Young Farmer Mixer, Arundel Maine!

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Frinklepod Farm

Calling all farmers from the Greater Portland (Maine) area!

It’s time to celebrate the harvest and connect with fellow young farmers! On Saturday, September 28th, join us for the kick-off event of the Greater Portland Young Farmers Coalition, the newest chapter of the National Young Farmers Coalition. NYFC chapters bring farmers together to share meals, opportunities and strategies for overcoming the obstacles we face in starting careers in farming. It’s a wonderful community to be a part of, and you won’t want to miss this party.

We’re kicking it off at 12pm with a hands-on workshop at Frinklepod Farm, a 4-acre farm with CSA and farm-stand! Topics include weed & pest management, greenhouse construction, sheet mulching and farm design. Refreshments provided! (244 Log Cabin Rd Arundel, ME)

Then we’ll head over to Neverdun Farm, a homestead down the road, for a Young Farmers Mixer at 5pm filled with local foods, Allagash beer, Green Bee Soda, a live band, and bonfire. It’s a potluck, so please bring a dish to share! (259 Log Cabin Rd Arundel, ME)
 
Everyone is welcome to camp out on the property. Be sure to bring warm clothes, a tent, and a few dollars for a Sunday breakfast of pancakes, farm fresh eggs, and maple syrup!
Please RSVP + more info @ http://youngfarmermixerme.brownpapertickets.com
 
Can’t make it to the workshop? That’s ok! Join us when you can.
Have questions? Email the organizers:
Laura Hackney, Frinklepod Farm @ rechainedmelodies@gmail.com
Erica Emery, Rustic Roots Farm @ erica@rusticrootsfarm.org
 

Thank you to our sponsors!

Maine Sponsors

NYFC Members Get $10 Off the CSA Expert Exchange!

imagesAttention CSA Farmers!   The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) and Small Farm Central are proud to announce the CSA Expert Exchange, a one-day online conference that will bring farmers together to learn the best practices from experts on CSA management, member retention, member education, certification, equipment, and profitability. Noted CSA pioneer Elizabeth Henderson will give a keynote address about the importance of community involvement in creating strong and healthy CSA’s.

The CSA Expert Exchange will be held on March 15, 2013 from 11:00am-4:00pm EST.  The conference expects to engage between 500-1000 farmers nationwide. The conference will utilize video presentations and slideshows with participants interacting via a chat function and can be accessed via any web browser. 

Registration for the conference is $45 but NYFC members get $10 off! (See coupon code in your February update.) Twenty full scholarships are also being offered for new and beginning farmers.  Send an e-mail to conference@smallfarmcentral.com with your farm story and reasons why this conference will help by March 1st to be considered. More details here. 

For more information on conference details, registration, and information about PASA, Small Farm Central and other conference partners, please visit: csafarmconference.com.

Donate to NYFC before December 31 and enter to win over 50 prizes!

Win a Fair Farm Bill & Farm Prizes! 

Here at the National Young Farmers’ Coalition, we’re fighting to protect programs in the Farm Bill that support beginning farmers and ranchers. We’re creating a breeding ground for innovative on-farm problem solving with Farm Hack. And we’re building a national network of local young farmer chapters that share resources and collectively organize.

We need your help to do this work– whether you’re a beginning farmer or rancher, seasoned grower, farm advocate, or conscious consumer. Luckily for you, every supporter who donates to NYFC in the month of December will be entered to win one of over 50 farm prizes!

Here’s what you can win:

*2 Earthway Seeders ($100 value)

 1001-B plants at precise depth, a precise spacing, and covers and packs all in one operation.

*6 Earthway Spritzer Garden Duster/Sprayer ($35 value)

 

 

The angled tip of the Spritzer Garden Duster/Sprayer allows the operator to easily apply materials without kneeling or crawling on the ground. The Spritzer will apply dusts or liquids – it’s the only product that will do both!
 

10 subscriptions to Wilder Quarterly ($59.99 value) Wilder Quarterly front cover

 

Wilder Quarterly is a publication for people enthralled by the natural world. Wilder is ‘life through the lens of the growing world’— indoors and out, culture, travel, food and design.

 
 *1 Kencove 12V Solar Energizer .5Joule ($269.95 value) 

 

The Kencove KF500S 12-Volt Solar Energizer delivers the most power in its class. Two 12v batteries (included) operate this unit for weeks without sun. Low impedance with .5 joule output.

 
1 Matt Singer Canvas Zipper Top Tote ($205 value) 

 

This sturdy canvas tote is lightweight and durable enough for everyday use. The 22-ounce cotton canvas has been treated with a polyurethane coating to deflect water and resist stains.

