Sorry for the holiday delay. We
took our annual break here at New Farm from before Christmas until
after New Year's. And we didn't publish an update on December 23rd,
as planned, because we were busy finishing up a web site on immigrant
farming in the U.S. through a collaboration with Heifer International.
More on that initiative (and where to find the web site) when it
has been fully reviewed by all those involved.
So, it's been four weeks since we updated
the web site, but we're back in the saddle. Before describing what's
available in this issue, an order of business:
We're looking for
a few good NEW farmers!
Many of you who read New Farm are beginning or aspiring farmers.
We think regular, detailed and practical journal entries from a
variety of farmers who have been farming on their own for 1 or 2
years is probably the best way to provide insight and support to
all of the rest of you dreamers and fellow laborers in the fields.
If you can write, and are interested in sharing your day-to-day
on-farm lessons and observations in a once-a-month journal entry,
please contact Senior Editor Dan Sullivan at email@example.com.
A small stipend is available.
We're also still interested in a few good graduate students working
in organic agriculture who would consider writing about current
organic farming research for us. Submissions would be 350 to 600
words long, and would summarize a scientific paper published in
a peer-reviewed journal--or unpublished research results from university
sustainable ag programs. The articles would emphasize practical
results for organic farmers. Modest compensation is available.
If you can write and are interested, drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tells us who you are, where you're based and what you’re studying.
Also send us a few citations or abstracts of research you’d
like to cover. (You’ll need to have access to the full paper
in order to write the summary.) Also write Laura if you know someone
you think would be a good candidate. Ag profs or extension folks,
we’re talking to you!
Finally, if you know of some creative on-farm
experimentation that’s taking place in your region, please
let us know. Email me at email@example.com.
At the feet of the masters.
I remember a crowded room two years ago at the Pennsylvania Association
for Sustainable Agriculture annual conference in February. It was
standing room only for a group of farmers striving to absorb the
wisdom and elegance of Anne and Eric Nordell's
system of cover crops and rotations. And all of us, for the moment,
felt touched by angels. We got it. We understood. We experienced
the whole, complex system in its entirety, and the reason for every
choice in every field in every season.
But, like a lovely dream, the details faded with time, though each
of us, I think, retained some lingering wisdom and insight. This
issue's article on the Nordells is another chance for you to experience
the wisdom--including a chart of their 4-year rotation. Click
here to enjoy.
of ... Iowa State Organic ag specialist Kathleen
Delate pays tribute to Ben Stinner,
a friend and colleague whose
work as a 'dreamer and weaver’ in sustainable ag leaves a
deep legacy. Ben was killed in a car accident in late November.
For more on Ben and his contributions, read
the launch of Farm Select, our economic modeling tool, was postponed
from December 23 to January 27. Look for it then.
Chris Hill, Executive Editor
This is the face that drove Andy
Griffin to vegetable farming.
For more, see below.
Rotational magic. Just
let the wisdom and elegance of the Nordells' system of cover crops
and rotations wash over you.
For more, see at left.
Evolution of a farm. “I
really believe that every square foot of this earth requires its
own particular attention," says Rebecca Routson.
For more on her own square foot in