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Young Farmer Land Opportunities & Events

From our friends at the National Young Farmers Coalition whose newsletter  features a selection of land available to lease or buy through land trusts. To learn more about why NYFC works with land trusts, read this blog post. To submit a land opportunity, contact Holly Rippon-Butler. Washington County, NY  — 100-acre farm particularly suitable for grazing with areas […]

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40 Years of Science Proves Worth of Organic Ag

Washington State University researchers have concluded that feeding a growing global population with sustainability goals in mind is possible. Their review of hundreds of published studies provides evidence that organic farming can produce sufficient yields, be profitable for farmers, protect and improve the environment and be safer for farm workers. The review study, “Organic Agriculture […]

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Grange Farm School – Call for Applications by 2/20

The California Grange is a historical organization composed primarily of farmers. I had the good fortune to do a series of Grange screenings last year with the President, Bob McFarland, and he took me to see their resurrected Grange Farm School in Northern California.  A sweeter place would be hard to find – a green, green […]

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Veteran Underemployment Survey

Farmer-veteran, Morgan Boyd, is a graduate student at the prestigious Ag school, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Morgan is conducting a survey on “Current Conditions Leading to the Recent Increases in Veteran Underemployment.” (Click here to take the survey).  It is intended to be conducted specifically with veterans.  In addition to his graduate work, Morgan […]

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2016 Food & Farming Reading List

What great books have you read recently?  Email titles to me that Ground Operations can offer on our website through Amazon. From our friends at Food Tank: 1. Anubandh by Dr. Ela Bhatt Dr. Ela Bhatt, founder of the Self-Employed Women’s Association of India, explores how basic human needs can be met locally to integrate solutions to […]

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Farm Manager Job at Growing Veterans

Wowza – what an opportunity:  An actual paying job, with housing and as much organic produce as you can eat, working  as a farm manager with some of Washington’s finest — Growing Veterans.  What a great way to start the New Year! Start Date: January 1, 2016  flexible) Organization Description: Growing Veterans is a non-profit […]

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A Simple Fix for Farming

Organic vs. “conventional” agriculture are not the only two choices.  Iowa State University points to a 12-year study proving that crop rotations and introduction of livestock manure can dramatically reduce chemical (pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides) inputs without diminishing yields.  Read on for this incredibly hopeful path available for the future of farming, from the New York Times’ […]

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The Farmers Creed (1915)

Still true 100 years later, and shared by our friends at the new magazine, Southern Farm and Garden: I believe a man’s greatest possession is his dignity and that no calling bestows this more abundantly than farming. I believe hard work and honest sweat are the building blocks of a person’s character. I believe that farming, […]

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Forget the bee’s knees – try the Bee’s Mead!

One of our favorite Navy-vets is Frank Golbeck, beekeeper and mead maker. If you’re looking for that unusual gift or simply something tantalizing delicious and refreshing for your holiday table this year, consider Golden Coast Mead.  Here’s a preview … THE FRONTIER OF MEAD What if we got rid of all the mead jargon? What if […]

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Huge Victory for Clean Food

Just when you wonder if all this grassroots action really matters, you get a resounding victory. Responding to a lawsuit brought by Center for Food Safety and Earthjustice, yesterday EPA announced it is revoking the registration of “Enlist Duo,” a toxic combination of glyphosate and 2,4-D – the main ingredient in Agent Orange. Approved by […]

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