• 29Jan

    New Publication: Apple IPM for Beginners  
    Apple IPM for Beginners is a new series of simplified factsheets and scouting guides that make integrated pest management easier for beginners. The guides include such topics as apple scab, aphids and leafhoppers, trunk borers, choosing sprays and more. You can download the free online version or contact Deborah Breth at dib1@cornell.edu for hard-copy purchase information.

    Organic Regulations and Handbook Now Available in Spanish   The National Organic Program is now providing Spanish versions of the USDA organic regulations and program handbook, to make it easier for Spanish-speaking farmers, handlers, and certifiers to understand and comply with the USDA organic regulations. The 80-page Reglamentos Organicos Estadounidenses and the 310-page Manual del Programa Nacional Orgánico are both available online.

    Beef Farm Account Book Available The Cornell Beef Farm Account Book is once again available. The accounting record book is designed specifically for beef producers. A complete and accurate set of financial records helps producers develop accurate tax returns but as important gives them the data to analyze their business. Using this accounting record book the farm manager will have the data needed to complete the Beef Farm Business Summary. The Farm Business Summary is a confidential analysis of business records to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the beef enterprise. This allows for better decision making to increase farm profitability. To purchase a copy of the Cornell Beef Farm Account Book, contact your local Cornell Cooperative Extension Livestock Educator at http://beefcattle.ansci.cornell.edu/field-staff/ or Tom Gallagher, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Albany County, tig3@cornell.edu,518- 765-3500.

    Study Explores How Climate Change Will Affect Agriculture   Climate change will require major transformations in agricultural systems, including increased irrigation and moving production from one region to another, according to a new study by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. The study provides a global scenario analysis that covers nine different climates, 18 crops, and four crop-management systems, as well as the interactions between crop production, consumption, prices, and trade. View the study here.

    Michigan Food Hub Network Case Study Published The Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems has released The Michigan Food Hub Network: A Case Study in Building Effective Networks for Food System Change. The 24-page publication relates some of the key lessons the Michigan Food Hub Network has learned, detailing considerations for food hubs and partners in starting a food hub network.View the report here.

  • 28Jan

    Alyssum Intercropping with Lettuce Provides Pest Control
    The Organic Farming Research Foundation reported on the work of USDA researcher Dr. Eric Brennan, who has developed an “additive intercropping” technique for aphid control in lettuce. Brennan established that planting one or two alyssum plants per every 50 lettuce plants provides adequate aphid control without reducing yields. Related ATTRA Publication: Organic IPM Field Guide

    Sowing Patterns, Crop Density Aid in Weed Control
    Research from the University of Copenhagen suggests that weed control can be conducted more sustainably by adjusting sowing patterns and crop density. Studies demonstrate that modified sowing patterns and closer crop spacing results in a reduction of total weed biomass. The trick is to increase crop-weed competition and utilize the crop’s head start, so that it gains a large competitive advantage over the neighboring weeds. Related ATTRA Publication: Sustainable Weed Management for Small and Medium-Scale Farms

    Maps Total Global Cropland, Measure Field Size
    Two new maps provide insight into the amount of land used for crops globally, says Live Science. To create the maps, information from satellite images, regional maps, video, and geotagged photos was compiled by volunteers in a crowdsourced, online game called “Cropland Capture.” One of the new maps reveals the world’s agricultural lands to a resolution of one kilometer, showing the amount of cropland worldwide in 2005. The other provides the first look at the sizes of fields worldwide.

    >> More Breaking News from ATTRAs

  • 28Jan

    Earlier this month the National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) released a Request for Applications (RFA) for the 2015 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP).

    The deadline for applications is 5:00 pm EST on Friday, March 13.

