Green String Institute

 

our mission | membership | guidelines | summer internship | fall internship | graduate program 

our mission

 
Green String Institute (and its physical manifestation, Green String Farm) was founded in 2000 by Fred Cline and Bob Cannard. The Institute, and the idea of green string farming, was born when Cline and Cannard noticed that the concept of organic agriculture, as it rose in popularity, became bleached of its meaning. To Cannard, one of the instigators of the organic movement in California, the term organic meant that produce should be locally grown, with respect for the environment and the planet. It meant that food should not travel across countries or continents from farm to table. It meant the use of compost and cover cropping and crop rotation and other practices that enrich the soil so that the fields become richer and more fertile year after year. Now, however, with the advent of USDA Organic certification, organic production is beyond the means of many small farmers who do not have the means or cannot afford the time and trouble required to obtain certification. Moreover, once obtained, the certification means very little. When factory farms are adapting conventional farming methods to fit organic certification, and then shipping their produce around the world, the spirit of 'organic' agriculture is gone. The purpose of Green String Institute is to renew that spirit under a new name. Farmers who are certified green string may or may not be certified organic, but they exceed the requirements put forth by organic certifying agencies. They grow food that is vital and vibrant and healthful, and they do it with respect for their surroundings. The goals of Green String Institute may be summarized as follows:
 

Nutrition

Through Green String Farm, Cline and Cannard intend to provide good food at affordable prices to all in the local community who need it. All that is grown at the farm is available at the farm store, open for visitors daily. Directions can be found here.
 

Education

The aim of Green String Institute's educational program is to educate a new generation of farmers who respect the earth and respond to the needs of their surroundings as they raise food that brings health to their local populations; who strive to improve the biology of the lands that they steward while at the same time growing healthy, vibrant food that is pleasurable to eat. Green String Institute's internship program is a step in this direction.
 

Certification

The aim of Green String Institute's certification program is to promote farming practices that are sustainable, that produce food that improves the health of those who eat it, and that improve the biodiversity of the land. To this end, farmers and other producers who share our farming philosophies are encouraged to join Green String Institute. Our goal is to compile an online list of producers whose food is not only free of chemicals, but is grown with respect for humanity and the environment. If you are interested in obtaining green string certification, please take a look at our membership page.
 
 
 

 

Membership

membership

 

Who is a Green String Farmer?

  • One who wishes to see his family and humanity as a whole grow towards completeness
  • One who wishes to see growth towards completeness within the nature of the lands under control
 

What does one need to do to become a Green String Farmer?

Maintain your website and describe your current farming practices, goals and progress setbacks towards unifying with nature
Enroll for your membership number and Green String Certified logo
Link your website to Green String Institute's website
 

What does your farm gain?

Individuality - consumer awareness and the mark of a Green String farm signifying natural farming practices
Recognition - a nationally recognized farming practice, educational exposure of Green String Institute's website
Forum - a forum for the diversity and natural health of our family of farmers and their farms
Pride - honesty, progress, ingenuity and the progressive health of your farm will be recognized
 

How do you join?

Post your website with your history, education and background, and submit the link by clicking HERE for approval.
Upon approval, a $30 annual membership fee will be requested by the Green String Institute, 24737 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476. Please make checks payable to: Green String Institute
After payment is received, a Green String membership number will be issued to your business. You will then have the opportunity to present your commitment through the use of the Green String Certification Logo.
Example of membership certification logo:
 
 

 

guidelines

 

The Intent

  • To ally humanity with the cohesive interactive qualities found in nature
  • All organisms have evolved supportive positions like those found in a marriage, the union generates anew
  • Sharing leads to more, and we must have more. Before we can have more such as developing physical strength, one must run a five minute mile before achieving the four minute record
  • Humanity shedding adversity with nature will bring freedom from scarcity
  • Hunger means scarcity of digestible food and the nurture of the hunger mind
  • The hungry mind leads to destructive competition between individuals and the supportive fabric of nature
  • Green String farms do not recognize adversity with nature
  • The organism christened as pest is a positive benefit and an indicator of the degree of health in the locality
 

Rules of Intent to Follow

Activities are measured in success by
  • More life is found after activity than before.
  • Inputs decrease over time.
  • Disorder decreases over time.
  • Yield of nutritional qualities and measured production increases over time.
  • When activities result in less life, recognition of a declining syndrome initiates correction.
  • Inputs designed to control life support through toxicity are recognized to be detrimental to the overall structure of nature and are used with extreme caution. (An example is the use of antibiotics in the human blood stream when necessary to control septicemia - yes. But used to control the conditions of a cold - no.)
 
 
 
 

 

summer internship

 

Green String Institute’s Natural Process Farming Internship Program Summer 2015

Our internship program is a unique opportunity for future farmers to get training in natural process farming.  Up to 10 interns join the Green String family for a six week intensive; to live, learn, and work.

 

Work

Interns work 25 hours a week in the production garden under direction of instructors. Each weekday at 1:00 PM, the intern group will receive a two hour lecture focused on the foundations of natural process gardening/farming. Each intern will maintain their own hand-worked plot, filling out the 40 hour work week.

 

Farm work includes

Seeding flats
Nursery upkeep 
Transplanting 
Competition control (hand weeding/hoeing)
Harvesting fruits and vegetables
Site maintenance

 

Classes

Interns have lessons weekday afternoons. Bob Cannard teaches the majority of the lessons and covers all practical aspects of natural process farming, from seed selection and pruning, to tool maintenance and forest renewal.

