Part Two – Guest post from Washington – Taking lessons from a killer crop mob

A lot of folks have gotten in touch with us about coming up with practical ways young farmers (and their communities!) can help each other out.  One amazing – and simple – solution is to use crop mobs to focus a large group’s energy all on one specific project.   This is part two in the story on crop mobs in Washington State. Put simply, a crop mob is a group of farmers, farm interns, or community members who come together on... Read More

Bootstraps @ City Grown Seattle – Introduction

I’m Becky Warner from Seattle Washington, and my farm is called City Grown Seattle.  City Grown is a multi-plot urban farm.  We are growing vegetables on a quarter acre (10,000 square feet) of growing space within northwest Seattle.  Our land is distributed among 8 different plots, of which 7 are in the yards of private homeowners and one is at a community center.  These land partners offer us the use of their space in exchange for a portion... Read More

Beginning Young Farmer and Rancher Development Program at Work in Washington

Seattle Tilth Farm Works, a new farm business incubator program for immigrants, refugees, and other underserved communities, was recently awarded $483, 160 by the USDA NIFA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. Farm incubators like Seattle Tilth Farm Works play an essential role in establishing new farmers and, importantly, support a diversity of new farmers, making farming more accessible for low-income individuals. Under the provisions... Read More

Legal and Insured Farm Internships in the Works in WA

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries is taking a new approach to farm internships. In 2010, the Washington legislature authorized the Small Farm Internship pilot program in Skagit and Island counties, allowing young and beginning farmers to intern on small farms in order to learn about farming and farm businesses.  This program does several important things for farms and eager  interns. One is that it acknowledges the work-for-learning... Read More

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