Reunited… and it Tastes So Good: Consumer trends in the direct-to-consumer economy and promising new markets for small farmers. post thumbnail

Reunited… and it Tastes So Good: Consumer trends in the direct-to-consumer economy and promising new markets for small farmers.

By Tracy Sweely As Joni Mitchell reminded us so long ago, "You don't know what you've got till it's gone…" But, at what has seemed like the 11th hour
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Micro-Farm Labor: What’s it Cost? post thumbnail

Micro-Farm Labor: What’s it Cost?

By Tracy Sweely In my previous post “Micro-Farm Labor: What’s it Take?” I reviewed the labor requirements for a minimally-mechanized, micro-farming operation such as what we have at our
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Micro-Farm Labor: What’s it Take? post thumbnail

Micro-Farm Labor: What’s it Take?

By Tracy Sweely I hold the unique and curious position of being a Working Share Farm Manager at our ¼ acre pilot study CSA farm, HeartEye Village CSA, handily
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Growing Season Busy-ness

Hey All, just an apology for neglecting this blog... Our growing season is in full swing and the season's busy-ness has, of course, taken a priority. I'm hoping that
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Beginner Farmer Beware: Just How Hard IS Farming Anyway? post thumbnail

Beginner Farmer Beware: Just How Hard IS Farming Anyway?

By Tracy Sweely As consumers of food in the US we’re spoiled. There is just no ifs, ands or buts about it… The industrial food system has been subsidized
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Wonders Never Cease: FSA Offers Small Farm Loans! post thumbnail

Wonders Never Cease: FSA Offers Small Farm Loans!

THIS JUST IN! USDA Finalizes New Microloan Program Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled a new microloan program today that will expand access to credit for small farmers and ranchers
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“Gulp!” In More Ways Than One: Water Rights a Local Case post thumbnail

“Gulp!” In More Ways Than One: Water Rights a Local Case

Posted by Tracy Sweely Maybe it's just because I don't know enough about this subject, but even in its cheery cartoon format this scares the bejesus out of me.
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Seed Shopping Fun and Glory: The Seed Stock Crisis and Preserving Our Seed Heritage post thumbnail

Seed Shopping Fun and Glory: The Seed Stock Crisis and Preserving Our Seed Heritage

By Tracy Sweely Remember the Wish Book? You know, long before the Internet, Sears and Montgomery Wards used to come out with a special Christmas edition of their catalogue,
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It’s Not Thanksgetting

By Tracy Sweely I LOVE Thanksgiving. It is by far my favorite holiday and always has been. Even during my identity-experimenting youth, during that super-skinny period of my life
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Production Planning for the Beginner Farmer: Building Resiliency in the Event of a Zombie Apocalypse post thumbnail

Production Planning for the Beginner Farmer: Building Resiliency in the Event of a Zombie Apocalypse

  By Tracy Sweely I’ll be the first to admit that I’m no expert when it comes to Zombies. In fact, I felt obliged to do a little cursory
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