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rural route film tour 2017

The Rural Route ‘Best of/Shorts’ Tour Program
Upcoming Shows:
March 12 – Decorah, IA @ Oneota Film Festival
March 14 – Cedar Rapids, IA @ CSPS
April 6 – Richmond, VA @ James River Film Festival
May 13 – Portland, OR @ Clinton Street Theater
June 3 – Rochester, NY @ The Little Theater
This year’s show contains…Réka Bucsi,’s latest animation, Love, featuring red panthers, black horses, and a giant water guy (and has been nabbing masses of awards all around the world)…Black Canaries, Jesse Kreitzer’s stunning, beautifully-shot 1907 period piece about an Iowa mining family’s continuous descent for coal…Jan van IJken’s The Art of Flying, artistically documenting one of the most spectacular sights on Earth involving starlings in Holland…and Ogasawara, Georgian director, Tato Kotetishvili’s whimsical tale of a Dukhabor wedding on the Armerian border…  Check out the full program at!  
Write to to set up a screening! And filmmakers, please note, Rural Route’s annual CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS closes on March 18!  The best way to submit is via withoutabox(where you’ll save $5 off the already low entry fee).  

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make-us-green-with-envy farm dinner, hudson, ny, OCT 9


This is an epically swoon-able event:

  • to support the progressive, collectively-own integrated urban Letterbox Farm,
  • catered by the up-and-coming culinary geniuses at Lil’ Deb’s Oasis,
  • a multi-course dinner under the stars in the field of
  •  “bright & bold tropical dishes inspired by the founders combined roots in Latin America & the North American South”

We’re not exactly in the vicinity to attend this one, so the least you can do is do us the favor of going in our place. Learn more and purchase tickets, here!


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gmo right to know and april 28 rally in new york

Big money is trying to kill the effort to label GMOs in the state of New York, but GMO Right to Know bills are moving forward. If you’re a New Yorker, please attend the GMO Labeling Rally & Lobby Day at the NY State Capitol in Albany on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Reserve your seat on a bus today!

Logo with green state of New York shape and "GMO Free NY" text on top of the imageUpdate on GMO Labeling Bills in New York
The GMO labeling bill numbers you need to know are NY State Assembly bill A.617 and NY State Senate bill S.485. Bill A.617 was successfully voted out of the NY Assembly Consumer Affairs and Protection committee in early March and is now awaiting a vote in the Codes committee. The companion bill in the Senate, S.485, has not yet seen any action; it’s in the Consumer Protection committee and will hopefully be voted on soon.

Vote With Your Voices and Feet
Assembly members need to be told to push Bill A.617  forward because people should be able to know if it’s GMO. Go to to learn how to contact your Assembly member and Senator and what you should say when you call. Even better if you can stop by one of their offices in Albany in person!

Rally for Your Right to Know on April 28
On Tuesday, April 28th, 2015, the NY GMO Labeling Rally & Lobby Day will take place at the State Capitol in Albany, from 11:30 am – 3 pm. The rally will have food, great speakers, and like-minded people. Bus transportation is available from Manhattan, Westchester, Hudson Valley, Long Island, Rochester, Syracuse, Ithaca, and Binghamton and student scholarships are available.

No matter how you get there, just get there and make some NOISE in Albany! See this flyer for more information: April28Rally

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the greenhorns update!


Dear allies, advisors, activists, agriculturalists.

Thank you for being a part of this network. You may well have already helped us feed fundraiser guests, wash dishes, stuff envelopes, or overcome existential crisis. We are so grateful for your advice, contributions and tremendous hard work.

Together we form a sizable, growing piece of the young farmer movement. Our greenhorn cornucopia is interwoven by microscopic hyphae, fiber-optic savvy, ancient genetic impulses, and a motivation that cannot quite be explained in economic terms. We are the future of farming in this country.

We are spreading the awareness that young farmers are a uniquely potent demographic of fearless agency. We are a cavalry of sustainability. We are gentle rangers sleek as foxes, searching out the cubbies of deep soil, nestling in dens and defending our turf. As we roll out over the countryside in tractors, pickups, and bicycles, our ears are tuned to the whistle of the hills, deaf to the incredulity of monoculture capitalists. We are the avant guard of the next phase in American agriculture, the next nurturers of this great land that feeds us.

By hook or by crook greenhorns get access to the land, access to the knowledge, access to the spiritual certainty at the core of a farmer’s life. We’ve tasted the magic.  We planted the magic. And we do it lovingly, for the sake of the sweet downy underbellies of baby chicks, for the clod crumbling of seed beds, for the mineralized sparkle of pickaxes in new orchards, for the fair air, the smooth wheelbarrow, the speckled egg, the tiny paw-prints, the stillness of morning and stars fading.

And, as you know, we are making a feature-length documentary film! We’ve posted our trailer online (watch the trailer here) and have submitted a 23 minute short to the Slow Food on Film Festival.  We can pick up the camera again once we raise $300,000.  Yes. It is a lot!  We’re sending out our prospecti, made of recycled materials, which include a DVD of the trailer, the NY Times article, a Nominate a Farmer form, the film’s budget, stickers, seeds, and a few production stills.  Also an address where donors can send the money! If you’d like to donate to this valorous vision, please email Severine at

We’ll be hosting fundraising parties on May 3 and August 27th in San Francisco. 
We’ll be sure to post more information on our blog

We’ve been delighted recently with some encouraging press and hope this will help our fundraising efforts as well as spreading the message on young farmer’s burgeoning prowess in America. 

The New York Times Leaving the Trucker Hat Behind

The Huffington Post The Greenhorns: A New Breed of American Idol 

and The Ethicurean Sowing the Seeds of Revolution

Thank you for being a part of the fleet. Please do send in any comments, suggestions or existential quandaries so that we can include them in our emerging philosophy, political platform, and rhetorical megaphone. May this season bring just enough sunshine, just enough rain, and just enough adventure.

yours in the revival, 

The Greenhorns.

Things to look forward to:

>>Poster+ Post-Card Production: 

 A “Serve your country food”- recruitment poster

Young farmer census to determine how many young farmers already exist in America. We already have about 2,000 young farmers in our database, but are hoping to get a fairly accurate, quantitative accounting of our demographic. We’ll distribute these post-cards and invite young farmers to mail them into our headquarters. This way we can map where in the country the young farmers are and how the word spreads geographically. This might be happening in collaboration with Organic Gardening magazine.

>>Young farmers policy platform:

The Greenhorns are co-authoring an open letter to the presidential candidates about what young farmers need to succeed in feeding the next generation of eaters + citizens.

>>Young farmer mid-summer rabbit roast:

On the eastern seaboard, Saturday, July 12, we’ll be having a mid-summer’s rabbit roast. There will be watercress sandwiches, barn dance, and performance by fabulous young farmers and famous musicians.

Bales of Hay. Mustard dribbles. Interactive young farmer policy exhibit. Radio piece production. Tomatoes? If we are lucky.

>>Young Farmer Conference at Stone Barns in Tarrytown, NY :

5-6 December 2008, 

With workshops, speakers, toolkits, seed swap, video events, film screenings, barn dance, canoodling, and yummy yummy food.  More details as they emerge.

>>To nominate a farmer, click here