• 22Nov

    2015 Internships Available at Uproot Farm www.uprootfarm.com

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    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 »




  • 21Nov

    MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR SETS DATES FOR 2015
    Sustainable and self-sufficient living event adds new locations to lineup

    Want to grow and prepare your own food, raise backyard chickens, or learn how to save money on utilities? Then mark your calendar to attend one of the 2015 Mother Earth News Fairs.

    Mother Earth News, the largest and longest-running publication about self-sufficient lifestyles, has added an event outside of Milwaukee and has moved its Northwestern Fair to Albany, Oregon.

    Dates and locations include:

  • 20Nov

    Helping new farmers find land in central New York State and Beyond

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    Finger Lakes LandLink connects aspiring farmers with area landowners.
    Find other LandLink programs at: http://www.beginningfarmers.org/finding-land-to-farm/

    Finger Lakes LandLink is a project of Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County and Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming. LandLink creates linkages between farmers and landowners, increasing the successful establishment and expansion of farming enterprises while keeping land in active farming contributing to the local economy.

    The LandLink database stores information about land available for lease, loan or sale for beginning and established farmers in the 14 counties comprising the Finger Lakes region. It likewise has a listing of land seekers. Both land owner and land seeker listings are searchable by pertinent agricultural criteria.

    This service is free and confidential. If the land owners or land seekers do not wish to have their contact information listed on the database, Cornell Cooperative Extension staff will serve as the intermediary between landowners and land seekers.Read more.

    To list your land or to be listed as a land-seeker, click HERE.

    Check out LandLink in other parts of the country: http://www.beginningfarmers.org/finding-land-to-farm/

  • 20Nov

    2015 Farm Apprenticeships at Flying Plow Farm in Maryland

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    Flying Plow Farm seeks 2 full season apprentices for 2015. Apprentices participate in a formal and hands-on curriculum in draft animal power, sustainable vegetable growing, small-scale livestock production, and small business management.

    Modern housing and provisions from the farm are available. A sliding scale stipend based upon financial needs is provided. Length of stay is from January/February to mid-December.

    Highly motivated candidates who are interested in starting their own farm business in the near future should apply. At least one year of commercial farming experience is preferred, but not required. An appreciation and enthusiasm for farm work in general is important.

    Opportunities for an apprentice run on-farm enterprise are available as well as partnerships with the Beginning Farmer Training Program of Future Harvest-CASA.

    Flying Plow is a diverse farm in Cecil County, MD just a mile outside of “downtown” Rising Sun with a primary focus of vegetable production for a 150 member CSA and 3 farmers markets.

    There are 5 draft horses on the farm to help with vegetable tillage and farm chores. During the year the farm keeps 150 to 300 layers, and during the spring and fall months several batches of pastured broiler chickens are raised.

    Finally, there is a small grass-based beef herd with a couple milk cows in the mix and a few pigs are raised throughout the season.

    If interested please email your resume and a letter explaining your interest in agriculture to flyingplowfarm@gmail.com and you will receive a response with an application and more details about the apprenticeship.

  • 20Nov

    The ISLAND Farmer Residency Program in Northern Michigan has extended its application due date and will accept applications until we have filled our position. ISLAND’s Farmer Residency Program provides land and a supportive environment for aspiring farmers to become part of the growing local food movement in northwest Michigan.
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    ISLAND’s residency program is new and growing. This first cohort of residents will have the opportunity to influence the development of infrastructure and program support. Read more »

  • 19Nov

    NEW PODCAST, “THE TYPESET,” TO PRODUCE 10 HOURS OF CONTENT WITH MOTHER EARTH NEWS
    Audio documentary series looks at range of self-sufficiency and sustainability topics

    NEW YORK (Nov. 19, 2014) — The Mother Earth News Mini-Series of The Typeset, (http://www.thetypeset.net), will look at a handful of topics near and dear to the rural, self-sufficient, green community that have defined the classic magazine for nearly half a century. Episodes include natural health, the history of homesteading and contemporary practices, chickens, alternative/green housing in the 1970s and today, sustainable gardening and food production techniques, and the history of Mother Earth News.

    Podcasts in the Mother Earth News Mini-Series will be available on Tuesdays starting Nov. 25, 2014. All episodes will be available on iTunes, SoundCloud, and on www.thetypeset.net and MotherEarthNews.com.

    “We could not be happier in partnering with Ogden Publications on this mini-series. Their leadership and commitment to excellence regularly leaps off of the page and affects people’s lives,” says podcast host Olen Wallace. “In developing and supporting healthy, proactive community through Grit, Utne Reader and Mother Earth News, Ogden shows all of us how tradition and contemporary innovation can work side by side, each deepening the other.”

