the irresistible fleet of bicycles


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for your pod bud ears

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“And one of those farmer’s said, ‘you know we can do this work. This is our lives. We have pride in what we do, this is hard work: building these terraces year after year for a thousand years. This is a part of our culture and that’s why we can do it.’ Now, the whole world is going to have to do that pretty soon. Where are we going to  build these resources? So those resources are only going to come out of people who are accustomed, only going to come from farmers, farming families, people accustomed, campesinos, people who work, the small farmers, the millions and millions of small farmers all over the work. The farmers are going to have to reshape the earth and we are going to have to support those farmers to do that.”

-Mark Freeeman, found of CREAR on the Agricultural Innovations podcast. A fascinating conversation about climate change, rural infrastructure in the Dominican Republic and New Mexico, skepticism of new technology, distrust of institutions, and the difficulty of finding hope.


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2016 apprenticeships in regenerative agriculture in the american west

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Starting a career in regenerative agriculture? Want to develop technical skills in grassfed beef production, dairy management and cheesemaking, or heirloom fruit tree cultivation and holistic orchard management?

The wonderful folks at the Quivira Coalition are seeking applicants for their New Agrarian Program‘s eight-month (March to Nov 2016) on-site apprenticeships at San Jaun Ranch in Alamosa, CO; James Ranch Artisan Cheese in Durango, CO; and Tooley’s Trees in Truchas, NM. All of these positions explore sustainable agriculture in the new American West and include a monthly stipend, housing, some food, and an education fund.
For more info contact: Sarah Wentzel-Fisher, Quivira Coalition New Agrarian Program Coordinator at sarah@quiviracoalition.org. Full position descriptions are available after the break.

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seed week

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Join us for SEED WEEK — a 5 day long convergence, teach-in and training for seed advocates. As land and seed stewards, we have a special responsibility to the seeds we’re growing. We recognize seed as both global, and highly localized commons — a common ecosystem of genetics, cultural relations, and the result of centuries of adaptation, and survival. We cherish the richness of this biological and cultural legacy and join together in the common struggle to defend it for the future.Together we will build a knowledge base that can protect seed freedom and biodiversity against the pressures of global capitalism.  We have what it takes to heal ourselves and RECLAIM the seed commons 
 
More topics include:
  • state/national/international seed policy & trade rules 
  • regional seed production/networks
  • adaptive breeding methodologies
  • messaging and policy pathways
  • legal strategies
  • cooperative institution-making for genetic diversity 
  • grass-roots organizing for community resilience 

FACILITATION AND PRESENTATIONS BY Rowen White (Sierra Seeds), Neil Thapar (Sustainable Economies Law Center), Kristina Hubbard (Organic Seed Alliance), Severine vT Fleming (Greenhorns) and more

WHERE Owl Peak Farm, La Madera, New Mexico
WHEN September 14-18, 2015

APPLY here !

Cost includes all food + accommodations and feeds the scholarship fund


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taos food center

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Taos Food Center
Food is at the heart of the cultures and people of Northern New Mexico. The Taos Food Center is at the heart of TCEDC”s activities in supporting the people, cultures, and food of Northern New Mexico. The Taos Food Center is a 5,000 sq. ft. commercial kitchen that has the equipment, services, and support that you need to get your food business started! Over 40 local food businesses currently work out of the Taos Food Center, making everything from fresh traditional salsas to delicious organic scones. Equipment available in the facility includes: dry storage, a large walk-in cooler, walk-in freezer space, convection ovens, fryers, steam kettles, a vacuum sealer, two commercial fruit presses, a flash-pasteurizer for juice, and a semi-automatic canning line that includes a filler and capper.

Support services for the food businesses include specialized training, product development, pH testing, regulatory assistance with NMED and FDA requirements, business development and cooperative marketing assistance. Over 85 community members have graduated from TCEDC\’s specialty foods course, “The Food Sector Opportunity” program. This course offers participants the basics of the history and culture of food in Northern New Mexico, food safety, packaging, labeling, government food regulations, and specialty foods product development and marketing.

The Food Sector Opportunity Project began in February 2000. This project provides not only access to the Taos Food Center, but the technical training that is necessary for food processing, support of other food processors, and support services from the TCEDC staff to succeed in developing a business or job in the food sector. The core of the project is a week long, 30 hour class covering all the basics of food processing, from the history and culture of food in Northern New Mexico to microbiology and food safety. The course also covers basic small business skills and computer skills for food entrepreneurs. Guest instructors and partners in the project include: The food technologist from New Mexico State, NM Environment Department, La Plaza Telecommunity, and FDA regional staff.

Cooperation also describes the other elements of the Food Sector Opportunity Project, the cause-marketing campaign. Existing business and new graduates of the program got together and created a logo, slogan, and marketing plan for a cooperative marketing campaign that highlighted the causes that the Taos Food Center and its tenants exemplify.
Out of this effort came the beautiful “Oso Good Foods” logo with labels and marketing material that tell the “Oso Good Foods” story. The “Oso Good” phrase was chosen to reflect the delicious and all-natural nature of Northern New Mexico Foods and “Oso”(Spanish for bear) for the bears that roam the mountains around Taos. The marketing campaign includes “Oso Good” stickers for all products of participating businesses and special “Oso Good” display shelves at local retailers Continue reading


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ranch jobs!

via the Quivera Coalition.

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Quivira Coalition – Land & Water Program Opportunity
Summer Watershed Restoration Intern: Download the PDF for full job descrption & application. The Quivira Coalition seeks a 2013 summer intern who is passionate about land health to assist with a variety of tasks linked to our Comanche Creek Watershed Restoration project. The intern will work under the direct supervision of Mollie Walton, Ph.D., Quivira’s Land & Water Program Director. This is an amazing opportunity and involves projects that will require both field work and office work. Interested? Take a look at the application – pdf attached in this email – and apply as soon as possible. Dr. Walton will be filling this position as soon as possible.
 
Other Great Opportunities:
A few of the opportunities listed below were in the April newsletter. Khalsa Greenhouses is hoping to find one additional intern who would be interested in over-wintering with them – see job description and contact info below if you’re interested. Chico Basin is good to keep in mind if you’re interested in ranching, and can plan several months ahead of time. Spur Lake has regular openings for people with horseback experience…. Zapata Ranch is listed again, but with new positions… Continue reading
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