|Yoga Ranch Internship in New York|
|Fri, 24 May 2019 11:12:57 +0000|
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch Internship in New York - 2019
Yoga Ranch Internship
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch is seeking summer interns in one (or a combination) of the following land areas: organic vegetable garden/food forest, flower garden/landscaping and trail maintenance on our 77-acre Catskill location. The ashram has a large vegetable garden, food forest, herb and berry patches all of which are organic. There is an extensive floral garden with an emphasis on attracting pollinators. The 77-acre ashram has hiking trails and ponds. The yoga ranch internship offers practical skills, work experience, room and board, an on-site library, a curriculum based in Sivananda philosophies with an emphasis on sustainability and an ashram experience in a purposeful spiritual community while living close to the earth.
The yoga ranch internship is for students who want to participate in a formal internship or independent study through their college program. Evaluations will be provided by the liaison with department head input and ashram management oversight. This is ideal for a student of the environment, agriculture or landscaping who is interested in a vegetarian yogic community for personal and professional development.
Our food gardens provide organic sustenance for the body and mind, our flowers provide a beautiful, colorful haven, which nourishes the spirit, and our trails provide opportunity for developing a relationship with nature.
Yoga ranch internship duties may include: seeding, transplanting, weeding, watering, harvesting, washing, composting, maintaining pathways, mulching, pruning, plant propagation, deer control, pond care, insect and pest control, weed whacking, hole digging for fence posts, tree care, maintaining wood piles, splitting logs, forest clearance, landscaping and tool usage (training provided), soil preparation.
Our gardens relationship with the kitchen is integral to our way of life. Composting, harvesting and a once-weekly working with the kitchen are part of the weekly ashram food cycle.
By the end of the season you will have attained a practical understanding of the day-to-day practices of sustainable gardening and be skilled in the basic tasks required and a philosophic understanding of your relationship to food and the earth. As yogis we eat with awareness, choosing food that has the most positive effect on the body and mind and the least negative effect on the environment. We are very glad to share this way of life with you.
Yoga Ranch Internship Qualifications: strong work ethic, serious desire to learn and practice sustainable agriculture and land maintenance, ability to work outdoors in all (summer) weather, having an understanding that repetitive tasks are the basis of agriculture as well as an opportunity to develop one’s own character and skill, the ability to work precisely and with care, and a willingness to take personal responsibility for assigned tasks or independent projects. Interns may develop a special project of interest in consultation with management. Projects will be approved by the ashram and are welcome to include small independent agriculture experiments, research, documentation, and environmental education. Please do note that skills need not be developed but the sincere effort and interest to do so will ensure that they will be acquired by the end of the season. Most importantly, we are a purposeful community striving to work together for inner knowledge and responsibility towards each other and the earth. We believe that selfless service or Karma Yoga is the foundation on which all yogic practices are based.
The three department heads as well as an administrative liaison guide internships.
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch serves a lacto-vegetarian diet with accommodations for vegans. No meat, alcohol or smoking of any kind is permitted on the property. The daily schedule includes an asana class, 6 hours of intern duties as well as the participation in the 2-daily Satsangs. We maintain silence from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. daily.
START/END DATES: Mid/end-June to Mid/end-August 2019, specifics to be arranged individually. 6 – 10 weeks, 6 days a week with one afternoon devoted to research and writing. NOTE: should any students wish to consider a year in agriculture/land maintenance at the ashram, we are glad to consider the possibility with the summer being a trial/planning period.
COMPENSATION: room and board, supplies for projects as approved, stipend for the Ashram Boutique (snacks and gifts), daily yoga class and satsang and, as your schedule allows, participation in our educational programs. Tents provided though you may bring your own tent/equipment. There is an on-site wood-heated sauna.
Contact Martine Bisagni at email@example.com for an application, further information or should you have any questions. Completed signed application, 2 references (one academic), area of interest list and cover letter required for processing.
Sivananda Yoga Ranch 500 Budd Road Woodbourne NY 12788 www.sivanandayogaranch.org
|Homesteading Farm Job/Internship – Indiana|
|Wed, 22 May 2019 18:49:23 +0000|
Homesteading Farm Job/Internship at Lake Monroe Homestead - 2019
Our farm is located in southern Indiana approx. 10 miles south of Bloomington (Indiana University). It is between 3 heavily used campgrounds and adjoins the Hoosier National Forest on three sides. We try to coordinate our product availability to sell from a roadside stand during the busy Memorial through Labor Day Lake Monroe boating season. We are currently expanding in many ways, and seek a candidate for the Homesteading Farm Job/Internship capable of augmenting/coordinating many of the projects listed below.
