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“The Greenhorns” Documentary to Screen at Various Atlanta and Athens Locations in Celebration of Food Day

Atlanta, Georgia – The Greenhorns, a national grassroots nonprofit organization of young farmers, will premiere their much-anticipated documentary film, “The Greenhorns,” at various locations in Atlanta and Athens in celebration of Food Day on October 24th. Screenings will take place on Monday October 24th at Emory University sponsored by the newly formed Food E U and Farm Burger; at the historic Plaza Theatre sponsored by Slow Food Atlanta and Pura Vida Tapas & Bar and benefitting the East Atlanta Village and Grant Park farmers markets; and on Tuesday October 25th at the University of Georgia in Athens sponsored by Farm 255, the UGA chapter of Real Food Challenge, and the Environmental Health Science Club.

The Greenhorns is a national non-profit organization based in the Hudson Valley of New York that recruits, supports and promotes young farmers in America. Using radio, blogs, film, new media, original resources and live events, The Greenhorns build agrarian culture by connecting young farmers with land, resources and each other.

Food Day is a grassroots movement made up of individuals and organizations passionate about promoting a healthy, sustainable, and just food system. Food Day 2011 will culminate on October 24th with thousands of events across the country that encourage action and celebrate food. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) are the Honorary Co-Chairs for Food Day 2011, and the day is sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the nonprofit watchdog group that has led successful fights for food labeling, better nutrition, and safer food since 1971. Food Day is backed by an impressive advisory board that includes anti-hunger advocates, physicians, authors, politicians, and leaders of groups focused on everything from farmers markets to animal welfare to public health.

“The Greenhorns” documents the decisive reemergence on our national landscape of a key cultural and economic force, the young American farmer. These new men and women in agriculture operate and thrive despite a longstanding trend of farmer attrition and aging, and the continued rapid loss of farmland to development. The average age of a farmer in America is 57, and USDA subsidies to huge agribusinesses dominate Farm Bill spending. But many communities are experiencing a resurgence of activity among young, new and aspiring farmers. “The Greenhorns” shows how a new generation of young agrarians who farm with their brains as well as their bodies exert a promising and necessary impact against these crises. These greenhorns are working to reverse negative trends in favor of healthy food, local and regional foodsheds, and the revitalization of rural economies, one farm at a time. Directed by farmer/activist Severine von Tscharner Fleming, produced in dozens of states over three years, “The Greenhorns” runs a fast 50 minutes.

The Emory University screening will include a young farmer panel discussion following the event, and the Slow Food screening will conclude with cocktails and tapas at Pura Vida Tapas & Bar. Proceeds from these event will go to support the work of the various organizations and groups sponsoring the showings. Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets for the Slow Food event and details can be found at Food Day.org for all other events.

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