• 24Jul

    Learn the ins and outs of farm marketing with the Growing Farmers Initiative at Stone Barns Center!

    Developing Your Farm Marketing Plan
    Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture (Hudson Valley, New York)
    July 30, 2014, 2-5PM

    Developing your farm’s marketing and outlet strategy is a vital part of your future success. Should you join a farmers market, start a CSA, or both? How can your business appeal to a customer’s behavioral habits and attract a wider range of shoppers? Join marketing specialists Matt LeRoux and Chris Wayne for an introduction to marketing strategy development and customer behavior at farmers markets.

    For more information, visit the Virtual Grange: http://www.virtualgrange.org/july-30-2014-developing-your-farm-marketing-plan/




  • 21Jul

    From USDA: Enrollment Begins Tomorrow, July 22

    WASHINGTON, July 21, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) assistance for losses to bush or tree fruit crops due to frost or freeze during the 2012 crop year. The program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides supplemental NAP payment to eligible producers.

    Farmers who did not have access to crop insurance and are in primary and adjacent counties that received a Secretarial disaster designation because of frost or freeze in 2012 are eligible for NAP assistance. Losses due to weather damage or other adverse natural occurrences may also qualify for program assistance.

    NAP enrollment begins July 22, 2014. Applications must be submitted to FSA county offices by Sept. 22, 2014. Read more »

  • 21Jul

    Job: Seeking skilled farmer to manage and work all aspects of vegetable production and marketing for a farm in Oklahoma.

    Farm uses organic farming methods however is not certified organic. The farm currently has 1+ acres in vegetable production with established marketing avenues, although additional marketing will be needed. Room for expansion. Farm is currently using plasticulture with drip irrigation. Farm has unheated hoop houses for season extension, etc. Owners have too many “irons in the fire” and need someone to take over responsibility for this area of the farm. Located in north central Oklahoma. Read more »

  • 21Jul

    NOFA Vermont is excited to offer this workshop presented by Sylvia Davatz of Solstice Seeds in Norwich, VT. If you’re a gardener looking for inspiration and knowledge to advance your seed saving skills, join Sylvia for an overview of issues of timing, plant spacing, pollination, isolation, plant populations, seed maturity, processing, record keeping, and storage of many regionally adapted crops. We’ll also address the challenges of overwintering biennials and planning rotations. This workshop is geared for those with some experience with seed saving. Read more »

  • 21Jul

    Join in the latest event from the Detroit-Wayne County Seasonal High Tunnel Educational Initiative: a full-day tour of some of the most successful seasonal high tunnels in Michigan. Don’t miss this chance to learn about hoophouse production at Ten Hens Farm and the Michigan State University Student Organic Farm.

    TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:
    Ten Hens Farm is located in Bath, MI, and has been owned and operated by Adam and Dru Montri since 2008. They practice year-round production in the farm’s six hoophouses and have a strong base of customers in local restaurants and farmers’ markets. Adam Montri also acts as a Hoophouse Outreach Specialist with Michigan State University. Dru Montri is also the Director of the Michigan Farmers’ Market Association. Read more »

  • 18Jul

    New Open Access Urban Agriculture & Regional Food Systems Journal: SITOPOLIS

    The newly launched journal SITOPOLIS is published by Baltzer Science Publishers, in co-operation with the RUAF (Resource Centers on Urban Agriculture and Food Security) Foundation and ACSESS (The Alliance of Crop, Soil and Environmental Science Societies in the USA. Lead Editor is Prof. Han Wiskerke of the Wageningen University. Several RUAF Foundation members and other well-known individuals in the field of urban food systems are members of the Editorial Board. SITOPOLIS is a multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed and open access journal focussing on urban and peri-urban agriculture and systems of urban and regional food provisioning in developing, transition and advanced economies. SITOPOLIS welcomes contributions from a wide variety of discipliness. The journal publishes original research as well as critical reviews. For the call for contribution and more information, visit www.sitopolis.org.

  • 18Jul

    Snow’s Bend Farm in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, is a locally owned, modern, efficient farm looking to hire someone for the job of Farm Assistant for 2014 and beyond. They will fully train all employees and ensure that they are comfortable with their responsibilities. The work is challenging, but fulfilling and the customers are very friendly and easy to get along with.

    SUMMARY

    The farm assistant helps with crop production as well as distribution and marketing. He/she is responsible for CSA deliveries, vending at farmer’s markets, and assisting with all aspects of crop production and distribution. Read more »

  • 17Jul

    Seeley Farm is a 6 acre, certified organic vegetable farm located 4 miles north of downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan. For info about the farm, see their website www.seeleyfarm.com.

    They are currently hiring for a full-time crew job beginning immediately and ending in late November, 2014 with the potential for renewal in the 2015 growing season (April to November). We produce ready-to-eat salad greens for 16 local grocery stores, as well as a diversity of vegetable crops (from carrots to squash to broccoli, etc.) for local restaurants and farmers’ markets. Read more »

  • 14Jul

    Events Aid Vets Considering Sustainable-Ag Career

    Veterans and their spouses who are considering farming as a viable career can apply to spend several days in September learning about sustainable, small-scale farming at “Armed to Farm” (ATF) events in Arkansas and Mississippi.

    The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is organizing the ATF events, which are supported by USDA Rural Development and NCAT’s ATTRA program.

    Two ATF events will be held:

       September 14-19 in Fayetteville, Arkansas

       September 22-26 in Jackson, Mississippi

    ATF will be a dynamic blend of farm tours and hands-on experience with classroom instruction. Participants will learn about business planning, budgeting, recordkeeping, marketing, livestock production, fruit and vegetable production, and more. Participants will leave the training with a strong foundation in the basic principles of operating a sustainable farming enterprise.

    The number of participants will be limited. Applications are due August 1, 2014. Selected participants will be notified no later than August 8, 2014.

    The event will be free for participants, and lodging and most meals will be provided. Veterans selected to attend will be responsible for travel costs to and from the event.

    Veterans from Arkansas and Mississippi as well as Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF & OIF) veterans and their spouses will receive first priority. National Guardsmen/women and Reservists also are encouraged to apply.

    Secondary focus will be on all other veterans. Spouses are encouraged to attend, not only if they are interested, but because running a farm will impact their lives even if they are not directly involved.

    Go online at http://www.ncat.org/armedtofarm/  for complete application details.  For more information, please contact Margo Hale at margoh@ncat.org or (479) 442-9824.

  • 12Jul

    Final Week to Submit Pre-Proposals for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program

    Monday, July 14, 2014 is the last day to submit pre-proposals to the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).  Through RCPP, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) partners with producer associations or cooperatives, units of state or local governments, Indian tribes, water or irrigation districts or utilities, institutions of higher education, or other organizations that have a history of working with producers, to deliver federal farm bill conservation assistance to farmers to address specific natural resource and environmental concerns in a specific region or state.  Read more…

    Conservation Stewardship Program Renewal Process Starting

    Farmers and ranchers who enrolled in the the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) in 2010 can re-enroll their farms for another five years by submitting a renewal application to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resource Conservation (NRCS).  The window to apply to re-enroll extends from July 11 to September 12, 2014.  Read more…

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