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farmshare austin currently accepting applications for spring 2016 program

Farmshare Austin, is a nonprofit dedicated to providing communities with healthy food by teaching the next generation of organic farmers.

“Using a blend of hands-on in-field training and formal classroom education, students will gain practical knowledge and experience in organic and sustainable growing methods, as well as learning the business and financial planning skills necessary to establish a successful market farm. Students will live and work on a seven acre organic farm in an intensive four and a half month immersion learning experience. Students will receive extensive in-field training in organic vegetable production with mentorship from experienced staff, and will work cooperatively to accomplish daily tasks for a 60 member CSA. Students will be exposed to all aspects of a working farm and will develop in-depth skills through this seasonal program. Daily activities may include bed preparation, planting, weeding, irrigation, harvest, and packing.

Students will also receive 200 hours of formal educational time. Students will participate in bi-weekly classes, along with farm walks, discussions, workshops, and monthly local area farm tours with opportunities to work with and learn from agricultural professionals and expert farmers. Students will benefit from individual attention, small class size, and evaluations for educational and training goals.

We are seeking vibrant, enthusiastic candidates who are committed to participating in an intensive twenty week training program in organic vegetable production.  Applicants should have a passion for sustainable agriculture and be prepared to submerse themselves in an inclusive learning community. We strive to select individuals who can contribute a diverse set of skills and knowledge, and are ultimately looking to create a healthy, happy, and active learning community.”

For more information click HERE!


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new podcast from txyfc

Episode #8 – Judith McGeary and The Texas Legislative Process

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Join TXYFC, as we dive into the Texas legislative process with Judith McGeary, director of the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (FARFA). Judith has been working for years to create and pass legislation that helps promote and support small farms in Texas and beyond. On Episode #8, Judith walks us through, step by step,  how the Texas Cottage Law – House Bill 970, put forth by FARFA – was passed into law. From conception of the bill in the farming community, to finding a legislative sponsor, to passing through various committees at the Texas capital, to finally becoming law. It’s a fascinating process, filled with priceless tips on how to make the legislative process work for small farms. Take a listen, and get learned!

Music on this episode: Eric LauDirty Art ClubLushlife, an Death in Vegas

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this is the farm

We love TXYFC podcasts!

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Episode #7 features A+S Farm, based out of Moulton, TX. Shaun and Amy Jones raise heritage Gulf Coast Sheep for meat, utilizing an intensive pasture management system called “Mob Grazing”. We dive into the details on this, as well as the nitty gritty of moving from an urban setting to a rural one, with tips on how to get out into the country as painlessly as possible. They are making it happen super legit style – much to learn from these trailblazers!


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this is the farm podcast

another episode is up!  We’ll continue to periodically remind you of this helpful and inspirational podcast.

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‘This Is The Farm’ – a podcast by the Texas Young Farmer Coalition. This week is Brad Stufflebeam, who is brilliant and very excellent.  You can find it here:
http://www.texasyoungfarmers.org/episode-5-brad-stufflebeam-of-home-sweet-farm/

or subscribe to it here through iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/this-is-the-farm/id599474623

Brief synopsis
On Episode #5, we talk with Brad Stufflebeam of Home Sweet Farm out of Brenham, TX. Home Sweet Farm is unique, in that they not only own and operate a highly diversified farm – fruits, veggies, and animals – but work cooperatively with other farmers in the area to help distribute their goods through Home Sweet Farm’s CSA (300+ strong) and retail storefront. Brad is truly a jack of all trades, with lots of practical advice, tips, and stories to share. Real talk!


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strong starts: urban farming 101

urban farm education in Texas!  Download the full agenda HERE

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Are you interested in starting a small-acreage, sustainable farm?  Already started farming, but interested in strengthening your cultivation methods, business plan, network of resources, or sales?  Whether just beginning, or looking to expand your existing operation, this program is for you!

STRONG STARTS: Urban Farming 101 will be held this year in July and August, in Austin.   Continue reading


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new podcast from txyfc

We love these guys! Check out This is the Farm podcasts from the Texas Young Farmer Coalition

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Episode #4:
Marysol Valle and Jeff Wiley of Fat Frog Farm enlighten us with their wisdom on this installment of This Is The Farm. Marysol and Jeff have extensive experience growing fruits and vegetables, as well as raising cattle. They’ve been through many trials and tribulations, and bring light to many of the successes and problems they’ve encountered on their various farming adventures. Starting farms from scratch, investing in infrastructure, speculating on how policy can encourage more new and young farmers, tips on how to grow better fruits and veggies, and so much more. Serious Knowledge.
Find it here: http://www.texasyoungfarmers.org/episode-4-marysol-valle-and-jeff-wiley-of-fat-frog-farm/

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