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Warriors in the battle for more local, sustainable food have long been suspicious of the Department of Agriculture and its relationship to large agricultural interests. But even the most dedicated political agrarian has to admit that the U.S.D.A is getting local food fever.This week, the top people at the U.S.D.A. announced they would be handing out almost $65 million to help connect small farmers — especially those using sustainable practices — with people who want to eat local food.The money is part of their new “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” campaign which includes a series of programs to help farmers better market their food and the people who run large institutions buy it.“Americans are more interested in food and agriculture than at any other time since most families left the farm,” said Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan in a statement announcing the initiative.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Great information on the finding that organic farming is good for us and for the planet, and also good for the crops and the farmer:
....Organic farming — one way of carrying out agro-ecological farming — has been shown to increase carbon sequestration in soil relative to non-organic methods. Furthermore, extensive research, most recently by agronomist David Pimentel of Cornell, has shown that transitioning to organic and local farming could cut energy inputs into the U.S. food system by 50 percent."United States agriculture is driven almost entirely by these non-renewable energy sources. Each person in the country on a per capita consumption basis requires approximately 2,000 liters per year in oil equivalents to supply his/her total food, which accounts for about 19 percent of the total national energy use," Pimentel said.In addition to cutting fossil fuel use and decreasing carbon emissions, a shift to organic farming and the resultant increases in carbon sequestration will make agriculture more resilient and more resistant to onrushing anthropogenic climate change.Resistance and resilience are technical terms: as ecologist Alison Power observes, resistance is a system’s ability to not be affected by a “perturbation,” such as a sudden drought or hurricane. Resilience is the measure of the agricultural system’s ability to respond to a “perturbation” that does affect it—in other words, how quickly it returns to its former level of functioning, or how close to its former level of functioning it can get to.There is strong evidence that organic-farming systems, which are usually a mix of diverse-plant communities—the furthest thing from the plains of monocultures that are the mainstay of American agriculture—are both more resistant and more resilient than other types of planting systems.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
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Thursday, June 25, 2009
Help the Northwood Farmers Market win $5,000 (or weekly prize of $250) in Care2’s online "Love your Farmers Market Contest."
Use the link below to vote for the Northwood Farmers Market - your favorite Farmers Market!
Pass the message along to your friends, family, and email buddies to help make your market even better.
The Wisdom of Small Farms and Local Food: Aldo Leopold's Land Ethic and Sustainable Agriculture
July 14, 2009 - 7:00 p.m.
This event will take place at the Chesley Memorial Library in Northwood, NH, and will feature John Carroll of the University of New Hampshire department of Natural Resources.
John E. Carroll is professor of environmental conservation in the department of natural resources at the University of New Hampshire. In three decades at UNH, he has taught and done research on national and international environmental policy, diplomacy, ethics, and values as they pertain to sustainable agriculture and food systems.
Using his book "The Wisdom of Small Farms and Local Food: Aldo Leopold's Land Ethic and Sustainable Agriculture", Professor Carroll explores with the audience the theoretical and practical underpinnings of the growing movement toward sustainable agriculture. Focusing on the land grant universities, particularly in New England and in Leopold's own Midwest, their work in sustainable agriculture and their increasing attention to small-scale farming and local food, this book, provides a vision of where our public land grant universities might go, in research, in teaching, in outreach, inspired by the farmers who know best from their own experience, and providing vision and hope for many who want to play a role in increasing their own food security. The book is available through the author who can be reached at email@example.com.
This program was made possible by the University of New Hampshire Speakers Bureau which connects faculty and staff speakers with non-profit organizations to share the research and knowledge of the university with the people and communities of New Hampshire. For more information on obtaining a speaker for your organization, contact the UNH Speakers Bureau at (603) 862-4401 or on the web at www.unh.edu/speakersbureau.
For more information on this event, contact the Chesley Memorial Library at 603-942-5472 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
New Hampshire Farm Link to Merge with New England LandLink
Today, more than ever, there is a need to match farmers who want to sell or rent their farms with people who want to go into farming. Farmland is expensive and hard to find, and there is a younger generation with a desire to farm and supply local food. Some landowners might even make special arrangements for people who showed promise of carrying on their enterprise.
The New Hampshire Farm Link program was organized on June 21, 2000 with the purpose of joining willing farmers to willing renters or sellers of farmland; however, it never really had the financial backing or staffing to fully do the job. After several years of being somewhat dormant and looking for a home, the New Hampshire Farm Link program is going to merge with New England LandLink, run by the New England Small Farm Institute (NESFI) in Belchertown, MA.
The New England LandLink program serves all of New England and eastern New York. Its database currently has 510-plus seekers and over 60 farm offerings. Merging with this regional program will provide a considerably larger pool of prospective farmers and available land and be a win-win situation for everyone involved. There will also be a director, Warren Hubley, available by phone and email, to provide personal contact (email@example.com or 413-323-4531).
People who want to list their property or who are looking for land can obtain application forms from any UNH Cooperative Extension office or other cooperating agricultural agencies around the state or from NESFI’s website, www.smallfarm.org, under NE LandLink. It costs $10 to register for the standard LandLink services, which include contact information for any web site listings and advice about new properties.
The New Hampshire Coalition for Sustaining Agriculture, a committee comprised of a cross-section of people dedicated to preserving agriculture in the state, originally proposed the idea of the Farm Link Program.
Tony Mincu, a member of the committee and law student at the time, took on the task of formally organizing the New Hampshire program as part of a community law project in coordination with Franklin Pierce Law School. There have been a few applications kept on file over the years and some informal match-ups, but there wasn’t enough staff time to maintain a full-service program.
New England LandLink is a great way to match up new farmers with those wanting to exit the business and maintain a viable agricultural industry in the region. Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity.
For more information, contact John C. Porter, UNH Cooperative Extension Dairy Specialist/Professor, Emeritus at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UNH Cooperative Extension programs and policies are consistent with pertinent Federal and State laws and regulations on non-discrimination regarding age, color, handicap, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veterans status.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
The Northwood Farmers Market starts the fresh, local eating season on Thursday June 4th from 3 to 6:30 pm at the corner of Rts. 4 and 202/9. The market will run through October 1st every Thursday afternoon. Come shop for a bounty of locally grown and produced products and get to see those neighbors you’ve missed and meet some new friends as well.
You can keep track of what’s going on at the market at our blog http://northwoodfarmersmarket.blogspot.com/ . If you are a local non-profit please contact us (contact information on the website) for a chance to showcase your organization at our non-profit table.
We look forward to seeing you at the market!
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
George Dean, of Cordwainer House in Northwood, is a member of the NH Beekeepers Association, At their recent spring meeting at Lake Shore Farm in Northwood, he entered his honey in their first ever tasting honey tasting contest, along with about 30 other beekeepers. And he won first prize!
Monday, March 16, 2009
The Northwood Area Farmers Market Association is pleased to announce the award of a $500 grant from the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food. The grant will be used for outreach to local farmers and for signs and advertising for the Northwood Farmers Market this summer.
The market will begin on Thursday, June 4th, 2009, and run weekly through Thursday October 1st, from 3-6:30 pm, at the parking lot at the corner of Rts. 4 and 202/9 in Northwood. Join us to meet your neighbors, both vendors and shoppers, as we celebrate the local bounty and promote a sustainable local economy.