the irresistible fleet of bicycles

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hot off the press just in time for the holidays!


The Alaska Young Fishermen’s Almanac is the first book project of the Alaska Young Fishermen’s Network with support from the Alaska Marine Conservation Council and the Alaska Humanities Forum. Using her experience gleaned from creating our own New Farmer’s’ Almanac, Severine worked with the Alaskan Young Fisherman on this project and it features art, stories, advice and more from young fishermen across Alaska. Salmon Sisters is excited to offer this first, beautiful edition to our fishing community!

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new farmers almanac III release feb 14: preorder while supplies last!


This Valentine’s Day, skip the imported roses,  bad movies, and the woeful commodification of romance: instead, pre-order the third edition of the New Farmers Almanac for your radically regenerative community-seeking friends, family, and self! The Almanac is set to release February 14, and trust us when we say that nothing else says love quite like 360 pages of original agrarian content in the search of a just alternative economy and lifestyle.

Volume III: The Commons features essays, cartoons, imagery and historical snippets and harnesses the wisdom of over 120 contributors from our community of new farmers and ranchers. This volume explores the theme of The Commons, drawing from folklore, mathematical projections, empirical, emotional, and geographical observations of theory and praxis.

This tidy volume holds a civil, lived testimony from people whose work, lifeworld, and behavior patterns beamingly subvert the normative values of the macro economy called America.

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announcing the release of the new farmer’s almanac, Volume III!


It’s nearly here: the much-anticipated Greenhorns’ New Farmer’s Almanac, Vol. III: Commons of Sky, Knowledge, Land, Water is due out imminently from our amazing distributor, Chelsea Green Publishing.

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The New Farmer’s Almanac, Vol. III is a collection of articles written by new economists, working agrarians, poets, agri-philosophers, and activists, lovingly compiled by the Greenhorns. Our Almanac focuses on today’s most fascinating and relevant issues in evolving agricultural technology, food systems, agroecology, politics, and innovations in sustainability.

Volume III centers around the idea of the commons, the shared resources—land, water, heritage—that we  are all a part of, and features new and original content, including:

  • Expert essays, practical how-to articles, poetry, and opinion pieces on topics ranging from biochar to beekeeping
  • 70+ contributing authors from diverse backgrounds and perspectives
  • Pen-and-ink illustration, historical imagery and snippets

The Almanac transcends the boundaries of genre and will interest anyone who cares about conservation and ecology, food politics, poetry and literature, urban farming, sustainability and agriculture, or just simple holistic living. As a book that integrates traditional techniques and craftsmanship with new innovations and revolutionary politics, the New Farmer’s Almanac is a unique addition for anyone interested in the critical issues of today’s food system.

Please support the new agrarian movement by purchasing an Almanac for yourself or a friend, or by buying a case to resell at your organization, farm or shop.

Join us in celebrating the momentum of the new farming movement by supporting the pioneers, experts and true believers who have generously shared their knowledge in the New Farmer’s Almanac, Vol. III!

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Greenhorns 2016 Impact Report


On this winter’s solstice, along with traditions of stoking the hearth and nestling fireside, we thought to drop a line on the past season.

In 2016 our Greenhorns network surpassed 62,000 – a community within reach of our media projects, news and inspiration. We are continuously working to broaden and diversify our network of new agrarians, to bring the voices, testimony and success stories of today’s new agrarians to ever more aspirants and students. Please take a moment to review our 2016 impact report for all the clever details.

Thanks to your support, we continue to grow stronger.

Happy Winter, The Greenhorns’ Team








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inverness almanac volume 3 – spring/summer 2016.

the inverness almanac is
a semi-annual print publication project;
a record and an artifact for posterity;
a collection of practical knowledge
and ruminations about our natural world;
an outlet for creative expression.
the inverness almanac is
a reflection of this confluence of place, time and community.
an expression of yearning for connection,
and for deep knowing of the interdependence of everything.
the inverness almanac is
in honor of our ancestors and
in service to the great mystery of here, now.
Go to the release party TODAY or buy online!
Volume 3 Release Party
The Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station
The Range of Light Wilderness
Mariee Sioux
DJ Andy Cabic
There will be an open fire lamb roast.
There will be a stocked bar.
There will be tea service.
Come on up and bring all of your people with you.
$20 at the door.


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almanacs are here!

Our new Farmer’s Almanac has arrived!

In many hands already, almanac2015
It should be in yours!
Please check out our Etsy store for purchasing options.

