MSU recognized as one of the best environmental college programs – KBZK Bozeman News

MSU recognized as one of the best environmental college programs
KBZK Bozeman News
It offers four options — agroecology, sustainable crop production, sustainable food systems and sustainable livestock production – that each lead to a bachelor's degree in science. Some experiential learning for students takes place at Towne's Harvest

Venezuelan ecosocialist: Can the revolution be liberated from the oil economy?’ – Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

Venezuelan ecosocialist: Can the revolution be liberated from the oil economy?'
Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal
January 30, 2013 — Green Left TV — Part 1: The international mainstream media is misreading the Venezuelan people on President Hugo Chavèz (currently battling serious illness), argues Professor Miguel Angel Nuñez, an adviser to Chavèz on agro-ecology

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Mainstream media misreads Venezuelan people on Chavèz, says ecosocialist – Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

Mainstream media misreads Venezuelan people on Chavèz, says ecosocialist
Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal
January 30, 2013 — Green Left TV — The international mainstream media is misreading the Venezuelan people on President Hugo Chavèz (currently battling serious illness), argues Professor Miguel Angel Nuñez, an adviser to Chavèz on agro-ecology, in an

From slash-and-burn to Amazon heroes: new video series highlights agricultural … – Mongabay.com

From slash-and-burn to Amazon heroes: new video series highlights agricultural
Mongabay.com
Werber and colleague, Dan Childs, are working with the Crees Foundation to document community revolutions, such as agroforestry and planting fruit and vegetable gardens for better health. Werber and Childs, who lived in the Many region for three months

No seeds available to weather climate change in Swaziland – Gant Daily


Times LIVE

No seeds available to weather climate change in Swaziland
Gant Daily
Consortium announced on 31 January that they would provide $109 million over five years to the CGIAR Research Program for Managing and Sustaining Crop Collections, which maintains 706,000 samples of crop, forage and agroforestry resources.
Pact invests US $109 million to secure critical genetic material, maintain Phys.Org



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MSU program named one of the 10 best college environmental programs in the US – Montana State University

MSU program named one of the 10 best college environmental programs in the US
Montana State University
It offers four options — agroecology, sustainable crop production, sustainable food systems and sustainable livestock production – that each lead to a bachelor's degree in science. Some experiential learning for students takes place at Towne's Harvest

How planting trees can prevent violence in Africa’s drylands – EurActiv


EurActiv

How planting trees can prevent violence in Africa's drylands
EurActiv
Agroforestry is the future of agriculture in the drylands and sub-humid regions”, Dr Chris Reij of the World Resource Institute told a conference of EU officials in the European Parliament on Tuesday (29 January). United Nations Drylands Ambassador

Pact invests US $109 million to secure critical genetic material, maintain … – Phys.Org

Pact invests US $109 million to secure critical genetic material, maintain
Phys.Org
years for the CGIAR Research Program for Managing and Sustaining Crop Collections, which is dedicated to maintaining the 706,000 samples of crop, forage and agroforestry resources held in "genebanks" at 11 CGIAR research centers around the world.

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‘Buckshot’ approach — not silver bullet — can help feed the world – Greenbang


Greenbang

'Buckshot' approach — not silver bullet — can help feed the world
Greenbang
Eco Ola – With offices in Utah and Peru, Eco Ola's “superfoods” are produced on a scalable model farm in Peru that incorporates “elements of agro-ecology and permaculture.” Its farming methods include the use of biochar and integrated pest management.

Timberland Helps Plant 2.2 Million Trees For Haitian Sustainability Program – Atlanta Black Star

Timberland Helps Plant 2.2 Million Trees For Haitian Sustainability Program
Atlanta Black Star
The company has partnered with a Haitian nongovernmental organization, the Smallholders Farmers Alliance, to create an agroforestry program, pledging to plant five million trees by 2015. “When this program began, our vision was to create a model that

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Pact invests US $109 million to secure critical genetic material, maintain … – EurekAlert (press release)

Pact invests US $109 million to secure critical genetic material, maintain
EurekAlert (press release)
years for the CGIAR Research Program for Managing and Sustaining Crop Collections, which is dedicated to maintaining the 706,000 samples of crop, forage and agroforestry resources held in "genebanks" at 11 CGIAR research centers around the world.

