away, frozen and thawed. Meanwhile, the bounty of healthy fish that might be sustainably fished from the thousands of miles of pristine coastline of the United States is being suppressed. To read more and to watch the trailer, click HERE.

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pig roast for great cause, great barrington, ma, sept. 13


Pork // Poultry// Fixings//
Music By Luck Five

205 North Plain Road
Great Barrington, MA

Sean and Tess Stanton are fixing up a supper to benefit the Stanton House at North Plain Farm, their family farm and community for people with special needs. With their brother Jeremy and his Fire Roasted crew, they’ll be spitting and serving one of the farm’s heritage pigs, holding a silent auction, and throwing one foot-stompingly good party. You can purchase tickets via paypal and learn more about the Stanton Home here and North Plain Farm here.


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