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The Generation That Will Turn Soil Into Gold

Italy – 21/01/2013

Around 20 years ago, the French university system was revolutionized with the aim of rejuvenating the aging teaching body, which had been causing problems not just related to employment, but also to a whole culture and vision of teaching. In a few years the system renewed itself, benefiting everyone.

Now, European agriculture is in a similar situation: few operators, with a high average age, a culture tied to past decades and scant prospects for the future. Now, add to this the increasingly depressing statistics on youth unemployment. It would seem like a classic case of putting two and two together: agriculture needs young people and young people need work. It seems logical that the first concern of policies should be to assist young people (but also those in their 40s and 50s who have been stagnating without a job for years or who have recently lost a position previously considered “safe”) get into agriculture.

Attempts are being made by some. For example, two graduates from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo. One, Nicola del Vecchio, returned to Molise to start a business on his family’s land, and the other, Carlo Fiorani, went back to Lombardy to restart an abandoned farm based on criteria of sustainability. I don’t know when they will start to break even, but I know that seeing them sell their products (bread, vegetables, fruit, cheeses and cured meats) or offer them for tasting and hearing the pride, mixed with amazement, in their voices when they say “I made this” gives me a sense of a solid future being built with tangible, extraordinary efforts, as well as courage and audacious dreams, in this era in which dreaming can be seen as an activity for losers.

Among the young people, some start from zero: no farming family behind them, no land, no capital. Sometimes even no skills, but plenty of curiosity, passion, faith, humility and gratitude towards anyone who can help out, teach, join in a network. Perhaps this is the ace up the sleeve of the younger generation: they network together, ask for training and information, use neighbors or social networks, and in the end they manage to work out why they shouldn’t have pruned when they did or why they shouldn’t work the bread in that way. And most of all they know many different things and decide to dedicate themselves to agriculture, bringing what they know and receiving whatever anyone wants to teach them. The new economy is strengthened when these young farmers know how to work throughout the whole production chain.

In order to respond to their needs, in the coming months the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo will be starting apprenticeship courses for cured meat producers, microbrewers, bread bakers and cheese agers.

Because it is by taking food as a starting point that we can change the world, improving the environment, our health and the quality of life for everyone.

Carlo Petrini

From La Repubblica, January 18, 2013

via The Generation That Will Turn Soil Into Gold | Focus on | Slow Europe – Our Idea of Europe.

Terhune Orchards Read & Explore Program: Animal Tracks – LocalHarvest

Terhune Orchards Read & Explore Program: Animal Tracks

Terhune Orchards – (Princeton, New Jersey)

Terhune Orchards Read and Explore Program is our winter education series, following the popular seasonal Read and Pick Program. Our second Read and Explore program is Animal Tracks on Tuesday, February 5 at 10am. We will read two books including Owl Moon. After story time, we will make bird feeders with wild bird seed to take home and help the birds through winter. Weather permitting, we will explore the farm to look for some real animal tracks.

Everyone is welcome. Please call 609-924-2310 to register. Registration is requested. The fee is $5.00 per child.

via Terhuneb Orchards Read & Explore Program: Animal Tracks – LocalHarvest.

Wassailing the Apple Trees at Terhune Orchards – LocalHarvest

Terhune Orchards will host the Wassailing party on Sunday, January 27th 1:00pm – 4:00pm with activities, including singing, dancing and playing of primitive instruments, toasts of hot cider and placing gifts of cider-soaked bread in the tree branches while chanting the lively words of praise and New Year. Wassailing is an old English tradition where people would gather in the apple orchard and perform rituals to drive away the evil spirits and ensure a successful apple crop next year. Warm yourself next to our bonfire (marshmallow roasting included) or in our store. Farm wagon rides, weather permitting. Live music will be performed all afternoon in the farm market. The festivities are free and open to the public, young and old.

Call 609-924-2310 or visit www.terhuneorchards.com for more information For a list of all our events see: http://terhuneorchards.com/event_calendar.html

via Wassailing the Apple Trees at Terhune Orchards – LocalHarvest.

Northeast Organic Farming Association of NJ | Winter Conference January 26-27th

Tickets for Saturday the 26th and Sunday the 27th will be available at the door.

