permaculture Updated Guide to USDA Programs Opens Door to Millions of Dollars of Available Funding

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Updated Guide to USDA Programs Opens Door to Millions of Dollars of Available Funding

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The USDA has a wide range of financial assistance programs, but finding the right one can be difficult, complicated further by trying to stay up to date with changes in funding following each Farm Bill.

Thanks to the newly updated guide Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities: A Guide to Federal Programs for Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry, Entrepreneurship, Conservation, Food Systems, and Community Development, producers, researchers, nonprofits and landowners can find programs to help them achieve their goals.

The 86-page guide covers 63 government programs and has been updated to include programs included in the 2014 Farm Bill. Each listing provides a description of the program’s available resources, information on how to apply, and in some cases, examples of how the funding has been used. Additionally, the guide includes basic information on how to design sound projects, find appropriate programs and write grant applications.

“Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities provided me with concise, comprehensive, well-organized and user-friendly information on federal grant programs,” says Mary Holland, a regional food systems entrepreneur who serves the Upper Midwest.

Beginning farmers faced with hefty start-up costs can use the guide to find grants and loans, in addition to technical assistance. Landowners will find opportunities to be compensated for participating in land and energy conservation programs. And experienced producers looking to conduct research to improve agricultural practices can find programs to help foster innovation on their farm.

The guide also opens doors for people who have never applied for USDA funding before. “I use this wonderful guide with start-up nonprofits all over the country. The guides are especially valuable because most groups I work with aren’t familiar with federal programs. It’s great having something that’s so concise and also helps people understand how to go and look for additional resources,” says Lorna Donaldson, a Tennessee farmer and national sustainable agriculture enterprise consultant.

Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities was developed through a partnership between the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (MFAI), the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), with support from SARE and other USDA agencies. The guide was first published in 1997 and this is the 4th update.

To download a free PDF of the guide and to learn how to order hard copies, visit http://www.sare.org/building-sustainable-farms .

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permaculture Jan 9/10/11 Santa Barbara /Weekend Workshop/Public Talk with John Buck Empowering People and Organizations Dynamic Governance 2015

Jan 9/10/11 Santa Barbara /Weekend Workshop/Public Talk with John Buck Empowering People and Organizations Dynamic Governance 2015

Empowering People and Organizations
Dynamic Governance: A Weekend Workshop/Public Talk with John Buck
January 9th, 10th & 11th, 2015, in Santa Barbara, CA
Friday, Jan 9th, 7:00-9:30pm, Saturday, Jan 10th, 10am-6pm, Sunday, Jan 11, 10am-5pm

For a Taste of Dynamic Governance, Friday, Jan 9th, 2015, 7:00-9:30pm, there will be an introductory public talk. Sliding scale $5-10 suggested donation.

SB County Public Health Building, 300 North San Antonio Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93110

Start the New Year by setting aside time to empower yourself and your relationships. Learn how organizations and businesses around the world are “thinking smarter with circles.”
Dynamic Governance (aka Sociocracy) is an elegantly simple, innovative change from conventional business methods. We encourage you to bring several people from your organization. Bring your actual work issues. Learn tools to get things done! In the workshop you will:
· Use collaborative decision-making, not consensus or win/lose voting. · Experience how everyone can have a real voice in decision-making.
· Design power structures that foster creativity, reduce tension and prevent burnout.
· Learn to have fewer, shorter, meetings, heighten productivity and increase commitment · Engage and empower both paid staff and volunteers.
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Cost: Early bird discount before January 1: $175-285 sliding scale Full price: $210-$335 sliding scale
Scholarships and work trades available. For more info, call or email Lesley Weinstock: lesleyweinstock@yahoo.com, 805-212-0052

Payment: To register please go to: http://www.governancealive.com/register/ Your fee includes:
· Optional teleconference 12:00pm, Tuesday, January 6 with a trainer to identify your needs. · Support groups, advice and coaching after the workshop. · Snacks, drinks and lunch Saturday and Sunday.

World Class Presenters:
John Buck: co-author of We the People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy, http://sociocracyconsulting.com/resources/ Division Director, The Sociocracy Group, Netherlands. Consults with businesses, nonprofits, and collaboration Councils.

