The Rodale Institute has recently partnered with Amy's to give away approximately $25,000 this year to organic farmers with over 20 acres (5 grants of $5,000 each) for projects like building needs, certification of organic acreage, purchase of equipment to help grow and expand farm, and funds to purchase organic seed.
It’s a drizzly day and I am hoping that it turns into a good steady soaker, not only because we need it and I planted more beds to their oat/field pea cover crop yesterday, but because it gives me an indoor day and I can finally write this article!
This month’s topic has been eluding me. However, watching the leaves change color and begin to fall brings up the idea of life/death/change.
On September 26, NOFA/Mass e-mailed a promotion for our November 2 fundraising run to support programs educating farmers about carbon sequestering agricultural techniques. I’m pledged to run on Team NOFA/Mass, I serve on the staff, and I’m enthusiastic about the climate-stabilizing potential of our soil carbon work. Speaking as an individual, however, I’m concerned about the message we sent.
NOFA/Mass, as you know, has been fighting an intense two-year battle to pass GMO food and seed labeling in Massachusetts. Last session our coalition came closer than we have ever done, and had a majority of legislators signed up in support of the bill. But House leadership kept the lid on tight and we could never get it out of the key committee to the floor for a full vote.
NOFA/Mass members, families and friends are coming together for a great cause and you’re invited! Join or support "Team NOFA/Mass: Running to Build Healthy Soil” at our 2nd Annual Walk/Run in Lexington, November 2.
Internationally acclaimed agricultural consultant and soil carbon scientist Dr. Christine Jones of Australia will speak at two area events, September 1 at Newton Community Farm and September 2 at Immanuel Lutheran Church and Simple Gifts Farm in Amherst.
September 1 – 10am to 4pm at Newton Community Farm, Newton
September 2 – 9am to 3pm at Immanuel Lutheran Church & Simple Gifts Farm, Amherst
The 2014 NOFA Summer Conference is just around the corner. We’ve gathered the brightest growers, thinkers and activists in the organic movement for this weekend of captivating workshops, enlivening speakers, farm tours and fun.
Aaron Englander has developed a large body of knowledge regarding Korean Natural Farming. KNF looks very holistically at the entire farm system, including the people in it, and uses inputs that are generally close at hand and relatively inexpensive.
It’s an exciting time. Everything is greening, the fruit trees are about to flower, and early crops are planted. Last month I wrote that my 2014 focus would be on SRI (wide spacing of plants) gardening, and now I’m going to expand that focus to include carbon sequestration (CS). I believe these go hand in hand, not only to secure my personal “food security,” but also to actually do something positive to negate climate change.
The beginning of spring marks the time for lambs, kids, and baby animals of all kinds to enter the world. With dairy-production animals, the arrival of the newborns also marks the arrival of the rich spring milk. It is a time of year that is heavy with anticipation, wonder, and excitement. For farmers or homesteaders who are just entering the world of dairy production, it is especially thrilling and joyful to watch their animals get ready for giving birth and then welcoming the new little ones. Lionel Zupan works in higher education, but is getting his feet wet in goat production.
A lot of folks buying local meat, milk, and eggs are also among the consumers who are most concerned about GMOs in our diet. Many of them have not yet made the connection that most GMOs are not in processed foods in the grocery store. The bulk of GMOs are made into animal feed. In fact, it is difficult to buy feed which is not made almost entirely of GMOs -- unless you buy organic feed. And everyone knows that organic feed is about twice as expensive as conventional, GMO feed.
Off-loading supplies at New England Small Farm Ins
Baystate Organic Certifiers
Source for certified organic food
Buy fresh, unpasteurized milk from a local farm.
28th annual Winter Conference January 10, 2015