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  • 03/02/2012 7:19 PM | Trish Percy

    Farm Manager

    Farm Manager Position Opens Fall 2012


    Cardo’s Farm Project is a first year community farm and education center located near Denton,TX-a community eager to jump on the food revolution bandwagon. Currently, one acre is cultivated without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides, producing a variety of vegetables for a 25 member CSA, the farmers market, 3 restaurants and the local natural food store. Our farm project continues to expand with each season. CFP seeks an experienced and dedicated individual to manage the vegetable production operation. We specifically seek an enthusiastic person skilled in vegetable production, horticulture, sustainable growing methods, and human relationships. The ideal candidate will be a beginning farmer with some experience in farm management, who is seeking an opportunity to flourish. Land, tools, seeds, additional labor, volunteers, business infrastructure, product demand, marketing, and eager community are provided. Position begins October 1, 2012.


    - Crop Planning

    - Green House Management

    - Tractor work

    - Irrigation

    - Grounds Maintenance

    - Record Keeping

    - Harvesting

    - Soil Fertility Management

    - Resource Management

    - Pestand Disease Control Management

    - Volunteer Management

    - Scheduling and Leading Field Work

    - At least 60 hours of work per week during Spring, Early Summer, and Fall

    - Average 40 hours of work per week during Late Summer, Late Winter

    - Produce Delivery

    - Run Farmers Market booth every other Saturday, May-October

    - Fostering community


    - Preferred academic degree, equivalent work experience, or both in related field

    - At least 1 full year of vegetable farming experience

    - Completed multiple seasons as farm intern or apprentice

    - Lead Intern or Assistant Management experience

    - Crop planning experience

    - Able to work successfully in a partnership

    - Able to lead volunteer groups

    - Competence with tools and farm equipment

    - Basic carpentry and mechanical skills


    Base Salary $1,000/month, room and board. Increase in salary is dependant on success of vegetable production and growth of farm business. Possible stipends to attend conferences and workshops.


    Send resume, cover letter, and the contact information for three references to:

    Amanda Austin

    Cardo’s Farm Project

    P.O. Box142

    Ponder, TX 76259

  • 03/02/2012 8:06 AM | Pamela Klein Johnson

    Nutrient Dense Cooking and Nutritional Workshop


    March 24th, 2012 9:00am-4:00pm


    Spend a day with Amanda Love, The Barefoot Cook, and learn how to prepare healing, nourishing, delicious foods.

    Learn which foods heal and which foods cause disease.
    Learn which foods our ancestors have eaten for thousands of years that kept them healthy.

    Learn how to prepare probiotic rich foods such as kefir, yogurt and cultured veggies to add beneficial bacteria to your intestines and strengthen your immunity.

    Learn how to prepare healing bone broth and how to use it in cooking.

    Learn how to slow roast meats, make soups and stews and cook seasonal veggies.

    Learn how to make delicious sauces to add flavor and nutrition to your meals.

    Learn how to save time in the kitchen by planning ahead and creating staples to stock your kitchen with.

    Learn how to eat for health and feel great for the rest of your life!

    One day with Amanda Love will do just that!

    A farm fresh lunch with local ingredients will be included along with handouts and recipes.

    www.thebarefootcook.com for more info and to register.


    Workshop Location: Rose Creek Farms

    418 County Road 2788, Sunset, Texas


    Phone 940-427-2609


  • 02/28/2012 5:14 PM | Lee Mackay TOFGA Administrative Manager (Administrator)
    If you or someone you know of can supply 20 pounds of RED Jalapeno Peppers right away and ship them to NY, please contact for details:

    Brian Rey
    Assembly Films
  • 02/21/2012 12:58 AM | Sue Beckwith (Administrator)
    Welcome new Regional Directors!  Please contact Sue Beckwith so you can get set up and trained on the new website!  Email:  beckwith@pobox.com  or call 512-496-1244 this week.

