Check out these Young Farmers Coalition Events Throughout the Country in the Fall of 2017
Amarillo, TX—August 26—Meet-up + farm tour
6pm @ Nuke-City Veg, 5010 S Fannin St
Join the Texas Panhandle Young Farmers Coalition for a meet-up to talk about current local issues and a farm tour of Nuke-City Veg. Meet new members from the city of Lubbock, and perhaps stick around for a video screening. More info here.
Crothersville, IN—August 28—Young Farmer Roundtable with Congressman Donnelly’s Ag Liaison
6pm @ Nightfall Farm, 7740 W. Co. Rd. 1100 S.
Join members of the Hoosier Young Farmers Coalition in conversation with Congressman Donnelly’s Agricultural Liaison, Kent Yeager. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. More info here.
Indiana (various locations)—August & September—Up, Up! Farm Film Fest
Up, Up! Farm is a film collection with 17 hours of documentaries by 13 independent filmmakers about the future of farming, featuring young farmers from around world. Each explores questions of farmland access, rural livelihoods, and the relationships of people and place. Up, Up! Farm is being organized as a cooperative film festival with screenings across the country. Upcoming Indiana screenings will be in Columbus (8/24), Batesville (9/12), Lawrenceburg (9/12), Goshen (9/20), and Indianapolis (9/22).
Asheville, NC—September 9—Official Afterparty: Organic Grower’s School Harvest Conference
6pm @ New Belgium Brewery, 21 Craven St
Come to the Official Afterparty for the Organic Grower’s School Harvest Conference. Join other young farmers at New Belgium Brewery after your day of amazing farm classes. Updates on the National Young Farmer Coalition will be provided.
Petersburg, NY—September 10—Farm Tour + Potluck
5-8pm @ Soul Fire Farm, 1972 NY-2, Petersburg, NY 12138
Join the Hudson Valley Young Farmers Coalition for a farm tour and potluck at Soul Fire Farm. Leah Penniman and Jonah Vitale-Wolff started Soul Fire Farm in 2011 as a Certified Naturally Grown family farm, community resource, and vessel for education. They are committed to ending racism and injustice in the food system. Members of their CSA support their youth, adult, and restorative justice programming, collaborating with community partners to build a just food system in Albany and Troy, hosting retreats for groups doing social justice work, and so much more. More info here. Please bring a potluck dish to share and a plate/cup/utensil.
Bovina, NY—September 12—Farm tour + potluck
3pm @ Treadlight Farm, 1576 Crescent Valley Road
Join the NYFC Catskills chapter for a farm tour and potluck at Treadlight Farm! All are welcome. Please bring a potluck dish to share and a plate/cup/utensil.
Springfield, OR—September 17-18—Beginning Farmer Land & Water Training
Two Rivers Farm, 89190 Old Mohawk Rd, Springfield, OR 97478
Join NYFC, local affiliate chapter the Southern Willamette Beginning Farmers Alliance, and Rogue Farm Corps for a two-day training on land access, water law, and farm financing. On day one you’ll hear from local land trusts on how to access affordable farmland, and learn about the foundations of state water law and administration from U of O water law professor Adell Amos, and get a farm tour of Two Rivers Farm. On day 2 you’ll walk through a visioning course to better understand your farming goals, and get trained in using NYFC’s new Land Access Calculator. Potluck and farmer panel night one. Camp out on the farm and stay for day 2! $30 for one day, $50 for two days. RSVP here.
Boulder County, CO—September 24—NYFC Water Bootcamp
1-5pm @ Oxford Gardens, 10145 Oxford Road, Longmont, CO 80504
Join NYFC, CSU Extension, and other local partners for a half-day workshop on the foundations of Colorado water law. You’ll learn about Prior Appropriation, what’s up with “use it or lose it,” and how water is administered across the state and on the farm. Farm tour to follow. Snacks provided. Hosted by NYFC and our local chapter the Flatirons Young Farmers Coalition. RSVP here.
Rocky Ford, CO—September 27—Innovating for Viability: Land & Water Tour of the Lower Arkansas Basin
8am-4pm, meet at 1516 Asbury Lane, Boone, CO 81025
On this one-day tour, hear from local farmers and other speakers and visit operations focused on irrigation efficiency, soil health, adaptation for climate change, alternative transfer methods, water quality, farmland succession planning and more. Participants will enjoy a local meal during the tour and grow their understanding of the local nexus of water and the agriculture industry. Hosted by NYFC, Colorado Foundation for Water Education, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, and Colorado Ag Water Alliance. $75 for members, $90 for non-members. Register here.
Denver, CO—October 6—Final hearing of the CO Young & Beginning Farmers Interim Study Committee
@ Denver State Capitol, Senate Committee Room #357
This past legislative session NYFC worked with State Senator Kerry Donovan to create the first-ever Colorado Young & Beginning Farmers Interim Study Committee. The committee was tasked with studying how state and local policies can better assist aspiring farmers and ranchers in the early stages of their career, while also helping to protect working landscapes, enhancing climate resiliency, meeting growing demands for local food, promoting innovation, and sustaining rural communities and economies. The committee first met on August 10 and proposed six bills for drafting, the final versions of which will be voted on at the October 6hearing. These hearings are open to the public. Farmers, ranchers, and concerned consumers are encouraged to attend.