Tillage, drought and their child: disaster

Paul Kaiser, Singing Frogs Farm Across the arid West, farmers and ranchers are sharing tools and stories of resilience. Farmer Paul Kaiser discusses how he and his family are preparing for drought on their farm, Singing Frogs Farm, in Sonoma County, CA.  On January 17th, 2014 California Governor Jerry Brown announced a statewide drought emergency. Despite recent March rains, seven of the last eight years have been very dry in California, and... Read More

NYFC March 2014 Newsletter

We’ve kicked off the spring with an exciting win at the USDA! Thanks to feedback from our coalition, the Farm Service Agency is making key changes to its facilities loan program that will increase access to diversified farmers. Want to be involved in NYFC’s next policy win?  Now’s your chance – we’re calling for applications for a new Policy Analyst for the coalition, one of two new positions. In this March newsletter,... Read More

Young farmers, ranchers get inspired at 12th annual Quivira Conference

Last week 500 ranchers, farmers, scientists and advocates convened in Albuquerque, NM for the 12th annual Quivira Conference “Inspiring Adaptation.” The theme was apt following yet another year of extreme drought in the West and unprecedented floods in Colorado’s Front Range. It would be easy, given all this, to be all doom-and-gloom. But one of the many ways in which the Quivira Coalition excels is in its ability to offer tangible... Read More

NYFC November 2013 Newsletter

  November is #FarmerHeroes month!  We’re celebrating a few farmer-members who represent our incredible network of bold, passionate, young farmers providing great food for their communities. Follow #FarmerHeroes this month on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! Want to be a super hero?  Take a few minutes today to send a comment to the FDA to fix the food safety rules.  Deadline is Friday. Then, kickstart your winter business planning... Read More

Farm Hack West Slope CO: Farmers build social and online tools to improve farm resilience in the arid West

Harrison Topp, farmer from Mancos, CO, and Daphne Yannakakis, farmer at Zyphros farm, talk irrigation hardware at Farm Hack West Slope Colorado. On the small-scale farm, the only guarantee is that there are no guarantees. This fact makes resiliency—the ability to recover from or adjust to misfortune or change—an essential trait, especially for small, young and beginning farmers. As we in the west face extended drought and increasing demand for... Read More

From parched to flooded, farmers in the arid west are seeing it all

Lake Mead, the shrinking reservoir that feeds cities and agriculture in a hotter, drier west. Farmers have always dealt with extreme weather. We’re the first to feel the frosts in winter and the last to leave the field under the scorching sun of summer. Neither hail nor high winds mean a day off. But here in the west, in states like Colorado, weather is flip-flopping faster than politicians. Farms on Colorado’s Front Range have been ravaged by... Read More

Historic water cuts on Colorado River put strain on downstream farmers

A 14-year drought, over-allocation, increasing demand and climate change are sucking the Colorado River dry. Photo from National Geographic It’s no news that water is scarce in the arid west. But last week marked an unprecedented moment in the history of the Colorado River and the millions of people nationwide who rely on it for drinking water, meat and vegetables. Based on historically low flows in the Colorado River, the Bureau of Reclamation–a... Read More

Farmers & Consumers join together to support healthy water resources

Last month NYFC launched the Colorado River & Western Water Pledge, an opportunity for farmers and consumers to join together to help ensure healthy water resources now and into the future. It is no question that we face significant threats to our fresh water in the west. Dwindling surface water supply matched with increasing demand, groundwater depletion and extended drought are making us ask the question: Is this the new normal? Historically,... Read More

Young farmers hold forum with Congressman Tipton to discuss access to farming, water

Congressman Tipton speaking with James Ranch founder Dave James and farm intern. On Friday, over 25 Southwest Colorado farmers and farm advocates took time out of a busy harvest day to meet with Republican Congressman Scott Tipton to share hopes and concerns for the future of farming in the Southwest. The forum, organized by NYFC and hosted by the farmers of James Ranch in Durango, was held the day after the surprise failure of the 5-year Farm Bill... Read More

Bootstrap @ Hartwood – Reflecting on the Drought

Since last writing, we’ve had two of four weeks with “normal” rainfall—a .75” week and a 1.5” week!  What this means is that our plants are still alive and our pond, while continuing its steady decline, does still have water enough in it for irrigation.  These two rainfalls saved our pasture, which is a huge mental and financial relief.  With less than two months of markets and CSA distributions left in this season, we can finally breathe... Read More

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