NEW ORGANIC STEWARDS
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New farmers are vital to our future. Our nation is counting on a new crop of farmers to grow our food, revitalize the countryside and protect our natural resources. New Organic Stewards connects these new farmers, provides educational opportunities, and seeds inspiration for sustainable, organic production. New Organic Stewards is for any young or beginning farmer who is aspiring to be or currently involved in organic and sustainable farming.
New Organic Stewards is a program of MOSES and Renewing the Countryside. This project was supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant #2011-49400-30756
New Organic Stewards 2013 Events:
Farm Hack - June 2nd
Calling all new farmers, makers, tinkerers, inventors & builders to convene for a day of tool building and design for small-scale agriculture. Do you have a new tool or design you've been working on? Share it at Farm Hack!
Transitioning to Organic - Sept. 15th
Making the commitment to farming with organic methods is a great first step - but what is it like to start out on land that was previously farmed conventionally? Learn from the first-hand experience of organic vegetable farmers from Gardens of Eagan and the Organic Field School's incubator farmers. A unique opportunity to hear lessons learned by both experienced and new farmers, with practical tips and a farm tour showing a variety of crops.
Incubator Farms Grow New Farmers Organic Broadcaster May-June 2013
New farmers are learning the ropes at the Organic Field School in Northfield, Minn. Read about
Frac Sand and Farming Organic Broadcaster March-April 2013
Andrew and Khaiti French of Living the Dream Farm, (L.T.D. Farm, Inc.) in Clayton, Wis., share what they learned fighting off a neighboring frac sand mine.
After Graduating from College, it's Time to Plow, Plant and Harvest September 2012
NY TImes reporter Natalie Kitroeff interviews recent college grads who are choosing to farm for a living.
Colleges see higher demand for degrees in agriculture August 2012
USA today article by Jens Manuel Krogstad states "Enrollment is booming at many colleges of agriculture, as students flock to study subjects they feel offer a clear path to a job on graduation."
Help for young/beginning farmers July 2012
Public News Service reporter Tim Morrissey interviewed MOSES Organic Specialist Angie Sullivan about how new farmers can get training and support.
Organic Broadcaster July-August 2012
YOS organizer Lindsay Rebhan interviewed Grant Schultz about his path to becoming a farmer.
Organic Broadcaster May-June 2012
Update on Young Organic Stewards Program (now called NEW Organic Stewards)
The Young Organic Stewards Program is off to a great start! Read about the program's growth and see comments from fellow farmers in the program. Click on the link above and look for story #11.