Ideally, Homesteading Farm Job/Internship candidates would have prior small farm/horticulture experience or formal education; but a strong desire to develop a sustainable rapport with nature through permaculture and homesteading is what is really important. There is a somewhat vigorous physical component required, as our use of automation/mechanical advantage has been kept intentionally low. For instance, we invest in high quality Austrian made hoes rather than tillers, split wood by hand, and extensively rely on wheel barrows and drag tarps. On the intellectual side of the spectrum, the ability to research, think abstractly, and learn the particular business related nuances involved is desirable. This is a family operation, partially “subsidized” by one member’s full-time outside employment. Candidates could also partially support themselves through work in town, online, etc. or attempt to get by on what we are financially able to provide at this time. This consists of a small regular cash stipend year round that equates to around $9/hr@40hrs/wk, assistance with transportation, food, other living expenses, additional irregular income that scales with the various growing seasons, and separate housing with utilities.
Our intention is to find an arrangement/partnership that is mutually beneficial to all parties involved. This will take some creativity, but a solid foundation has been laid, the motivation to succeed is present, and further investment has the potential for large returns. The best way to continue a dialogue is to write us at firstname.lastname@example.org; after which I will provide additional contact information and we can go from there. Thank you and I hope your summer is off to a great start.
|2019 Organic Survey and More News|
|Tue, 21 May 2019 14:07:22 +0000|
Today's news from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) features, Funding for Conservation Innovation Trials, Organic Cost Share Program News, and an Update and Recommendations on the 2019 Organic Survey.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced the availability of $25 million in annual funding to advance the adoption and evaluation of innovative conservation practices on agricultural lands. The funding for on-farm trials is available as a sub-program of the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program, authorized under the 2018 Farm Bill. CIGs are designed to support collaboration between NRCS and partners to implement innovative, on-the-ground conservation activities and then evaluate their impacts. Participating farmers and ranchers will receive payments to offset the risk and investments for testing out new and innovative conservation approaches. NRCS is accepting proposals through July 15, 2019.
Organic certification under the National Organic Program (NOP) can provide significant benefits to farmers by opening new market opportunities and increasing the takeaway profit for sales; it can also, however, be a prohibitively costly process. For producers and handlers interested in certification who require cost share assistance, the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP) is an excellent resource. Eligible organic producers and handlers can apply for the cost-share program to cover up to 75 percent of their certification costs, up to a maximum of $750 annually. Applications are open until October 31, 2019.
The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is preparing to survey the nation’s organic farmers in an effort to collect data on acreage, production, and sales for a variety of organic crop and livestock commodities. Earlier this year, NASS announced that it would begin soliciting feedback on its proposal for the 2019 Organic Survey, which the agency anticipates should be underway by the end of the year. In advance of each organic survey, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s (NSAC) provides recommendations to NASS on how to improve the format and contents of the survey in order to best capture important trends in organic agriculture.
|CSA Customization and Soil Field Day|
|Sat, 18 May 2019 11:25:14 +0000|
Upper Midwest CRAFT Soil Fertility and CSA Customization Field Day - July 15th, 2019
|Next 7 Organic Farm Internship in OH|
|Fri, 17 May 2019 09:36:52 +0000|
Next 7 Organic Farm Internship in Ohio - 2019
Isaac and Holly Wiegmann have farmed organically for ten years on their ancestors’ land. We have nearly 200 acres of farmland in eastern Ohio with six acres of vegetables on our 214 year old family homestead in Cadiz, Ohio. We specialize in over 200 varieties of Certified Organic Produce, grass-fed beef, pork and poultry including free-range eggs and go to three farmers’ markets weekly in Pittsburgh, PA and Wheeling, WV. We also utilize a high tunnels for season extension. Explore our website: www.next7farm.com.
Next 7 Organic Farm – Full Time Farm Intern
Compensation: $8/hr, Produce, Housing Option
Join the Next 7 Organic Farm team and intern with two ten year certified organic farmers - Isaac and Holly Wiegmann. Assist in the production and harvest of vegetables, wild crops (including ramps, berries, and mushrooms), grass-fed cattle, pig and chicken rotation on a 200-acre certified organic farm. This full-time position will assist with all daily activities including (but not limited to) seeding, transplanting, cultivation, harvest, setting up irrigation, washing and packing vegetables for transport. Applicants should be physically fit, able to lift 50 lbs., and expect to work for 8+ hours a day. Longer hours are occasionally required on market days, during high harvest periods, livestock emergencies, etc.
Applicants should send a resume and cover letter to HOLLY WIEGMANN at NEXT7FARM@GMAIL.COM.
John Herbold, Holly and Isaac Wiegmann
|forum.ag Connects Farmers in Online Community|
|Thu, 16 May 2019 09:42:30 +0000|
All-new forum.ag connects real farmers to create a knowledgeable agriculture community
Forum launched to help farmers evolve and grow their businesses
Modern technology has changed the way farmers around the world grow crops and livestock, sell produce, and transport goods from point A to point B. Yet, in Africa farmers haven’t had the chance to connect to other like-minded individuals working in the agricultural industry until now.