Manfred Friedrich: entrepreneur, organization builder, and mediator, offers Sociocracy to support conscious organizations longing to foster collaboration, equality, personal growth, transparency and better decisions.

John Schinnerer: MA Whole Systems Design, develops cultural and ecological systems for clients. His innovative, collaborative methods invite transparency, equivalence and enhance effectiveness and integrity.

Stories from around the world about dynamic governance:
· The School of Media, Culture, and Design: star performer at Woodbury University, Burbank, CA.
· The Appalachian Foodshed Project, a three-state system of Collaboration Councils with hundreds of volunteers, agencies, and businesses, is solving hunger and food desert challenges.
· The Permaculture Association of Scotland has adopted dynamic governance (sociocracy) as its governance system because it aligns with permaculture principles.

Sponsors: Interplay: an organization working together for the Common Good/Santa Barbara Permaculture Network .

Click here for other information and a list of sponsors and endorsers.

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permaculture CATA’s Response to President Obama on Immigration

Regarding immigration reform a friend emailed me today with this :
“BTW I just lost a good friend to the process (deportation). Isidro has been in this country for the past 20 years, has raised a family here and is (was) an upstanding part of the community. All four of his kids were born here.

2-1/2 months ago they caught him and sent him to a detention center in Georgia. Now he’s back in Mexico, with no way of supporting his family. I think his oldest son has just dropped out of high school so he can find work. And Isidro would have been the perfect candidate for the president’s program: a clean record, long-time resident, supporting four kids born here, etc.”

On Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 5:02 PM, Amy Little wrote:

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> http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/?u=1a4ed92e1bdf81ba3aff69596&id=74f14dcf2c&e=aea382e76a> > View this email in your browser
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> http://gallery.mailchimp.com/1a4ed92e1bdf81ba3aff69596/images/b8366413-4559-49ea-b0e1-7313dec6243e.png > CATA’s Statement on President Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration >
> http://gallery.mailchimp.com/1a4ed92e1bdf81ba3aff69596/images/e8a73162-42b2-4d92-9683-f07f4c278f92.jpg > On Thursday, November 20, President Obama announced his executive order on > immigration. The President’s executive order will allow undocumented > immigrants, who have lived in the United States for at least five years and > have children who are US citizens or Legal Permanent Residents, to > temporarily work and live in the United States without fear of deportation > as long as they pass a criminal background check, pay all of their taxes, > and pay a fee. The executive order also expands the pool of people eligible > for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to include > those who arrived before Jan. 1, 2010 without any age limitation. >
> We support the fact that this order will allow a portion of the > undocumented population a period of relief from the fear of deportation > that they live with every day. However, we are disappointed with the limits > to this action. Most of our members will not qualify for this relief even > though they have been working and paying taxes in the United States for > many years. For those that will qualify, the order is still discriminatory. > Undocumented immigrants who qualify for the temporary deportation relief > will be given a social security number to pay their taxes with but will > continue to be excluded from claiming retirement benefits and from the > Affordable Care Act.
>
> The claim is that this order will temporarily protect around 5 million > undocumented immigrants from deportation, including the expanded eligible > population for the DACA program. However, that does not mean that all 5+ > million will apply due to the fact that this order has a very unclear > future. Justifiably, many undocumented immigrants fear that putting their > name on a list for temporary relief will lead to negative consequences when > the President leaves office and should his order be overturned by the next > President.
>
> We at CATA understand that the presence of undocumented workers in the > U.S. not only contributes to the betterment of civil society but is a > crucial element for the viability of our broken food system. For example, > New Jersey would lose $24.2 billion in economic activity and about 103,898 > jobs if all unauthorized immigrants were removed. Our society and, in > particular, the corporate agricultural and food industries, takes advantage > of the vulnerability of the undocumented population in order to maintain > low salaries and increase profits. Although undocumented immigrants > contribute financially through purchasing and living costs, they are > systemically kept in poverty. This order does very little to address any of > those issues.
>
> While this executive order is a step in the right direction, it is far > from addressing the real problems; it is merely a small band-aid on the > gaping wound that is our broken immigration system. The President is right > to address this issue, but much more needs to be done. Congress needs to > stop focusing on petty politics and come up with a genuine, comprehensive > solution. We will continue to push for a path to citizenship as a solution > to the presence of more than 11 million undocumented people. The principle > which immigration policy should be based on is the fulfillment of the human > rights and dignity of every person. We affirm that the struggle goes beyond > the recognition of the basic human rights of migrants and workers. The > struggle is to challenge society to not be guided by fear and intolerance, > but by the recognition of the value and inherent dignity of human life. >
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permaculture CATA’s Response to President Obama on Immigration

