|It’s officially summer and you’re probably in over your heads. But if you can come up for air, we want to collect your USDA successes/frustrations, introduce our new staffers and this season’s Bootstrap Bloggers, and update you on our fight for affordable farmland.
Holly and Eric Are Here to Help
We have two new editions to the NYFC team. At the end of May, Holly Rippon Butler joined the coalition as our Land Access Campaign Manager and Eric Hansen as our DC-based Policy Analyst. Read more about who they are and how they can help you!
Are you Following Hannah, Nate, Anna and Seth … the 2014 Bootstrap Bloggers?
Nate and Liz apprenticed at Maple Wind Farm in Huntington, Vermont before starting Nightfall Farm in Indiana.
In this fourth season of the Bootstrap Blog project, we’re following new farmers from North Dakota, Indiana, Wisconsin and California. Each month, they’re sharing stories about success and failure in the field. Read up:
Exeter, RI – June 18 Young Farmer Nights Little River Farm, Exeter, RI, 101 William Reynolds Road, starts at 6pm. New this year! Diverse vegetable operation run by Bob & Camille. A real stunner of a hoophouse. For more info: youngfarmernetwork.org
Plainfield, VT – June 29 Vermont Young Farmers Coalition, Farm Olympics at Onion River Farmstead 61 Onion River Rd. Plainfield, VT. 11-3pm Potluck and BBQ to follow. Prepare yourself for remay relay, obstacle cources, electric deer fence limbo, blind folded speed seeding, zucchini bank off and best farmer “costume” for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org, 802.426.3233, email@example.com, www.facebook.com/VTYoungFarmers
Wrentham, MA – July 2 Young Farmer Nights White Barn Farm 458 South Street, Wrentham, MA, starts at 6pm. White Barn Farm is a small, family-run farm in Wrentham, MA. New addition to the YFN roster! youngfarmernetwork.org
Matunuck, RI – July 14 Young Farmer Nights Matunuck Oyster Bar Vegetable Farm Potters Pond, Matunuck, RI, starts at 6pm. Vegetable Farm supplying the Matunuck Oyster Bar in South County. We’ll learn about the farm-to-table model this farm/restaurant partnership uses. youngfarmernetwork.org
Jamestown, RI – July 30 Young Farmer Nights Windmist Farm 71 Weeden Lane, Jamestown, RI, starts at 6pm. Windmist Farm is a beautiful diversified livestock farm in Jamestown! youngfarmernetwork.org
Rehoboth, MA – August 11 Young Farmer Nights Rosasharn 57 County Street, Rehoboth, MA, starts at 6pm. A perennial YFN favorite! Goats. Vegetables. Tree house. youngfarmernetwork.org
Cranston, RI – August 27 Young Farmer Nights Scratch Farm 35 Pippin Orchard Road, Cranston, RI, starts at 6pm. Scratch Farm, located at Urban Edge in Cranston, is a 2 acre diversified vegetable operation. We’ll walk the field and hear about Scratch’s seed saving practices from the proprietor of Small State Seeds herself. youngfarmernetwork.org
Austin, TX – June 18: Texas Young Farmers Coalition Hang Out @ Black Star Coop! 7020 Easy Wind Dr, Suite 100, Austin, Texas, starts at 7pm. Join TXYFC at the Black Star Coop Pub and Brewery every 3rd Wednesday of the month for some of the delicious brews and eats. Very casual. www.texasyoungfarmers.org
Manor, TX – June 22 Texas Young Farmers Coalition Crop Mob @ Tecolote Farm Tecolote Farm, 16301 Decker Lake Rd, Manor, TX. 8am – 11pm. The spring rain brought goodness but it also brought weeds! Come out and help Tecolote Farm regain control of their River Property. We’ll weed out at the new River property and then join in for their Annual CSA Potluck! Farmer David will also be around to give a tour and spread his knowledge about farming in Texas. Pizza will be provided afterwards. If you would like to partake in the potluck, please feel free to bring a dish and join in. Cooler will be provided. Contact lorigh @ gmail.com to RSVP and for more information. www.texasyoungfarmers.org
Austin, TX – July 16 Texas Young Farmers Coalition Hang Out @ Black Star Coop! 7020 Easy Wind Dr, Suite 100, Austin, Texas, starts at 7pm. Join TXYFC at the Black Star Coop Pub and Brewery every 3rd Wednesday of the month for some of the delicious brews and eats. Very casual.
Prospect, KY – June 22 Beginning farmers Meet Up Louisville La Minga 13125 Hwy 42 Prospect, KY, starts at 5pm. Community Farm Alliance Ag Legacy Initiative invites you to join other area farmers to share a meal and talk shop. Discussions with Caroline Heine from Seed Capital Kentucky, David Talifero from KIVA Zip loans, and Steve Paradis from Fresh Start Growers Supply. Bring a dish to share, a plate and a fork. RSVP to Carolyn@cfaky.org. communityfarmalliance.org/young-and-beginning-farmers
London, KY – June 28 Beginning Farmers Meet Up Eastern Kentucky Sustainable Harvest Farm 108 Pistol Creek Rd. London, KY, starts at 7pm. Join other area farmers for an informal gathering to share a meal and talk shop. Bring a dish to share, a plate, fork and lawn chair.
Blairsville, GA – July 5 Southeastern Young and Beginning Farmers Alliance Three Little Pigs Benefit – Camp out and Pig Roast Sun Dog Farm,18 Dockery Road Blairsville, GA 30512. 3.30pm. For more info & tickets: m.bpt.me/event/702825
Santa Cruz, CA – June 24 Central Coast Farmers Guild Live Oak Grange Hall, 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz, CA, starts at 6pm. A Farmers Guild is a monthly gathering of farmers, ranchers and agriculture advocates who come together to socialize, share resources, build lasting relationships, and celebrate our local food communities. www.farmersguild.org
Sonoma, CA – June 29 Sonoma Valley Farmers Guild Sonoma Valley Grange Hall, 18627 California 12, Sonoma, CA, starts at 6pm. www.farmersguild.org
Albuquerque, NM – June 30 Rio Grande Farmers Coalition & The Ag Collaborative host Quick & Dirty “Farm to Restaurant” Prep MRCOG offices at 809 Copper Ave. NW, Albuquerque, NM. 3:30-5:30pm. Speakers TBA. Contact the Ag Collaborative @ 505-724-3619, or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. www.riograndefarmers.org
Sonoma, CA – July 1 North Coast Farmers Guild PARTY! Sonoma Valley Grange Hall 18627 California 12, Sonoma, CA, starts at 6pm. www.farmersguild.org
Davis, CA – July 7 Yolo Farmers Guild Cook-out! Collins Farm new location, 9055 Olmo Lane, Davis, CA, starts at 6.30pm www.farmersguild.org
Nevada City, CA – July 31 Nevada County Farmers Guild First Rain Farm, 19832 Rector Rd. Nevada City, CA, starts at 6pm www.farmersguild.org
Middletown, WI – July 8 Wisconsin Young Farmers Summer Gathering Capital Brewery Bier Garten in Middleton, WI. 5:30-9pm. BYO Food! No Name String Band will be playing bluegrass. wisconsinyoungfarmers.wordpress.com
Jamestown, MO – August 3 Missouri Young Farmers Coalition Crop Mob and Potluck Happy Hollow Farm, 17199 Happy Hollow Rd, Jamestown, MO, starts at 4pm. More info: Liz Graznak – email@example.com. happyhollowfarm-mo.com