    Fans of the podcast can contact Miranda Greene via email at suggestions@thetypeset.net to provide feedback and ideas for the podcast.

  • 19Nov

    Now Accepting Applications for the 2015 Organic Farmer Training Program - Apply now for the 2015 Organic Farmer Training Program at the Michigan State University Student Organic Farm!

    The Organic Farmer Training Program offers nine months of intensive instruction in year-round organic farming.  The program focuses on diversified production of vegetables, livestock, flowers, fruits and herbs for local markets.  Participants manage all aspects of a 15-acre certified organic farm, including passive solar greenhouses used for year-round production in cold climates.  Participants also manage the Student Organic Farm’s field and hoophouse production. Produce is grown for the farm’s primary markets, including a 48-week CSA, seven-month on-campus farm stand, and sales to campus dining services.

    Participants develop competencies in farm skills and business planning through trainings, individual advising meetings, and engagement in the daily operations of the farm.  Hands-on training is combined with workshops, lectures, readings and assignments that build participants’ knowledge and understanding of organic farming principles and practices.  The program is designed to give participants a strong background in production skills as well as the knowledge, management, and decision-making skills necessary to operate a diversified small farming business.

    Additionally, we have multiple merit and need based scholarships available:

    MSU- RHS Scholarships – A limited number of scholarships will be awarded based on assessed financial need and merit. Need and merit based scholarships will range from $1,000 to $5,000 and will be applied immediately and directly towards the cost of the program.

    Michigan Good Food Charter Scholarship for People of Color – One to two scholarships totaling $10,000 will be granted each year. The Michigan Good Food Charter Scholarships will be disbursed directly to the participant.

    Visit our website for full program description, application and scholarship information: http://msuorganicfarm.org/organic-farmer-training-program

    Contact us at:

    msufarm@msu.edu

    517-230-7987

  • 19Nov

    Organic Farm Manager Job at Crown Point Ecology Center Near Akron, Ohio – Full-time, Exempt position, 40+ hours/week – Responsible To: Executive Director

    Organization Description: Crown Point Ecology Center (CPEC) is green space that matters – a biologically diverse living laboratory that serves to demonstrate practical applications of ecology. The 115-acre property in northeast Ohio (10 miles northwest of Akron, and 25 miles south of Cleveland) is a regional model for sustainable agriculture and environmental education. CPEC believes that ecological land stewardship encourages structural and social change through local food production, positive impacts on the environment, health of all citizens, and local economic development. Learn more at www.crownpt.org.

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    Position Summary: Manages the production and distribution of food and plants while maintaining or improving soil fertility. Responsible for CSA program, Annual Plant Sale, and Farm Apprentice Training Program. Read more »

  • 19Nov

    Got your Farm Business Plan? Winter Farm Business Planning Course in NY

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    Hone your business skills this winter!

    Applications are now open for Groundswell’s winter Farm Business Planning Course in Central New York State

    Ten Thursdays, 6-9 PM

    Jan 15 – Mar 19, 2015

    Our Farm Business Planning Course is designed for the serious beginning farmer who needs a plan. It’s also appropriate for established farmers who want to improve their business planning and management skills.

    Ten weekly sessions cover all major aspects of the farm business planning process, including assessing your resources; legal and regulatory issues; production planning; marketing; financial feasibility, budgets and record keeping; and more. Read more.

    NOTE: Participation in the Farm Business Planning Course is limited to applicants who:
    * Have at least one year of hands-on farming experience;
    * Have a clear business concept and expect to get started within one year, or are in already in business; and
    * Can fully commit to an intensive ten-week course with substantial outside research and homework.

    Apply Online Now!

  • 18Nov

    Sustainable Farming and Food Systems Program Offers Hands on Farmer Training and the Chance to Earn a College Degree in 4 Semesters

    Now Enrolling for Spring or Fall 2015. Earn an Associates Degree in Sustainable Farming and Food Systems while developing the practical skills and experience necessary to run a small farm business.

    Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3) in Dryden, New York (just outside of Ithaca) has developed a new degree program as part of their Farm to Bistro initiative.

    The Sustainable Farming and Food Systems program emphasizes the practical skills it takes to manage a small, diverse farm, while providing students with a broad exposure to the social and ecological considerations of truly sustainable food production and distribution. Students in the program take courses in entrepreneurship, accounting, environmental studies, biology, and unique food systems seminars. They will apply this knowledge on a working farm located on TC3’s main campus and work closely with food retailers, restaurants, as well as the TC3 Eatery and the College’s planned Coltivare culinary center in downtown Ithaca.

    Housing and financial aid are available. To learn more, please visit the Sustainable Farming and Food Systems page on the TC3 website or contact Program Chair Kelly Wessell by E-mail.

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