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CATA’s Statement on President Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration

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On Thursday, November 20, President Obama announced his executive order on immigration. The President’s executive order will allow undocumented immigrants, who have lived in the United States for at least five years and have children who are US citizens or Legal Permanent Residents, to temporarily work and live in the United States without fear of deportation as long as they pass a criminal background check, pay all of their taxes, and pay a fee. The executive order also expands the pool of people eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to include those who arrived before Jan. 1, 2010 without any age limitation.

We support the fact that this order will allow a portion of the undocumented population a period of relief from the fear of deportation that they live with every day. However, we are disappointed with the limits to this action. Most of our members will not qualify for this relief even though they have been working and paying taxes in the United States for many years. For those that will qualify, the order is still discriminatory. Undocumented immigrants who qualify for the temporary deportation relief will be given a social security number to pay their taxes with but will continue to be excluded from claiming retirement benefits and from the Affordable Care Act.

The claim is that this order will temporarily protect around 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation, including the expanded eligible population for the DACA program. However, that does not mean that all 5+ million will apply due to the fact that this order has a very unclear future. Justifiably, many undocumented immigrants fear that putting their name on a list for temporary relief will lead to negative consequences when the President leaves office and should his order be overturned by the next President.

We at CATA understand that the presence of undocumented workers in the U.S. not only contributes to the betterment of civil society but is a crucial element for the viability of our broken food system. For example, New Jersey would lose $24.2 billion in economic activity and about 103,898 jobs if all unauthorized immigrants were removed. Our society and, in particular, the corporate agricultural and food industries, takes advantage of the vulnerability of the undocumented population in order to maintain low salaries and increase profits. Although undocumented immigrants contribute financially through purchasing and living costs, they are systemically kept in poverty. This order does very little to address any of those issues.

While this executive order is a step in the right direction, it is far from addressing the real problems; it is merely a small band-aid on the gaping wound that is our broken immigration system. The President is right to address this issue, but much more needs to be done. Congress needs to stop focusing on petty politics and come up with a genuine, comprehensive solution. We will continue to push for a path to citizenship as a solution to the presence of more than 11 million undocumented people. The principle which immigration policy should be based on is the fulfillment of the human rights and dignity of every person. We affirm that the struggle goes beyond the recognition of the basic human rights of migrants and workers. The struggle is to challenge society to not be guided by fear and intolerance, but by the recognition of the value and inherent dignity of human life.

For more information, visit: http://www.cata-farmworkers.org

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Amy Little, NESAWG

Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group

http://www.nesawg.org

845-255-0822 home office

845-853-3440 cell

amylittle@hvc.rr.com

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permaculture “Alternatives to Austerity”

A playlist of the recent Degrowth 2014 Conference in Leipzig Germany

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On Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 1:16 AM, Steve Hart wrote:

