the irresistible fleet of bicycles

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harvest table farm seeks manager


The Meadowview Farmers’ Guild and Harvest Table Restaurant are currently accepting applications for the position of farm manager for the Harvest Table Farm. This position is a salaried and full-time position, and requires that the person occupy the residence at the farm. The position has three primary responsibility categories. First, to operate the 3-acre sustainable farm to grow produce in coordination for the needs of the Harvest Table Restaurant, and for selling at the Abingdon Farmers Market. Second, to coordinate and help organize occasional tours of the farm. Third, the farm hosts WWOOFers and interns on a seasonal basis, and short-term day volunteers, and the farm manager would be responsible for supervision of these workers.

Harvest Table Farm is located in Meadowview, VA on a rolling 3-acre plot about 2 miles from the restaurant. The job requires a person skilled in modern ecoagriculture, with a strong sense of the changing seasonal needs of a human-scale farm.

The position is  full-time, salaried and is open immediately.

A full description of the position is available HERE

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Come check out the Young Farmer Zone this year at Heritage Harvest Festival, Sept. 15th

The Young Farmer Zone will be a place at the festival where those interested in farming, young farmers, and supporters of young farmers can share information and resources, showcase young farmer successes, and facilitate networking.   Continue reading

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fall biodynamic workshop

Fall Intensive Workshop, Wednesday, October 31st through Sunday, November 4th in Woolwine, Virginia.

Harvesting of sheaths and the making of the Biodynamic preparations, including spray and compost preps and barrel compost.  Five days of hands-on workshops and lectures.
Guest Speaker – Brian Wickert, Viroqua, WI.

All meals included.  Some lodging is available. Camping in tents permitted.
A limited number of sliding scale/work-exchange places are available for beginning Biodynamic farmers and farm apprentices.
Call 276-930-2463 to make reservations.

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land opportunity, central VA

in exchange for some livestock care.  This is a good start-up opportunity for a landless greenhorn.

Red Row Farm is a very small, organic farm to table operation in Esmont, VA (30 minutes south of Charlottesville).  We just opened another restaurant, so this year our focus is very much skewed to the table side of the equation.  That means we have 1.25 acres of farmable land sitting idle for the 2012 growing season, which strikes us as a waste.  We are looking for someone (or a team of someones) interested in running their own organic produce operation on our land.  Continue reading

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land available, virginia

As most of you know, we stopped growing for market in 2011. This year we have turned our attention to finding people who may be the right buyers for a new configuration of the farm.

In 1973 we bought 60 acres in western Loudoun County, our part of a purchase of 400 acres –nearly ½ mile by 1 mile—with the Newcomb, Moutoux, and Graybeal families. In 2002 we bought a log house on 5 acres northwest of our farm from John Graybeal. In that same year, we began the subdivision of our 60 acres. This change took place officially in 2007, with 58 of the 60 acres now in permanent conservation easement. Continue reading

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young farmers, lobby at state level

Farmer objects to bill on livestock treatment

from the Daily Progress By Bryan McKenzie

On Davis Creek Farm in bucolic Nelson County near the non-incorporated community of Old Myndus they raise animals for people to eat, but that doesn’t mean the family farmers don’t want the animals to be well treated.

In fact, that’s why Elizabeth Zan Deventer, whose family owns the farm, is opposing a proposed change in state law that would eliminate basic protections for agricultural animals that are enjoyed by other livestock. Continue reading

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the route 250 project

The Route 250 Fellowship
MISSION: Tricycle Gardens + Allegheny Mountain School work together to provide intensive training for young adults in sustainable agriculture and ecological systems development and management.
VISION: Everybody who completes the rural program will extend their knowledge to 10 people in an urban environment. This ripples outward, creating a new awareness of our relationship with ecological and agricultural systems. Continue reading