the irresistible fleet of bicycles


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medicine poem-pep talk

Snow melt and unusually warm days have the maple sap flowing fervently in the Northeast. It is hard not to feel as though, Winter it may still be, the growing season is upon us. Possibilities abound plentiful as the sap. And is there anything quite so delightful and quite so paralyzing as possibility?

It’s a good time for a pep-talk. And since all of our best mentors are poets, it feels right to introduce Sonya Renee Taylor, the award-winning poet, activist, founder and director of The Body is Not an Apology, an organization that promotes radical self-love and body empowerment as the cornerstones of global transformational social justice. (Can I get a heck yes?) But Sonya, oh dang: this woman speaks for herself!

If the first video is a little shot-to-the-arm pep talk (and, trust me, it is), the second video, a recording of the 2015 commencement speech at Hampshire College, is like meeting a medicine man in the woods, is a bath in the river Jordan, is a steady infusion of exactly that which you most needed. This is twenty-five minutes that you definitely have. Not to mention, there’s a bonus tutorial on paying back your student loans!


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future farmers going strong!

Here at the Greenhorns love art and we love farmıng and we love creative subversive people, and so you might imagine that we really love creative subversive art about farming. We’ve blogged about these guys a few times before, and we are delighted to remind you that they’re still creating great art all the time. The above image is from their beautiful 2014 Annual Harvest project in which empty fruit boxes were placed near an apple farm in the Flemish countryside and painted with text that emerged from conversations with a local farmer. Check out the wonderful photographs of the process and instillation here!

Futurefarmers describes itself as ”a group of diverse practitioners aligned through an interest in making work that is relevant to the time and place surrounding us. Founded in 1995, the design studio serves as a platform to support art projects, an artist in residence program and our research interests. We are artists, researchers, designers, architects, scientists and farmers with a common interest in creating frameworks for exchange that catalyze moments of ‘not knowing’.”

A casual stroll through their webpage is highly encouraged Saturday morning activity.


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report from the field

Greenhorn Erin Bullock says The Good Life Farm is “the coolest farm I’ve seen in a while.” And reports, “these kids are doing permaculture and agroforestry on a farm scale, they are smart cornell types, with cover crop tattoos for their wedding rings. They are building a huge new cidery for their apples, and a certified kitchen.  They run the farm off horse power, and grow baby ginger & turmeric in hoop houses, peaches, turkeys, asparagus, and now they are experimenting with grazing their angus in the woods.” 


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  Follow their BLOG for some inspiration!

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food maps!

40 maps that explain food in America
by Ezra Klein and Susannah Locke on June 9, 2014
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The future of the nations will depend on the manner of how they feed themselves, wrote the French epicurean Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin in 1826. Almost 200 years later, how nations feed themselves has gotten a lot more complicated. That’s particularly true in the US, where food insecurity coexists with an obesity crisis, where fast food is everywhere and farmer’s markets are spreading, where foodies have never had more power and McDonald’s has never had more locations, and where the possibility of a barbecue-based civil war is always near. So here are 40 maps, charts, and graphs that show where our food comes from and how we eat it, with some drinking thrown in for good measure.

http://www.vox.com/a/explain-food-america