 

*2 4-gallon Field King Max Backpack Sprayers from Forestry Suppliers ($89.95 value)

 

This rugged four-gallon capacity sprayer delivers up to 150 psi to easily spray high into trees and also delivers a continuous 25 psi spray to effectively distribute amendments.

 
1 pair of LaCrosse Hixon Boots ($120 value)

 

All natural, hand-crafted rubber over 4mm insulating neoprene upper. Uncompromising fit and waterproof protection. Pull on with adjustable lace-up fit and fleece lined comfort.

 
*1 roll of fencing supplies from Premier 1 ($108 value)

 

IntelliRope PE 6.0 1320′ roll. Excellent for both permanent and portable fence situations because PE (polyethylene) filaments resist wear and abrasion. Comes with 2 P Springs and 2 Ropelinks.

 

 
1 Moon Tide and Time Clock by Wilderness of Wish ($74 value)  What would it be like if your days were set not by the sun but by the moon and tides? Hang one of these clocks on your wall, calibrate it by the full moon, and try marking your days by a new rhythm.
 
*1 Set of 3 Hand tools from Earthtools includes SHW single chopper hoe, double chopper hoe, and rotating handle pruners. ($79 value)

The Eye-Hoe (or Chopping hoe) is the oldest hoe design in the world. The eye-hoes produced by SHW of Germany today are more refined: ergonomic designs, light weight and perfectly fitted handles.  Earth Tools BCS logo
1 The Horticulture Society of New York membership and bulb planting kit – ($65 value) NY Hort Societ logo

 

Membership at the Hort includes library borrowing privileges, canvas Hort tote bag, invitations to special events, discounted or free admission to programs, and much more.

 

 NY Hort Societ logo 2
1 Acres USA Tote Bag and Both Gary Zimmer books: The Biological Farmer and Advancing Biological Farming ($45 value) Acres USA is North America’s oldest, largest magazine covering commercial-scale organic and sustainable farming. Zimmer’s books offer scientific support to those who’d like to use natural processes to their advantage.  
1 Small Farmers Journal box set of 40 issues

 

 This journal is designed for the independent family farmer. It offers information on the use of animal-power, organics and sustainable agriculture.

 
25 subscriptions to Farmers’ Markets Today ($21 value)

 

Each issue of Farmers’ Markets Today is filled with information to help small farmers and farmers markets be more successful and profitable in selling their products.

 

 

 

That’s a ton of farmer swag that you just might win when you join NYFC in support of the next generation of farmers and ranchers. And that’s a win/ win for everyone. So what are you waiting for? 

 

 

 

 

Raffle rules:

*Everyone who donates online at youngfarmers.org between December 1 and December 31st, 2012 at 11:59 EST will be entered in the raffle.
*One entry is allowed per individual.
*Starred items are available to current farmers only (of all experience levels.)
*Staff NYFC/OSI and members of NYFC’s Advisory Council and OSI’s board are not eligible to win.
*Winners will be selected at random, and given a choice of available prizes. Winners will be notified via e-mail.
*Winner is responsible for any and all taxes associated with prize.
*Raffle Disclaimer: Void where prohibited or restricted by law. No purchase necessary to enter.
*All proceeds will go to support the work of The National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC). NYFC is fiscally sponsored by the Open Space Institute, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered in New York State, through its Citizen Action Program.

 

Southern Vermont Beginning Farmers Summit

Southern Vermont Beginning Farmers Summit

Bennington College

Saturday April 30th, 2011

10am-12pm

The Southern Vermont Beginning Farmers Summit is a free event for young and beginning farmers (both practicing and aspiring) who are located in Southern Vermont and surrounding areas. The event is centered around discussing and workshopping through  issues facing beginning farmers, including but not limited to: accessing capital, accessing land/land tenure, and using federal funding programs. Additionally, we will discuss the potential for creating a local coalition of young and beginning farmers. We will use the resources of the group to come up with new ideas, give feedback, and make connections. There will be a potluck lunch following the summit. Please bring a dish to share and your own plate/utensils.

Space is limited! Please RSVP HERE

Contact Dana Wolfson with any questions: dwolfson@bennington.edu

 

April 7th Webinar: What It Takes to Grow Healthy Food – Views from the Farm

Increasing access to healthy food is one key mechanism for stemming the tide of obesity and diabetes sweeping America’s young and old. But, what does it take to grow healthy food? Hear from three individuals with a farming perspective on the challenges of growing fruits and vegetables and insight into the impacts of the Farm Bill and other federal policies. Read more and register.