Beginning Farmers of Connecticut – a few upcoming events from CT NOFA

Due by December 31, 2012: Deadline for Journeyperson Applications CT NOFA is accepting registrations for the 2013-2015 Journeyperson Program.  This provides education and business stipends, mentor support and free admission to CT NOFA programs for two years for Connecticut farmers that are independently farming for the first time.  You can learn more about the program on the Journeyperson Page and you can apply here. CT NOFA “Getting Started... Read More

Survey – Help Understand Beginning Farmer Knowledge Networks

NYFC would like to help researchers and other organizations better understand how to help beginning farmers!  Below is information on a survey on organic farmer knowledge networks.  If you have the time, please fill out the survey to help. My name is Emily and I am a senior at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA. I am finishing my undergraduate study in Sociology and Urban & Environmental Policy. Help me with my senior thesis by completing... Read More

New! Online Course De-Mystifies Organic Certification

While many small farmers use “all-natural” or “sustainable” practices, going the distance to certify your farm as organic–with the paperwork, annual inspection, and expense required–often feels like an overwhelming step. But for many farmers, the price premium received would increase profits. What do you need to do to become certified organic? Is it worth it for your farm? Do your practices qualify, or would you... Read More

Third and Final EQIP Organic Initiative Application Deadline is Approaching!

The last chance to apply for assistance through the EQIP Organic Initiative for 2012 is June 1, so if you’re interested read on and apply! EQIP, a voluntary soil, air, and water conservation program of the USDA, provides technical and financial assistance for farmers looking to implement conservation programs on their farms.  The program, administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (an agency within the USDA), includes an Organic... Read More

NOFA Announces Journeyperson Programs for Farmers in the Northeast

  Attention beginning farmers in the Northeast: Four more state Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) organizations have announced that they will be accepting applications for a new two-year beginning farmer support program known as the Journeyperson Program. NOFA organizations in New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, and Connecticut are kicking these programs off, based on the already existing–and highly successful–Journeyperson... Read More

Rodale study shows benefits of organic farming over conventional

A recent study by the Rodale Institute brings good news for organic farmers:  According to the report, organic agriculture outperforms conventional farming in years of drought, and increases the organic matter content of soil rather than depleting it.  Organic farming also uses 45 percent less energy, produces less greenhouse, and is more profitable than conventional agriculture.  “Coach” Mark Smallwood of the Rodale Institute provided information... 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

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