BOOTSTRAP @ WILD RIDGE FARM – FARMER TRAINING

By Alissa of Wild Ridge Farm It was clear from the beginning of my farming internship at Chubby Bunny Farm that my boss, Dan Hayhurst, loved the work of growing vegetables. Most mornings I would be lying in bed, just waking up around 6:30 am, and I’d hear his truck roll up to the barn. I’d listen as Dan got out and started hauling sacks of feed out of the barn to drive out to the small flock of chickens and few pigs on pasture. This was my cue... Read More

New Farmer Summit Brings 150 Farmers Together in Wisconsin

Who says the young farmer movement is confined to our nation’s coasts? Last month, 150 young and beginning farmers gathered at Primrose Valley Farm in Belleville, WI for the New Farmer Summit– hosted by the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES), Renewing the Countryside, Agrarian Trust, and the National Young Farmers Coalition. I had the pleasure of flying out to meet the region’s passionate and innovative young... Read More

New Farmer Summit April 4-5!

Attention Midwestern Farmers! MOSES and Renewing the Countryside are hosting a New Farmer Summit April 4-5th outside Madison, WI! Read More  Read More

Hang Out with the Young Farmers at the MOSES Conference

Headed to the MOSES (Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service) Conference this February? Connect with other young farmers there at the NYFC-led workshop “Organizing for Our Collective Success: Beginning Farmer Resources & Coalition Building!“ NYFC’s Sophie Ackoff will be discussing how to organize with other beginning farmers and ranchers in your area to help each other succeed.  NYFC’s regional chapters foster the... Read More

MOSES’ focus on Young Organic Stewards

The recent Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) conference featured a host of workshops, including some specifically intended for young farmers.  The Young Organic Stewards program, for example, included presentations on topics ranging from marketing and business to the use of social media to promote a business.  Those addressing the financial side of farming were particularly useful; I’ve summarized some of the highlights... Read More

Margaret Krome encourages food advocacy in MOSES keynote

In order to change the food system, farmers and sustainable food advocates must build grassroots power on the most vital issues, according to Margaret Krome. She was a keynote speaker at the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) recent conference in La Crosse, Wisconsin.  Krome, Policy Director at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in East Troy, Wisconsin, told the MOSES participants that “the processes of government at the... Read More

MOSES Conference: Growing the next generation of farmers

Strength in numbers!  More than 3,600 farmers strong gathered for the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) conference in La Crosse, Wisconsin the last weekend in February, and it was an amazing experience.  The conference featured keynotes by food policy expert Margaret Krome and Food Corps director Curt Ellis, a cornucopia of training opportunities focused on all aspects of organic farming, and a special “Young Organic Stewards”... Read More