Agrarian Trust: “Agrarian Trust has the mission to support land access for next generation farmers. In the next two decades, 400 million acres of U.S. farmland will change hands, and the question of what will happen to that land when it reaches the market is crucial to the future of our food system. Just in time for this pivotal land transition is a new generation of young farmers, eager to become stewards of our land and healthfully provide for their communities. However, these farmers face ever greater odds in accessing affordable and secure land tenure; the price of land in the US has skyrocketed in the past decade, and one acre of farmland is lost to development every minute.”
Be You, Be Sure Project, The: “The Be You Be Sure Project is on a multi-media mission to help the members of our generation pursue purpose. We are here to eradicate learned helplessness, to unleash the human capabilities dormant in our generation. We are capacity building for the Age of Freedom. We are here to shatter disillusionment and the low self-esteem stagnating youth populations worldwide. We believe in possibility. We are here to help our generation overcome economic failings and sustainability issues through innovation and collaboration. We are here to share the blindingly bright truth that we can create lives of value and transform our world when we come together to make our own opportunities.”
LetUmEat: “So we are on a mission to create an online community of Seeders (Farmers), Feeders (Chefs & Artisan Producers) and Eaters (People who Eat!) that we call The Collective. Our goal is to connect, educate, inspire and inform the various characters in our local and national food system by sharing stories, experiences and resources. As the Collective we can make a difference.” THESE GUYS ROCK! We met them on one of our first stops in Corvallis, OR and they’re doing some awesome work! Also, ask them about their own farm in Salem, OR.
Multinational Exchange in Sustainable Agriculture (MESA): “Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA) connects sustainable farming leaders around the world for participatory training and cross-cultural exchange to strengthen local, resilient food systems worldwide. Since 1997, MESA has connected over 1200 farmers, activists and advocates and helped start nearly 130 small-scale farms and food justice projects worldwide.”
National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service (ATTRA): We strongly recommend ATTRA’s database for finding paid farm apprenticeships/internships organized by location. “ATTRA is a program developed and managed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) … The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is a private nonprofit organization, founded in 1976, which manages a series of projects that promote self-reliance and sustainable lifestyles through wise use of appropriate technology. Its programs deal with sustainable and renewable energy, energy conservation, resource-efficient housing, sustainable community development, and sustainable agriculture.”
Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society: “NPSAS’s constituency is farm families and others interested in sustainable agriculture. Members are located primarily in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Montana, as well as neighboring states of Iowa, Wyoming, and Nebraska.”
Wanderfoot: For our blogpost on our meeting with the gentlemen of wanderfoot, click here. “Wanderfoot is an online destination for those who love the journey! An adventure-fueled digital magazine featuring high quality artisan goods & off-the-beaten-path travel information from around the world. It is of our utmost purpose & joy to inspire a lifestyle of creativity and consciousness. We warmly welcome you to join us on the adventure!”
World Wide Oportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF): Although many amazing WWOOFing opportunities exist, please be wary when using this resource. Your body and time are valuable; be sure you are getting compensated fairly for the work that you do. This is an online database of internships and volunteer opportunities on organic farms across the world. VIsiting farms is a great way to travel!