the irresistible fleet of bicycles


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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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our museums have a Koch problem

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In awesome and snarky new exhibit in Atlanta, artist collective Not an Alternative

  • recreates exhibits from New York’s Natural History Museum,
  • emphasizes green-washing in Americam museums, add much-missing context, and
  • points out that New York’s Natural History Museum is financially backed by “an oil billionaire and climate science denier who profits from the burning of fossil fuels, and funds (to the tun of tens of millions of dollars) climate science disinformation campaigns.”

You can read the article that they penned for The Guardian about the exhibit here.


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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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