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Greenhorns: 50 Dispatches from the New Farmers' Movement

Greenhorns: 50 Dispatches from the New Farmers' Movement

by Zoe Ida Bradbury
     
 

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The Greenhorns are a community of more than 5,000 young farmers and activists committed to producing and advocating for food grown with vision and respect for the earth. This book, edited by three of the group’s leading members, comprises 50 original essays by new farmers who write about their experiences in the field from a wide range of angles, both

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The Greenhorns are a community of more than 5,000 young farmers and activists committed to producing and advocating for food grown with vision and respect for the earth. This book, edited by three of the group’s leading members, comprises 50 original essays by new farmers who write about their experiences in the field from a wide range of angles, both practical and inspirational. Funny and sad, serious and light-hearted, these essays touch on everything from financing and machinery to family, community building, and social change.

Editorial Reviews

author of The Dirty Life Kristin Kimball
“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.”

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603427722
Publisher:
Storey Books
Publication date:
05/08/2012
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
599,345
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.82(h) x 0.68(d)

What People are saying about this

author of The Dirty Life Kristin Kimball
"One of the most optimistic stories in America.The Greenhorns have put together a collection as satisfying as the food these farmers are producing."

Sandor Ellix Katz
“Hooray for the Greenhorns! Networking young farmers from coast to coast, they have become a formidable force in our new agricultural revival, spreading resources, sharing skills, documenting the experiences of young farmers, and advocating for change in our agricultural system. This volume is an engaging and highly readable collection of diverse essays by eloquent young farmers, reflecting upon their experiences and issues they have faced. These essays offer serious food for thought, especially for anyone considering taking up the hoe—no matter whether young or old.”

author One Big Table: A Portrait of American C Molly O'Neill
"If we are very lucky, The Greenhorns will have their way and give America back its family farms."

Molly O'Neill
"If we are very lucky, The Greenhorns will have their way and give America back its family farms.

Meet the Author

Zoë 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. She is an editor of Greenhorns.

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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