Tuesday, January 06, 2009

The Farming Life for Me...

So, the new year is here, and no doubt there are resolutions a-plenty floating around. This week's email is dedicated to those of you who resolved to go out there and learn something new, be more self-sufficient, and maybe even get your farm on in 2009. And remember all those burgeoning cheese makers I was talking about last week? Well, if you harbor a secret (or not so secret) desire to count yourself among them some day, there are dorky and wonderful ways to get your urban feet wet, should you so choose!

Wintertime means a bevy of farm conferences, as farmers (though chronically busy and pretty much always working) have an iota of extra time to devote to learning new techniques and meeting up with their compadres to share ideas and plan for the new year. In the next month or so, two of the northeast's biggest farming conferences will be taking place, and contrary to what you may think, there's no need to be a farmer to attend!

The NOFA NY Conference (Northeast Organic Farming Association) will be held in Rochester, NY from January 23rd to the 25th, and the PASA Conference (Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture) will be held in State College, PA from February 5th to the 7th. Anybody can go and sign up for workshops, from composting, to victory gardens, to cheese making, to biodiesel production. So, if you've got a hankering to farm in the city or out there in the great blue yonder, take a look!

NOFA NY Conference

PASA Conference


Now, keep in mind that farmers (and farm conference organizers) are not graphic designers... when you visit these sites and download the clunky brochures, don't despair. After a little bit of wading through, you'll get the gist of all the amazing workshops up for offer!

Here's to our farmers, past, present, and most of all, future!

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