Our Book
Greenhorns: 50 Dispatches from the New Farmers' Movement

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, sad, serious, and light-hearted, these essays touch on everything from financing and machinery to family, community building, and social change.

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Highlighted Guidebook
Affording OURLAND: Greenhorns Guide to Financial Literacy

Access to farmland persists as the top challenge faced by new farmers in this country. The purpose of this little book is to interpret the landscape of options available to young and beginning farmers who wish to access land and credit for starting or growing farm businesses.

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Highlighted Guidebook
Cooperative Farming: Frameworks for Farming Together

The Greenhorns presents Cooperative Farming, an in-depth resource for forming collaborative businesses. Compiled from 42 interviews with farmers and professionals, this is a how-to handbook on structuring and operating a group venture.

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Latest Blog Posts
big data concedes: farmers should own their own data
November, 20 2014


(Photo courtesy of Pete Walton, taken at the National FFA Conference) From NPR: Top agribusiness companies, including Monsanto, DuPont, John Deere and Dow, have moved into the information business, offering to help farmers collect that data and analyze it — … Continue reading

principle: turn the tables
November, 20 2014


Sometimes the most compelling way to expose an injustice is to flip it around and visit it upon the powerful. Remember the great scene from “Erin Brockovich” where the hero brings a glass of contaminated water to a meeting with … Continue reading

greenhorns featured on michael olson’s radio show, mentioned on wisconsin public radio!
November, 20 2014


Lauren Markham, author of  The New Farmers, an article in Orion Magazine, recently spoke on Wisconsin Public Radio about the young farmer movement. Have a listen, she gives the Greenhorns a big ole’ shout-out and boost! Greenhorns were also recently … Continue reading

join greenhorns and uci professor eric freyfogle for drinks and a talk this friday!
November, 19 2014


Extra! Extra! Come out this Friday Nov 21st in NYC for a short talk by esteemed author and University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaigne professor of Law Eric Freyfogle, followed by drinks and a discussion of land rights. “Give us Liberty and give … Continue reading

DVD
The Greenhorns Documentary

The Greenhorns documentary film, completed after almost 3 years in production, explores the lives of America’s young farming community – its spirit, practices, and needs. It is the filmmaker’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. The production of The Greenhorns is part of our grassroots nonprofit’s larger campaign for agricultural reform. We are an activist organization that does much else besides. Please take a look around the website.

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Ourland
A Webseries From the Greenhorns

We have created this series of films to celebrate and interpret intervention, undertaken by individuals and communities, to shift our food and farm economy. These episodes each address a major systemic failure of the old food economy: toxicity, monoculture, monopoly, inequity, exploitation, drought, vulnerability to climate change etc. Each of these characteristics of our current system makes it inadequate to our needs, but our critique counts for nothing if we do not act. Each film introduces us to the people who have identified a point of intervention, and have put their shoulder to the task. It will likely take a generation-long commitment, to rebuild a healthy, regional farm economy.

This is OUR LAND, and our future, its an opportunity: lets fight for it.

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Up Up! Farm
Cooperative Film Festival

The Greenhorns are thrilled to be working in cooperation with many wonderful filmmakers to bring you the Up Up! Farm Film Fesitval, celebrating the work of young agrarians. This collection of indie films and shorts explores questions facing the new farmers movement, and the critical work of building a sustainable, regional food system. We hope you can use these films as an organizing tool that brings your community together and as a launchpad for conversations on the future of food. Host an event in your town this summer!

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About Us

Greenhorns is a seven year old grassroots organization that works to support new farmers in America. Our work is unconventional and various, we focus on event organizing, in person-networking, mixers, celebrations and workshops as well as the production of traditional and new media: radio, documentary film, blog, a book of essays, guidebooks, web-based tools. Our goal over the next generation is to retrofit the food system and to build a thriving agricultural economy, for healthy regions, healthy watersheds, and a healthy farm culture. We believe our movement can succeed with strong communication, solid business skills, sustainable farm practices and importantly, teamwork. We hope you will join the network.