> Greetings all this is quite a good example of energy building based around > http://www.prout.org and the observations concerns and now possible solutions > that
> could evolve. However we need to analyse the depths of this situation > considerably further to gain a greater understanding of all the driving > forces that are pushing us into this corner. One reality is that the entire > global situation we are presently in the middle of has been strategically > designed and is all running to plan. Even the extermination plans. So we > ned to go beyond the beliefs that our governments are doing the best for > us. In fact they are simple pawns in the game with a gun to their head. so > if you care please do dig deeper and analyse it further for your self. And, > perhaps develop workshops of this nature that could evolve a deeper more > correct view of the realities we are subject to and face.
>
>
> Best regards
>
> Steve Hart
>
>
>
> *The Institute for Social Economy, **Asociaţia de Ajutor AMURTEL România * >
> *and the Center for Democratic Development *
>
> *are pleased to invite you to *
>
> *a two day seminar *
>
>
> *Austerity does not work*
>
> *A look at the evidence and suggestions for a new approach* >
> la FDSC, bld. Nerva Traian 21 , 13-14 noiembrie, orele 14.00 – 17.30 >
>
>
>
> After several years of self-defeating austerity policies all around Europe, > it is becoming more and more evident: Austerity measures do not reduce > government debt, do not reduce unemployment, nor stimulate economic growth. > Rather than cure the disease at its source, austerity measures are like an > aggressive chemotherapy whose serious side effects nearly kill the patient, > and further weaken an already weak immune system, leaving it more > vulnerable than ever to the disease.
>
> But if government debt is out of control and austerity does not work, what > are the alternative ways that can bring us back to prosperity? >
> These are questions that will be discussed in this two day seminar. >
> *We have invited a special guest, Tim Shanks from the Institute for a New > Economic Future, who is presently co-authoring “Beyond the Euro Crisis: > Rebuilding the World Economy from Bottom Up” which will be published next > year. It is Tim’s second workshop series in Romania. He has given workshops > on the financial system and alternative economic futures in Europe, South > America and Asia. He will share a penetrating and insightful analysis of > the current European situation and offer some new strategies and > conclusions.*
>
> *Together with the other activists and thinkers, you are invited to debate > how these ideas can apply towards Romania’s unique situation and > relationship to the EU as one of the newer member states. * >
> The seminar will cover the following topics:
>
> *Thursday, November 13th: “Austerity does not work”*
> 14.00-15.30 “The Evidence”
> 16:00-17:30 “The Explanation”
>
> *Friday, November 14th “The Alternative to austerity”*
> 14:00-15:30 “Necessary reform”
> 16:00 – 17:30 “Structural change”
>
> This event is by invitation only to researchers and activists in social > economy, human rights, ecological sustainability and community > development. It will be held in English. Due to the limited space, you are > invited to confirm your participation as soon as possible by November 7th. >
> *Contact person:* Didi email: didi@amurtel.ro telefon: 0744565252 >
>
>
>
> –
> Kia ora
>
> [image: Picture]
> *Steve Hart*
> Ecology Architect
> Designer, Teacher, Builder of Ecologically Sustainable Resilient > Environments
> Skype: stevenlawrencehart
> Phone: +420 728 799 115
> Permaculture Global Design:
> http://www.permacultureglobaldesign.org
> The Permaculture College of Europe.
> http://www.permaculturecollege.eu
> GAPPS The Global Alliance for Permaculture Partnerships and Solutions. > http://www.permaculturepartnerships.com
>
>
>
> –
> Kia ora
>
> [image: Picture]
> *Steve Hart*
> Ecology Architect
> Designer, Teacher, Builder of Ecologically Sustainable Resilient > Environments
> Skype: stevenlawrencehart
> Phone: +420 728 799 115
> Permaculture Global Design:
> http://www.permacultureglobaldesign.org
> The Permaculture College of Europe.
> http://www.permaculturecollege.eu
> GAPPS The Global Alliance for Permaculture Partnerships and Solutions. > http://www.permaculturepartnerships.com
>
>
>
> –
> Kia ora
>
> [image: Picture]
> *Steve Hart*
> Ecology Architect
> Designer, Teacher, Builder of Ecologically Sustainable Resilient > Environments
> Skype: stevenlawrencehart
> Phone: +420 728 799 115
> Permaculture Global Design:
> http://www.permacultureglobaldesign.org
> The Permaculture College of Europe.
> http://www.permaculturecollege.eu
> GAPPS The Global Alliance for Permaculture Partnerships and Solutions. > http://www.permaculturepartnerships.com
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permaculture Fwd: Permaculture College of Europe

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permaculture Roots and Associated Fungi Drive Long Term Carbon Sequestration

Very interesting study on Boreal Forest cycles.
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/339/6127/1615.full.pdf

Scott

“To change something build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete” Buckminster Fuller

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