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Farmer Democracy Coordinator The Farmer Democracy Coordinator will be responsible for the success of RAFI’s technical assistance program by ensuring seamless management, coordination, and delivery of high-quality technical assistance services […]

RAFI Is Hiring! – Farmer Democracy Coordinator


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As part of our Bring Back the Bees partnership with the Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation, we’re working with a group of farmers this year to establish significant areas of pollinator-friendly plants on their farms to sustain bees and other pollinators. We’re excited to have Hickory Meadows Organics as a participant in the project. We also appreciate their willingness to let us use their farm as a living, natural laboratory to experiment with incorporating these types of crops onto working farmland.

Bringing (Burt’s) Bees to the Farm


CFSA's Eastern Triangle Farm Tour
The Eastern Triangle Farm Tour is happening this weekend! The event runs from 1 to 5 PM on Saturday, September 17th and Sunday, September 18th. Our friends at Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) have been instrumental in promoting the local farms of the Triangle through these tours over the past 10 years. We are happy to add that several of the farms on the tour this weekend are recipients of an Agricultural Reinvestment Fund grant from our organization.

Your Weekend Plans: Carolina Farm Stewardship Association’s Eastern Triangle Farm Tour



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Are you going to Farm Aid 2016 in Bristow, VA this weekend? If you are, then be sure to join us for a free film screening of our upcoming documentary film, Under Contract, this Friday, Sept. 16th at 1 o'clock!

Free Film Screening at Farm Aid 2016, Join Us!


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We know you've been working hard this summer, and we at RAFI invite you to take a break from the heat and join us for our upcoming webinars on Small Farm Risk Management. We'll host one in English on August 24th and one in Spanish on August 25th. Sabemos que han estado trabajando muy duro este verano, y aquí en RAFI les invitamos a tomar un descanso de trabajar bajo tanto calor. Les invitamos a nuestro seminario virtual sobre la gestión de riesgos para las granjas pequeñas. Tendremos una versión en español de nuestra presentación el jueves, 25 de agosto a las 4:30pm hora del este.

Small Farm Risk Management Webinar / Seminario virtual sobre la gestión de riesgos para ...




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Ninety-seven percent of the chicken we eat is produced by a farmer under contract with a big chicken company. In 2015, people consumed 112,000,000 metric tons of chicken globally. That’s an unfathomable quantity. So here’s one way to visualize it: That amounts the weight of two-thirds of all the cars on the road today in the United States—in chickens.  

Big Chicken Companies Own or Control Everything Except the Farm, But Why?


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Poultry farmers are a major contributor to the statistics on rising debt levels in American farming. The contracts they have with Big Chicken companies are also the premiere model for production contract agriculture, which is spreading across agricultural industries. As other agricultural industries move in this direction, they are systematically exposing more farmers to higher stakes in debt related risks. The current combination of rising farm debt with decreasing farm income means that farmers are facing a financial squeeze, and that should raise serious red flags about the health and sustainability of our agricultural system.

What Debt in Chicken Farming Says About American Agriculture


Geoff Seleen, culinary expert at the Piedmont Biofarm
We spoke with Geoff Seelen of Piedmont Biofarm about the farm’s innovative project to create an on-farm experience that combines the operation’s talents in farming, culinary skills, and education to create a new enterprise that adds to the farm’s overall profitability.

2016 Grant Recipient Geoff Seelen on “The Farm Kitchen”