Not enough young farmers there! We must do better.
SPRINGING FORWARD WITH NEW WEBSITE, BOOK, DVD
HUDSON, NY (June 8, 2012) – From their main street headquarters, the Greenhorns, a grassroots non-profit organization working to promote, support, and recruit young farmers in America, announces a big step forward.
The Greenhorns have gone live with a website redesign. The new site carries the same utility, free literature, and resources for new farmers (and the same URL) as the previous site, but now with more of the Greenhorns’ defining charismatic spark. Most importantly, the new site presents three of the most recent products of their work and makes these accessible to new farmers and their supporters in time for summer’s busy activity.
For the first time, the film The Greenhorns is available on DVD for home viewing. Personal copies of the feature-length documentary showing young farmers, their rosy cheeks and entrepreneurial valor, are available by direct order for only $25. The DVD is also available from the independent and socially conscious film distributor, Collective Eye.
Hot off the press from Storey Publishing comes Greenhorns: 50 Dispatches from the New Farmers’ Movement, an anthology of essays written by 50 young farmers cultivating the new American food system today. The book documents the struggles and joys of making the choice to farm, finding land, credit, tools and friends, tending the flock and the fields, making mistakes and finding purpose; of surviving the first ten years of being a farmer.
9 may 2012
@ powell’s city of books, 1005 w burnside
book signing: join book editor zoe ida bradbury as well as contributing essayists katie kulla, maud powell, and josh volk for a discussion and book signing of “greenhorns: 50 dispatches from the new farmer movement”. sponsored by powell’s books and storey publishing.
free and open to the public!
Severine & the Greenhorns will be at Bioneers 2011, October 14-16, at the Marin Center in San Rafael, California. She will be participating in a panel about “100,000 new farmers,” the now famed number quoted by Vilsack. October tour made possible in part by the Marin team. October tour info up soon.
February already almost done, wobbly weather on the east coast, blossoms started on the west coast. All of us bracing for a big year. The weather certainly is wobbly this season — “lash down the hoophouse matey!”
Good weather source: Accuweather has a farmer option, with estimated soil temp and moisture. In case you haven’t quite gotten your shit together, the Blog‘s got PLENTY of super duper farm jobs on there. Next year, do yourself a favor: find the farm in summer, interview in person, confirm your commitments in December– don’t wait this long, its stressful!
Some big bad news out of the USDA in recent weeks too, right during the middle of Egyptian Riots one GMO after another approved for commerical planting without regulation and without precautionary testing. Read up here:
The empire may be striking back, but our daikon forces can penetrate the hardpan, our rippling forearms lift and tip yet more cartloads of manure. If our democracy is contaminated by big business, we must redouble our investment and commitment to our community, our resiliency, our skills and our place.
One farm at a time: this land is our land, this agriculture is direct action.
(this update is a lengthy one, so keep reading!)
Greenhorns are back in the Hudson Valley from the far
reaches of western America, the brimming young farmer
scene filling our cup from Albuquerque to Vashon Island
and back. Maybe you came out to one of the mixers we
held in New Mexico, California, Washington and Oregon
this fall? There’s a very nice video of our Sacramento
Valley mixer we originally posted on our blog.
More to come in the new year!
It’s real winter here now, snow and ice and vermillion
winterberry hugging the shaggy windblown trees
by the wide river. Brrr. Time for work! We’re editing,
budgeting, planning well over fifty events for the year,
grinding coffee at a stupendous rate, taking twilight
walks and turning our daydreams into plans of action.
Oh – and we’re wrapping up Christmas presents!
download the poster: Greenhorns West Coast Tour Poster
a few weeks ago, Severine embarked on a whirlwind southern trip. Here is a recap of the adventures.
First, Washington DC for the Drake Forum with Wilmot Kidd, DP. Along with Ben Shute and Lindsey Lusher, Sevie presented about the National Young Farmer Coalition and the 20 min sneak peak of the film was shown to a delighted, albeit quite tipsy audience. Continue Reading →
Well. Many of you have been asking how our pig event was. Honestly, it took us a few days to digest the weekend, and the pork. Now that our many brilliant photographers have edited and uploaded their photos, and we’re ready to fill you in. We think the pictures say quite a bit.
and there are more to come, from a few photographers who are still honing 900+ images of it all.
It was glorious bacchanal, with a sweet portion for the freezer as well. Continue Reading →
Save the Date – JUNE 18th!
Greenhorns Young Farmers Mixer
young dairy, livestock, veggie, fruit and grain farmers as well as young ag.-based business owners and employees are all welcome! download the poster HERE and get psyched.
live music, local beer, veggie nibbles and farmstead cheeses, bike blenders for smoothies, high mowing seeds!
Come One Come All!!
This week Severine interviewed Kevin Skvorak of Regeneration CSA in High Falls, NY. Regeneration CSA is a community supported farm growing with permaculture based, no-till systems that use no chemicals and regenerate our soils.
Last Week, she spoke with Jacob Cowgill, innovative dryland vegetable grower and new farm owner. Jacob also has a rather rad new blog: http://prairieheritagefarm.blogspot.com/
There’s something special about a good solid barn. When you drive past one, nestled amongst fields and rolling hills, you just feel…good, and solid, like a barn. They’re especially neat in the snow. Here are some shots from Minnesota.
Here’s a great post on the Green Fork Blog (the blog of the Eatwell Guide) about the recent Young Farmers Conference at Stone Barns. The Greenhorns attended, along with dozens of inspiring, and inspired, young farmers.
A New Crop of Young Farmers
December 10th, 2008 by chelsea
There’s a budding social movement underway and it’s cropping up in fields and markets across the country-America’s newest generation of farmers are stepping up to the pitchfork. Young, excited and energized they’re beginning their own farming operations, facing many challenges, but also reaping many wonderful rewards.
Here’s the first installment of some notes on the Greenhorns’ recent trip to Appalachia! From Severine…
“The Greenhorns have just returned from a whirlwind, and quite blizzardy tour of Appalachia and Georgia. Over the course of 9 days we visited: Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Georgia and we got rained out of Tennessee where we’d hope to film on a tiny island off of Chattannooga. We’ll go back and catch that in the early spring, along with Warren Wilson College -a veritable young farmer factory.
Where to start. We started in New York City. I came down the Hudson on the train and was met by Savanna Lyons, indominable regional producer, who had driven all the way from Maine. Together we huffed and puffed our way down to Charlottesville, VA for the night. There was a lot of driving this trip, more than I was quite prepared for. But Savanna’s little red jetta got great mileage and we only had to get fuel five times over the course of the 3,600 miles–and did you notice how cheap it was! A stroke of luck to be making a farming film during an economic meltdown, and the drama was amplified for our interviews as well. I’m happy to report that there was absolutely no smugness on the part of the young farmers, only a profound thankfulness that they had followed their hearts into agriculture.
The first film shoot found us in the forest, right after a light snow– light filtering down. We were there to meet Ian, a biological forester. He and his team looked very good against the snow in western North Carolina- and I got the chance to hop out of the car and onto the wagon behind the horses, and into the woods we went!
It was glorious, the boys were felling trees and hauling them out with the horses –hot breathes and harumphs of the horses, and the sound of metal on cold ground, metal pounding into the wood, chainsaws, twinkles on the northsides of all the trees, lichen. It would have made good radio even, but better movie-making.”