Interested in Farming? Great Local Opportunity!

**Message below is from a local resident.  If you’re interested, please contact him (info below) or SaraBeth and she will help connect you.  Thanks!

Dear Aspiring Farmer, 

I have a four acre former alfalfa field that is fairly flat, good soil.  I also have a 16' X 100' unheated hoophouse in which I have grown vegetables directly in the soil. A small corner of the acreage has been planted in asparagus, grapes and wildflowers which I would like to expand to include bramble fruit and garlic etc.  I have tried to grow vegetables for the past 2 years, but my time just doesn't allow me to be successful.  I am willing to provide all the inputs; land, seeds/transplants, fertilizer, plastic and irrigation, equipment etc.  I have various small equipment and a tractor that runs occasionally ( though I wouldn't couunt on that for much).
What is need is someone to provide full-time labor including; planting, growing, harvesting, selling etc.  This acreage has tremendous potential, I just don't have the time to work it.  I say a partnership because there would be no salary involved, I would provide all the inputs, the partner would provide the labor and we would split income from sales in half.  I can occasionally provide labor and marketing, just not consistently. I think by partnering with someone, this venture will be much more successful than hiring employees.  People tend to work harder when they have motivation to see greater profits from their effort compared to just earning an hourly wage.

In the past I have been funded for several research and demonstration grants, I would like to begin with this again sometime later as well.

My ideal partner would be a young couple that has experience/education in agriculture.   One would be required to be full-time, NO OTHER JOB OR OTHER LAND/GARDEN TO CARE FOR! The other would  be able to help but would likely need at least a part-time job at first.  This land requires full-time work, I tried to do it part-time and it just doesn't work.

Also depending on their situation, I own a home nearby that has 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths and a 1 car garage that I could rent to them.    I would have to get $800/ month to make the mortgage payments, but that is pretty cheap rent for a house like that in Columbus. It is a nice home, sits on nearly 2 acres, but I plan to pasture sheep on part of that.

Anyway, this seems like a perfect opportunity for someone that would like to become a farmer but doesn't have access to land.  There is great potential for income, someone who is motivated can make as much money as they are willing to put in the work for.

Matt
812 603-7722

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Local Food: Information for Your Community

Local Food is defined in many ways, but most importantly, it means food from farmers in your county, state, or region — whether chickens_sue.jpg you buy it at a farmers market, restaurant, or grocer.

You can buy most of the food you need from Indiana farmers, including flour, popping corn, beans, veggies, fruit, syrup, honey, jam, meat, sausage, chicken, eggs, and fish, to name a few.

The advantage of buying local is that you support a local food economy that sustains our agricultural heritage and family farms, addresses food security and land use concerns, and retains food dollars in our state economy. 

Click HERE for more information about Indiana Agriculture. 

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Hoosier Harvest Food Preservation Classes

Home Food Preservation: Hoosier Harvest
Can It! Freeze It! Dry It! Do It Safely!

A workshop for home food preservers Juicy ripe peaches, snapping fresh green beans, plump tomatoes, flavorful herbs… Make the most of our Hoosier Harvest by preserving it to enjoy throughout the year.
Using research-based food preservation techniques is the best way to insure the foods you preserve are of high quality and safe to eat. This hands-on workshop is designed to assist not only the first-time food preserver but also the more experienced food preservers too.

Topics and Dates
July 16 – Food Safety & Freezing Food
July 23 – Boiling Water Process
July 30 – Pressure Canning
Aug. 6 – Pickling & Drying Foods
Aug. 13 – Jams and Jellies

Times: 6:00-9:00 PM
Location: East High School, 230 South Marr Road Columbus, IN 47201

To register, use this brochure. Additional forms can be acquired at Bartholomew County Extension website
www.ag.purdue.edu/counties/bartholomew or call the Bartholomew County Extension Office, (812) 379-1665.
Pre-registration is required one week prior to the scheduled workshop. Class size is limited. Early registration is recommended.
The registration fee is $10.00 for each class, or $45.00 for the complete series. You may come to all or only selected class. Please indicate your selection on the registration form.

The class will be given by Harriet Armstrong, Health and Human Sciences Program Assistant, Purdue Extension - Bartholomew County.

 

*Your gauges need checked annually! Contact Harriet and she can check your pressure gauge for free. 

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Middle East Cooking Class -- Recipes

On Friday, May 17 we held another “Cooking Across Cultures” class at North Christian Church. The class was full again and we had such a great time learning new recipes, sharing, and meeting new people.  Hanna Omar, with the Islamic Society, along with her husband and a friend showed us how to prepare rolled grape leaves, Egyptian chicken and onions, and baklava.  We are lining up more cooking classes, including Indian, Ethiopian, and Sri Lankan!  Make sure you’re signed up for the newsletter so you don’t miss out.  

Get the recipes here

HUGE thanks to the Heritage Fund Welcoming Comm. Grant and North Christian Church for letting us use their wonderful facility.

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Beautiful rolled grape leaves. 

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Feathered Friends Poultry Club Show

On Tuesday evening at the Mad City Chickens screening, Matt John shared news about an upcoming chicken show at the Bartholomew County Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 4.  Click HERE for a link to the website with all the information.  Hope to see you there! 

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Books, Websites, Films, etc. -- Resources for you!

HERE is a list of resources if you’re looking for a new book to read or film to watch about food/ag/environment news.  The websites are a great place to start and can take you down many more avenues!  Have a recommendation? Let us know! info@columbusmarket.coop

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Exposing Ag-gag laws

Exposing Ag-gag laws and why undercover reporting is neccessary.


"The USDA stated that its inspectors had been present "continuously"9 at Hallmark, and the plant also passed no less than 17 separate, independent food safety and humane handling audits in 2007.10 Yet these layers of oversight didn't stop horrible, ongoing animal abuse, and they didn't stop the plant from putting millions of people at risk of food-borne illness. It took an undercover investigation to stop these cruel and reckless practices."

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Healthy Foods, Healthy Communities Study: Info-graphics

Basically, Co-ops are incredible.  Click HERE to read more about all the reasons to love food co-ops! Click this info-graphic to see a larger view. 

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Op-Ed: To Recruit a New Generation of Farmers, We’ve Got to Get the Story Right

The struggles that farmers face in their first years aren’t reason to give up; they’re only reasons to work harder toward solutions. Farms like ours demonstrate that the local food economy can and does work. With time and the right markets, direct-market farms can produce real jobs and real incomes. It’s this economic potential that young people need to read about in the news, and we as a society need to help make that promise a reality for more new farmers and communities. 

Click HERE to read the article. 

Make sure you check out our screening of The Greenhorns on June 19th at the library. 

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