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The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition has released an updated version of its Farmers’ Guide to Value-Added Producer Grant Funding. The guide includes changes to the program from the 2014 Farm Bill. The guide also provides clear information on the program’s application requirements, including a step-by-step description of the application and ranking processes.

Southern SAWG is making available a new Food Hub Starter Kit for agricultural or business professionals, farmers, or community members who are exploring the development of a food hub. The kit contains a short, annotated list of resources gathered from food hub projects around the country. Presentations and webinars from Southern SAWG’s food hub learning network project are also available online.

Tilth Producers of Washington has introduced Wiki for Farmers, an online resource dedicated to organic and sustainable agriculture. Farmers, agricultural experts, researchers, and farm advocates are invited to author articles, which may be edited and discussed by other users. Instructions for joining and for submitting articles are online.

The Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems has released Teaching Direct Marketing and Small Farm Viability: Resources for Instructors, 2nd Edition. The 400-page manual, available free online or at cost in print, draws on nearly 50 years of experience teaching skills to beginning organic farmers and gardeners at the UC Santa Cruz Farm & Garden Apprenticeship. The new edition includes lectures, student exercises, and resources. View the manual here.

The New York State (NYS) Mesonet or Early Warning Weather Detection System is an advanced, statewide weather station network. This network will be the first of its kind in New York and will consist of up to 125 surface weather stations that will detect weather phenomena across the entire state.  This weather detection system will provide federal, state, and local communities with access to high-resolution, real-time data, and more robust predictive models.

The NYS Mesonet is looking for up to 125 weather station sites across New York State. The University at Albany will pay for any costs associated with the installation and will handle all of the maintenance and repair associated. If you are interested in hosting a weather station at your farm, please contact Program Manager Jerry Brotzge via e-mail at jbrotzge@albany.edu or by phone at 518-442-6376.

View the full press release here.

What is Greener Partners?

In imagining a better food system, Greener Partners operates community Farm Hubs as resources for local produce and for education — as well as inspiration — about food and farming. Their farmers grow vegetables, herbs and fruit for Greener Partners’ own Farm Market, Community Supported Agriculture members and to sell at area farmers’ markets. Education programs engage kids, both on farms and in area schools, through programs like The SOL Food Project and Farm field trips. To cross generations, Greener Partners offers workshops for adults and families on the “lost arts” of our agricultural and cultural past that still are relevant and useful in our lives today.

The Available Positions

Guild House Farm Manager
Greener Partners (GP) seeks a dynamic, experienced and committed farmer and farm educator to manage and lead education and community programs at Guild House Farm, a
partnership with Friends Rehabilitation Program’s Guild House West. The Farm Manager is a full-­‐time salaried position with benefits.

Guild House Farm/SOL Food Part–time Educator
Greener Partners (GP) seeks a dynamic, experienced and committed part–time educator to assist with growing and programming at Guild House Farm and SOL (Sustainable Organic Local) Food Project, our Philadelphia-­‐based teen program.

Longview Farm Community Engagement Coordinator
Greener Partners (GP) seeks a dynamic, experienced and committed part-­‐time staff to lead on-­‐farm
education programming and expand our food access outreach in the region. The ideal candidate will be
an experienced gardener, an engaging educator, have experience doing community organizing and/or
community outreach, have demonstrated a commitment to food justice, and know the Norristown
and/or Phoenixville community.

This class is a complete, in-depth introduction to juneberry cultivation in Upstate New York, covering site selection, natural history, planting, pest control, and harvesting. Regional juneberry expert Jim Ochterski will explain the basics of production and what to expect from different varieties of juneberries. The workshop includes lunch and a field tour to Juneberry Farm in Willard, NY where Guy Lister is cultivating a large planting for retail and you-pick sales and is being sponsored by Bundschuh’s Greenhouses. For more information, visit http://senecacountycce.org/?carous=juneberry-production-workshop-friday-june-12th.

When: June 12, 9am-2pm

Where: 7238 Ann St., Ovid, NY

The New England Apple Association has produced a three-part video series on IPM in the apple orchard which explains various aspects of IPM and makes them accessible to a wider audience. Watch the video series online at: http://neipmc.org/go/jhCt.

If you missed the webinars in the Small Farms, New Markets series this Spring, you can now watch the recordings anytime. The series featured smaller farmers that sell to larger markets such as food hubs, grocery stores and restaurants. Farmers reflected on their decision making process, benefits and challenges, costs, and infrastructure needed to get their products to bigger markets. Each webinar also featured one of the farmer’s ‘wholesale’ buyers who described how they establish productive relationships with smaller farms, and outlined their business models and buying requirements. To read descriptions and watch the webinars, visit http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/2015/03/30/small-farms-new-markets-webinar-series-opens-april-6th/

“Hoop House Considerations” is part of the Vegetable Production series from Muddy Fingers Farm, a small vegetable CSA in Hector, NY. Visit our Youtube channel to view the video and others on Muddy Fingers Farm.

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