the irresistible fleet of bicycles

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raise the roof: help fund cloud 9 rooftop garden!

Risks and Challenges

Cloud 9 Rooftop Farm fosters stewardship of urban ecosystems and communities through rooftop farming, education, and community programming in Philadelphia. The pilot rooftop garden is at the Guild House West, an apartment building for low-income seniors. The site is ready to be open for training, volunteer, and community programs  – as soon as there is a fence! They are raising $5,000 between now and May 12th to buy a steel rooftop fencing system that will enable them to host employees, volunteers, and community members safely on the beautiful rooftop farm.

Visit the Cloud 9 Rooftop farm barnraiser to learn more and help fund the project!

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help mira start her family farm


As many of you know, farming is my passion. I have farmed for over a decade. I have been “growing” my kids more the past few years, but have always kept my hands in the soil one way or another, staying connected to farming.
Gerard and I have been looking for the right opportunity for a long time now, where he can pursue his interests, I can pursue mine, and we can live and raise our kids on the farm. We have finally found a home to lease with land attached, that suits all of our needs. The farm will be in Horsham, Montgomery County, PA. This is perfect for us, because we can remain close to family, friends, Gerard’s work, and suburban/urban markets.
We want to spend more time outdoors. Find balance. Grow our own food. Sell organic, nutritious foods to our neighbors. Keep bees for pollination and for honey. Raise chickens for eggs. Expose our children to the miracles of nature.
However, a farm start-up is no small feat. Some of the major costs are seeds/transplants, a walk-in cooler, a tractor/implements, tools, irrigation supplies, deer fencing, soil amendments, and so on. My goal is to raise $25,000 to help cover some of these costs. I am confident in my farming and business skills, but I do need your help to get started! We chose March 15th as our deadline because that is when we move to the new place and also when I need to get to work in the fields!


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ny, pa, oh: fracking waste allowed to be spread on roads as de-icer

Farmers! Did you know that New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania permits the use of brine from fracking operations to be applied to roads as a deicer? If not properly controlled, this waste can run off into adjoining property and ultimately could contaminate rivers, streams, and underground aquifers that feed local drinking water supplies. Government entities, as well as private companies, that wish to use production brine for road spreading must get permission from the state Department of Environmental Conservation to use the brine by applying for a Beneficial Use Determination (BUD).  Some local governments in New York have also prohibited the practice by passing ordinances banning fracking and waste disposal.

Click HERE to read more, start the path towards getting informed, and attending your local town governance meetings. 

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department of agriculture cracks down on seed libraries

Department of Agriculture cracks down on seed libraries

by Naomi Creason

via The Sentinel

CARLISLE — It was a letter officials with the Cumberland County Library System were surprised to receive.

The system had spent some time working in partnership with the Cumberland County Commission for Women and getting information from the local Penn State Ag Extension office to create a pilot seed library at Mechanicsburg’s Joseph T. Simpson Public Library.

The effort was a new seed-gardening initiative that would allow for residents to “borrow” seeds and replace them with new ones harvested at the end of the season.

Mechanicsburg’s effort had launched on April 26 as part of the borough’s Earth Day Festival, but there were plenty of similar efforts that had already cropped up across the state before the local initiative.

Through researching other efforts and how to start their own, Cumberland County Library System Executive Director Jonelle Darr said Thursday that no one ever came across information that indicated anything was wrong with the idea. Sixty residents had signed up for the seed library in Mechanicsburg, and officials thought it could grow into something more.

That was, until, the library system received a letter from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture telling them they were in violation of the Seed Act of 2004.


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video: everyone deserves access

“We know that a lot of things contribute to poor nutrition and obesity but access is a key issue,” says Dr. Giridhar Mallya of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. “People don’t have the ability to get healthy foods in their community at an affordable price. That makes it that much harder for them to be healthy overall.” See how The Food Trust and its partners are improving food access and health in Philadelphia and around the country.

Everyone deserves access to healthy food. Find out how you can get involved:

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seeking cheese intern

in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.
Cranberry Creek is looking for a Cheese Intern to join us through December, this 2013 season. This is an opportunity for the right person to learn the world of value-added goat dairy processing! Join us during an exciting time of development for this growing family farm.

Learn cheese processes; pasteurizing, safety protocols, handling the curd, basic milk/cheese chemistry and attuning your senses to judging and grading cheeses. Plus the crucial art and labor of affinage. Work side by side with the farm’s cheesemaker and owners every day. See playful goats every day in the woods of the Poconos.

Intern will learn not only aspects of making cheese but gain skills in the direct-marketing and how-to wholesale dairy. Attending farmers’ markets is required most weeks. Expect that opportunities to visit other cheesemakers for learning will be provided. Continue reading

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PA organic farm jobs near NY border

Slide 4Field Workers at Willow Wisp Organic Farm

Willow Wisp Organic Farm grows a diverse mix of vegetables, herbs, and cut flowers on a 12 acre certified organic farm in the Upper Delaware River Valley (Abrahamsville,PA).   We are looking to fill 2 full-time and 2 part-time field work positions for the 2013 season starting in April.  Preference given to candidates with experience on an organic vegetable farm, but we will train the right candidates.  Salary commensurate with experience.  Send resume, 3 references, and letter of interest to:


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