In Around the web on January 12, 2009 at 9:13 pm
via Energy Bulletin
This is a guidebook for beginning farmers. It is written to help you plan your professional trajectory into the field of sustainable agriculture. In this 30-page guide, we cover some of the major areas of institutional support for young farmers, some likely venues of learning and useful references. You should come away with a sense of how to approach the many hurdles with style, persistance, and improvisational zip.
Greenhorn’s Guidebook for Beginning Farmers→
Mendocino Organics CSA Blog→
Draft Proposal for a Mendocino Community Based Farming Network (Live Power Community Farm)→
A Fifty-Year Farm Bill by Wes Jackson and Wendell Berry, NYT→
Fifty Million Farmers, Richard Heinberg at Energy Bulletin→
In Dave Smith on December 31, 2008 at 1:06 pm
From Scott Cratty
Happy New Year!
This Saturday Ukiah’s 1st farmers’ market of 2009 will almost surely be bigger than the close of 2008 (which was cold, spare and poorly attended … the smallest on record by a wide margin). Thanks to you hardy few who attended. My apology to the couple of you who arrived close to 1 p.m. and found us packing up … it was just too cold for a few of the vendors after the propane tank for the heater ran dry.
Lots of good signs for the start of 2009. Pedro Ortiz should be back from vacation. Mendocino Organics will be back as will most of our other regular vendors (don’t forget to keep up with Paula’s great blog.) With a bit of luck somewhat calmer waters should also increase the range of fish.
We will have Jerry Krantmanback with his eclectic acoustic music … he might even let you sing along with a tune or two. Plus, it should be a bit warmer. Heck, it might even crack 50. I will be refilling the propane tank just in case.
Don’t forget to get your ticket for our new raffle. Loads of fine stuff.
As always, the market is in Alex Thomas Plaza on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Check Friday’s UDJ for part two of my New Year’s food rant.
Learn how to create your own Victory Garden. A free class for beginners presented by Mendocino County’s Master Gardeners that will cover how to choose a garden location, play the layout, prepare the soil, plant, irrigate and maintain a garden. Bring a picture or map of your yard and a jar with tight fitting lid half full of dirt from the location you wish to plant. January 17, 8:30-noon, 2240 Old River Rd. To register contact JT via email at jtwilli@ucdavisedu or call 463-4495.
See you at the market.