Seeking Farm Hack blog contributors!

Have you ever built or retrofitted a tool or machine for your farm? Are you interested in on-farm innovation? Help share these stories with the young farmer community! Farm Hack, a project of NYFC in partnership with the Greenhorns is seeking contributing writers for the Farm Hack blog.  Farm Hack is a farmer-driven community to develop, document and build tools for resilient agriculture. We do this through in-person events and through our website.... Read More

Washington’s FIELD Intership Program Accepting Applications for Summer 2012!

photo credit: Ellen Sabina The FIELD program on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula is an innovative internship opportunity for beginning farmers, combining formal education with field-based experience in sustainable agriculture. FIELD is a  collaborative approach to farm education, bringing together a variety of host farms and Jefferson County’s Washington State University Extension to better meet the educational interests of farm interns... Read More

Young PA Farmers pay their Congressman a visit on Behalf of Beginning Farmers

On Veterans’ Day, I had the privilege to join a small but excited group of young farmers in the State College, PA area to meet with Congressman Glenn Thompson (PA’s 5th district) to advocate for the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act. Our group included five State College area farmers representing three farms. Erin McKinney and Steve Spanelli were there from Community Harvest, the 10-acre organic CSA operation of Tait’s... Read More

Report links food security, climate change, social justice

A new report released by the Heinrich Böll Stiftung Foundation and the Center for Food Safety explores the vital links between climate change, food security, and social justice.  It begins by discussing the effects of climate change on farmland, and how those effects  can potentially be mitigated.  The report cites a recent World Bank report’s findings that current agricultural practices are responsible for more than 30 percent of global... Read More

GIPSA Rule Survives Senate Appropriations Committee

One small victory for small-scale agriculture has been achieved on the legal front.  Two weeks ago, the Senate Appropriations Committee did not include language previously proposed in the House of Representatives’ 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill that would prevent the USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) from enacting a competition rule known as the GIPSA rule.  The Senate version of the Agriculture Appropriations... Read More