the irresistible fleet of bicycles

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rural academy theater fall tour!

Check out the schedule here.

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This fall The Rural Academy Theater will clip clop its way into your back yard and heart with a full array of exciting new material to inspire, charm, divert and incite.

The ambassadors of The Slow Theater Movement bring with them an evening of audience manipulated mini-circus, a fast paced, slap stick exposé of North Carolina’s pro frackinglegislation and a two dimensional study commissioned by the University of Cardboard exploring ideas of geographical identity and the human presence as viewed on a geological timeline.  The evening will wrap up with a screening of Georges Méliès’ 1902 classic silent film “A Trip to the Moon” with live, eclectic score provided by The Rural Academy Orkestar. Continue reading

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young farmer mixer in raleigh, nc

National Young Farmers Coalition and Rural Coalition: Young Farmer Mixer
9/14/2014 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Old Milburnie Farm, Raleigh, NC


Join us for a Farm Aid after-party with wood-fired pizza, cold brews and the company of fellow young and beginning farmers from central North Carolina and beyond.
Visit for more info & RSVP.

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manual and youtube channel on good agricultural practices (GAP)

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This manual provides real-world examples of how small, diversified farms can cost-effectively manage food safety risk, and meet the standards set in the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certification program. The goal was to see whether it was possible for these types of farms to actually pass a GAP audit, without breaking the bank and without requiring them to change their crop production practices. The intent of this manual is to share tips and strategies learned from this research that other small, diversified produce farms can employ to meet GAP certification requirements imposed by potential buyers. Click HERE to download the manual or HERE for their How-To Youtube channel! 

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growing the grower

a short piece about one greenhorn in North Carolina.  The article also mentions an important  N.C.  incubator farm – the Farmer Incubator and Grower Project, which greenhorns in the area might want to check out!

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Growing the Grower at Octopus Garden
by Kellyn Montgomery for Catawba County Extension

A few weeks ago, I talked about the challenges of recruiting and fostering beginning farmers. The startup costs, low profit margins, and demanding nature of farming can make it a tough sale for some young people. But for others, like Caroline Hampton at Octopus Garden, these challenges are overshadowed by a passion for sustainability and healthy communities. Hampton’s determination to be a farmer has taken her down a path common to many aspiring farmers, paved by years of apprenticeships and working as a farmhand. Now she is ready to make the leap to farming on her own, which incubator farms, like the Farmer Incubator and Grower (FIG) project in Valle Crucis, can make possible.

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north carolina apprenticeship

Farm in the Beautiful Mountains of North Carolina!


We have a position open for farm work for trade of room and board.  We have a small farm 30 minutes outside of Asheville and we raise sheep for lamb and wool (40 head flock), have a small flock of Heritage poultry and fowl and grow small-scale vegetables and fruit.  We have a cute little camper to live in with electricity, running water, heat and a separate bathroom.  We are asking for 35 hours a week of work in exchange for room, board (fresh food from the farm! and staples) and an education in organic farming.  Learn about intensive rotational grazing with sheep, poultry and fowl, gardening, food preservation, construction, holistic animal health and breeding.  Please email with questions/interest and references.  No pets; no previous farm experience required; must be able to lift 50 lbs.  Contact: Seth and Sharon at


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farmland available – NC

Arden NC (20 minutes SW of Asheville). We are searching for a farmer who is interested in putting our small plot of land into production.  This is land only, no housing; just under 3 acres of flat land w/2 streams (unnamed stream and Avery’s Creek – *might* be useable for irrigation). There is a somewhat serviceable barn on site for basic equipment storage. Continue reading


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