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Entry Level Farm Manager and School Facilitator

Beginning FarmersBeginning Farmers – Practical Tools for Successful Family Farming Entry Level Farm Manager and Micro-School Facilitator Job in Florida – 2020 We are a family of five with a 5 acre property in DeLeon Springs, FL.  Our property has approximately 3 sunny acres that are ready for transformation into an organic farm.  Simultaneously, we

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Farm Beginnings Course – Online for 2020-21

Beginning FarmersBeginning Farmers – Practical Tools for Successful Family Farming Apply Now for the Famous Farm Beginnings Course from the Land Stewardship Project – Now Online for 2020-21 Many skills are required to start a successful farm: passion, clear goals, production experience, financial and marketing know-how, and more. The Farm Beginnings course is a 12-month

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The Farm Watering Hole – Finding a Fit

Beginning FarmersBeginning Farmers – Practical Tools for Successful Family Farming The Farm Watering Hole – The Right Pond in the Right Place for the Right Purpose Guest post by George Lindemann of Coal Creek Farm Water is integral to any cattle operation. Whether you are planning on buying a cattle farm or creating a cattle business on an

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Farm Dreams Workshop Online

Beginning FarmersBeginning Farmers – Practical Tools for Successful Family Farming Farm Dreams Workship for Aspiring Farmers from the Land Stewardship Project – Tuesday, August 4th, 2020 The desire to farm is powerful—sparked by love of food, the land, just living, community, entrepreneurship and more. But it is a complicated undertaking, and the list of questions

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Silvopasture and Farmer-to-Farmer Mentoring Webinars

Beginning FarmersBeginning Farmers – Practical Tools for Successful Family Farming Future Harvest CASA Presents Webinars on Keyline Planning and Silvopasture and Farmer-to-Farmer Mentoring in August. Keyline Planning and Silvopasture Webinar with Porch View Farm Thursday 8/6/20 12:00 – 2:00 pm Join Keith Ohlinger of Porch View Farm and Michael Heller of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Clagett Farm for a webinar on

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Resources for Poultry Owners and Handlers

Beginning FarmersBeginning Farmers – Practical Tools for Successful Family Farming USDA APHIS Releases Defend the Flock Resources for Poultry Owners and Handlers The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is announcing the availability of a full suite of resources for poultry owners and handlers. These materials, developed as

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Farm Training Project Workshops

Beginning FarmersBeginning Farmers – Practical Tools for Successful Family Farming Farm Training Project Workshops from the Maine Organic Farming and Gardening Association (MOFGA)  MOFGA hosts farm training project workshops throughout the summer to offer training to beginning farmers. These workshops, open to the public, will be online on Zoom this year, given safety concerns. See

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Farmers to Families Food Box Program

Beginning FarmersBeginning Farmers – Practical Tools for Successful Family Farming USDA Announces Third Round of Farmers to Families Food Box Program U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will launch a third round of Farmers to Families Food Box Program purchases with distributions to occur beginning by September 1 with completion

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Grants for Farmer Vets and Farmers of Color

Beginning FarmersBeginning Farmers – Practical Tools for Successful Family Farming Grants for Farmer Vets and Farmers of Color, Farm to School Grants, and Climate Resilience Research – The Latest News from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) Grants for Farmer Vets and FOC: Grant Funding Available to Support Farmers of Color and Military Veterans Last

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Organic Growers School Harvest Conference

Beginning FarmersBeginning Farmers – Practical Tools for Successful Family Farming The Organic Growers School Presents Their Fall Harvest Conference September 11-12, 2020 – Online The Harvest Conference is an educational event that offers affordable classes on organic growing and sustainable living. The 7th annual Harvest Conference will take place on September 11 & 12, 2020

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Medicinal Herb Production Online Field Day

Beginning FarmersBeginning Farmers – Practical Tools for Successful Family Farming Medicinal Herb Production Saturday Free Online Field Day with Jane Hawley Stevens from Four Elements Organic Herbals Medicinal Herb Production – August 1, 2020 12:45 p.m.  Please join the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) Saturday, August 1, 2020 for a virtual field day on

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Farm Apprenticeships in Austin Texas for Fall

Beginning FarmersBeginning Farmers – Practical Tools for Successful Family Farming Farm Apprenticeships in Austin Texas – Fall 2020 Genesis Gardens is a diversified, sustainable farm at Community First! Village, a permanent-housing community built for the chronically homeless of Austin. We grow food with and for our neighbors at the Village, cultivating and sharing it freely

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Using Gravel on Farm Roads – Some Advice

Beginning FarmersBeginning Farmers – Practical Tools for Successful Family Farming To Gravel or Not, That is the Question – Using Gravel on Farm Roads Guest post by George Lindemann of Coal Creek Farm Good roads are a vital element of an efficiently run farm. You need to be able to go from point A to point B swiftly

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Small Meat Processing Plants Support and More

Beginning FarmersBeginning Farmers – Practical Tools for Successful Family Farming Programs to Support Small Meat Processing Plants, Agricultural Research for Climate Resilience, Principles on Immigration and Agriculture, and COVID-19 Resources from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) USDA Programs Support Small Meat Processing Plants The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has brought the instability of the consolidated

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Harvest Corps for Farms – Find Farm Labor

Beginning FarmersBeginning Farmers – Practical Tools for Successful Family Farming Harvest Corps for Farms – Find Temporary Farm Labor to Help Through the Pandemic In late March Blue Hill and Stone Barns Center partnered to launch resourcED, a program to support the independent local food movement during the pandemic and beyond. Based on a survey of 500 farmers

