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Young Farmers Sustainable Agriculture Tool Lending Library

From: RAFI USA
Series: North Carolina Farmer Voices
Length: 07:32

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This is the story of the incredible project: sustainable agriculture tool lending library. Led by farmer couple George (self-declared rap listening/punk rocker farmer) and his girlfriend Kelly, this tool sharing program connects ten young/beginning farmers that couldn't buy expensive farm tools on their own but together- and with the help of Google Calendar- are succeeding.

2011_rafi_tool_library_050s_small The Sustainable Agriculture Tool Lending Library came to be through George O'Neal of Lil' Farm and his girlfriend Kelly Owensby: realizing how difficult it was for George, as a young farmer, to rent or buy equipment for his farm in Timberlake, they came up with the plan to become a cooperative with ten other farmers to buy farm tools together and share.

The Lending Library uses a Google calendar to manage who gets what tool when. The Library also collects yearly membership fees that go towards future tool buying, insurance, and maintenance of the tools, and different farmers are assigned to different positions (ie. secretary, treasurer...) to help the cooperative run smoothly and be self-sustaining.

Learn how tremendously beneficial this project is, how easy it is to replicate, and how it makes for a stronger, more vibrant, more successful, and more educated farm community.

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The Sustainable Agriculture Tool Lending Library came to be through George O'Neal of Lil' Farm and his girlfriend Kelly Owensby: realizing how difficult it was for George, as a young farmer, to rent or buy equipment for his farm in Timberlake, they came up with the plan to become a cooperative with ten other farmers to buy farm tools together and share.

The Lending Library uses a Google calendar to manage who gets what tool when. The Library also collects yearly membership fees that go towards future tool buying, insurance, and maintenance of the tools, and different farmers are assigned to different positions (ie. secretary, treasurer...) to help the cooperative run smoothly and be self-sustaining.

Learn how tremendously beneficial this project is, how easy it is to replicate, and how it makes for a stronger, more vibrant, more successful, and more educated farm community.

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Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Full Steam Phil Cook & his feat Phil Cook & his feat. :00

Related Website

http://www.rafiusa.org/NCfarmervoices/