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Whole Farm Planning Series for Beginning Women Farmers in MA

CISA (Community Involved In Sustaining Agriculture) is accepting applications for the 2014/15 Whole Farm Planning series for beginning women farmers series. Holistic Management International’s Whole Farm Planning program is an opportunity for women who have been farming for under ten years to gain skills and build a network of other women farmers. The course touches…  Read more

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Beginning Farmers, Educational Opportunities, Women Producers

NEFU Member Awarded VAPG Grant from USDA

Congratulations to New England Farmers Union member Carole Soule of Loudon, N.H.  Miles Smith Farm, which Carole runs with her husband Bruce Dawson, was awarded a Value-Added Producer Grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development program. The program helps agricultural producers grow their businesses by turning raw commodities into value-added products,…  Read more

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Farm Bill 2013, Farmer Profile, Farmers, Funding Opportunities

Maine Coalition to Test Sustainable Year-Round Crop Production

Profitable year-round crop production in Maine may sound far-fetched given the state’s cold winters and high heating costs, but advances in greenhouse design and renewable energy technologies are changing that. Now, as demand for locally-sourced food continues to grow, a coalition of Maine agriculture, energy, and composite industry representatives have partnered with academic institutions to…  Read more

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Alternative Energy, Environment, Farm Economics, Farming Practices

Member Profile: Warren Facey, Our Family Farms

When he was a child, Warren Facey watched as the family farm was sold and subsequently “grew to houses.” Seeing that transformation, he said, made him a preservationist. During his youth, he worked on several farms, until he bought Bree-Z-Knoll Farm in Leyden in 1972—what he jokingly calls, “a 4-H project gone wrong.” He started…  Read more

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Farmer Profile

Apply to Attend the International Young Farmer Summit

The International Young Farmers’ Summit to be held September 4, 2014, in Bordeaux, France, is a great opportunity for farmers and ranchers under 40 years of age to discuss family agriculture with young farmers’ representatives across the globe through the construction and the adoption of an international manifesto. The event is led by the French young farmers’…  Read more

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Beginning Farmers, Farmer Leaders, International Agriculture, International Year of Family Farming, National Farmers Union, Urban Agriculture
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