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Do you have a “BS job”? Have you thought about farming?

Excerpts from The Economist interview with David Graeber, author of..


The Economist: What is a “bullshit job” and can you give a few examples?

David Graeber: A bullshit job is one that even the person doing it secretly believes need not, or should not, exist. That if the job, or even the whole industry, were to vanish, either it would make no difference to anyone, or the world might even be a slightly Continue reading Do you have a “BS job”? Have you thought about farming?

Sustainable Farming Grant Opportunities

Original Post – May 2, 2019


Grant funding announcements from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have been log jammed due to a series of government delays over the course of the last six months: passage of the 2018 Farm Bill was delayed by roughly three months, the last several appropriations and budget bills have been delayed, and the government shutdown earlier this year put USDA behind schedule on their farm bill implementation work. Now that Congress and the government are fully back in action with a new farm bill and a fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget in place, USDA is finally releasing stalled funding opportunities for the coming fiscal year.

Open RFAs are listed below in order of the application deadline (soonest to farthest out).

For more detailed information on these and other USDA grant programs, see

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Online Summer Classes in Sustainable Food and Farming

Its not too soon to check out our summer online classes at the UMass Stockbridge School of Agriculture! 

We are offering this summer….

Term I (May 20 – June 28, 2019)

Term II (July 8 – August 16, 2019)

Full Summer (May 20 – August 16)

These classes may be taken individually or as part of a degree program.  For a preview of all of  all of our courses, see: Annual Online Class Schedule


Registration for summer is now open! 

How to Enroll in an Online Class

And to request more information, see:


Other Options: If you are not interested in earning college credit, there are many non-credited workshops and short courses you can take outside of the university.  For a list see: non-university workshops and courses.


The Largest Organic Farming Conference


Feb. 21-23, 2019 – La Crosse, WI

What is the MOSES Conference?

It’s the largest event in the U.S. about organic and sustainable farming, offering 60 workshops over 6 sessions, inspiring keynotes, engaging roundtables, and a resource-packed exhibit hall with over 170 vendors. Organic University, day 1 of the conference, provides full-day classes that dig deeper into specific farming topics.

The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) is a nonprofit organization based in Spring Valley, Wis.  They promote organic and sustainable agriculture by providing education, resources and expertise farmers need to succeed.

The cornerstone of this foundation is the annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference, the country’s largest conference on organic and sustainable farming. The MOSES Conference draws around 4,000 people each February to La Crosse, Wis. for more than 60 workshops, inspiring speakers, a two-floor Exhibit Hall, and organically grown food. You can find details about the MOSES Conference here:

They also educate farmers about specific farming practices through MOSES Organic Field Days. These on-farm events give farmers the chance to see firsthand how successful organic farmers manage their operations.”

Renee Ciulla represented UMass at the conference in 2019!

Grants for small sustainable farms

Small farms and agricultural nonprofits looking to fund environmental sustainability projects that reduce water and power use, increase pollinators, improve soil health, promote natural pest control, or extend their growing season can apply at no cost for a 2019 grant from The FruitGuys Community Fund beginning Monday, December 10, 2018.

Grants ranging in amounts from $2,000–$5,000 will be awarded to 10–20 farms in spring 2019. Interested farmers should read the eligibility requirements and submit a letter of intent describing their farm and proposed project before midnight on Friday, January 11, 2019. Twenty finalists will be notified by February 5, 2019, and provided with a Continue reading Grants for small sustainable farms

Sustainable Food and Farming Jobs

annaliseIf you listen to the news these days, everyone is talking about jobs, jobs, jobs.   And indeed opportunities in some fields are up!  Still…. for graduating seniors from colleges and universities, the stress of finding work remains high – particularly given the cost of their education.

Students are (appropriately) asking if the value of a college education is worth the cost.

I’m one of the academic advisers for students in our Sustainable Food and Farming program in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and I often get asked – so will I be able to get a job when I  Continue reading Sustainable Food and Farming Jobs



Liz Whitehurst dabbled in several careers before she ended up here, crating fistfuls of fresh-cut arugula in the early-November chill.

The hours were better at her nonprofit jobs. So were the benefits. But two years ago, the 32-year-old Whitehurst – who graduated from a liberal arts college and grew up in the Chicago suburbs – abandoned Washington, D.C., for this three-acre farm in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

FARMERSShe joined a growing movement of highly educated, ex-urban, first-time farmers who are capitalizing on booming consumer demand for local and sustainable foods and, experts say, could have a broad impact on the food system.

For only the second time in the last century, the number of farmers under 35 years old is increasing, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest Census of Agriculture.

This new generation can’t hope to replace the numbers that farming is losing to age. But Continue reading A GROWING NUMBER OF YOUNG AMERICANS ARE LEAVING DESK JOBS TO FARM