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RAFT-P (Rotating Farmer Apprenticeship Training - Pembroke) Newsletter 2013

RAFT-P (Rotating Farmer Apprenticeship Training - Pembroke) Newsletter 2013

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In our ongoing effort to train a new generation of Black farmers, the Black Oaks Center for Sustainable and Renewable Living presents to you the first volume of the newsletter for the Rotating Farmer Apprenticeship Training - Pembroke (RAFT-P) program. Those interested are encouraged to the website for Black Oaks (http://www.blackoakscenter.org) and its subsidiary, the Healthy Food Hub (http://www.healthyfoodhub.org) in order to learn about our ongoing efforts to promote resilient local and regional food systems throughout Illinois and the Midwest.
In our ongoing effort to train a new generation of Black farmers, the Black Oaks Center for Sustainable and Renewable Living presents to you the first volume of the newsletter for the Rotating Farmer Apprenticeship Training - Pembroke (RAFT-P) program. Those interested are encouraged to the website for Black Oaks (http://www.blackoakscenter.org) and its subsidiary, the Healthy Food Hub (http://www.healthyfoodhub.org) in order to learn about our ongoing efforts to promote resilient local and regional food systems throughout Illinois and the Midwest.

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Is RAFT-P for You? 
You Love to Grow Food.Your Passion and Purpose isworking with the Earth.You are healthy, strong andholistic: good mental andphysical enduranceEntrepreneurial spirit.Want to make a difference
Take the quiz:www.Start2Farm.gov
RAFT-P
:
 
Trainin a New Generation of Black Farmers
Pembroke Illinois, 60 miles south ofChicago, was founded by a freeman.Pap Tetter and his 18 children got offthe Underground Railroad here, justwest of the Indiana border from N.Carolina in 1861. He homesteaded 40acres which is now Old Hopkins Park.Many a farmer joined him in theirnorthern migration up the MississippiRiver. They churned the sands of theBlack Oak Savanna into rich, fertileloam. Pembroke was once one of thelargest black farming communitiesnorth of the Mason Dixon line.
Pembroke, Illinois: Home to the Black Oak Savanna,Black Cowboys & Black Farmers
Pembroke fed growing black neighborhoods
on Chicago’s
west and south sides during the 1
 st 
half of the 20
th
century.In the dismantling of small farm,local food infrastructure during theGreen Revolution (1940-
70’s)
 ,Pembroke strives to overcome theeconomic challenge of beingdisenfranchised from thecommercial food system.While much black land has beenlost. There are families who haveheld on to their land and thedream of Pembroke once more,being a sustainable farmcommunityBe a part of this transformation.Make this dream real.
 Join RAFT-P
 
Farming isprojected to beone of the mostrewarding careersof the future.More than 7 billionpeople on theplanet have to eat!
For over 3 years, members of the
 have stayedsteadfast to the vision of creatinglocal food security and economicopportunity for youth throughlocal food production.
Boots N Saddles Ranch ofPembroke, Illinois prepares forChicago Markets
RAFT-P Highlights:
 
Farmer Mentors to guide youto successful farming
2 yr Farmer TrainingImmersion, hands on learningwhile earning to build a localfood economy
Purchase, lease or partner on
the farmland you’ve trained
on cooperatively at the endof the training
RAFT-P Newsletter 
Volume 1, Issue 1 2013
Black Oaks Center for Sustainable Renewable Living
 
 
 
 
and alongside senior Mentor Farmers of Pembroke as well assuccessful organic farmers inCentral Illinois. Liberty PrairieCrossing/Angelic Organics willteach mentor/mentee pairs thebusiness of farming while theFederation of SouthernCooperatives will teach how tobuild wealth through cooperativefarming.
Innovations in Cultivation
 will bring world renowned teachersmaking headways in foodproduction to Pembroke to sharetheir skills with our Trainees and thecommunity abroad. Trainees will becertified in Permaculture withadvance training during the 2 yintensive. Now acceptingapplications for the winter of 2013.Applications re-open in the fall of2014
Food is the Challenge before Us
Pop Ivy is one of many senior farmers in Pembroke who still farm. Hehas taught many youth about farming. He is pictured here at IvyFarms in a field of turnip greens that he seeded from a small envelopof organic purple top turnip seeds given to him by the Healthy FoodHub 3 years ago. He harvested the seeds from the first crop toproduce more than enough seeds to broadcast over 5 acres for fallharvest. Pop Ivy looks forward to the day when he teaches and theyoung people take the food to the market while he is paid in advancefor his labor of love.
Rotating Apprenticeship Farmer Training Pembroke
RAFT-P
30+ hour/wkEarn from what yougrowHands On&ClassAccommodationsEquipment ShareTool ShareFarmlandMarket Demand
E-Mail: 
www.blackoakscenter.org call 773-410-3446 or 
Trainees selected for RAFT-P will learnthe art and science of sustainablefood production rotating on familyfarms in Pembroke. They will learn togrow vegetables, green manure for livestock feed, grain production, careof livestock including goats, cowsand poultry while practicingconservation of Black Oak Savanna.Training will include high tunnelproduction to extend growingseasons to get local food tosurrounding markets from early springto late fall. In the second year,specialty crop production training willinclude medicinal herb production,mushroom production, fruitproduction, dairy, beekeeping,aggregation and the developmentof shelf stable products. Trainees willlearn about all aspects of a localfood system. Trainees will learn from 
Food is at the heart core of 21
st
century challenges. Theglobal commercial agricultural system that most of useat from is very unsustainable. It takes 10 kcal of fossilfuel to produce 1kcal of food in this system. Most of ourfood travels thousands of miles to get to our plate andtoo much of the earth has been stripped and strainedfrom deforestation, green house gases and chemicals
used in conventional farming. As the earth’s population
continues to grow to levels never recorded, the adverseaffects of climate change makes commercial foodproduction more difficult. The solution: sustainable local,food production methods that aid in healingecosystems, people and local economies. Small farmsare vital to the local food system that is being reestablished here in Illinois and nationwide.The average U.S. farmer is over 55. The growing need forlocal food inside this widening age gap will be a ticketto ride as senior farmers retire and billions of dollarsspent on global imports will be forced to come home toroost. Get on RAFT-P to ride the wave to resilience.Restore multiple levels of wealth in our communities
.
 
This project is supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher  Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture,USDA, Grant #2012-49400-19696. To
 
 find more resources and programsor beginning farmers and ranchers, a component of the Beginning
 
Farmer and 
 
 Rancher Development Program.
 
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Newsletter ●
Volume 1, Issue 1
Black Oaks Center for Sustainable Renewable Living
 
 

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