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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. Continue reading

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“The right to bear farms” — more on the Greenhorns and their founder

This excerpt is from The Ethicurian blog where it is titled “The right to bear farms: Severine von Tscharner Fleming, young-farmers champion”:

Rural Chic: Severine, as she appeared in the NY Times style section, along with six other Food Fighters.

Rural Chic: Severine, as she appeared in the NY Times style section, along with six other "Food Fighters".

“Editor’s note [from the Ethicurian]: Severine von Tscharner Fleming first inspired me back in 2006, when she was just an undergraduate activist at Berkeley. Since then, this wild-haired, scabby-shinned force of nature has been featured in the New York Times several times and elsewhere for her work trying to grow a new crop of farmers for America.

Here are some of the many projects Sev and her able volunteer interns are nurturing:

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“Empty the cities, fill the countryside.”

“Empty the cities, fill the countryside”. That was Biodynamic farmer Bernard Hack’s solution to the ills of our time. And the suggestion seems even more prescient now than when he first made it some 25 years ago on his farm near Kincardine in western Ontario (Canada). Amazingly, or perhaps not so amazingly, that movement from the cities to the country has already started. Young would-be farmers are taking to the land, not so much with a goal of self-sufficiency as in the 60s, but with a mission to grow food for people. What could be better news? What’s more, the movement is being documented in a movie-in-progress called “The Greenhorns”. Here’s their trailer, from youtube:

Of course they also have a website and a blog called “The irresistable fleet of bicycles“. And here’s a link to a higher-resolution version of the movie trailer. The following is from The Greenhorns website:

“The Greenhorns is a documentary film that explores the lives of America’s young farming community—its spirit, practices, and needs. As the nation experiences a groundswell of interest in sustainable lifestyles, we see the promising beginnings of an agricultural revival. Young farmers’ efforts feed us safe food, conserve valuable land, and reconstitute communities split apart by strip malls. It is the filmmakers’s hope that by broadcasting the stories and voices of these young farmers, we can build the case for those considering a career in agriculture—to embolden them, to entice them, and to recruit them into farming. Continue reading

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