• 14Nov

     Understanding Whole-Farm Insurance for Specialized, Diversified, and Organic Farms: November 29, 2012 webinar will discuss AGR-Lite and other options

    The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) will offer a webinar on Thursday, November 29, to explain Adjusted Gross Revenue Lite (AGR-Lite)— a unique type of federally subsided crop insurance that holds great promise to serve the needs of smaller, diverse, specialty crop, organic, and direct-market farmers.

    While most insurance products are tied to a specific crop or commodity, AGR-Lite is based on whole-farm revenue and allows farmers who grow several specialty crops, high value crops (including organic), or diverse crops and livestock products, to insure their production based on the farm’s historic revenue.

    The free, hour-long webinar, “Understanding Whole-Farm Insurance for Specialized, Diversified, and Organic Farms” will explain how AGR-Lite works and also will demonstrate NCAT’s new AGR-Lite Wizard assessment tool. This tool allows farmers to evaluate the usefulness of whole-farm revenue insurance for their own situation, and is available as a free download from www.agrlitewizard.com, or by calling 1-800-346-9140. Read more »

  • 12Oct

    Sunseed Farm, a Diversified Vegetable Farm in Ann Arbor, Michigan is hiring for two Assistant Farmer jobs

    Dates: Beginning May 1, 2012, continuing at least until October 26, with opportunity for one of these two positions to continue through the winter at half-time and resume at full-time in May, 2013.

    Compensation: $10/hour starting wage, with raises based on demonstrated skill, diligence, efficiency and initiative. Hours: 40 hours/week

    Description: The responsibilities of the Assistant Farmers will be to work full-time during the warm season and half-time during the cool season assisting in running the day-to-day operations of Sunseed Farm, including all tasks involved in year-round vegetable and fruit production and marketing.  The Assistant Farmers will also be expected to attain proficiency in all basic and intermediate farm skills, and will be responsible for some weekend farm upkeep.

    Excellent candidates for this position will possess experience and knowledge of organic or ecological vegetable growing, a strong, self-motivating physical work ethic, and a desire to discover the best and most efficient farming methods. Although all applications will be considered, preference will be given to candidates who anticipate a desire to work at Sunseed through the fall of 2013.

    Sunseed Farm is a year-round diversified vegetable farm just outside of Ann Arbor, MI entering its third year of production in 2012. They will be offering 100 CSA shares year-round, and work in local farmers markets and with area restaurants and grocery stores.  We are committed to being the best example of professional, educational and community-enriching ecological vegetable production in southeast Michigan.  For information on the farm or questions regarding this position, please email Tomm Becker at farm.sunseed@gmail.com.

    To Apply: Send your resume and a cover letter explaining why you are a good choice for this position, along with three professional references to: Sunseed Farm, 2886 West Joy Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.  We will continue taking applications until we find the right candidate.

  • 12Dec

    National Good Food Network Webinar: THURSDAY, December 16; 3:30-4:45 PM ET

    Getting Banks to “Yes” with Small, Diverse Farms FREE! Reserve Your Space Now

    Not much has changed in 20 years for smaller farms since bankers turned down the founders of the successful Organic Valley brand. Lenders are still dubious of “alternative agriculture,” and smaller, diversified operations still struggle to translate their business models into conventional loan applications.

    A national team of community-based lenders and sustainable agriculture organizations aims to change that. They are developing a tool to help lenders and smaller, diversified farms communicate. Join us for this webinar for a deep look at financing sustainable food.

    Susan Cocciarelli of Michigan State University’s C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems will set the scene, including a very brief primer on terminology. Dorothy Suput, executive director of The Carrot Project, a farm support group and microloan fund in the Northeast, will share her successes and challenges “on the ground” making these loans. Then Denise Dukette, vice president of New England Bank, will introduce a possible solution to the “capital access problem” for farmers: a tool, or “risk assessment framework,” to assist traditional lenders.

    Finally this team will explain their plans to build a national cohort of partners working on the ground to develop this methodology and help more lenders get to “yes” with credit-worthy farms.

    Register Now!
    Questions? Email us at contact@ngfn.org

  • 14Sep

    Somewhat romanticized, yes. But a nice New York Times Article about one of my favorite farms.

    Read it HERE

    Tantre really is a unique place where many aspiring farmers have come to develop their knowledge and skills, learn what it takes to make a small diversified farm work, and found a genuine communal atmosphere with all the joys, tensions, beauty, exhaustion, elation, frustration, successes, failures, and emotional and physical challenges that are part of the farm internship learning experience.

    I have spent many many hours there – pulling weeds, planting seedlings, chatting with Richard and Deb, enjoying communal meals, tinkering with machinery, hunting for morel mushrooms, and learning how little I really know about what it actually takes to run a successful small diversified farm.

    To learn more about Tantre Farm go to their website at http://www.tantrefarm.com/

  • 05Sep

    Sterling College, a small experiential and ecologically focused liberal arts college in Craftsbury Common, Vermont, invites applications for one full-time position in Sustainable Agriculture. We  welcome applications from inspired educators with strong academic and applied skills who wish to teach and work in a small environmentally and community centered college.

    This is a renewable 10-month position from mid-February to mid-December. Candidates should have experience managing the daily operations of small-scale, diversified gardens that both support an academic curriculum and are focused on feeding a community year-round. Garden management responsibilities include working with student supervisors and overseeing the College’s annual and perennial gardens, greenhouses, and root cellar; working with students to grow, store, and preserve food for the College; and facilitating the College’s farm-to-kitchen program. Read more »

  • 03Jul

    Though this post is for a previous event, you can find out about the current year’s program by contacting: growseed@yahoo.com

    Wednesday, July 7

    1:00 – 3:00 – UMass Farm 89-91 River Rd off RT 116, Deerfield, MA

    3:30 – 5:30 – Seed Farm, 400 Adamsville Rd. Colrain, MA

    Join us to discover delicious heritage wheats that thrive in New England spanning einkorn, emmer and Transcaucasus wheats to varieties beloved by French and German bakers and more.

    Learn how to integrate small grains in a diversified rotation. Share practical experiences to build a local wheat-to-bread system. Taste high-nutrition, gluten-safe einkorn bread.

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