We recently had the chance to share with Forbes.com readers the significance of what we are building here at Farm Commons- a business law commons. That concept is the source of the name of the organization, and has been our driving force from the every beginning. Learn more about it in... Read More »
Good farmers, who take seriously their duties as stewards of Creation and of their land's inheritors, contribute to the welfare of society in more ways than society usually acknowledges, or even knows. These farmers produce valuable goods, of course; but they also conserve soil, they conserve water, they conserve wildlife, they conserve open space, they conserve... Read More »
Are you a law student who wants to help shape the local and sustainable food system? Well, you are in luck! Farm Commons is currently accepting applications for a summer 2016 intern. Please see below for more information and how to apply, and feel free to pass on to anyone who might be interested!
INTERNSHIP POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT
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Here at Farm Commons, we have a passion for the law. Well, okay, we admit our education and outreach manager, Laura, is still working on developing that passion. Laura's non-lawyer perspective helps us realize how the law can be a bit dry for some folks. We respond by making our guides and tutorials engaging with stories, graphics, real-life examples, and plain language.
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Hi everyone! It’s Laura here. I’m writing to you from New York, where the leaves are just beginning to change colors and the briskness of fall is detectable in the early mornings. Fall has always been a favorite season of mine, and it still evokes that feeling of a “fresh start” leftover from my school days. I find the season to be a bit electric.
This fall is an exciting period of new... Read More »
The busy season is upon us! Farmers are out in the fields, running CSA programs, going to market, and managing their businesses. Farm Commons has also been keeping busy behind the scenes. We've been working on a number of initiatives to increase the amount of support and legal education we can provide. Here is some of what we have going on:
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As you may have noticed, the Farm Commons website got a snazzy update! We’re really excited about the new capabilities of the site. Keep reading to learn about some of the new features and a few guidelines for use.
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The first step to unlocking the full potential of the Farm Commons website is to create an account at... Read More »
Hi folks! A quick note to let you know about financing opportunities through the USDA’s Farm Services Agency (FSA). The agency provides real estate loans for farmers who are looking to purchase farmland and is looking for more applicants this season. A... Read More »
This winter, there was an interesting legal case involving Oregon blueberry growers and the Department of Labor (DOL). We wanted to share this to show how some of the farm legal issues we wax on (and on) about can play out in real life. A reminder that if you are interested in learning more about employment law and how it might apply to your operation,... Read More »
Hi folks! A quick note to let you know about financing opportunities through the USDA’s Farm Services Agency (FSA). The agency provides real estate loans for farmers who are looking to purchase farmland and is looking for more applicants this season. A large portion of the money is set aside to increase access to farmland for beginning farmers, so if... Read More »