Forum.ag has officially launched to give farmers and agriculture workers the chance to connect and communicate about real-life issues within the industry. The all-new forum allows users to sign-up for free and to post to the shared community.
Users can post about agricultural subjects that affect them or to simply gain new information on agriculture subjects. Individuals can even join in on discussions to give their expertise or experience on a farming topic. Forum.ag will give those in the agriculture industry a voice and opportunity shape their businesses.
In 2012, Sub Sahara Africa consists of 9% of 561 million farms worldwide, according to the World Bank a study the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations shows. With many new farmers being born since the explosion of computers, cellphones, and other technological innovations, the use of the Internet has become more prevalent in agriculture. Forum.ag continues agriculture’s move into the modern age and expects farmers to follow along.
Farming may be one of the oldest professions in the world, but it doesn’t have to be stuck in the past. The use of computer science in farming has improved produce and livestock yields along with forecasting weather. Forum.ag now connects those in the agricultural industry to bring together knowledge like never before.
“The website is a unique platform to bring together a like-minded community of individuals who grow and produce the world’s food,” a forum.ag spokesperson said. “Agriculture is often ignored by those who do not work in the industry. Our aim is to give farmers and other agriculture focused people a voice and chance to share their knowledge with each other.”
For more information or to sign-up to Forum.ag, please visit the website at https://forum.ag/.
 Lowder, S.K., Skoet, J. and Raney, T., 2016. The number, size, and distribution of farms, smallholder farms, and family farms worldwide. World Development, 87, pp.16-29.
|Organic Certification Cost Share Program|
|Wed, 15 May 2019 09:07:48 +0000|
USDA Accepting Applications to Help Cover Producers’ Costs for Organic Certification through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program
USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that organic producers and handlers can apply for federal funds to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP). Applications for fiscal 2019 funding are due Oct. 31, 2019.
“Producers can visit their local FSA county offices to apply for up to 75 percent of the cost of organic certification,” said FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce. “This also gives organic producers an opportunity to learn about other valuable USDA resources, like farm loans and conservation assistance, that can help them succeed. Organic producers can take advantage of a variety of USDA programs from help with field buffers to routine operating expenses to storage and handling equipment.”
The Organic Certification Cost Share Program received continued support through the 2018 Farm Bill. It provides cost-share assistance to producers and handlers of agricultural products for the costs of obtaining or maintaining organic certification under the USDA’s National Organic Program. Eligible producers include any certified producers or handlers who have paid organic certification fees to a USDA-accredited certifying agent. Eligible expenses for cost-share reimbursement include application fees, inspection costs, fees related to equivalency agreement and arrangement requirements, travel expenses for inspectors, user fees, sales assessments and postage.
Certified producers and handlers are eligible to receive reimbursement for up to 75 percent of certification costs each year, up to a maximum of $750 per certification scope, including crops, livestock, wild crops, handling and state organic program fees.
Opportunities for State Agencies
Today’s announcement also includes the opportunity for state agencies to apply for grant agreements to administer the OCCSP program in fiscal 2019. State agencies that establish agreements for fiscal year 2019 may be able to extend their agreements and receive additional funds to administer the program in future years.
FSA will accept applications from state agencies for fiscal year 2019 funding for cost-share assistance through May 29, 2019.
To learn more about the Organic Certification Cost Share Program, please visit the OCCSP webpage, view the notice of funds availability on the Federal Register, or contact your FSA county office. To learn more about USDA support for organic agriculture, visit usda.gov/organic.
|Principles of Soil Health Podcast Episode|
|Tue, 14 May 2019 09:19:50 +0000|
Newest 'ATTRA Voices from the Field' Podcast:
In the most recent episode of NCAT's ATTRA: Voices from the Field Podcast, Nina Prater, a soil specialist with NCAT’s ATTRA sustainable agriculture program, sits down for a conversation with NCAT Southeast Regional Director Margo Hale.
(To listen to this podcast and see the "ATTRA: Voices from the Field" archive, click here.)
In this episode, Nina Prater, a soil specialist with NCAT’s ATTRA sustainable agriculture program, sits down for a conversation with NCAT Southeast Regional Director Margo Hale to talk about the basic principles of soil health and to go over the five soil health principles that farmers and ranchers can follow to regenerate soil to a healthy, productive condition. Margo is a livestock specialist, and she earned two degrees in Animal Science without a single soil class. Nina tries to remedy this around the office on a regular basis, so they decided to record one of these conversations. Margo and Nina both work out of NCAT’s regional office in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Related ATTRA Resources:
Other Soil Health Resources
To access all of ATTRA's extensive sustainable agriculture resources on soil health and more, go to the ATTRA website.
