Spring Young Farmer Events

Hello Young Farmers! Time to come out of hibernation! There are some events coming up — Equinox Community Farm is hosting their second annual Maple Syrup Bonfire at the farm in Waunakee. Find more information on the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/272249292940461/

MOSES is also organizing a New Farmer Summit in Belleville Wisconsin that same weekend, which will include tons of hands-on workshops and opportunities to meet other start-up farmers. More info on the event website: http://mosesorganic.org/newfarmersummit/

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Young Farmer Happy Hour

It’s a busy time of year for farmers — are you craving some respite and the company of other young farming folk? Meet us at Capital Brewery in Middleton this Wednesday for some local beer and good company.

For details, see the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/473087379440347/?ref=22

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Wisconsin Young Farmers on the radio!

Tune in to WSUM (http://www.wsum.org) tomorrow, Wednesday, April 9 at 1pm to hear some Wisconsin Young Farmers being interviewed for the program Food: Beyond the Shelf.

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BONFIRE POSTPONED

The bonfire at Equinox Community Farm is being postponed due to weather concerns!

But never fear! We’ve rescheduled. The event will take place on Saturday, March 30 instead. Same time same place.

Hope to see you there!

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WI Food System Council

A Wisconsin Food System Council is in the process of being born!

They are looking for feedback from stakeholders. As young farmers, we are important stakeholders! Visit their website (http://wilocalfood.wordpress.com/food-system-council/), read their White Paper, fill out a short survey. Be a voice for state policy that supports young and beginning farmers!

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Potluck!

Don’t forget! We are having a potluck next week (Thursday the 7th) on the east side of Madison, in which we will eat delicious food and meet other young farmers and discuss the selection of seeds for the coming season. All are welcome–young, young-at-heart, current farmers, aspiring farmers, community gardeners, young farmer supporters, etc.

For more info and to RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/events/101659153351749/

We hope to see you Thursday!

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New USDA Microloan Program Offers Funding for Small Farmers

Nice article about the USDA’s new microloan program, and how it can help beginning farmers.

“To help support young and beginning farmers, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently launched a new microloan program designed to help small and family operations, including beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers, secure loans under $35,000. To appeal to this target demographic, the program offers an online application, a 1.5% interest rate, and flexible eligibility requirements.”

Read more here:

http://www.kcet.org/socal/food/the-nosh/new-usda-microloan-program-offers-funding-for-small-farmers.html

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