Common pesticides kill frogs, say scientists

Frogs exposed to commonly used pesticides in the lab had mortality rates between 40-100%, according to a new study in Germany. One fungicide, when applied at doses approved for use, caused frogs to die within an hour.

The new study provides strong support for earlier research pointing to pesticide exposure as a contributor to the global decline of amphibians, a disturbing trend that has puzzled researchers for years. Like canaries in a coal mine, frogs are often considered a "sentinel" species — and declines may be an early warning of broader harms.

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Haiti – Environment : Self-financing model in agroforestry – Haitilibre.com


Haitilibre.com

Haiti – Environment : Self-financing model in agroforestry
Haitilibre.com
Three years after committing to plant 5 million trees in five years, Timberland shares progress of improved environmental, economic and social conditions in the rural region near Gonaives. In partnership with a local non-governmental organization, the

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Gambia emitted 0.01% of Carbon dioxide to the atmosphere in 2000 – Daily Observer

Gambia emitted 0.01% of Carbon dioxide to the atmosphere in 2000
Daily Observer
He said improved livestock and rangeland management for food security, expansion of community participation in the management of forests and protected areas, intensification of agro-forestry and reforestation activities, restoration and protection of

DA 12 provided over 92000 seedlings for NGP in 2012 – Philippine Information Agency

DA 12 provided over 92000 seedlings for NGP in 2012
Philippine Information Agency
The other 50% would comprise of agroforestry species. Areas eligible for rehabilitation under the program include all lands of the public domain. Specifically, these include forestlands, mangrove and protected areas, ancestral domains, civil and

Timberland’s agroforestry program plants 2.2 million trees in Haiti – Greener Ideal


Greener Ideal

Timberland's agroforestry program plants 2.2 million trees in Haiti
Greener Ideal
The Smallholder Farmers Alliance engaged a group of 2,000 small-scale farmers in the rural area near Gonaives, Haiti, and transformed the group into a for-profit agroforestry cooperative. After just three years of investment, the cooperative continues

The Coolest Issue of the Planet Aid Post – DigitalJournal.com (press release)

The Coolest Issue of the Planet Aid Post
DigitalJournal.com (press release)
“Why Planting Trees is Cool” discusses a range of related issues, from the difference in carbon absorption capacity between young and old trees to how farmers in developing countries have been increasing food production using agroforestry techniques.

Tonight – “The Permaculture Process: Creating an Edible Landscape” – Wiscasset Newspaper

Tonight – "The Permaculture Process: Creating an Edible Landscape"
Wiscasset Newspaper
Topics of discussion will include setting your goals, evaluating and assessing your existing landscape, and how permaculture principles can be used to expand existing landscape assets while reducing “trouble” spots. Lauren and Bill will also share tips

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Tonight – “The Permaculture Process: Creating an Edible Landscape” – Boothbay Register


Boothbay Register

Tonight – "The Permaculture Process: Creating an Edible Landscape"
Boothbay Register
Topics of discussion will include setting your goals, evaluating and assessing your existing landscape, and how permaculture principles can be used to expand existing landscape assets while reducing “trouble” spots. Lauren and Bill will also share tips

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‘BTN LiveB1G’ to spotlight Penn State on Feb. 5

BTN’s new series, “BTN LiveB1G,” continues Feb. 5, with stories highlighting how the Penn State community is making an impact in State College and around the world. The program will air at 9:30 p.m. The Penn State-focused episode will highlight the College of Agricultural Science’s Turfgrass Science Program, which is researching ways to …

Are You Looking for a Permaculture Farm or Land for an Eco Community? – Permaculture Magazine


Permaculture Magazine

Are You Looking for a Permaculture Farm or Land for an Eco Community?
Permaculture Magazine
The Mondo Loco Permaculture Project is a fledgling social enterprise that aims to provide an community focused education space for subjects such as sustainable development, permaculture, the environment, food growing and community engagement in

SAP Invests in Livelihoods Funds to Fight Climate Change and Poverty – Zawya (registration) (press release)


Zawya (registration) (press release)

SAP Invests in Livelihoods Funds to Fight Climate Change and Poverty
Zawya (registration) (press release)
Another example is the plantation of 6,000 hectares of agroforestry with 20,000 small farmers in India, which will provide a mix of fruits, timber and cash crops under shade. While improving the livelihoods of impoverished people, these two projects

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Seeding Sustainability: Hunger, Biotech, and the Future of Food Systems-A Panel Discussion

Title: Seeding Sustainability: Hunger, Biotech, and the Future of Food Systems-A Panel Discussion
Location: UCSC Media Theater (park at Performing Arts Lot)
Link out: Click here
Description: A presentation and panel discussion on Seeding Sustainability: Hunger, Biotech and the Future of Food Systems will take place on Saturday, February 23, from 7-10 pm at UCSC’s Media Theater. Noted panelists include Pamela Ronald, UC Davis; Miguel Altieri, UC Berkeley; Eric Holt-Gimenez, Food First; and Joseph DeVries, director of the Program for Africa’s Seed Systems (invited).

This event is free and open to the public. Please use the Link out link to pre-register. For more information contact tgalarne@ucsc.edu or 831.459-3248.

Hosted by the UCSC Food Systems Working Group, UCSC Science and Justice Research Center, and CASFS, with support from Measure 43.

Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2013-02-23
End Time: 22:00

The XIII Annual Agroecology Shortcourse Concludes


The XIII Annual Agroecology Shortcourse closed with a wonderful despedida (farewell party) — the group of 37 participants from eight countries celebrated our new friendships and shared learning. Honored guests were the farm families who had opened their homes and shared their knowledge and traditions with us during the two weeks of the course. Appropriate to our theme of “Intercultuality” — sharing, respecting, and learning from different knowledge and value systems — local bands performed Mayan hip-hop and reggae and the group danced late into the night.

As we depart from the course, we carry with us our commitment to the declaration that we signed to:

  • respect and build on local knowledge;
  • use our understanding of the agroecological foundations of farming systems to build sustainable food systems from the campo to the table;
  • stand firm against GMOs and high input agriculture that takes self-sufficiency and sovereignty away from farmers;
  • work to ensure that people have the right to choose what they grow and what they eat in ways that are culturally and environmentally sound;
  • respect the knowledge of elders while engaging the youth in working towards sustainability.

Among the participants were 15 recipients of scholarships from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. All 15 recipients work with farm communities throughout Mexico and they will be taking their new learnings and shared  commitment back to these communities. On behalf of CAN, we want to give special thanks to UIMQROO for hosting and organizing this short course.

As we set off in four directions, we are sure our paths will cross again as we build our network through working with communities engaged in agroecology.

14th Annual International Agroecology Shortcourse | July 7-20, 2013


14th Annual International Agroecology Shortcourse:
Agroecological Approaches for Climate Change and Food Systems Resilience

July 7-20, 2013

Burlington, Vermont

What is agriculture’s role in contributing to climate change? What are opportunities within agriculture to mitigate or adapt to a changing climate? When we talk about agriculture, do we mean smallholder farmers, industrial agriculture, or both? The theme of the 14th Annual International Agroecology Shortcourse is the application of agroecological approaches to support resilience to climate change and promote robust, sustainable food systems. Farmers are constantly innovating in their daily practice, and much can be learned by identifying and analyzing existing agricultural management strategies that have the potential to adapt to and/or mitigate climate changes. By integrating ecological and social sciences with farmers’ knowledge, agroecologists believe it is possible to both design and manage more sustainable agri-food systems and address global environmental change. This year’s setting in Vermont will allow participants to learn about one of the strongest locally-based food systems in the United States, while observing case studies of various approaches to responding to the effects and threats of a changing climate. We will also learn from similar models of action from around the world.

Download the course announcement for more information.

Details for the Shortcourse will be updated on www.agroecology.org and www.uvm.edu/~agroecol

For additional information please contact: Martha Caswell, Course Coordinator at: vtagroecology@gmail.com

 

Timberland Helps Haiti Plant 2 Million Trees, and Counting – MarketWatch (press release)

Timberland Helps Haiti Plant 2 Million Trees, and Counting
MarketWatch (press release)
In partnership with a local non-governmental organization, the Smallholder Farmers Alliance, Timberland supports an agroforestry program to train Haitian farmers to improve crop yields – and has planted 2.2 million trees along the way. In 2010

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Timberland Helps Haiti Plant 2 Million Trees, and Counting – PR Newswire (press release)

Timberland Helps Haiti Plant 2 Million Trees, and Counting
PR Newswire (press release)
In 2010, Timberland teamed up with representatives from the Smallholder Farmers Alliance to create a self-sustaining agroforestry model that would deliver agricultural improvement, environmental restoration and economic growth for participating farmers

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Vietnam’s agro-forestry-seafood sector to post 890 mln USD trade surplus in … – Shanghai Daily (subscription)

Vietnam's agro-forestry-seafood sector to post 890 mln USD trade surplus in
Shanghai Daily (subscription)
HANOI, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) — Vietnamese agricultural, forestry and seafood sector is forecast to post a trade surplus right in the first month of the year, when it export value is estimated to reach 2.17 billion U.S. dollars (up 39.7 percent year-on-year

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Op-Ed: Is glyphosate psychoactive? Hormone inhibitor in the food chain? – DigitalJournal.com


DigitalJournal.com

Op-Ed: Is glyphosate psychoactive? Hormone inhibitor in the food chain?
DigitalJournal.com
I came across an article related to glyphosate on the Permaculture College website. As a horticulturalist, I had to be a bit interested, although I'd never use things like weedkillers in any environment, let alone food crops. ( I won't even hang

Happy Birthday, 5 Years Old & Calendar of North State Gardening Events – A News Cafe

Happy Birthday, 5 Years Old & Calendar of North State Gardening Events
A News Cafe
In the calendar of regional gardening events, we have heard from plant societies, garden clubs, permaculture groups, independent nurseries, book stores, display gardens and many many individuals. We have learned about habitats, native plants, invasive

Potential of bamboo to alleviate poverty in rural China remains untapped: Expert – Reuters AlertNet (blog)

Potential of bamboo to alleviate poverty in rural China remains untapped: Expert
Reuters AlertNet (blog)
development and poverty alleviation.” This new publication forms part of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry and was supported by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and Charles Darwin University.

Online survey to gauge opinions about Pennsylvania’s water resources

Pennsylvanians can express their opinions about the state’s water resources by filling out a brief online survey conducted by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and several partner agencies. Researchers are interested in learning what residents believe about the current status of the Keystone State’s water and how they think funding …

Quand l’électricité rencontre la Permaculture c’est l’Électroculture – Libertalia


Libertalia

Quand l'électricité rencontre la Permaculture c'est l'Électroculture
Libertalia
La permaculture repose sur trois éléments indissociables et indispensables : ne rien faire, produire, être éco-logique et écologique. Dans cette vidéo, vous découvrirez la permaculture dans toute sa splendeur et sa réussite. Vous pourrez piquer les

Presentation on Hunger, Biotech and Food Systems on February 23

A presentation and panel discussion on Seeding Sustainability: Hunger, Biotech and the Future of Food Systems will take place on Saturday, February 23, from 7-10 pm at UCSC’s Media Theater. Noted panelists include Pamela Ronald, UC Davis; Miguel Altieri, UC Berkeley; Eric Holt-Gimenez, Food First; and Joseph DeVries, director of the Program for Africa’s Seed Systems (invited).

This event is free and open to the public. Pre-register here. For more information see the attached flyer or contact tgalarne@ucsc.edu or 831.459-3248.

Hosted by the UCSC Food Systems Working Group, UCSC Science and Justice Research Center, and CASFS, with support from Measure 43.


Badal seeks Rs771 crore for biodiversity conservation – Daily Pioneer


Jagran Post

Badal seeks Rs771 crore for biodiversity conservation
Daily Pioneer
Demanding the inclusion of Agro-forestry in State CAMPA and other centrally-sponsored schemes like SFDA, Badal asked the Union Minister to review the CAMPA and SFDA guidelines and also permit the inclusion of agro or farm forestry activities under
Badal seeks aid for conservation plan Jagran Post



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CHED to facilitate early processing of scholarship applications – Philippine Information Agency

CHED to facilitate early processing of scholarship applications
Philippine Information Agency
animation, programming, and information system management; Agriculture and related fields like agro-forestry, veterinary medicine, agricultural engineering, agribusiness/management, agricultural entrepreneurship, agricultural technology, and

Potential of bamboo to alleviate poverty in rural China remains untapped: Expert – Forests Blog, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)

Potential of bamboo to alleviate poverty in rural China remains untapped: Expert
Forests Blog, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)
development and poverty alleviation.” This new publication forms part of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry and was supported by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and Charles Darwin University.

.@sustainableSAP invests in @LivelihoodsEu to help fight #climatechange and … – Justmeans

.@sustainableSAP invests in @LivelihoodsEu to help fight #climatechange and
Justmeans
Another example is the plantation of 6,000 hectares of agroforestry with 20,000 small farmers in India, which will provide a mix of fruits, timber and cash crops under shade. While improving the livelihoods of impoverished people, these two projects

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Expo to showcase Pennsylvania forest products industry

Preparations are under way for the 2013 Forest Products Equipment and Technology Exposition, which will be held June 7 and 8 at Penn State’s Ag Progress Days site at Rock Springs. Known as Timber 2013, the bi-annual trade exposition is hosted by the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association. Parking and …

Newsbyte: SAP Invests In Livelihoods Funds To Fight Climate Change And Poverty – Daily Markets (press release)

Newsbyte: SAP Invests In Livelihoods Funds To Fight Climate Change And Poverty
Daily Markets (press release)
Another example is the plantation of 6,000 hectares of agroforestry with 20,000 small farmers in India, which will provide a mix of fruits, timber and cash crops under shade. While improving the livelihoods of impoverished people, these two projects

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Newsbyte: SAP Invests in Livelihoods Funds to Fight Climate Change and Poverty – PR Newswire (press release)

Newsbyte: SAP Invests in Livelihoods Funds to Fight Climate Change and Poverty
PR Newswire (press release)
Another example is the plantation of 6,000 hectares of agroforestry with 20,000 small farmers in India, which will provide a mix of fruits, timber and cash crops under shade. While improving the livelihoods of impoverished people, these two projects

Badal seeks Rs 771 cr for biodiversity, natural resources conservation – Punjab Newsline

Badal seeks Rs 771 cr for biodiversity, natural resources conservation
Punjab Newsline
Demanding the Inclusion of Agro-forestry in state CAMPA and other Centrally Sponsored Schemes like SFDA, Mr. Badal asked the Union Minister to review the CAMPA and SFDA guidelines and also permit the inclusion of Agro-Forestry/Farm Forestry

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Badal seeks Rs 771.52 cr for biodiversity and natural resources conservation – Punjab Newsline

Badal seeks Rs 771.52 cr for biodiversity and natural resources conservation
Punjab Newsline
Demanding the Inclusion of Agro-forestry in state CAMPA and other Centrally Sponsored Schemes like SFDA, Mr. Badal asked the Union Minister to review the CAMPA and SFDA guidelines and also permit the inclusion of Agro-Forestry/Farm Forestry

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Pesticides & prostate cancer. Again.

New research shows that men exposed to certain agricultural pesticides are more likely to develop "aggressive" forms of prostate cancer. This latest news confirms earlier findings linking pesticide exposure with this type of cancer, which is the third most common cause of cancer death among males.

The recent study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, looked at exposure data from the Agricultural Health Study (AHS) and cancer incidence information from state registries. The numbers showed that workers in Iowa and North Carolina exposed to certain organophosphate and organochlorine pesticides had significantly higher prostate cancer risk.

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Time To Garden – Not, But We Can Talk About It! Permaculture Lectures Are … – Dade County Sentinel

Time To Garden – Not, But We Can Talk About It! Permaculture Lectures Are
Dade County Sentinel
For those of us of the horticultural persuasion, February is a nasty, teasing sort of month that taunts us to the slobbering pinnacles of insanity. We plant seeds in cups and set them in windows beyond which snow swirls and wind howls. “Yes sir,” we

Sierra Leone, Viet Nam strengthen South-South Cooperation through agriculture – Sierra Express Media


Sierra Express Media

Sierra Leone, Viet Nam strengthen South-South Cooperation through agriculture
Sierra Express Media
Broader areas that were discussed included, but not limited to; water control, irrigation, crop intensification and diversification and agro-forestry. This recent visit will continue to strengthen the bilateral and multilateral ties between the two

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Sierra Leone, Vietnam strengthen South-South Cooperation through agriculture – Sierra Express Media


Sierra Express Media

Sierra Leone, Vietnam strengthen South-South Cooperation through agriculture
Sierra Express Media
Broader areas that were discussed included, but not limited to; water control, irrigation, crop intensification and diversification and agro-forestry. This recent visit will continue to strengthen the bilateral and multilateral ties between the two

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“We often miss opportunity because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like … – Off-Grid

"We often miss opportunity because it's dressed in overalls and looks like
Off-Grid
To share the labour, tools and experience required to build, plant and create a healthy agroforestry system based on permaculture principles. To do this below the planning radar until we can establish lawful development after 4 years. If the planners

“We often miss opportunity because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work” – Off-Grid

“We often miss opportunity because it's dressed in overalls and looks like work”
Off-Grid
To share the labour, tools and experience required to build, plant and create a healthy agroforestry system based on permaculture principles. To do this below the planning radar until we can establish lawful development after 4 years. If the planners

Principal Researcher – Crops & Agroforestry Team Leader – Farming UK

Principal Researcher – Crops & Agroforestry Team Leader
Farming UK
The Organic Research Centre is looking to appoint a Principal Researcher – Team Leader for its Crops and Agroforestry Research Team. The post will be responsible for all areas of the programme including delivery, development and dissemination of the

On hold! Opposition slows Dow’s 2,4-D corn

In good news for farmers and communities across the country, Dow announced last week that it is no longer planning to market its 2,4-D corn for the 2013 planting season.

The new genetically engineered (GE) seed has spurred strong opposition from farmers, consumers and public health officials, and the widespread concern seems to have slowed approval of the product. Organic and conventional farmers alike are worried about damage to their crops from 2,4-D drift; they also cite health risks to their families, especially their children who are particularly vulnerable to the chemical.

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Cherokee County Food Policy Council to hold garden workshops – Cherokee Phoenix

Cherokee County Food Policy Council to hold garden workshops
Cherokee Phoenix
The agenda will focus primarily for the home garden, including garden planning for seed saving, “Eating What You Grow,” drought, weed and pest control, an introduction to permaculture and composting. A second workshop will be held at 9 a.m. on Feb.

