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
the united states needs a food policy!
November, 24 2014


Mark Bittman of the New York Times, Michael Pollan of the University of California, Berkeley, Ricardo Salvador of the Union of Concerned Scientists, and Olivier De Schutter of the Catholic University of Louvain have collaborated on a new article in … Continue reading

join us for a thanksgiving picnic on monsanto’s front lawn!
November, 24 2014


Join Reverend Billy & the Stop Shopping Choir on Thanksgiving Day in St. Louis, Missouri for a communal dinner on Monsanto’s front lawn. It should be a great time! The group will meet at 1 pm at Stacy Park and … Continue reading

greenhorns report on the national ffa convention
November, 24 2014


Greenhorns, in partnership with Organic Consumers Association were in attendance last month at the national gathering of the FFA. The FFA National Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, saw a sea of 60,000 students representing every nook and cranny of America (and its territories) gathered together for fellowship, belonging, education and scholarly competition. Between the ages of 13 and 18, many of these students are next-in-line to the family farm and occupy a strategically powerful position in the future of American Agriculture; they are kids with land. With a self-confidence rarely seen in teenagers and impeccable public speaking skills, these students in their blue corduroy jackets cut quite the impressive figure, particularly in a stadium context. They are team-spirited, motivated and articulate, and most of them credit these qualities to the organization that brought them together, the FFA. The FFA is turning these next-in-line farmers, agriscientists, ag teachers and farm sympathizers into successful leaders, fierce entrepreneurs, and good Samaritans...for Big Ag. This polished youth constituency at the FFA sing the praises, almost exclusively, of Big Ag. How did this happen? Lets start with the obvious place; let’s follow the money. Continue reading

action alert: protect small farmers and food producers from FSMA regulations
November, 21 2014


You might not know it, but a legislative battle is being waged over who can produce food, where they can sell it, and when the government can shut them down. The most recent incarnation of this is a modification to … 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.