• 27Nov

    thanksgiving farm cartoon
    Cartoon by Kevin Wolfe

  • 26Nov

    Death of a family farm – From Fast Company, Article by Kristina Johnson – Nov. 24, 2014

    At the end of a road lined with the skeletons of old field equipment, Tony Azevedo sits in the living room of his white farmhouse and tells me not to expect much from his son Adam.

    “He had a breakdown,” says the 62-year-old organic dairy farmer. “The Adam you met isn’t the Adam we raised.”

    Family Dairy Farmer

    But if the décor is charming, the farm’s soon-to-be empty pastures are not. Sixty years after Tony’s father started the Double T dairy in Stevinson, the 600 Azevedo cows are for sale, and Tony and his son aren’t speaking to each other. Neither man will walk the thousand yards that separates their two houses in order to make peace.

    “I’m sure he thinks his dad let him down for selling out, and maybe it is my fault,” Tony says, pedaling the shag carpet in front of his recliner. “But I’d like to cock him one too.”

    When I ask Tony what advice he might have for other dairy farmers in business with their kids, he aims his fingers at his head like a pistol and shoots.

    It’s a gesture loaded with the frustration felt in many family businesses. Roughly 30% of American firms are family-owned, including top companies like Walmart, Mars, Inc. and Cargill. As parents reach retirement the transition of control and property to their children is so notoriously difficult that some families now call in professional “succession planners” to help avoid an all-out war. In family businesses across the country, it’s not uncommon for children to sue parents or for parents to write children out of the will.

    Read the full article at: http://www.fastcompany.com/3038544/death-of-a-family-farm

    Find more information about farm succession planning at: http://www.beginningfarmers.org/farm-succession/

  • 26Nov

    Organic Vegetable Farm Manager Job in UK Radford Mill Farm is a 110 acre organic farm located between Bath and Wells (United Kingdom). The farm is seeking someone to run their organic vegetable production.  There are currently 5 poly tunnels in production, an orchard and several fields with scope for further development. Sales are through their farm shop in Bristol, farmers markets, emerging local box scheme and supplying food for events held on the farm. This post requires proven experience, enthusiasm and commitment, the ability to get on with others and to manage volunteers and interns. The vegetable manager will be accountable to the farm manager but will have reasonable autonomy to run and develop the vegetable business.  Accommodation is included, with a basic wage and profit sharing scheme. There is the possibility of additional employment options if you are a couple.

    Please send your CV to Richard Fox richardrmf@hotmail.com by 15th December Telephone Richard on 01761479391 for further details.

    More information about the farm is available at http://www.radfordmillfarm.com

  • 25Nov
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    Thanksgiving costlier, still under $50

    The big ticket item – a 16-pound turkey – came in at $21.65 this year

    The AFBF survey shopping list includes turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of carrots and celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and beverages of coffee and milk, all in quantities sufficient to serve a family of 10. There is also plenty for leftovers.
    Originally published on November 23, 2014:

    WASHINGTON — The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 29th annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $49.41, a 37-cent increase from last year’s average of $49.04.

    The big ticket item – a 16-pound turkey – came in at $21.65 this year. That’s roughly $1.35 per pound, a decrease of less than 1 cent per pound, or a total of 11 cents per whole turkey, compared to 2013.

    “Turkey production has been somewhat lower this year and wholesale prices are a little higher, but consumers should find an adequate supply of birds at their local grocery store,” AFBF Deputy Chief Economist John Anderson said. Some grocers may use turkeys as “loss leaders,” a common strategy deployed to entice shoppers to come through the doors and buy other popular Thanksgiving foods.

    — American Farm Bureau Federation

  • 25Nov

    Free Range Chickens on the Farm

    Barrington Natural Farms is a diversified 50 acre farm located just 45 miles northwest of Chicago, Illinois. The primary focus of the farm is on protein production utilizing humane, pasture-based, organic, and biodynamic agricultural practices. The farm currently raises dairy cattle for raw milk and cheese production, chickens both for meat and eggs, beef cattle, hogs, and a small vegetable CSA. All products are sold directly to consumers from the farm. In 2015 they plan on expanding operations to a new barn and pastures and opening a farm store nearby in Algonquin, Illinois. To learn more about their farm, please visit the website at www.bn-farms.com.

