“Growing Innovation” – a New Project for Agricultural Technology

The Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) and Farm Hack have just launched a collaborative Kickstarter campaign for Growing Innovation, a project to create an open source online library of agricultural innovations and a new book documenting sustainable models developed by farmers. The online library will include a searchable database and interactive maps of farm projects, including detailed plans from blueprints to budgets. The book will... 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

NYFC October Newsletter: Jobs, Forum Experts, Farm Hack, Food Safety Action

  This has been an incredible month for our coalition. We took a stand on affordable land access in the NY Times, we are working together to change new food safety rules that threaten our farms and Farm Hack is now its own organization! We’re gathering this weekend for Farm Hack Colorado and are gearing up to prep you for next season with job postings and events.  From top to bottom, this newsletter will catch you up on a busy... 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

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