The weather is unpredictable.
Spring is early.
Spring is late.
Hope Springs eternal.
Get an Almanac silly billy!

It’s a fun-as-heck miscellany of scar-tissue, life-slalom, and agrarian technology.

Steve Sprinkel, a local farm luminary from Farmer and The Cook in Ojai, CA says:

“The new wave resurgence in organic farming (SHOULD) interest editors at The New York Times, The Des Moines Register, Conde Nast Traveler and John Deere Tractor’s The Furrow magazine.

They’ll all want a copy of the Greenhorn’s recently published 2015 New Farmer’s Almanac because this tidy journal reveals why so many kids are heading back to the land. The Almanac trumpets their successes and confesses their failures. Their hopes and plans, observations, dreams and art have been dug and washed, laid in glowing, handy rows that make for a reader’s simple harvest. Find out why our perfectly intelligent youth are drawn to harsh, poorly-compensated labor performed in inclement weather: they believe you deserve something good. Community is calling”.

It has a lot going for it, 344 pages in total, locally printed, lovingly laid out, and ready for you.

Buy a box of them and sell them!

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we need your skills!

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Things are moving fast and furious in the Greenhorns basement kitchen.
Yes, we have many projects. We have about sixteen pots on the stove, some on a copper bottomed double boiler with wise, experienced cooks, some with only a thrift-store aluminum pot, half-watched by young interns. Its a loud kitchen!  And there is hot strawberry jam on the tips of all our noses. All of us are working within our own social networks to find the various and multiple skills we need to carry out each grassroots media project, from web-skills, to cinematography, to audio, to graphics, to animations, to fulfillment… It takes this many cooks, and all their friends and former art-school room-mates to pull off this feast.

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farmer sayings: almanac needs your help!


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
Looking forward!
xxSevie and Brookie

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almanac history!

IT WAS A CLEAR AND MOONLIT NIGHT, claimed the witness, and shortly before midnight he saw the defendant load a rock into his slingshot, take aim, and strike his victim right above the eye, killing him.

An excited buzz went up from the courtroom at this testimony; now it was up to the accused man’s lawyer, a tall, gangly man dressed all in black, as lawyers often did in the mid-1800s, to refute this testimony. A look of puzzlement settled over the gaunt attorney’s face as he approached the jury box, holding up a book with which they were all familiar.

The witness for the prosecution, he reminded the jury, had just sworn under oath that he could see everything in detail that night, since the moon was overhead, illuminating the fields below. Yet according to the book he held in his hand, explained the lawyer, that couldn’t have happened; the woods would have been pitch black all night, as the moon was in its first quarter, and had set shortly before midnight, more precisely, at 11:57 p.m. Continue reading

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our almanac on boing boing!

Check it out


Here’s the write-up:
Rick Prelinger sez, “Our friends at The Greenhorns, a national organization of young farmers, just published the first (and hopefully not the last) edition of their New Farmer’s Almanac, which they call “an entertaining collection of practical advice for farmers and other patriots.” Its 300 pages are full of surprises — field notes from new farmers in city and country, archival tidbits from 200 years of agricultural bulletins and magazines, deep thoughts on land use in America, puzzles, meat-cutting charts and reproducible labels for your own homemade cheese. It’s much more than a patchwork, though — this book is at once radical and traditionalist, a generous handful of dispatches from the DIY movement that aims to fix our broken food system and relocate the center of innovation and idea-making from city to country. Ben Franklin would love this book. Purchase it, if you like, and increase the chances that it will become an annual publication as regular as the seasons.

“Quote from page 30: ‘An almanac is a little book hiding an encyclopedia within its covers. Its job is to offer proverbs that turn into projects, household hints that help harvests flourish, facts that keep animals healthy and plants straight on their stems.'”

Almanac – Greenhorns (Thanks, Rick!)

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your cooperation in distribution

almanacHi there folks we love.

ITs distribution time!

WE need your guidance in getting the 2013 New Farmers Almanac out and about,
AK press will be distributing to bookstores– but we’d really like to get the book to
Hardware stores, Feed+ Farm Supply Stores, Coops, Grocceries, and local small businesses.
If you have leads in your town of places that might stock it, please send them along to
We’ll respectfully approach them with a bulk order offer.
Thank you!
Severine, Shanye, Audrey and the Almanac team

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The 2013 New Farmer’s Almanac

“Young Farmers of the Apocalypse”
The 2013 New Farmer’s Almanac is ready for the future.

