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Greenhorns: 50 Dispatches from the New Farmers' Movement

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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Product Details

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

About 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.

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
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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.

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