If you have questions about the principles of soil health or other sustainable agriculture issues, ATTRA agriculture specialists are here to help! Call 1-800-346-9140 or email email@example.com.
Since 1976, the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) has been helping people by championing small-scale, local and sustainable solutions to reduce poverty, promote healthy communities and protect natural resources. More information about its programs and services is available at www.ncat.org or by calling 1-800-ASK-NCAT.
|Farmer Field School Events in Michigan|
|Mon, 13 May 2019 17:18:09 +0000|
Michigan Farmer Field School Workshops Begin May 16th, 2019 with Forcing Flowers, Bulbs and Branches for Early Spring Sales
2019 FARMER FIELD SCHOOL WORKSHOPS
Forcing Bulbs, Flowers & Branches for Early Spring Sales - May 16
Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019, 9am - 4pm
Cost: $55 - $100
Location: Forget Me Not Farms, 9380 Whiteford Center Rd, Ottawa Lake, MI 49267
Speakers: Lindsay Daschner of Forget Me Not Farms & Susan Sharp of Open Sky Farm
Learn to extend the season for flower sales to capture market opportunities like Mothers' Day and Memorial Day. Lindsay Daschner will share her experience forcing anemone, ranunculus and other flowers in bulb crates and in-ground in her gutter connect greenhouse, as well as coppicing woody materials, marketing nursery stock. Susan Sharp will discuss forcing flowers at Open Sky Farm and will demonstrate making interesting kokedama and hypertufa containers to market them.
8:30-9:00… ........................... Coffee & Registration
9:30-10:15……...……….……Forcing Bulbs & Corms
10:15 – Noon …………….…Farm Walk & Discussion
Noon-1...........................................Lunch (Bring lunch!)
2:30-3:00…………………………….. ..Making Hypertufa
3:00-3:50…….………………...Making Kokedama Balls
Weeds & Cultivation - Free Workshop
Date: Monday, July 1, 2019, 9:30am - 4pm
Weeds & Cultivation for Lean Farm Production
Location: Green Wagon Farm, 4960 Quiggle Ave. Ada, MI, 49301
Speakers: Caleb Tacoma of Green Wagon Farm, Sarah Geurkink of the MSU Student Organic Farm, Dr. Daniel Brainard of MSU
Weeds can be one of the biggest obstacles to high yields, profits and peace of mind on the farm. Learn ways to prevent, reduce and control the weeds on your farm. See the tricks and tools in action on a successful organic vegetable farm.
9:00 - 9:30am......................................Coffee & Registration
9:30 - 10:00….......................................................Introductions
10:00 - 10:45…...................................Understanding Weeds
10:45 - Noon.................................................Weeds Farm Walk
Noon - 1:00pm.................................. Lunch (Bring your own!)
1:00 - 2:30....................Tractor Cultivation Demonstrations
2:30 - 3:00 ............................. Preventing & Reducing Weeds
3:00-3:50…....................................Hand Tool Demonstrations
Farmer Braintrust - Tuesday, Dec. 10, 10am to noon
Location: MSU Student Organic Farm, 3291 College Rd, Holt MI 48842
Farmer Field School presenters, participants and advocates will meet to plan Farmer Field School 2019 and other ways to collaborate.
Food Security Roundtable - Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, 1pm - 3pm
Location: MSU Student Organic Farm, 3291 College Rd, Holt MI 48842
Topic: Food Security
Workshops on Farms, Taught by Farmers!
Each Farmer Field School workshop features in-depth, practical insights from the wealth of knowledge in Michigan’s farming community. Experienced farmers and agricultural educators team up to co-teach each workshop. Farmer Field School is designed to improve the profitability of diversified, sustainable farms in their first 10 years. See Farmer Field School for more program information and current workshops.
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MSU Student Organic Farm: www.msuorganicfarm.org
Farmer Field School: www.msuorganicfarm.org/farmer-field-school.html
|Relocation of USDA Research Agencies and More News|
|Mon, 13 May 2019 09:52:39 +0000|
Here is the news from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) about the Relocation of USDA Research Agencies, Conservation Stewardship Program Signup, and a whole bunch of Competitive Grant Opportunities...
Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its list of finalists for the proposed relocation of USDA research agencies, the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), in partnership with allied organizations, researchers, and policymakers across the country, has resoundingly opposed the proposed relocation of USDA research agencies, citing the inevitable loss of skilled staff, potential for politicization of the nonpartisan research agencies, and the lack of cost benefit or other documentation from USDA showing that the moves are warranted
USDA COMPETITIVE GRANT OPPORTUNITIES
As part of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s (NSAC) ongoing efforts to help farmers and advocates stay up to date with federal policy and funding opportunities, we have provided detailed descriptions of open Requests for Applications (RFAs) that may be of interest to the sustainable agriculture community.
Read more to find out the deadlines for these following competitive grant programs: