January 27, 2013

Farm briefs: Jan. 27, 2013


March 12: Back to the Land: The Enduring Dream of Self-Sufficiency in Modern America, with Dona Brown, professor of History at the University of Vermont and author of a recent book on this subject.

March 19: Hunting, Gathering and Fungus Farming: Feeding the Adirondack Farm Family in the 19th Century, with Hallie Bond, former curator at the Adirondack Museum.

A series ticket is $35 for all eight lectures. Individual lectures are $5. Students are admitted free. The Lyceum is sponsored by the Grange Hall and more information is available at www.thegrangehall. org. The Grange is located at 1610 NYS Rt. 22 at the corner of Whallons Bay Road, five miles south of the Essex Ferry dock.

Applications for new-farmer support program offered

PLATTSBURGH — The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York Inc. (NOFA-NY) will be accepting applications from qualified new farmers to participate in its two-year support program, known as the NOFA-NY Journeyperson Program, until Jan. 31. The program provides new farmers (zero to five years as independent farmers or farm managers) with two years of educational and business planning stipends, support of a paid farmer mentor, educational and networking opportunities and a specific commitment to ensuring that this small group of farmers is able to find sure footing in their first few years of farming independently.

The application form and further information is available at or upon request from the NOFA-NY office ( The application deadline is Jan. 31 with notification regarding the next step of the process occurring on or around Feb. 6. Interviews will be requested of highly competitive applicants and four farmers or farms from across New York State will be selected.

The NOFA-NY Journeyperson Farmer Program is supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, and the Local Economies Project of the New World Foundation.

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