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Agriculture and the Natural World
This is an exploration of agriculture and how it relates to the environment. Whether you call it agroecology or eco-agriculture or permaculture these all offer alternative approaches to industrial agriculture that are far more sustainable. This page will highlight good, bad and neutral news related to environmental, economical and socially sustainable agriculture.
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The 2014 Monterey Bay Area Farm Finance Expo (California FarmLink): Central coast farmers get help in finance and business management on February 24th, 2014

The 2014 Monterey Bay Area Farm Finance Expo (California FarmLink): Central coast farmers get help in finance and business management on February 24th, 2014 | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
California FarmLink is a nonprofit organization that provides farmers with the tools they need to lease and purchase land, access capital, and improve business and financial management skills.
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World Ag Expo: Feb. 11-13, 2014, International Agri-Center / Tulare, CA

World Ag Expo: Feb. 11-13, 2014, International Agri-Center / Tulare, CA | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
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The annual international Agriculture Exposition is coming once again.  Useful and compelling for any attendee interested in agriculture.

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Online course -Section Information: Entrepreneurship Agriculture/Management 14, Spring 2014.

Online course from Yuba Community College: Entrepreneurship - Agriculture/Management 14, Spring 2014.

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I have just begun an Online community college class: Agriculture/Management 14-Entrepreneurship at Yuba College.  I am quite excited to begin another semester.

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Darin Hoagland's comment, January 16, 1:05 PM
Official course description: Principles of establishing and managing a small business, including the preparation of a business plan; emphasis on goal-setting, types of business organizations, obtaining licenses and permits, financing options, accounting aspects, legal requirements, managing the enterprise, and other aspects in business entrepreneurship. Not open for credit to students with credit in MGMT 14. (L,M)
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Free Permaculture Design Course - Regenerative Leadership Institute

Free Permaculture Design Course - Regenerative Leadership Institute | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
The world's first free online permaculture design course with Larry Korn. Learn permaculture from the world's top experts from the comfort of your own home.
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Good educational opportunity.

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Center for Land-Based Learning Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Center for Land-Based Learning Celebrates 20th Anniversary | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
Earlier this week I had the honor and pleasure to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Center for Land-Based Learning, a non-profit organization in Winters started by California State Board o...
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Anything that helps new farmers get started is valuable.  Congratulations to the Center for Land-Based Learning. 

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Lose Your Lawn the Bay-Friendly Way

Lose Your Lawn the Bay-Friendly Way | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
Replace your lawn with a healthy garden that works for you. By using Bay-Friendly practices, you can conserve water, natural resources and prevent pollution. And with sheet mulching, you can plant directly on top of the lawn, saving time and money.
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Lawns have a traditional place in landscaping but unfortunately are a waste of time and resources for most residential or even commercial locations.  Weeding, fertilizing, mowing and watering efforts are much reduced in an established climate-appropriate native-friendly landscaping application.   Lose your lawn and gain a more beautiful and sustainable landscape.

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Where the Jobs Are: Migrate Back to the Farm or to Agriculture

Where the Jobs Are: Migrate Back to the Farm or to Agriculture | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
Experience on many different types of farms, interacting with food outlets and other ag-related businesses, is invaluable in helping to learn about how the agricultural economy works.
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More jobs in many agricultural areas?  This is an encouraging development because we need sustainable and alternative food systems going forward.

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Darin Hoagland's comment, December 12, 2012 5:25 PM
I hope this means revitalization of rural America. However, in order for agriculture to be sustainable it must be economically viable, environmentally sound and good for family and community.
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Permaculture Voices Conference: 4 Day Mega Event. March 13-16, 2014, Temecula, CA | Geoff Lawton, Joel Salatin, Allan Savory, Michael Pollan & more.

Permaculture Voices Conference: 4 Day Mega Event. March 13-16, 2014, Temecula, CA | Geoff Lawton, Joel Salatin, Allan Savory, Michael Pollan & more. | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it

Speakers include Geoff Lawton, Joel Salatin, Allan Savory, Michael Pollan & more.

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Exciting conference coming up next month revolving around permaculture and its necessity for future agricultural production.

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farm_X - YouTube video highlights sustainable urban food systems, social and economic justice

If an industrial, sustainable urban food system were created, we could lessen the environmental impact of food production and distribution, stimulate economi...
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I like what the non-profit organization Farm-X is doing. Integrated agricultural, environmental, social and economic solutions are compelling since the related problems we face are interconnected as well.

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Beginning Farmers - Start and Build a New Farm Business

Beginning Farmers - Start and Build a New Farm Business | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
Beginning Farmers can help you start a new farm and build your agriculture business with information on finding grants, loans, jobs, farmland, training programs, and more.
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Useful site that accumulates resources for the a farmer just starting out. 

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34th Annual EcoFarm Conference: Pacific Grove, CA - January 22-25, 2014 + Don't miss it.

34th Annual EcoFarm Conference: Pacific Grove, CA - January 22-25, 2014 + Don't miss it. | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
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One of my favorite conferences with a great all-day ecofarm bustour that is especially well worth it.  If you love farming and growing things you will find all kinds of people at this event you have something in common with.

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Illumination: Next Steps in Ag- Jobs- for the Willing and those who work hard!

Illumination: Next Steps in Ag- Jobs- for the Willing and those who work hard! | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it

"Whereas job growth in many sectors is stagnant, there is huge demand for skilled horticulturalists, that is, students trained in fruit and vegetable crop production. We need people that understand plant physiology, plant nutrition, plant pathology and entomology, along with a handle on business and communication".


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Agricultural jobs working with plants and especially plant scientists are no doubt available in many sectors of crop production.  However, a strong work ethic is critical as some of these jobs require long work weeks with little time for personal life.  Thus this blog post is both hopeful and cautionary for those seeking this type of work.  

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The Neighborhood Farm: An Inspiring Urban Farming Initiative ...

The Neighborhood Farm: An Inspiring Urban Farming Initiative ... | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
The Neighborhood Farm: An Urban Farming Initiative in and around Needham, Massachusetts. Linked by Michael Levenston. barrow. Painting by Abbi Canney. Kate Canney wasn't going to let living in a suburban ...

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Nice article if you need some inspiration.  Countering productive farmland loss from sprawl while boosting productive use of empty urban land and community health. 

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Susan Davis Cushing's curator insight, February 11, 2013 12:19 AM

Urban Farming for Sustainability: It's workiing in more cities.