the irresistible fleet of bicycles

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call for applicants: farmer in residence


URBY is seeking to hire a Farmer in Residence for a unique Urban Farm nested within a new, 600-unit rental complex on the North Shore of Staten Island.  This is a one-of-a-kind position for a seasoned grower who is also an educator and entrepreneur.  The farm will serve the on-site cafe, market, and residents’ CSA.  The Farmer in Residence will receive competitive compensation (based on experience), including placement in a studio apartment on-site beginning in Spring 2016. For more information or to fill out an application, click here.

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sail freight projects abound! meet the new FoodBargeHack @ It Takes a Region


We are SO HAPPY to see continued discussion of SAIL FREIGHT!

As you may remember, we’ve been obsessed since our first sail freight project in VERMONT a few years ago, and then again in with Maine Sail Freight this past August.

Like they said in the Portland Press Herald:

“It’s art. It’s protest. It’s celebration. And, who knows? It may even be a practical way to get cargo to market.”

AND NOW, inspired by Sail Freight and Farm Hack, there will be a FoodBarge Hack lunch Friday Nov. 13, at NEWSAG‘s It Takes a Region Conference. The event’s organizer’s write:

“Together, we will envision an energy efficient, sustainable regional food system using our waterways. We will focus on how to connect mid-sized upstate farmers with underserved NYC neighborhoods using a barge on the Hudson River, and challenge the status quo. With your help, we want take real steps towards a viable alternative to food filled trucks on our roads.”

Please note that you must be attending the conference and should RSVP to Jill Slater in advance if you would like lunch.

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it takes a region, saratoga springs, nov. 12-14

NESAWG Conference Logo

Back in June, we posted about the upcoming NESAWG (Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group) It Takes a Region Conference. And maybe, at that moment, you thought that this year’s theme of “Putting MOVE in the Movement” was so freaking great that you signed up immediately. If so, good for you! But maybe you, like me, were busy planting kale starts, packing for market, coordinating campaigns, or any of the many other June activities that might keep a Greenhorn busy and, planning to sign up later, left the conference page open in a tab on your browser for months. If so, I wanted to gently remind you that It Takes A Region is in THREE WEEKS: Nov. 12-14 in Saratoga Springs, NY. And, phew, it is not too late to register!

This year’s conference will focus on studying social movements of the recent past in relation to our current work in sustainable food systems and food justice. Examples of workshops include sessions on: Addressing Racism in the Food System, Enhancing Food Security in the Northeast, and Food Hubs. The conference is geared towards farmers, nonprofit professionals, activists, and journalists alike, and there is ample discussion time built into the conference schedule.

A few more logistical things to consider: the deadline to book hotels rooms with the special conference discount is October 28, and there are ride and roommate boards available for those looking to share rooms and/or carpool. For all other information, check out the exceptionally-easy-to-navigate conference website.

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opportunities new york conference, nov. 4, albany, ny


American Farmland Trust is excited to announce that the next Harvesting Opportunities in New York Conference will be held November 4th in Albany! This conference is for people who care about New York agriculture and want to work together to grow local food economies, protect farmland from development, promote environmental stewardship on farms and support the next generation of farmers. Conference participants will include: farmers, public officials from all levels of government, land trusts, local food and public health leaders, institutional food-service managers, agricultural organizations, environmentalists, conservation professionals and concerned citizens.

The conference will offer nearly 20 workshops with more than 50 speakers. Conference tracks include:

  • Save Farms in Your Community
  • · Buy Local
  • · Keep Farmers on the Land
  • · Agricultural Stewardship in a Changing Climate
  • · Local Agriculture and Land Use Leadership Institute

Conference Details:

  • WHAT: American Farmland Trust’s Harvesting Opportunities in New York Conference
  • · WHERE: Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York
  • · WHEN: November 4, 8:30 to 5:00

To learn more about the conference and to register Visit the Harvesting Opportunities Webpage! Students, beginning farmers and others are eligible for need-based scholarships. For information on press passes e mail Laura Ten Eyck, AFT’s Senior Manager of New York Programs and Outreach at or call (518) 581-0078 ext. 300.

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ny: ginseng planting workshop

Date: Saturday, September 19, 2015
Time: 12 noon to 4 PM
Location: Philmont Public Library Cultural Center (rear entrance off the parking lot)
101 Main Street (State Route 217)
Philmont NY 12565 (Columbia Cty.)

You may be able to wild-cultivate American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) on your property, given shade and specific conditions. Learn how to assess your property’s potential for this crop, and how to set up test plots to find the best place to grow the plant.

Two hours of classroom instruction in the Philmont Public Library’s Cultural Center will be followed by a field trip to Retrograss Farm (six miles away) where our instructor will demonstrate the planting of test plots. Our instructor, Bob Beyfuss, worked for Cornell Cooperative Extension for many years and serves as New York state’s resident ginseng expert. He will have stratified seed available at $20 per ounce. (An ounce is about 500 seeds, enough to plant 10 test plots.)
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