Did you know that Brickyard Educational Farm is only 16 miles from the White House? We personally see this as a plus (despite the traffic), because of the national debate that is happening around sustainable agriculture and food security. For instance, as California is voting to label GMO’s, we here at BEF are in the heart of our nations capital, preserving seed in DC’s urban fringe.
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A National Farm Incubator Model- believe or not, in Vermont!
35 people, representing dozens of organizations dedicated to helping new farmers, gathered for the last day of the first annual N.I.F.T.I. (New Incubator Farmer Training Initiative) at the Intervale.
October 3, 2012
Today the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project hosted the first day of the National Incubator Farm Training Initiative (NIFTI) conference. The three-day conference started out in Lowell, Massachusetts, and will eventually end at the Intervale Center in Burlington, Vermont. The conference is designed to help organizations, like Brickyard Educational Farm, start, hone, or further develop their own farm incubator program.
Today I was a guest speaker at Sarah Redmond’s 11th grade English class at Georgetown Day School. Sarah visited Brickyard Educational Farm to volunteer this summer with a service learning group made up of GDS teachers, and students from various high schools in DC. When Sarah asked me to speak to her persuasive writing class, I was excited to connect two subjects, English and Agriculture, that are not obviously related.