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Meet Your New Favorite Exotic Meat: Yak When Mira Danysh stumbled on the organic Real Butcher Shop, she was excited to see it sold yak. The Arizona nurse was on a spring getaway to scenic Santa Fe. But as a follower of the protein-heavy, grain-free paleo diet, she uses vacations to stock up on healthy new foods. Danysh’s boyfriend had ordered yak meat from a Colorado ranch before, and her mom had tried yak yogurt during a trip to Nepal. Now Danysh put the ground meat into chili — and loved it. “I would definitely eat it again,” she says. Farmstead Chef - Harvest Haystacks: The Ultimate Community Meal There’s nothing better than a rural road trip with a mystery dish. During our wanderings last weekend around Goshen, Ind., we visited the Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale, where tried haystacks for the first time. This weekend event featured an auction and sale raising several hundred thousand dollars for the group’s international peace and justice work, but on Friday night food reigned king. Mashall King, a foodie friend and managing editor at The Elkhart Truth, helped us navigate the booths of tempting homemade food run by local Mennonite churches. The haystack food tent drew us in, as the concept was so simple yet completely new to us—the perfect meal for a large-crowd fundraiser.

Direct Marketing to Schools — ASI A New Opportunity for Family Farmers by Jeri L. Ohmart UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education ProgramJuly, 2002 Permaculture. The Future of Business and Beyond. An Interview Compilation (PVP081) Podcast: Play in new window | Download “You, as a food buyer, have the distinct privilege of proactively participating in shaping the world your children will inherit.” Joel Salatin This episode is a compilation of interviews that I recorded during PV1 – March 13-16, 2014. The general theme of this episode is how business can benefit from permaculture. How we as the permaculture community can positively impact the future of business.

Learning Materials - Holistic Management International Introduction to Holistic Management Sale Price: $17.50 (regularly $25) This manual offers exercises to understand the Holistic Management framework, decision-making process, ecosystem processes, and tools for management. Think Like a Commoner Getting to the heart of the permaculture ethic of fair shares, David Bollier's book provides an excellent primer on the theory and practice of the commons, a bottom-up vehicle for "social and political emancipation and societal transformation." In the process he expands our imaginations to reclaim the wrongly-maligned word, 'commoner', outlining a budding revolution which most of us are already part of, whether we realise it or not. A commons, standing outside of the spheres of market and state, consists of "working, evolving models of self-provisioning and stewardship that combine the economic and the social, the collective and the personal." While many might associate discussion of the commons with historical events such as the enclosure movement, Bollier brings commons theory right into the present age. R.

Farm Dreams Workshops, Viroqua- Land Stewardship Project The desire to farm is powerful—sparked by love of food, the land, just living, community, entrepreneurship and more. But it is a complicated undertaking, and the list of questions is long. If you are dreaming of farming and puzzled about how to get started, LSP’s Farm Dreams Workshop is for you. Find and register for upcoming workshops in the right sidebar. Farm Dreams is a four-hour workshop designed to help people clarify what motivates them to farm, get their vision on paper, inventory their strengths and training needs and get perspective from an experienced farmer. Farm Dreams participants will: Time-based currency In economics, a time-based currency is an alternative currency where the unit of exchange is the person-hour. Some time-based currencies value everyone’s contributions equally: one hour equals one service credit. In these systems, one person volunteers to work for an hour for another person; thus, they are credited with one hour, which they can redeem for an hour of service from another volunteer. Critics charge that this would lead to fewer doctors or dentists.

Farmscale Permaculture October 2-5, 2014 Iowa City, IA 52240 Are you ready to learn how to plan, install, and operate large-scale permaculture systems for maximum resiliency and economic stability? Want to learn from international experts in tree crops, agricultural real estate, and multi-species grazing? We’re all in a unique place in history. How to Start a Bike Kitchen Photo credit: the Bike Farm in Portland, Oregon. Follow @CatJohnson on Twitter A bike kitchen is a place for people to repair their bikes, learn safe cycling, make bicycling more accessible, build community, and support sustainable transportation by getting more people on bikes. Most bike kitchens have tools, parts, mechanics, and a community of knowledgeable cyclists. Around the world there are thousands of bike kitchens -- also known as bike churches, bike collectives and bike coops -- and more popping up all the time (see maps here). For those interested in starting a bike kitchen in your town, we’ve rounded up the essentials of getting started, from finding the right space and volunteers, to raising money, getting the word out, defining community guidelines, and creating a space that is accessible and welcoming to all.

Software Review – AgSquared for Organic Farmers Diversified organic farmers must contend with many unique challenges – rapidly changing markets, unpredictable weather events, and the complexity of working with rather than against ecology, to name just a few. But of all the difficulties organic farmers face, one of the most daunting might just be…paperwork. Record-keeping, while almost as essential to successful farming as seeds and tools are, is usually time consuming and, frankly, a pain. And when organic certification inspection time comes, many farmers end up wishing they had done a better job of it. How Farming Almost Destroyed Ancient Human Civilization By Annalee Newitz Roughly 9,000 years ago, humans had mastered farming to the point where food was plentiful. Populations boomed, and people began moving into large settlements full of thousands of people. And then, abruptly, these proto-cities were abandoned for millennia. It’s one of the greatest mysteries of early human civilization.

What Is a Business Trust? @belle1984 - A trust company is a corporation that performs the trustee duties related to trusts. As trustee, the company performs the administrative functions of managing the trust’s assets on behalf of the beneficiaries. These functions include managing investments, recordkeeping, accounting, and administering distributions to beneficiaries. The relationship between a trust company and a business trust is this: A trust company can be hired to administer the business trust, acting as trustee of the trust (in place of the grantor/settlor – the creator of the trust).