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beef cattle improvement workshop, shondack landing, ny, sept. 18-19

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BEEF CATTLE IMPROVEMENT
With Gearld Fry and Mike Scannell
 Harrier Fields Farm
4116 County Route 21
Schodack Landing, NY
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., September 18-19, 2015
This workshop focuses on improving cattle herds with quality and quantity of meat per acre of grass. Learn how to recognize cattle that will yield 70% meat to bone and to reproduce it in your whole herd. And learn to recognize the bull that can make this happen. Learn about the importance of soil fertility and methods of achieving it.
Gearld Fry has a lifetime of experience earning his living from cattle to share. He has learned from the masters and brings along an exceptional gift in cattle detail. The last 20 years he has consulted world-wide, inspiring farmers and ranchers to improve their herds genetically.
Mike Scannell and Joan Harris have worked closely with Gearld for the last thirteen years. With Gearld’s guidance, we bought a small group of preindustrial phenotype females and bred them to Gearld’s pick of the best of the bulls in the world. We look forward to sharing our journey in breed/herd improvement. If you don’t understand improvement, degeneration is sure to follow.
The workshop runs from 9 to 4 each day, and lunch will be provided. Registration is $100.
Contact  (518) 732-7350 for more information and to register by September 8, 2015 or ASAP


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farm to fork festival, saranac lake, ny, august 30

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Started six years ago by the Adirondack Green Circle as a way to connect eaters in the area with the produce that the farmers were bringing to market, the Farm to Fork Festival will be from 9:00-2:00p.m. August 30th. It promises to be something more or less of localvore heaven:  home cooks serving dishes made from locally grown harvest, HAND-CRANKED ICE CREAM, a Pickle Bar (a pickle bar!), and an artisan beverage bar featuring local spirits, wine, beer, and cider.

We’re not really sure what more you could ask for!

For more information and extremely well-detailed directions, check out the F2F Festival website.


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summer supper benefit

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The Youth Farm in Crown Heights, Brooklyn is a 1-acre educational farm that produces thousands of pounds of fresh produce and flowers, and create hands on farm education and job training opportunities for hundreds of youth and adults annually. We are pleased to invite you to an exciting fundraising event,“Summer Supper with Rob Newton: A Dinner to Benefit The Youth Farm.”

Event proceeds will enable The Youth Farm to increase hands-on farming education and green job training opportunities for underserved youth in Brooklyn.


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nesawg 2015 conference

logoNESAWG 2015 Conference: Putting MOVE in the Movement

Civil rights, labor, women’s rights—the movements that transformed our world can give us insight on ways to accelerate food systems change.  What can we learn from leaders past and present?  How can we better organize our work, our networks, our message, our media? At this year’s NESAWG conference (Nov 13-14), learn and strategize with hundreds of attendees—from farmers to researchers to policymakers—as we work to build a movement and realize the change we want to see.

Shirley Sherrod, a longtime civil rights activist and advocate for family farms and food justice, will deliver the keynote speech, addressing the conference theme: Putting Move in the Movement. Check out the conference website for more info, and hope to see you there!


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transformational workshop on transformational landscapes

imageWhile we’re on the subject of Orchards, this is a great time to remind you that the next workshop in Eliza Greenman’s Home Orchard Series is coming up! See details below.

August 8th: Fruit Exploring and Summer Grafting

Learning from the landscape is one of our best tools in combating climate change and forming a more sustainable agricultural future. If you know where to look and what to look for, the landscape transforms itself into a realm of purposeful human legacies and thriving natural adaptations. Fruit Explorer/Orchardist Eliza Greenman will teach you how to track human legacy through trees, select for wild and thriving genetics, and how to propagate it all through summer bud grafting.
When: August 8th: 9-4
Where: Greenhorns Headquarters: 5797 Rt. 22. Westport, NY
Cost: $25 per person. 25 slots available.
What to Bring: Camera, notebook, single beveled knife (grafting knife preferred), footwear and clothing for walking outside, sun protection.
How to register: Email Eliza Greenman to reserve a spot:egreenman (at) gmail.com with “WORKSHOP” as the subject


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june 3rd sign on letter

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June 3, 2015

Dear Senator/Assemblyperson:

New York’s $47 billion farm and food sector is a vital component of the state’s economy and provides jobs for thousands of residents. Growing this important part of New York’s economy requires cultivating a next generation of farmers. One of the biggest challenges facing the next generation of farmers in New York is access to affordable farmland. Beginning farmers find themselves competing with real estate developers and others for land whose price is frequently beyond their ability to purchase. At the same time, farms being passed from one generation to the next are vulnerable to being lost to development as farm families grapple with the challenges of successfully transferring their land and businesses. Continue reading


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composting, fire starting, and sweat lodges!

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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS at the Sustainable Living Project in Canton, NY

Family COMPOSTING Extravaganza!
How-to for Garden & Home Food-Waste
Saturday May 30   *   10 am to 12 noon
Facebook Event Page  *  Details ~ Click Here

Primitive Fire Starting and Sweat Lodge Building & Ceremony
Saturday May 30   *   2 pm to 5 pm
Facebook Event Page   *   Details ~ Click Here

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