    The RFA is posted on NIFA’s website: http://www.nifa.usda.gov/funding/rfas/pdfs/15_bfrdp.pdf

    NIFA will host a webinar to answer questions about the RFA on Wednesday, February 11th at 4:00pm EST. Here is the link to the webinar:  http://nifa-connect.nifa.usda.gov/bfrdp15rfa/

    Additional resources, including an FAQ, is available on the NIFA website: http://www.nifa.usda.gov/funding/bfrdp/bfrdp.html

  • 27Jan

    New Entry Sustainable Farming Project invites you to participate in a series of two webinars for farmland seekers. These webinars will focus on finding farmland, assessing farmland, and the practical details of farmland leasing. Both webinars are free and open to everyone. Registration is required. See details on each of the webinars below.

    Webinar 1: Tools for Finding and Assessing Farmland

    Join New Entry Sustainable Farming Project’s Farmland Matching Service for a webinar on tools for finding and assessing farmland in New England. Learn about local and regional resources that can help you identify potential farmland and discover tools that can help you  identify key considerations for careful examination of a site, including conditions and variables that may affect the viability of your farm operation. Presenters include Kathy Ruhf at Land for Good, Ben Waterman at University of Vermont Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and Noelle Fogg at New Entry Sustainable Farming Project.

    To register for Webinar 1, click here: https://nesfp.org/events/webinar-tools-finding-and-assessing-farmland

    Date: Thursday, February 5, 2015; Time: 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EST

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing important information about joining the Webinar. Please read this information carefully!

    Webinar 2: Nuts and Bolts of Farmland Leasing

    Join New Entry Sustainable Farming project for a webinar discussing the basic practical details of farmland leasing. Learn about the benefits of farmland leasing, elements of a good lease, finding the “right” relationship with a land owner, and expectations of engaging legal help. Presenters include Kathy Ruhf at Land For Good, Elena Mihaly at Legal Services Food Hub, and Noelle Fogg at New Entry Sustainable Farming Project.

    To register for Webinar 2, click here: https://nesfp.org/events/webinar-nuts-and-bolts-farmland-leasing

    Date: Thursday, February 19, 2015; Time: 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EST

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing important information about joining the Webinar. Please read this information carefully!

    More information about finding farmland is available at http://www.beginningfarmers.org/finding-land-to-farm/

  • 26Jan

    Sales Contracts for Farm Produce & Making Employment Law Work For Your Farm – Farm Commons

    Sales Contracts for Farm Produce: Why and How
    Date: Monday, February 2nd; Time: Noon, Central. (10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern)

    Everyone loves local food! Consumers, restaurants, grocery stores, schools, and child care facilities are buying more and more product. No matter the size of the buyer, a good relationship between buyer and farmer is key to making these sales profitable over the long-term. The right sales agreement- a written one that addresses ordering, cancellation, and payment terms- can help keep everyone happy. Learn how and why farmers should pay attention to the “terms” of their sales and strongly consider writing down sales agreements. Register now at our website!

    Making Employment Law Work For Your Farm
    Date: Tuesday, February 3rd; Time: Noon, Central. (10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern)

    Employment law is probably the single most complex legal concern for farmers. Especially for the diversified farm, navigating farm and non-farm employment law is no walk in the park. This webinar will break down federal minimum wage, workers’ compensation and overtime, plus migrant worker laws. (They apply to more than just migrant workers!) Worker-exchange programs, independent contractors, employment manuals, injury liability, discrimination and a host of other concerns round out the discussion. Checklists and flowcharts will help make the process easy.
    Register now at our website!
    See upcoming and archived webinars from Food Commons here!

  • 25Jan

    WWOOF Organic FarmsWWOOF-USA Program Manager – Accepting Applications

    Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms – USA (WWOOF-USA®) is hiring a Program Manager, and is accepting applications now for a full-time salaried position. Please see the job description below. Application review will begin January 27, 2015, with a full time start date of April 1, 2015.

    This position is full-time and includes a generous benefits package. Salary is $43,000 – $49,000, DOE. Full time start date is April 1, 2015 with a required paid training period March 17-31, 2015. The position will be located at the WWOOF-USA office in San Francisco, with some possibility of office relocation outside of San Francisco city in the next three years. Must be able to commit to position for a minimum of one year.

