Thursday, March 27, 2008

NY Farmers: Want to learn more about growing and using alternative energy on your farm?

Farm Aid, along with our partner American Corn Growers Association as well as Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County, South Dakota Corn Utilization Council, and the Finger Lakes RC&D Council, is sponsoring an exciting and informative workshop on Friday, March 28 in Bath, New York, called Renewable Energy for Rural America. Here's the agenda for the day:


10:00 Review of Energy Related Issues in the New Energy and Farm Bills

Larry Mitchell, Director of Governmental Affairs, American Corn Growers Association

11:00 Growing Grass for Hay and Biomass

Jerry Cherney, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, Cornell

Noon Lunch Provided by the American Corn Growers Association

12:30 Solar and Wind Power for the Home and Farm

Gay Nicholson, Regional Coordinator, Southern Tier Energy Smart Communities

1:00 Micro-Hydro Power Technology - What Is It? How It Works? Is It for Me?

Tim Shaddock, Principal, Renewable Energy Group for Sustainable Technologies, Corning, New York

1:45 Renewable Diesel in Your Future

Robert Houser, Waverly, New York

Farm Aid has always believed that farmers are among the most resourceful people; with today's emerging alternative energies, farmers have more opportunity than ever to be resourceful and to make good, sustainable use of our earth's resources!

If you'd like more information or to register (for any part or all of the day's activities), please call 607-664-2300.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Wendy reviews the Hayden-Harnett "Green is Good Bag" for Farm Aid

Check out this new bag created by Hayden-Harnett. Farm Aid receives 100% of the net profits from bags sold. We are so pleased that Hayden-Harnett chose us.

The bag is made of organic cotton and perfect for holding veggies from the farmers market!

As you can see, we demo-ed the bags in the office today. That's my daughter checking out the sturdy nature of the bag and handles. As you can see it will hold 20+ lbs of groceries (or babies)! Although we don't recommend using it for babies.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Farm Aid Op-Ed in the Indy Star

Congrats to John for his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

Check out what Carolyn has to say in this op-ed.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Jen plans for spring but Peter says, "I won't let winter stop me!"

While I flip optimistically through seed catalogs, planning for planting while pining for spring, I'm inspired by those who garden throughout the long New England winter. Check out these fantastic photos of the handmade cold frame of Farm Aid friend Peter Bowne. Peter's coldframe, covered in snow and warmed by just one lightbulb, produces fresh greens throughout our cold Massachusetts winter. Isn't it a beauty? Fresh green tidings to keep us focused on spring... it's just around the corner! Not that it makes much difference to Peter... although it would be nice to have some homegrown tomatoes to keep that cilantro company in a salsa! My next task? Convincing Peter to lead a coldframe workshop for those of us who want to grow our own greens next winter!

Monday, March 03, 2008

Joel learns more about GMO seeds

Among the many excellent goings-on at the recent Organic Farming Conference (sponsored by the Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service) in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, one of the most inspiring was the keynote address by Andrew Kimbrell of the Center for Food Safety. Andrew spoke very hopefully about overcoming the “ecocide” of American farmland perpetrated by Monsanto and other agri/chemical corporate giants. He said we had so far defeated the introduction (into the U.S.) of GE wheat, rice, and alfalfa, but the sugar beet is the next big fight. And the great threat remains the chemical giants taking full control of seed companies, with Monsanto alone now owning 21% of seed companies worldwide. Be sure to check out Andrew’s new book, “Your Right to Know: Genetic Engineering and the Secret Changes in Your Food” available through the “publications” link on the Center for Food Safety website at Another excellent publication is the “Farmers’ Guide to GMO’s,” by David Moeller of the Farmers Legal Action Group and Michael Sligh of the Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (both Farm Aid funded groups). First published in 2004, the “Farmers’ Guide” will be updated this year. You can download the 2004 version as well as other relevant articles for free at FLAG’s website, . Happy reading!