  • 02/08/2012 6:54 PM | Sue Beckwith (Administrator)
    Price break for conference hotel end this Sunday Feb. 12!  Register today!
  • 02/08/2012 3:10 PM | Lee Mackay TOFGA Administrative Manager (Administrator)
    A local Austin business that plants gardens for people is looking for veggie starts! They don' t have enough to serve their customers and their usual supplier is out!
    If you have starts or would like to be on her list of contacts for the future, please contact

    Rebekah at 225-892-6234
    email: plants@yardfarmaustin.com  
    web site: http://yardfarmaustin.com/
  • 02/02/2012 2:38 PM | Sue Beckwith (Administrator)
    We have doubled our membership in 2 years!  Yay!!!
  • 01/22/2012 8:40 AM | Sue Beckwith (Administrator)

    Mark Winne to speak at Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association Conference


    The Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (TOFGA) is pleased to announce nationally recognized food activist Mark Winne as the keynote speaker at the TOFGA annual conference on February 18, 2012.


    In his book Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and Smart-Cookin’ Mamas: Fighting Back in an Age of Industrial Agriculture, Winnewrites of the urgent need for creation of a sustainable alternative food system. Exposing the truth about the industrial food system and profiling people across the country who are fighting to take back their harvests and their health, Winne argues that people should not have to surrender their individual health or freedoms, and submit to corporate pressures, in order to eat, and eat well.


    Winne believes that in order to secure food sovereignty, people must get their “hands in the soil,” either by growing it themselves, becoming more connected to their local food communities, or participating in the democratic processes around food issues. “As I look into the future of food and democracy in the twenty-first century, I see two options,” he writes. “We will either shape our own food destiny or we will succumb to one that is presented to us. Placing ourselves in the hands of others can be either an act of profound trust, or one of unsettling risk.”


    For 25 years, Mark Winne has worked to connect fresh, local produce to local residents as the Executive Director of the Hartford Food System. He also helped to create a working lands conservancy to ensure retention of local farmlands for local production of fruits and vegetables. He is now a national consultant on food policy councils with the Community Food Security Coalition. He speaks across the country advocating for local food. 


    The annual TOFGA conference on organic production will be held February 17 – 19, 2012 in Mesquite, Texas at the Mesquite Convention Center.  TOFGA is the only statewide organization focused on the people who practice organic and sustainable agriculture in Texas. The conference is designed for market growers who are either already producing or want to learn about organic and sustainably raised produce, livestock, dairy, and grains. Workshop tracks include business issues, fruit and vegetable production, livestock production, and resource sustainability. Strong emphasis will be on strategies to survive the drought. This year’s conference also offers a special Saturday workshop for backyard gardeners. A must-attend event for organic ranchers, farmers, plant growers, retailers, wholesalers, consumers, gardeners, farmers market supporters and anyone desiring to support the organic industry in Texas. 


    Register today!   Full conference registration starts at $135 for TOFGA members. The Gardener track Saturday only workshop is $70. Banquet tickets are $35 per person.

  • 01/12/2012 4:37 PM | Susie Marshall TOFGA President (Administrator)
    A new TOFGA President will be elected at the TOFGA conference coming up on Feb 17-19, 2012.  Members will also elect a Secretary and Regional Directors in even-numbered regions - that's region 2 (Central), region 4 (DFW), region 6 (northeast), region 8 (panhandle).  Send nominations to the TOFGA office by Feb 1.  admin@tofga.org
  • 12/01/2011 5:49 PM | Anonymous
    Experience an afternoon at HOMEsweetFARM as we discuss Greenhouse propagation, Cold Frames, Hightunnels and other techniques for cool season growing.  Farmer Brad and Jenny Stufflebeam will share with you their successful growing program and how they get an early start for the season using proven techniques for the South.

TOFGA office - PO Box 48, Elgin, TX 78621   512-656-2456  admin@tofga.org

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