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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 ContentsIntroduction: Shovel Sharpened, Shovel ReadyChapter One: Body-Heart-SoulThe Physicality of Farming by Jeff FisherFarmer-Mama by Sarah SmithDoing. Instead of Not Doing. by Evan DriscollYou Are Not Alone by Meg RunyanTwo Pigs and True Love by Andrew FrenchThe Fruits of My Labor by Maud PowellSurrender by Courtney Lowery CowgillChapter Two: MoneyHow Not to Buy a Farm by Teresa RetzlaffWorth by Ben JamesLearning to Measure Success under the Big Sky by Anna Jones-CrabtreeIn Praise of Off-Farm Employment by Casey O'LearyFear of Debt: Should I Finance My Dream? by Courtney Lowery CowgillChapter Three: LandLanding Permanency/A Permanent Landing by Jacob CowgillI Figured We'd Buy a Small Piece of Land by Luke DeikisTime on the Farm by Ben JamesHow I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bugs by MK WyleThe Secret Life of Fruit by Josh MorgenthauChapter Four: PurposePurple Flats by Neysa KingWrite It Down by Jenna WoginrichGrowing Not for Market by Douglass DeCandiaWhat to Do If You Think You're Not Good at Anything by A.M. ThomasFarming in the Web of Interconnectedness by Sarajane SnyderFarming with Two: Pleasure and Independence by Emily Oakley and Mike AppelChapter Five: BeastsReflections of a Rookie Farmer by Justin HeilenbachWhat I Learned from Gwen by Cory CarmenThe Ambush by Carden WillisNotes from a Novice Horse Farmer by Alyssa JumarsMoral Clarity through Chicken-Killing by Samuel AndersonThe Gift by Katie GodfreyHow Animals Sell Vegetables (and Make You Tired) by Lynda HopkinsTwo Farmers, 350 Chickens, and a Hurricane by Kristen JohansonChapter Six: Nuts & Bolts (& Duct Tape & Baling Twine)On the Rise by Sarah HuckaPotato Digger by Erin BullockThe Dibbler by Josh VolkTackling a
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"If we are very lucky, The Greenhorns will have their way and give America back its family farms.