Greenhorns are looking for land to farm

The Greenhorns are being evicted from their current NY State farmland; maybe you know where they could move. Read all about it:

Going up the country... on the road again. Greenhorns photo

“Smithereen Farm is still looking for a new farm location. We have had a lot of conversations, but no match yet. We’d like to stay in the Hudson Valley, preferably near a train station.

Specifically:
a kindly landlord who likes the greenhorns mission, on-board with sustainable agriculture
kitchen, housing + office space for farmers and greenhorns (pref 2+ bedrooms)
ok with carnivory + animal processing
Barns with water access for rabbits, brooding chickens, dairy goats, cow
1+ acre good arable farmland for culinary herbs, veg, flowers
4+ acres fenced pasture for dairy animals
10+ acres unfenced pasture for laying hens+
woodland for 12 pastured pigs
ok with delighted young farmer visitors+guests, able to work in partnership

We are willing to pay reasonable rent/ be official ag exemption/ work alongside another farming operation, willing plant orchard for landowner, willing to care for landowner animals, willing to help with farm stewardship and planning. We are willing, eager workers: but we’ve got a lot of greenhorns projects on the go and so cannot take a CSA/farm manager position, or oversee fancy horses.

Greenhorns operates with a revolving crew of volunteers, partners and collaborators: we have dinner parties, visitors, press, outdoor meetings+ picnics.  We are a merry coalition of young farmers, organizers, activists, designers, filmmakers etc. The trick is to find a landowner who is delighted by this energy, ok with the press, glad for the visitation and educational outreach,  and very importantly: not afraid of animal manures.

Since our landlord decided to break our lease in December, it is not at all sure that we’ll be able to farm this coming season. Tyler Sage, my farm partner, has gone to work at another farm, and friends Sean Stanton, Dina Brewster + Marina Michaelles have kindly adopted our rabbits, chickens + herbs as we navigate our departure from the current (quite contentious) scene.

Our ideal land scenario seems thus far elusive, but we’d rather not concede defeat. Instead we are coming to realize that our story of injustice at the hands of an arbitrary landlord is quite common to the experience of farmers across the country, and particularly in places where land-values are high.  Farmers young and old are telling us similar stories. Having now driven circles around the backroads of the Hudson Valley investigating leads, we are infuriated by the omnipresence of under-utilized farmland, the hundreds of dairy barns teetering on the edge of collapse: this situation needs more attention. There is farmland. We want to farm it….”

Read the rest on the Greenhorns blog

http://thegreenhorns.wordpress.com/2010/02/04/the-land-search-continues/

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