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  • 25Nov

    Invitation to apply for a NOFA-NY Winter Conference scholarship for farmers

    Scholarships cover registration fees, which include breakfast and lunch (transportation, travel, and dinners are not included).  Each scholarship recipient will be assigned a work shift to be completed leading up to or during their time at the Winter Conference.

    All applications must be received by 11:59pm on December 1st, 2014, via the online form here: https://nofa.wufoo.com/forms/nofany-2015-conference-scholarship-application/

    Thank you to The Local Economies Project of The New World Foundation for funding many of our scholarships this year.  We also receive funding from our members who have donated to the Farmer Education and Josh Levine Memorial Scholarship funds.  If you have any questions, please contact Rachel at (585) 271-1979 ext. 511 or newfarmers@nofany.org.

    Local charities, organizations, and political offices are encouraged to reach out to farmers in their community and fund their conference registration so that a larger group of farmers from all areas of New York may attend this fantastic educational and networking event.  More information about the NOFA-NY Winter Conference is available at www.nofanyconference.org.

  • 25Nov

    Hog  Slaughter, Butcher, & Dry Curing Workshop: December 12-14th (Fri, Sat, Sun) in Falmouth, Maine
    $375/per person

    Join us for another one of our popular workshops!  Andy Lindberg of MeatME and Nate “Iggy” Brimmer of Giant’s Belly Education provide three days of informative, hands-on instruction in traditional slaughter, butchering and curing processes, while Sean Emmons and Jake Anderson regale your senses with all manner of porky preparations from the kitchen. For more info, and to register, please visit: http://www.meatme.me/ Read more »

  • 24Nov

    A farmer’s dream come true: land to farm – By Hema Easley, Times Herald-Record

    New Farmer Unloading Vegetables
    CHESTER – Travis Jones always knew he’d be a farmer. During college, Jones worked summers on his father’s land in Blooming Grove. After graduating, he worked full time, dreaming of a time when he could farm his own land. That’s a challenge for farmers who don’t have the resources to buy expensive land. But this month his dream will come true. Together with four other young men and women, Jones will lease 30 acres of land from Chester Agricultural Center, LLC, a group of investors committed to making land affordable and accessible to experienced farmers.
    Read the full article at: http://www.recordonline.com/article/20141117/NEWS/141119400

  • 23Nov

    The Youth Garden Project (YGP) is a nonprofit organization in Moab, Utah with the mission of cultivating healthy children, families, and community through educational programs and the profound act of connecting people with food from seed to table.
    YGP has a series of educational internships that support the Garden agriculturally and the Garden’s youth and community programs. Positions include Garden Internships and Program Instructor Internships. These positions offer unique educational opportunities that get individuals involved with the garden and the Moab community.
    Youth Garden Project Utah

    YGP is now offering several different positions for the 2015 season. These positions include Full Season Program Instructor Intern, Full Season Garden Intern, Spring/Summer Program Intern, and Spring/Summer Garden Intern. Please visit the internship page on YGP’s website http://www.youthgardenproject.org/internships for links to complete internship descriptions and to learn about the different opportunities YGP is offering. Questions? Contact Kaitlin Thomas, Program Director, at kaitlin@youthgardenproject.org or 435-259-2326.

  • 22Nov

    2015 Internships Available at Uproot Farm www.uprootfarm.com


    Uproot Farm is a small diversified vegetable farm about an hour north of the Twin Cities (Minnesota). 2015 will be their fifth season during which they’ll offer 100 Summer CSA shares, raise chickens (for meat), and continue to establish new fields and improve soil health in new ground. They’ll grow a total of 7 acres of vegetables, with about 12 additional acres in cover crops.

    In addition to the CSA, they grow for one farmer’s market in Minneapolis and three small wholesale accounts, including two food co-ops and one food truck/catering company. Uproot is slated for Organic Certification in June of 2015. Read more »

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