“Advice and entertainment for those dealing practically with the unknown”


December 21, 2012, Hudson Valley, New York

Today, the Greenhorns publication The 2013 New Farmer’s Almanac goes to print for young farmers who intend to build a new food system, one farm at a time.

“A lot has changed for American agriculture since Ben Franklin wrote his, we wonder how much will change yet. With this almanac we assert our voices as new agrarians. No matter what the weather holds, we seek “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and farming is the way to get there” says editor-in-chief, Severine von Tscharner Fleming.

The 2013 New Farmers Almanac is a publication with its eye fixed sharply on the farmers of a future America — how will we reclaim a landscape, dominated by monoculture, how will we accommodate the coming population megaflux, how will our nation change now that the majority of its citizens live urban lives?

“Bursting with essays, aphorisms, poems, lunar information, and excerpts from historic moments, this volume will delight and excite both new and old farmers, and perhaps convince a few of you to reconsider the the career you have chosen, and switch over to good, tech-savvy, sustainable farming.”

At 336 pages, with a hole punch at the top to hang it in an outdoor toilet, this almanac is filled with essays by young agrarian writers, illustrations, both contemporary and historical, and with an annotated collection of historic excerpts meant to empower the reader with a more personal experience of American agricultural history. That history is rich with ambition, with cooperation, with systems-literacy — in such a short time we have installed a startlingly rich diversity of farming practices on this great continent, from palm trees for dates, to sorghum for molasses, to cranberries in bogs, to shitake mushroom plantations and silvopasture. Corn and soybeans may dominate our prime acreage and distort farm politics, but America has a rich and full tradition of innovation, both agronomic and institutional and we’re working to give that history as a context to our readership, both farmers and non farmers.

Rick Prelinger, founder of Prelinger Library says about our Almanac:
“It is the greatest of compendia, the nicest form of anthology, the perfect medium for information-sharing and the propagation of ideas that need to live for a year, two, or more. Naturally it is also a pleasure to see library material popping up from page to page.”

Malcolm Margolin, of Heyday Books says:
“A wonderful, lively, full, varied, and delightful piece of work.”

Distributed via farmers conferences, feed stores, independent bookshops and online — The 2013 New Farmer’s Almanac is an experiment in old publishing undertaken by a six year old grassroots organization based in the Hudson Valley of New York. Our mission is to promote, recruit and support the growing movement of new and sustainable farmers in this country.  The average age of the American farmer is 58.  It’s not politically correct to call that “old”, but certainly we have a demographic crisis going on in rural America, and one that requires many new brains, bodies and businesses — ambitious ones too!  We need about 100,000 – 600,000 more farmers within the decade, and reviving the tradition of cultural magazines for farmers is the contribution we’d lit upon this year.  That the boldness of our forefathers should embolden us now.

The Greenhorns has also produced a documentary film, a popular radio show, a book of essays Greenhorns: 50 Dispatches from the New Farmers’ Movement through Storey Publishing in 2011, and hundreds of events for farmers including a Seed CircusFarm Hack, young farmer’s mixers and various workshops around the nation.  

Since our background is in new media production, we couldn’t help doing a podcast version, an “audio almanac” to accompany this printed publication.  There we’ve got a collection of 57 worksongs, exciting interviews, songs by Brian Dewan about threshing machines and sausage machines, grange songs, and songs about keeping bees like an anarchist, and a whole bunch of links to freely downloadable farm lectures, content, folksongs, and economic theory — for those moments in the car, when young farmer minds are most available.

To pre-order The 2013 New Farmer’s Almanac, you can use Etsy or donate $20 per copy to Paypal or the old fashioned way by sending a check or money order to PO BOX 13 Hudson, NY 12534 (please make check out to SEE, memo: Almanac and include your shipping address) They will be sent out at the end of January.

For information on bulk rates and further discounts in special cases, please email  No returns accepted.

Check out a sneak peek of some excerpts below:


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almanac work is getting started

Severine is on the road gathering steam and contributers to the YOUNG FARMERS ALMANAC project.

dyer- rebecca
beekeeper- sam
milk maiden- louella
work songer- bennett, creek
natural historian- barbara
all contributing content to a deeply relevant, entertaining, and radical publication for the generation of new farmers currently staking a claim in the new american economy. An economy we are building one farm at a time, one small business at a time, one ninja at a time.
For young farmers, By young farmers. With no agenda except the perpetuation of a deeply punk phenomena.
Interested in contributing?  Email