Greenhorns: 50 Dispatches from the New Farmers' Movement

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Meet America's New Farmers

Resourceful and hard-working, Greenhorns are passionate about improving the food we eat through sustainable and humane farming practices. Their inspirational stories speak to the challenges and rewards of earning a living off the land, embracing risks, and feeding local communities—-all while maintaining a profound respect for the earth.

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Overview

Meet America's New Farmers

Resourceful and hard-working, Greenhorns are passionate about improving the food we eat through sustainable and humane farming practices. Their inspirational stories speak to the challenges and rewards of earning a living off the land, embracing risks, and feeding local communities—-all while maintaining a profound respect for the earth.

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Editorial Reviews

The Boston Globe
“bursting with determination and optimism. These essays by beginning farmers are chatty, colorful reports that made me laugh and left me in awe of all the hard work that goes into growing our food. The farmers revel in simple pleasures and big challenges.”
Urban Farm
“The stories are real, and the voices are honest … sometimes brutally so. Yet, despite this, or maybe because of this, I found myself inspired.”
Children's Literature - C. Alicia Clelland
This is a companion book to the film documentary "The Greenhorns." As the title implies, this book consists of a series of essays from new and inexperienced farmers. These essays (some humorous and some sad but all deeply personal) give the reader an insight into the motivation of these "greenhorn" farmers. Most of the contributing writers have come to farming as second careers; many of them wanting to do something they feel would be more meaningful than their previous careers. The authors honestly share the difficulties they encounter—from acquiring land to getting their produce to market. American ingenuity is demonstrated in many of these stories. The farmers must often create their tools because of lack of resources and/or availability. The reader marvels at how they overcome all obstacles. The essays on animal husbandry are filled with poignant stories of losing chickens to neighbor's dogs to the tribulations of delivering baby goats. Many essays articulate the generosity and mentoring that they experience from their neighbors many of whom are experienced family farmers and whom they credit for their success. As Ginger Salkowski writes in her essay, "Farming is a spiritual act; it's life, death, and rebirth every day, played out in millions of little scenes throughout the land." The reader cannot help but feel the sense of hope and optimism that these authors convey. Reviewer: C. Alicia Clelland
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603427722
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 5/8/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 359,549
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Zoe Ida Bradbury runs a farm in Oregon with her mother and sister, using a team of draft horses to cultivate more than 100 crops for local restaurants, food banks, and a community-supported agriculture program. She is a Food & Society Policy Fellow and has written extensively about agricultural issues for magazines and newspapers.

Severine von Tscharner Fleming farms in New York's Hudson Valley. She is founder and director of Greenhorns, an organization that works nationally to promote, support, and recruit young farmers. Severine cofounded the National Young Farmers' Coalition and directed the documentary film The Greenhorns.

Paula Manalo comanages Mendocino Organics, a biodynamic farm in northern California. She is a founding member of Greenhorns, an organization that works nationally to promote, support, and recruit young farmers, and she is on the board of directors of the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Shovel Sharpened, Shovel Ready

Chapter One: Body-Heart-Soul
The Physicality of Farming by Jeff Fisher
Farmer-Mama by Sarah Smith
Doing. Instead of Not Doing. by Evan Driscoll
You Are Not Alone by Meg Runyan
Two Pigs and True Love by Andrew French
The Fruits of My Labor by Maud Powell
Surrender by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

Chapter Two: Money
How Not to Buy a Farm by Teresa Retzlaff
Worth by Ben James
Learning to Measure Success under the Big Sky by Anna Jones-Crabtree
In Praise of Off-Farm Employment by Casey O'Leary
Fear of Debt: Should I Finance My Dream? by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

Chapter Three: Land
Landing Permanency/A Permanent Landing by Jacob Cowgill
I Figured We'd Buy a Small Piece of Land by Luke Deikis
Time on the Farm by Ben James
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bugs by MK Wyle
The Secret Life of Fruit by Josh Morgenthau

Chapter Four: Purpose
Purple Flats by Neysa King
Write It Down by Jenna Woginrich
Growing Not for Market by Douglass DeCandia
What to Do If You Think You're Not Good at Anything by A.M. Thomas
Farming in the Web of Interconnectedness by Sarajane Snyder
Farming with Two: Pleasure and Independence by Emily Oakley and Mike Appel

Chapter Five: Beasts
Reflections of a Rookie Farmer by Justin Heilenbach
What I Learned from Gwen by Cory Carmen
The Ambush by Carden Willis
Notes from a Novice Horse Farmer by Alyssa Jumars
Moral Clarity through Chicken-Killing by Samuel Anderson
The Gift by Katie Godfrey
How Animals Sell Vegetables (and Make You Tired) by Lynda Hopkins
Two Farmers, 350 Chickens, and a Hurricane by Kristen Johanson

Chapter Six: Nuts & Bolts (& Duct Tape & Baling Twine)
On the Rise by Sarah Hucka
Potato Digger by Erin Bullock
The Dibbler by Josh Volk
Tackling a

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