    Full Job Description: https://wwoofusa.org/contact/wwoof-usa-program-manager-accepting-applications/

    To apply: Email cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references in one attached document to:

  • 24Jan

    Planting Transplants on the FarmOrganic Farming Job in Minnesota

    Northfield, Minnesota. 100 acre organic farm and greenhouse has full time, seasonal openings for 2015.

    Full season; Mar-Oct. 34 weeks. Peak Season; May-Sept. 24 weeks.

    Wages $9 – $11 / hr. depending on experience and productivity. We reward hard work and a good attitude. Be part of our team! Send your resume with a personal statement to ContactUs@gardensofeagan.com. Visit gardensofeagan.com or Face Book for photos, etc.

  • 24Jan

    Urban Farm Urban Farm Internship in New Jersey – 2015

    Grow it Green Morristown (New Jersey) is seeking two reliable, hands-on, farm interns to assist with the cultivation and teaching opportunities at the Urban Farm at Lafayette.  The cultivated area of our farm is approximately one-half acre. All of our farm practices follow organic recommendations and emphasize overall sustainability, but we are not certified organic.

    Beyond being a farm, The Urban Farm at Lafayette (New Jersey) is an educational center for the community and the 4,700 children of the Morris School District, making this job opportunity distinct from many typical farm jobs. The Farm Interns will play an important role assisting with educational projects involving the farm.  This will require self-confidence and a professional attitude, as well as being able to deal with a variety of diverse groups.  Our interns must be able to work with groups of youth and adults.

    The Urban Farm Interns will be responsible for assisting in food production, education, and helping coordinate the distribution of produce to Grow it Green Morristown’s various constituencies. Interns should desire to learn more about gardening and production of food, as well as have a desire to work with children and the public.  We are a community oriented non-profit, as such we will expect the intern to help with programs and classes at the garden.

    As the garden is located on school district property and interns will be working with District children, the applicant must be able to pass a criminal background check and submit to fingerprinting along with taking a Mantoux skin test. Read more »

  • 24Jan

    Randall’s Island Park Alliance, Inc. Job Opening Notice - Seasonal Urban Farmer & Educator

    Official Job Title: Randall’s Island Park Worker; Department: Horticulture; Job Type: Seasonal – 40 hours per week – 9 months duration

    Salary Range: $15.00 – $17.00/hour depending on experience; Duration: March 2 – November 28, 2015

    Work Location: Randall’s Island Park, New York City

    New York City Urban FarmPOSITION DESCRIPTION
    The Randall’s Island Urban Farm offers free day trips to schools and community groups in NYC to teach about how their food is grown, making good food choices, and cultivating a nutritious diet. More information can be found at http://www.randallsisland.og/environment/urban-farm. The Urban Farmer & Educator will report directly to the Urban Farm Manager and the Director of Horticulture and work with other members of the Horticulture Crew to maintain the Randall’s Island Urban Farm. The position will runs from March through November. Read more »

  • 24Jan

    Arial Photo of FarmOxbow Farm in Washington State Is Hiring! They have a number of different wonderful job opportunities available for the 2015 season.  Join their Production Team, join their Admin Team, join their Education Team, join their Native Plant Team.

    Oxbow is a 25 acre organic farm, education center, and native plant nursery located on a 100-acre wilderness preserve in the Snoqualmie Valley, 25 miles east of Seattle Washington. The farm supports a 600+ member CSA, supplies over 30 restaurants and independent grocery stores with local, organic produce. Our education center, which has a working small farm and Living Playground, is committed to teaching children about sustainable agriculture and the environment. At Oxbow children see firsthand where their food comes from, where salmon spawn, and understand why we need to protect both. The Native Plant Nursery, built in 2013, is a production, research and education facility. We aim to grow the highest quality native plants for restoration, mitigation and landscaping, using ecologically sound practices, and foster research and education that contribute to the restoration and nursery-growing community.

    Oxbow Center & Organic Farm

    10819 Carnation Duvall Rd NE

    Carnation Wa 98014

    425-788-1134 ext 1



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