Many an hour on the tractor or in the seat of a combine or driving that farm truck is spent in thoughtful solitude considering ways to save time, energy, labor, to be more profitable, to be a better marketer or to reduce their impact on the environment. One challenge that farmers face in initiating new on farm or community projects is finding adequate startup funding.
A live video program (webinar) to help farmers and rural residents and even communities identify sources of funding available to them will be held on Monday, August 29 from 10 am-noon (EST). This free program will be hosted...Read More
Vajra Farm, LLC and Kaw Permaculture are requesting apprenticeship applications for the Fall of 2011.
Vajra Farm is a 45 acre botanical sanctuary and permaculture training site located 17 minutes north of Lawrence, KS, and have been providing apprenticeship opportunities since 2000. They are seeking individuals who are looking for hands-on experience in broad-acre permaculture, including focus on no-till polyculture vegetable production, creation of plant guilds, forest gardens, viticulture and cultivation of medicinal herbs. Applicants should have a basic knowledge of permaculture principles...Read More
Source: Pioneer Press
Nathan Schrecengost drives bushels of organically grown zucchini, potatoes and heirloom tomatoes six miles from his St. Paul croplands to the Lake Street farmers' market in Minneapolis, and if anyone claims his produce is more "local" than that, he'd like to see his odometer.
His four micro-farms are modestly sized, even by a hobby farmer's standards. Combined, they total three-quarters of an acre, in lots in and around St. Paul's heavily urban Frogtown neighborhood, known as the least green neighborhood in the city. And he's fine with that.
"So far, it's been...Read More
Start making your plans today to attend the NCR-SARE Farmers Forum at the 19th National Small Farm Trade Show & Conference on November 3 - 5, 2011 in Columbia, Missouri.
The Farmers Forum is an annual event sponsored by Small Farm Today magazine and supported by NCR-SARE. It gives farmers and ranchers, educators, researchers, and youth a chance to share results from their grant projects with an audience of interested farmers, ranchers, educators, and consumers. It’s a great opportunity for you to meet NCR-SARE grant recipients and learn more about their projects.... Read More
Source: The Sauk Prairie Eagle
To bring back the native prairie that once flourished in the land now occupied by the Badger Army Ammunition Plant in Wisconsin, plans are underway to introduce roaming herds of sheep and goats to devour invasive brush.
As Badger begins its transition from a military-controlled former munitions factory to local control, officials on the Badger Oversight Management Commission are trying to figure out the best way to restore prairie, a stated goal of the commission's land reuse plan.
Cherrie Nolden, who serves on the board of the Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance,...Read More
Source: Glass City Jungle
The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) has announced its 2011 series of free public tours of some of Ohio’s finest sustainable and organic farms. OEFFA has offered this series for the past 29 years, providing unique opportunities for Ohioans to see, taste, feel, and learn what sustainable food and fiber production is all about from the real experts—the farmers themselves.
Consumers interested in local foods, farmers and market gardeners wanting to learn more and network with other farmers, aspiring and beginning farmers, and anyone interested in learning...Read More
A webinar, "Adapting Cover Crop Management for Nebraska" will be presented on Friday, August 5th from 10-11am, CDT.
This is a continuation ofthe Nebraska SARE Webinar Series which began last year. Sam Wortman, UNL PhD candidate in Agronomy, will present information on:
You can connect to this webinar at 10:00 a.m. on August 5th at: https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/nebraska...Read More
Source: USDA Blog
Kansas gardening projects and the USDA People’s Garden initiative were featured items during the Rural Rental Housing Association of Kansas (RRHAK) Annual Meeting. Aimee Omohundro from USDA Rural Development, David Coltrain from Kansas State University Research and Extension, Shari Wilson from the Kansas Association of Conservation and Environmental Education, and Terri Bradshaw from Homestead Affordable Housing discussed how to start a garden, rewards of gardening and how to get the community involved.
Terri Bradshaw, Director of Property Management for Homestead Affordable...Read More
Pollinators are essential to our environment. The ecological service they provide is necessary for the reproduction of nearly 75 percent of the world’s flowering plants and is fundamental to agriculture and natural ecosystems. More than two-thirds of the world’s crop species are dependent on pollination, with an annual estimated value of $18 to $27 billion in the United States alone. Beyond agriculture, pollinators are keystone species in most terrestrial ecosystems, since their activities are ultimately responsible for the seeds and fruits...Read More
Purdue Extension is offering a course on preparing grant proposals for those who work for nonprofit organizations and government agencies.
The Beginner's Guide to Grant Writing Workshop teaches grant writers of all skill levels how to prepare and submit a professional proposal. The workshop will be held Aug. 9 and Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern) at Purdue Extension's Hancock County office at 802 N. Apple St., Greenfield.
Participants will learn how to develop ideas for winning grant proposals, identify and work with funding sources, and understand the proposal development,...Read More