Join us for our 23rd Annual Winter Conference, Building on a History or Innovation in the Garden State. New Jersey’s largest agricultural & food conference featuring two days of classes and nationally recognized speakers in sustainable and organic agriculture.

23rd Annual Food & Agriculture Winter Conference
Building on the History of Innovation in the Garden State
Saturday & Sunday, January 26 – 27, 2013
Brookdale Community College | Lincroft, NJ

Presentation Schedule Now Available at nofanj.org/schedule
Register Here: NOFA-NJ Winter Conference Tickets

via NOFA-NJ | Winter Conference.

Support Pouring from Princeton Businesses to Hurricane Sandy’s Victims

Princeton, NJ (January 8, 2013) – In support of the victims devastated by Hurricane Sandy, the Princeton business community joined together on November 20th and created the Princeton Hurricane Sandy Relief Drive.

 Fifty-four businesses in the Princeton Community participated by donating a percentage of their sales from the dedicated day, which resulted in over $36,000 in donations. This generous amount was distributed to charities such as the “Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund” and “Restore Our Shore,” benefiting those most affected in New Jersey’s coastal areas.

 In an outpouring of support – from restaurants to retail shops, media companies and more – the area’s local businesses donated more than just dollars. Other contributions included advertising, printing, radio airtime and graphic designs. That, along with the percentage of sales earned that day, enabled the drive to donate the monies to much needed families.

 “We are grateful to all of the local businesses who helped support this effort and are proud to be part of such a giving community,” said Jack Morrison, President, JM Group, who organized the drive.

 Though the hurricane happened months ago, families continue to suffer. Rebuilding will take time, and money, and community efforts such as the Princeton Hurricane Sandy Relief Drive, is merely one way to offer assistance to those in need.

Participating businesses:

inceton, NJ (January 8, 2013) – In support of the victims devastated by Hurricane Sandy, the Princeton business community joined together on November 20th and created the Princeton Hurricane Sandy Relief Drive.

Fifty-four businesses in the Princeton Community participated by donating a percentage of their sales from the dedicated day, which resulted in over $36,000 in donations. This generous amount was distributed to charities such as the “Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund” and “Restore Our Shore,” benefitting those most affected in New Jersey’s coastal areas.

In an outpouring of support – from restaurants to retail shops, media companies and more – the area’s local businesses donated more than just dollars. Other contributions included advertising, printing, radio airtime and graphic designs. That, along with the percentage of sales earned that day, enabled the drive to donate the monies to much needed families.

“We are grateful to all of the local businesses who helped support this effort and are proud to be part of such a giving community,” said Jack Morrison, President, JM Group, who organized the drive.

Though the hurricane happened months ago, families continue to suffer. Rebuilding will take time, and money, and community efforts such as the Princeton Hurricane Sandy Relief Drive, is merely one way to offer assistance to those in need.

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PARTICIPATING PARTNERS:

Agricola

Alchemist & Barrister

Blue Point Grill

Callaway Henderson – Sotheby’s International Realty

Carter & Cavero

Chambers Walk Café & Catering

Cranbury Station Galleries

D’Angelo Italian Market

elements

Eno Terra

FLM Graphics

Hinkson’s

Ivy Inn

Jane

Jazam’s

La Jolie Salon & Spa

MacLean Agency

Main Street

McCaffrey’s

Mediterra

Nassau Inn Yankee Doodle Tap Room

Nassau Street Seafood & Produce Company

Olives

ONE 53

Palmer Square Management

Princeton Corkscrew

Princeton Farmer’s Market

Princeton Mattress

Princeton Merchants Association

Princeton Online

Princeton Record Exchange

Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce

Princeton Scoop

Princeton Tour Company

Princeton University Store

Rouge

Smith’s Ace Hardware

Ten Thousand Villages Princeton

Teresa Caffe

Terra Libri

Terra Momo Bread Company

The Bank of Princeton

The Bent Spoon

The Peacock Inn

The Princeton Packet

Town Topics

Triumph Brewing Company

Whole Earth Center

Winberie’s Restaurant & Bar

Witherspoon Bread Company

Witherspoon Grill

WPST

Your Town Tube

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