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Happiness is a loaf of Dave Hanlon’s homemade bread. Anyone who has experienced it knows what I’m talking about:  it’s the best bread money can’t buy. Sometimes donations will get you a slice or two, though. That’s because Dave — one of the most generous people I know — bakes for some good causes, including a couple of my favorites:  Trust in the Land, which benefits Northern Communities Land Trust, and the Sustainable Farming Association’s Annual Meeting.

I missed Trust in the Land this year, but at the SFA annual meeting last month we got an update on the Duluth Community Farm, a project that has been talked about for a while but might actually happen in the near future. According to the DCF’s website:

The Duluth Community Farm (DCF) is a community based, sustainably developed, urban edge agricultural social enterprise organization devoted to education around food and farming and the cultivation of new farmers.  The long term vision of the Duluth Community Farm consists of a food and agricultural employment incubator and educational site that provides a mix of internships and support for beginning farmers, and education to school age pupils and college students. The DCF is accepting applications for onsite farmers and proposals by interested onsite organizational tenants. Please see www.duluthcommunityfarm.org for more information.”

I’ve heard about Intervale, a farm incubator in Vermont that the DCF is modeling this place after (at least in part), so I was interested to hear that the executive director of the Intervale Center will be at UMD February 18th. I hope to attend.  There are some other good topics in their speaker series on New Food Regionalism, so check it out.

The deadline for applying to be the inaugural farmer at DCF is March 21, 2011. I hope the organizers find the right person to lead the charge.

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It looks like it might rain on Saturday, which would be too bad for those of us hoping to work outside, but good for anyone who feels like attending a workshop indoors. Speaking of, UMD’s Sustainable Agriculture ProjectOffice of Sustainability, and Sociology & Anthropology Department are co-sponsoring what looks like a very interesting Permaculture for Everyone workshop this Saturday, March 27, by the Permaculture Research Institute.

permaculture: a word created by Australian ecologists Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, it is a contraction of “permanent agriculture” and usually refers to the inclusion of perennial agriculture (tree crops and food forests). Permaculture is a series of design strategies that can be applied to home gardens, large scale farms, metropolitan urban areas and the entire global economy.”       (source: Permatopia Dictionary)

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Well, the onions don’t seem to be popping up very quickly or thickly, but maybe it’s too soon to give up on them. Some brave little plants are coming up . . . and worst-case scenario, I can seed some more.

The conference was pretty good. Though they all had their good points, my favorite sessions were the Saturday morning ones (more on that later). The conference closed with a dinner for Farm Beginnings students past, present, and future. I left the dinner feeling grateful once again for all the people who have helped me get to this point, and with a renewed resolve to pay it forward somehow.

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The Rodale Institute has a new campaign, “Demand Organic,” that includes a great Q&A section called “All About Organic.” Among other questions, it covers “Why does organic cost more?” and “What’s better, organic or local?”  In case you’re wondering, Stone’s Throw Farm veggies will be raised using organic methods, though not certified organic — at least not this year. Organic certification is a topic that deserves its own post … some other day!

Not to sound like a Rodale commercial, but they also have a pretty good article on how to eat organic on a budget. My only beef with it is that not a lot of people on a tight budget have a chest freezer (or even room for a chest freezer, if they’re apartment dwellers), and if you’re trying to freeze enough fruits and veggies (when they’re in season) to last the winter, you need quite a bit of space, depending on household size. But every little bit counts, so it’s a good idea to freeze what you can. And you can always put a little chest freezer in the dining room and cover it with a tablecloth, right, Mom?

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Here’s our listing on LocalHarvest. Makes it seem so official!

Stone’s Throw Farm – LocalHarvest.

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