This blog is for Polk County Florida small farms and pesticide applicators as a method of communication and sharing information. This blog is administered by the University of Florida IFAS Extension Polk County Extension Agent, Mary Beth Henry.
Weekly sustainable agriculture news and resources gleaned from the Internet by NCAT staff for the ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service website. The Weekly Harvest Newsletter is also available online.
Join the NCAT Team! The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is seeking a Coordinator for Grow Montana, a statewide food and agriculture policy council. This is a great opportunity for an individual to work with an innovative team of leaders in food and agriculture from across the state. The Coordinator will facilitate the Grow Montana Steering Committee and council partners and allies in their efforts to support community-based food systems by conducting public policy research and education. Applications will be accepted through September 4, 2012.
NCAT is also seeking a Sustainable Agriculture Intake Specialist to work in our Butte, Montana, office, responding to inquiries from farmers and ranchers throughout the country and forwarding inquiries to sustainable agriculture specialists.
News & Resources
National Farm to School Month Resources Available
USDA Awards Conservation Innovation Grants
Agricultural Resources and Environmental Indicators Updated
Small Farm Courses Offered Online
Publication Considers Cultivation Tools for Organic Vegetable Farmers
International Homesteading Education Month Invites Participants
Conservation Innovation Grants
Southern SARE Sustainable Community Innovation Grant Program
Illinois Sustainable Agriculture Grant Program
Cultivating NW Co-ops 2012: Celebrating Our Food Community
Hoes Down Harvest Festival
Winter Tunnel Production and Season Extension
News & Resources
National Farm to School Month Resources Available October has been designated National Farm to School Month, and the National Farm to School Network is making many helpful resources available online. These include a "theme of the day" calendar, a communications toolkit, posters and ads, a PowerPoint Template for a slideshow, a sample menu, and fact sheets that explain National Farm to School Month.
USDA Awards Conservation Innovation Grants USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced the award of $26 million in Conservation Innovation Grants. The grant winners will demonstrate innovative approaches to improving soil health, increasing pollinator and wildlife habitat, protecting water quality, and producing on-farm energy savings. A complete list of CIG awardees is available online.
Agricultural Resources and Environmental Indicators Updated USDA Economic Research Service has released Agricultural Resources and Environmental Indicators, 2012. Among other findings, the report showed total cropland in 2007 at its lowest point since 1945, documented a drop in pesticide use but an increase in herbicide use, highlighted increases in irrigation efficiency, and reported organic food sales more than doubling from 2004 to 2011.
Small Farm Courses Offered Online Cornell Small Farms Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension are offering 12 online courses for small farmers for 2012-2013. There are courses covering commercial production topics and courses covering management of a successful farm, including business planning, holistic financial planning, marketing, and getting started in farming.
International Homesteading Education Month Invites Participants Mother Earth News and Grit are hosting International Homesteading Education Month in September. They are asking people who have skills or experiences to share about how to maintain a homestead to schedule an event in September, such as a workshop, demonstration, or tour. Events are being publicized in an online listing.
Conservation Innovation Grants NRCS has announced the availability of up to $5 million in grants to evaluate and demonstrate agricultural practices that help farmers and ranchers adapt to drought. NRCS is offering the grants to partnering entities to evaluate innovative, field-based conservation technologies and approaches. Private individuals, Tribes, local and state governments, and non-governmental organizations can apply. Grant applications are due October 15, 2012.
Southern SARE Sustainable Community Innovation Grant Program The 2012 Sustainable Community Innovation Grants program is accepting applications for up to $10,000 for activities that increase knowledge, build capacity, and make connections between sustainable agriculture and rural communities. Proposals are due October 1, 2012.
Illinois Sustainable Agriculture Grant Program The Illinois Department of Agriculture is seeking proposals to carry out research, education, and on-farm demonstration projects through its Sustainable Agriculture Grant Program. Competitive grants may be awarded to individuals for up to $10,000, and units of government, non-profit groups, institutions, or organizations may apply for up to $20,000. Proposals must be received by October 15, 2012.
Cultivating NW Co-ops 2012: Celebrating Our Food Community October 5-6, 2012 Seattle, Washington Cooperatives from across six states will join together to celebrate our food systems. Attendees will discuss how cooperatives are impacting our food future and will work together to cultivate our cooperative food community.
Hoes Down Harvest Festival October 6-7, 2012 Guinda, California This 25th annual celebration involves a festival on Saturday with live music, activities, agricultural workshops, and a farmers market. On Sunday, hands-on specialized seminars and a farm tour are offered.
Winter Tunnel Production and Season Extension October 2, 2012 Shelburne, Vermont In this NOFA-VT Summer Workshop Series event, Corie Pierce of Bread and Butter Farm will explain the four keys to winter hoop house production: crop selection, timing seeding and planting, crop protection needs, and overall system management.
Weekly Harvest and ATTRAnews Archives Digital versions of recent and archived Weekly Harvest and ATTRAnews newsletters are available online. ATTRAnews is the newsletter of ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service.
The National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service - ATTRA - was developed and is managed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). The project is funded through a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Business-Cooperative Service.
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