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farmer sayings: almanac needs your help!

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Dear Loyal blog readers.

We’ve got a request today.
Brooke is illustrating farmer sayings for the next almanac.
And is looking for suggestions from the crowd.
” Knee high by the fourth of july”
” Make Hay while the sun shines”
We ‘d love if you could send us some suggestions… email farmer@thegreenhorns.net
Looking forward!
xxSevie and Brookie


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in conversation with severine

In Conversation with Severine von Tscharner Fleming, a Young Farmer and Activistvon-tscharner-fleming_severine

I first met Severine von Tscharner Fleming when she was a student at UC Berkeley. Her bubbling, nay BOILING energy was a pleasant surprise for me. This wasn’t some idealistic naïve college student nonsense: Severine was already at that point a killer organizer, a thoughtful writer, and a principled investigator into all things farming. In working with and knowing her for the past 8 years, she’s only gotten better, and her work has successfully spread and become more and more effective. Severine’s list of projects is positively intimidating for people not used to such ambition, or trying to plot their own path into food/farming activism. My read is, if you have that ambition, and you can marshal it for good, and not be a jerk in the process, then go for it! And Severine should serve as an inspiration to all activists: young, farmy, or not.


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1700 hectares of public land

Land Trusts Across the Pond

from The Agrarian Trust

July 1, 2013

A trust for public land in France:

Terre de Liens is a civil society organization created in 2003 to address the difficulties faced by organic and peasant farmers in securing agricultural land. Land prices are high and land market so competitive that access to land has become a major bottleneck for farmers seeking new farms or additional land to maintain their current activities.

Terre de liens first supported collective ownership schemes, wherein farmers received contributions from their kin, consumers or local community to set up an investment business to buy their land. Since 2007, Terre de liens has also directly acquired farmland, which it holds in perpetuity for the sake of current and future generations. Terre de liens’ land is let to farmers who undertake to farm organically or biodynamically or who are peasant farmers committed to respecting the environment.

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Terre de Liens’  site. 


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report from manchester

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I’m here from the USA with a focus on charting the organizational work of young farmers across Europe. Throughout this  month I’ll be meeting  social entrepreneurs, farmers, organizers and activists who, undaunted by the complex, multidimensional  ecosystem and broken economy of food, are working together to fix it. Documenting these projects, evaluating,  and sharing ideas between us will speed this up. Our directory and community of cooperative food ventures and initiatives can make us stronger as we apply models from other places to our own towns, and learn as much as we can before repeating mistakes.  Continue reading


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granges reviving

New Blood Sparks Identity Crisis for Fraternal Group of Farmers
–Jeff Brady, NPR, June 14, 2013.

gift_for_the_grangers_ppmsca02956u-edited-Lots of passionate people are taking up farming these days, motivated by frustration with industrial farming, concerns about the environment, and a desire to build community and local food markets. Some of these new farmers have joined the Grange, a long-established fraternal organization for farmers with roots in social activism.

In Oregon, Granges dominated by this new generation have banded together in a coalition dubbed “Green Granges,” which work together to advance the issues they care about.

You would think that would be good news for the Grange, a group whose membership peaked in the 1870s at 2 million and has been struggling to draw new blood in recent years. But these “Green Grangers” are creating an identity crisis for the organization, which has long been made up of older, more conservative farmers.

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