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Aspen Moon Farm Manager Job in Colorado

Beginning FarmersBeginning Farmers – Practical Tools for Successful Family Farming Aspen Moon Farm Manager Position in Longmont, Colorado – 2020 A little about us: Owners Jason and Erin have 3 children and Aspen Moon Farm is our home. Aspen Moon is the steward for a total of 99 acres, of which about 25 is cultivated

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Sheep Production and Marketing Grant Program

Beginning FarmersBeginning Farmers – Practical Tools for Successful Family Farming USDA-NSIIP Sheep Production and Marketing Grant Program (SPMGP) Now Accepting 2020 Applications  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center Board of Directors is accepting grant proposals for the Sheep Production and Marketing Grant Program (SPMGP). The SPMGP was

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Cooperative Thinking for Farm Resilience

Beginning FarmersBeginning Farmers – Practical Tools for Successful Family Farming Join the Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition for Their Next Webinar “Collaborative and Cooperative Thinking for Farm Resilience” Wednesday, July 29, 2020 – 1:00–2:00PM (Eastern) Collaborative and Cooperative Thinking for Farm Resilience Presenters: Michael Carter Junior – Carter Farms and VSU’s Small Farm Outreach Program Anna Wills

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Farmer Financial Resources – Summer 2020

Beginning FarmersBeginning Farmers – Practical Tools for Successful Family Farming A List of Farmer Financial Resources Available in the Summer of 2020 PPP is Open Again, Until August 8th – Farmer Financial Resources The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provides cash-flow assistance through 100 percent federally guaranteed loans to employers who maintain their payroll during this

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Soul Fire Farm 3D Skill Sharing Series

Beginning FarmersBeginning Farmers – Practical Tools for Successful Family Farming Soul Fire Farm to Offer Online 3D Skill Sharing Series The Soul Fire Farm 3D Skill Sharing Series is a multilingual and multidimensional workshop series designed for B.I.P.O.C. (Black, Indigenous, &/or People or Color) to deepen skills in specific farming and homesteading practices in a

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Illinois Farmer Resilience Fund Grants

Beginning FarmersBeginning Farmers – Practical Tools for Successful Family Farming Apply Today for 2020 Illinois Farmer Resilience Fund Grants The COVID-19 pandemic dramatically increased demand for locally-produced food. Thanks to support from the Chicago Region Food System Fund, the Illinois Stewardship Alliance is announcing a new Resilience Fund that will provide 25 local food producers in

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Combating the Climate Crisis Through Conservation

Beginning FarmersBeginning Farmers – Practical Tools for Successful Family Farming Combating the Climate Crisis Through Conservation, Agriculture Appropriations, Sustainable Agriculture Funding, and More News from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) Combating the Climate Crisis Through Conservation Combating the Climate Crisis Through Conservation is the fourth blog in a series that focuses on the provisions

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2020 Virtual Northeast Permaculture Convergence

Beginning FarmersBeginning Farmers – Practical Tools for Successful Family Farming 2020 Virtual Northeast Permaculture Convergence July 24-26 The in-person 2020 Northeast Permaculture Convergence is being postponed until July 16-18, 2021. The event will still be held at D Acres Permaculture Farm and Homestead in Dorchester, NH. While communities are localizing, staying home, and tending to

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Practical Farmers of Iowa Field Days Online

Beginning FarmersBeginning Farmers – Practical Tools for Successful Family Farming Practical Farmers of Iowa Field Days Will Be Held Online for the 2020 Season – That Means You Can Attend From Wherever You Are! For more than 30 years, Practical Farmers of Iowa’s on-farm field day season has helped people stay connected as they learn

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Food Safety During COVID-19 Webinar

Beginning FarmersBeginning Farmers – Practical Tools for Successful Family Farming Webinar for Food Entrepreneurs Will Highlight Food Safety During COVID-19 Monday, July 13 from University of Wisconsin Extension Food safety document development for small food processors, killing two birds with one stone: FSMA compliance and COVID-19 preparedness  – Monday, July 13, 9:00 a.m. CST Registration

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Young Farmers Wanted in Wisconsin

Beginning FarmersBeginning Farmers – Practical Tools for Successful Family Farming Young Farmers Wanted in Wisconsin at Red Hoof Farm – 2020 Red Hoof Farm is a small certified organic beef (and possible dairy, we stopped shipping milk in 2019) farm. Currently they have approximately 60 cows (steers, heifers, cow/calf pairs). We are grass-based (certified) and

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In Her Boots Resilience Boot Camp

Beginning FarmersBeginning Farmers – Practical Tools for Successful Family Farming In Her Boots 2020: Resilience Boot Camp from the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service As the busy summer season kicks into high gear, our In Her Boots women farmer project launches “Resilience Boot Camp,” an 8-week campaign to help you build capacity to manage the many

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House Climate Change Report and Agriculture

Beginning FarmersBeginning Farmers – Practical Tools for Successful Family Farming Information about the new House Climate Change Report and Agriculture from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and National Farmers Union: Release: Report Provides Legislative Path for Climate Resilient Agriculture On June 30, 2020 the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis released its long-awaited report

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Farm Training Project Workshops from MOFGA

Beginning FarmersBeginning Farmers – Practical Tools for Successful Family Farming Online Farm Training Project Workshops from the Maine Organic Farming and Gardening Association (MOFGA) July –  September 2020 MOFGA’s Farm Training Project (FTP) workshops are designed for apprentices, farmworkers, and beginning farmers. They follow an informal format, usually beginning with a farm tour followed by

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