Jack Johnson Supports Young Farmers (With Your Help)

Jack Johnson squareWe’ve got some exciting news to report!

Musician Jack Jonson has announced his support for the National Young Farmers Coalition through a partnership between NYFC, Jack, and YOU!  For the next 25 hours, Jack Johnson’s foundation, the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation, is matching all donations made to NYFC – but only if you JOIN or RENEW in the next 25 hours.

This past year we’ve teamed up with farmers around the country to tackle a huge range of issues – everything from the new food safety laws to helping create a new farm bill that supports beginning farmers to the revamping of USDA programs to help beginning farmers better access federal resources.  We plan on keeping up the pressure in 2014, working on land access issues, farmer organizing and more.  Join us, and have your membership donation doubled by acting today!

 

Introducing Fresh Start Organic Garden at the Stetson School in Barre, MA

We’re excited to publish a new Farmer Profile of an inspiring beginning farmer every few weeks on the NYFC blog to help showcase the breadth and vision of the next generation of agricultural leaders.  This one is from Shawn Ilinitch of the Stetson School’s Fresh Start Organic Garden in Barre, MA.

Fresh Start - ShawnLast year, I kind of fell into (love with) farming by accident. (more…)

Historic moment as Colorado River flows to Delta for first time in decades

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Looking up river from Morelos Dam, last dam on the Colorado River. Photo by Kate Greenberg

Take a ride down the street view of the Colorado River, past Lake Powell and through the Grand Canyon. The river will narrow and calm after Lake Mead, the reservoir that feeds Las Vegas. As you approach the Mexican border you will have to get out and walk: what remains of the river is diverted to feed cities and farms on both sides of the border. (more…)

Arkansas Farmers Speak Out in Support of BFRIDA

Mountain Bounty Farm

Mountain Bounty Farm, in Glenn County, CA. Mountain Bounty benefited enormously from the California FarmLink’s IDA program, which helped them save up for a livestock trailer and to develop their financial plans.  Photo courtesy of mountainbountyfarm.com

While the onset of Spring has farmers across the country sowing seeds, plowing fields, and preparing for a new season, the appropriations process for the Farm Bill is underway in Washington DC. This process—in which funding is allocated for specific programs—is markedly important in determining the Farm Bill’s ability to truly offer support for young and beginning farmers.

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CLF Offers New Legal Resource for New England Farmers

CLF_new_logoThe Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), a non-profit environmental advocacy group based in New England, is piloting a new resource project for farmers: the New England Legal Services Food Hub.

The problem that CLF hopes to solve with the Legal Services Food Hub is an important and widespread issue; many farmers and food entrepreneurs are forced to sacrifice economic viability or even their businesses due to the costly fees associated with legal aid. In order to combat these fees, CLF is creating the Legal Services Food Hub, which will support farmers and food entrepreneurs via a network of attorneys willing to provide pro bono legal assistance. (more…)

Introducing Caitlin and Jason of Sobremesa in Fairfield, VT

Sobremesa 1We’re excited to publish a new Farmer Profile of an inspiring beginning farmer every few weeks on the NYFC blog to help showcase the breadth and vision of the next generation of agricultural leaders.

Sobremesa begins this season under the stewardship of husband and wife team, Jason and Caitlin Rodriguez, on land at Stony Pond Farm in Fairfield, Vermont. We will grow vegetables and herbs on one-twelfth of an acre and tomatoes and hot peppers in a hoophouse. Each crop can be preserved into a marketable product such as fermented vegetables, dried herbs and canned goods.

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BOOK REVIEW: “The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower’s Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming” by Jean-Martin Fortier

The Market Gardener book coverAs a farmer who subscribes to the adage “small is beautiful”, it was inspiring to read Jean-Martin Fortier’s book The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower’s Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming.  In it he describes in thorough detail how he and his wife make their sole livelihood on 1.5 acres of land. 

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Introducing Courtney Leeds of Schoolyard Farms in Milwaukie, OR

We’re excited to publish a new Farmer Profile of an inspiring beginning farmer every few weeks on the NYFC blog to help showcase the breadth and vision of the next generation of agricultural leaders.

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Teaching the kids how to fish-in transplants

I’m Courtney Leeds, cofounder & director of Schoolyard Farms, a one acre urban farm in the schoolyard of Candy Lane Elementary in Milwaukie, OR.

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Tomorrow: USDA Deputy Secretary Harden Hosts an Online Workshop on Credit and Farm Finances

Deputy Harden visiting with a group of young farmers last fall

Deputy Harden visiting with a group of young farmers last fall.

On Tuesday, April 1 at 4 p.m. EDT Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden will host a Google+ Hangout to discuss types of agricultural credit and ways to access them in support of your farm or ranch business.

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Farmer Profile: Introducing Rock Paper Scissors Goat Dairy of Cummington, MA

Rock Paper Scissors Goat Dairy pic 3Partners Angie Arahood and Lee Lewis are launching Rock Paper Scissors Goat Dairy, a goat micro­dairy selling Certified Grade A raw milk in Cummington, MA. 

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