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USDA Urban Agriculture Toolkit Available

New USDA Urban Agriculture Toolkit for Urban Farmers and Agri-business Entrepreneurs  Online Resource Draws on USDA’s and Partners’ Experience with Launching and [...]
  • advanced permaculture course
    16th Annual Advanced Permaculture Course in Teaching Dates:  August 7 – 13, 2016 Instructors:  Jude Hobbs, with Guests including Andrew Millison and Others Location: Wilson Creek Gardens, Cottage Grove, Oregon USA Empower yourself to advocate for change through whole systems design and teaching! In this dynamic and interactive course, you learn significant teaching techniques to communicate and apply Permaculture principles and strategies to a wide variety of audiences and educational [...]
  • New Entry Sustainable Farming Project
    Capturing and Organizing Farm Data Webinar with Chris Blanchard – From New Entry Sustainable Farming Project Paperwork can be the bane of the certified-organic, GAPs-audited, and financially-aware farmer. Learn how to capture information, get on top of your paperwork, and wow your inspector, auditor, and banker. Chris Blanchard provides an overview of the basic techniques he and his crew used to gather information and keep it organized for easy access with a minimum of effort. The [...]
  • young farmers in the news
    Young farmers in the news – National Young Farmers Coalition What Does Student Loan Forgiveness Have to Do with Farming? Everything. Kelsey Lindsey — Civil Eats and The Atlantic NYFC has pinpointed a number of barriers of entry for new farmers, including sky-high land prices, lack of access to water, and lack of training. Along with these hurdles, NYFC has zeroed in on an issue affecting about 40 million Americans and around 70 percent of college graduates: student loan debt. READ [...]
  • Farm Training
    Farm Training: Minority, Women, New and Beginning, Military Veteran and Urban Producers to Receive Training and Information on Agency Services The U.S. Department Agriculture (USDA) today announced cooperative agreements with 55 partners to educate farmers and other producers that have been underserved by USDA programs historically about Farm Service Agency (FSA) programs that provide financial, disaster or technical support. Nearly $2.5 million will go to nonprofits, associations, [...]
  • financing program expanded to help farmers
    CONGRESSIONAL NEWS House Committee Votes to Strip Protections for Contract Farmers – On April 19 the House Appropriations Committee convened to debate and pass the House Agriculture Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2017. This bill funds the major programs and functions of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration… Clean Water Rule Escapes Shutdown in Senate – By voting down an amendment yesterday, April 22, that would have halted the [...]
  • Grange School of Adaptive Agriculture
    The Grange School of Adaptive Agriculture now open for 2016 applications The Grange School of Adaptive Agriculture (GSAA), located in Willitis, California, is an educational training center that equips the current and next generation of farmers and advocates with essential skills in the science, art, and business of food. Cultivating an ability to adapt new, ecologically conscientious approaches to constantly changing contexts is essential to successful food production. Indeed, at the core of [...]