Spring Roundup in Powell, Wyo., will benefit ranchers, farmers – Prairie Star

Spring Roundup in Powell, Wyo., will benefit ranchers, farmers
Prairie Star
Northwest College in Powell, Wyo., is hosting their annual Spring Roundup on Jan. 24 and 25. “This conference is geared toward any kind of ag production,” said Micah Humphreys, an assistant professor of agroecology and range management at the college.

13th Annual International Shortcourse


Shortcourse Overview

The 13th annual Agroecology Shortcourse is a learning exchange with a diverse group of participants, from all parts of the world with experiences from farming to teaching to studying, all learning and involved in agroecology. We are actively learning from each other as well as the local farmers. 

The core group of instructors are researchers who are part of the CAN network from Mexico. This includes researchers from our host partners at the Universidad Intercultural Maya de Quintana Roo (UIMQROO), ECOSUR postgraduate school in Chiapas, Universidad de Chapingo en Veracruz, Universidad Autonomo de Yucatan, and representatives from CAN. While the class learns from them and other lecturers, they also learn from each other, and from the local communities in the region.

Location: The location of the University, UIMQROO, is in the Mayan pueblo of Jose Maria Morelos, inland on the Yucatan Peninsula, in the same state as Cancun and the “Riviera Maya” where 5-star hotels invite tourists from around the world to enjoy the natural resources of the region. UIMQROO is dedicated to the Mayan pueblos and working with the traditional practices and culture of the people of this region.

Theme: The theme of this short course is “Interculturality” and similar to the mission of the UIMQROO, we are exploring how this region can improve the lives of the pueblos and keep the Mayan culture and traditions. We do not work in isolation, but learn from farms that we visit, and speakers who are making these adaptations. One example was a woman who leads a women’s cooperative that is making both medicinal and cosmetic products from honey from the native bee to the region. They keep the tradition of raising these native (stingless!) bees and marketing to the tourists on the coast. In this way, they are improving the livelihood for people to stay in their communities and thrive without working in the service industry of Cancun.

Activities: We spent three days in the field with farmers. Our practice was to work with them, whether it be working with machetes weeding and preparing the soil, walking an interpretive trail developed by one farmer in his forested area, or putting on protective “bee suits” to work with a farmer on his bee hives and honey production.

As we worked on the farms, in the milpas, and in home gardens, we talked with the family — the father, mother and often their children. We learned about their lives, the farming challenges, and their hopes from the future. We returned to the University and worked in our groups to map the farms and look at what we learned about the sustainability of the practices and of the farm in general. 

 

Professors’ startup creates easy to digest feed stock

Penn State professors Ming Tien and John Carlson, along with one of their former post-doctoral fellows, Haiying Liang, have invented a method for modifying crop growth so that the resulting plants are easier to digest. The technology was patented by Penn State, and optioned by a company formed by Tien, professor of biochemistry, and Carlson, …

Student Stories: Dream trip Down Under becomes a reality

Ever since she was little, Jeanette Blank dreamed about traveling to Australia. After years of dreaming, Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences helped her get there at last.
When she finally arrived, she was determined to learn as much as she could and take any opportunity presented to her. “Before I left on the trip, someone told me that if I came home and said ,’I wished I had done something there,’ they’d kick my butt,” Blank said. “So I was on a mission!”
Blank, a senior majoring in agricultural and extension education, traveled to Australia with a small group of students. Their goal was to learn more about the differences in natural resources and tourism between Australia and the United States.

Floracopeia Essential Oils Wins Beauty Award From the New Gorgeous – WiredPRNews.com (press release)

Floracopeia Essential Oils Wins Beauty Award From the New Gorgeous
WiredPRNews.com (press release)
Floracopeia Essential Oils and Aromatic Treasures supports ecologically sustainable agriculture and various agro-forestry projects. The award-winning essential oil blends offered from Floracopeia have been developed as therapeutic compounds and may