 

Compensation

Room, board, and tuition

Each group of interns lives in a four bedroom house on the farm. We provide seasonal vegetables and fruit from the farm, as well as a limited amount of eggs, olive oil, meat and preserves that Green String produces. Staple foods such as beans, flours, sugar, and grains are provided. Interns are hired as employees of Green String Farm and will have tuition, room and board deducted from their paychecks.

 

Eligibility

Participants must be at least 18 years old, legally permitted to work in the US, and in good physical condition.

 

Terms

Please do not apply unless you can commit to the entire six week term.

Summer: July 12 – August 23

 

To apply

As much as we’d like to accommodate every person who wants to participate in our program, limited space makes that impossible. We try to select applicants who will get the most out of the internship experience.

 

What we look for in an applicant

Goals in line with the experience and teaching we provide
Commitment and perseverance
Sincere interest in learning and teaching
Good work ethic
Cooperative and helpful community member

 

Term applications due May 25

Submit completed application and your resume by email, snail mail, or by dropping it off at the Green String Farm store by the deadline. Our address is 3571 Old Adobe Road, Petaluma, CA 94954 – see greenstringfarm.com for map and directions. After we receive applications, we may contact you for and interview. If at all possible, we like to have applicants visit the farm for the interviews – it gives us a chance to meet you in person, and it gives you a better sense of the program. We will conduct interviews over the phone for applicants not in the area. 

We will notify applicants of our decision one month before the start of the term.

 

 

 Click here to download the application form.

 

internship

 

fall internship

 

Green String Institute’s Natural Process Farming Internship Program

Our internship program is a unique opportunity for future farmers to get training in natural process farming. Up to 15 interns join the Green String family for a 90 day semester; to live, learn and work.

 

Work

Interns work 24 hours a week in the production garden under direction of instructors. Each weekday at 1:00 PM, the intern group will receive a two hour lecture focused on the foundations of natural process gardening/farming. Each intern will maintain their own hand-worked plot, filling out the 40 hour work week.

 

Farm work includes

Seeding flats
Nursery upkeep
Transplanting
Competition control (hand weeding/hoeing)
Harvesting fruits and vegetables
Site maintenance

 

Classes

Interns have lessons weekday afternoons. Bob Cannard teaches the majority of the lessons and covers all practical aspects of natural process farming, from seed selection and pruning, to tool maintenance and forest renewal.

 

Compensation

Room, board, and tuition

Each group of interns lives in a four bedroom house on the farm. We provide seasonal vegetables and fruit from the farm, as well as a limited amount of eggs, olive oil, meat and preserves that Green String produces. Staple foods such as beans, flours, sugar, and grains are provided. Interns are hired as employees of Green String Farm and will have tuition, room and board deducted from their paychecks.

 

Eligibility

Participants must be at least 18 years old, legally permitted to work in the US, and in good physical condition.

 

Terms

We host interns four times a year. Work activities vary from season to season, but all interns receive the same basic instruction.

Please do not apply unless you can commit to the entire 90 day term.

Fall: September - November
Winter: December - February
Spring: March - May
Summer: June - August

 

To apply

As much as we’d like to accommodate every person who wants to participate in our program, limited space makes that impossible. We try to select applicants who will get the most out of the internship experience.

 

What we look for in an applicant

Goals in line with the experience and teaching we provide
Commitment and perseverance
Sincere interest in learning and teaching
Good work ethic
Cooperative and helpful community member

Application Process

Term applications due:
Fall - July 15
Winter - October 15
Spring - January 15
Summer - April 15

 

Submit completed application and your resume by email, snail mail, or by dropping it off at the Green String Farm store by the deadline. Our address is 3571 Old Adobe Road, Petaluma, CA 94954 – see greenstringfarm.com for map and directions. After we receive applications, we may contact you for and interview. If at all possible, we like to have applicants visit the farm for the interviews – it gives us a chance to meet you in person, and it gives you a better sense of the program. We will conduct interviews over the phone for applicants not in the area. We will notify applicants of our decision one month before the start of the term.

 

Application form

An application form is available for download below. You can either print out the PDF and write answers in, or you can type information directly into the file, save it, and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Some people are unable to save their answers to the PDF file; if this happens to you, feel free to save the information in a text document instead). Please include a resume or additional information if you wish.

 

 

gradprogram

Green String Institute’s Natural Process Farming Graduate Program

 

We offer a graduate program for up to four students immediately following their internship term. The graduate program is 90 day commitment with the potential to stay up to one year learning, working, and living at Green String. The graduate semester gives students and opportunity to gain experience working full time on a farm, teaching others, utilizing skills/knowledge acquired during the internship, and further study the generosity of nature. 

 

Work

Graduate students work 25 hours teaching the next intern group. The remaining 20 hours a week students have the opportunity to work with our experienced Green String Farm crew. Here they receive exposure to large scale production, sales operations, and continue to develop the rudimentary skills studied as an intern. 

 

Farm work includes

 

Transplanting
Weeding, hoeing, competition control
Site maintenance
Irrigation 
Harvesting fruits and vegetables

 

Compensation

 

Each group of graduates lives in a three bedroom house on the farm. We provide seasonal vegetables and fruit from the farm, as well as a limited amount of olive oil, meat and preserves that Green String produces. Staple foods such as beans, flours, sugar and grains are provided. Graduates are hired as employees of Green String Farm and will have tuition, room and board deducted from their paychecks.

 

Eligibility

Participants must be a graduate of the Green String internship program. With that said, student’s attitude and effort during the internship term plays a large factor in the selections for open grad positions. Students interested will need to apply for the grad program toward the halfway point of their internship.

 

Terms

Fall: September – November
Winter: December – February
Spring: March – May
Summer: June – August