Letters from Young Farmers:

Young farmers and others who benefit from our work often write us emails and letters, which we post to the blog to share with The Greenhorns network. Often these greenhorns ask for start-up advice, are seeking to connect with other young farmers, or simply want to tell their story. They want to be part of the growing community—a community of which we are a part—which we convene with new media technologies and a little bit of PR elbow grease. By listening to and broadcasting their voices, we help others see their pioneering spirit and welcome their entrance into a vibrant, supportive agrarian community.
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Sara Beth D (Outreach Administrator, Columbus CoOp Grocery and Market, Edinburgh, IN)- July, 2011
“The Co-op is just beginning contacts with local growers and we need a way to reach out more and educate the masses on food matters and our mission of bringing more local, fresh food to Columbus, IN…What I want to come out of the screenings is a community dialogue.  We have several groups with a common thread, but need something to pull us together, and The Greenhorns are the group that can do it…Our community needs this movement and we have so many young people interested, but no guidance.”

John Bingham (Farmer and Grange Hall Leader, Whallongsburg, NY) - June 2011
“I haven't told you how wonderful the "Mixer" was for the young farmers of this community, in magnifying their resolve to keep on keeping on, especially as the weather heats their weeders and the harvest cornucopia begins its march towards exploding. Thank you for believing it could be the success it was. Despite the snaffus that affected your crew in the kitchen, they were magnanimous. I hope you got out of it what you hoped to achieve, and would love to hear from you when you have a restful minute, if you ever do.”

Tricia Dameron, (Communications Manager, Oklahoma Food Cooperative) - May, 2011
"I've been a Greenhorns fan for a while now. I finally got a chance to watch the film clip and my heart rate increased! It looks so inspirational.

The local food movement in Central Oklahoma is really gathering steam. We seem to be on the edge of a critical mass of people, motivation, and awareness. I think this film would be extremely well-received among the food co-op membership, but I would also market it to the wider sustainability and Transition OKC community.

Emily (Concrete Beet Farmers, Minneapolis) - Apr, 2011
"I just wanted to let you know that the showing of The Greenhorns at Macalester last week was a great success! We probably had about 20-25 people there, so not a big crowd, but everyone loved it!

Also, I'm wondering about how I can get more involved with The Greenhorns. I'm graduating in a few weeks, and am starting an urban farm in Minneapolis with five other young folks. We're called the Concrete Beet Farmers,and we're really exciting to be embarking on our first season running our own farm. We've got all of our 16 CSA shares sold out already! And we've had a few big workdays outside to transform our main farming lot from a vacant eyesore to a beautiful farm!

Anyway, four of us were at the movie, and were absolutely inspired by it and in love with all the other farmers featured. BUT!  We noticed that there aren't many folks from the Midwest who are active parts of the Greenhorns movement. I know there are some dots on the Greenhorns map in the middle of the country, but far fewer than on the coasts. We'd like to change that! What should we do? We know lots of other young farmers, and I've been thinking about organizing a young farmer mixer for a while. Are there resources for how to go about doing that? If you're not the person to ask about all this, who should I get in touch with?

Thanks for all the great work you're doing! It's pretty exciting to be a part of this movement."

Ryan (Farm and Gardens Director, Camp Stevens) - Apr, 2011
"I run a small farm and gardens program for a Camp in the mountains outside of San Diego and was able to make it down to a screening of your film at UCSD last night. In a time such as this your film is a breath of air, its like farming itself!
You've done a great job of capturing the joy, excitement, and satisfaction that this work can bring to individuals' lives.
This is the kind of energy we really need in a time when children are bombarded with discouraging (though real) information and images of a sick planet.

After all, healthy farms, communities, and ecosystems are not about suffering they are about gratitude and joy!  You at greenhorns have really tapped into the health, celebration, and exciting future of ecological farming.  How we respond to the challenges and opportunities of our time will define our generation and there are exciting challenges and opportunities ahead.  As you say "shovel ready, shovel sharpened"

I often work with junior high, high school, and college age students on the farm and gardens and I think this would be a really great resource for them as I believe it would actually help the young people I work with imagine an exciting and interesting future for themselves in ecological farming.  When will it be possible to acquire a copy for sharing with guests here at our camp?"

Tanya DC (student) - Apr, 2011
"I just wanted to thank you again for bringing a screening of the Greenhorns to our community!  It was educational and inspirational, as well as beautifully filmed.  A wonderful combination!  I would love to see if we might get a copy of that film for showing to future classes"

Alisa RF (WWOOFer) - Jan 2011
My name is Alisa and I have spent the last four months WWOOFing in Italy and New Zealand. Right now it looks like I have about five months left of WWOOFing, but I know one thing for certain, I want to farm. Through my searches for farming internships in the pacific NW (specifically Oregon), where I plan to settle when I return, I found you. I would love to watch The Greenhorns, but somehow I doubt you'll be doing a screening in rural New Zealand, so I was curious if there is anyway I could watch the full movie online. I am thrilled beyond belief to have the network you are building at my fingertips, and thrilled to be part of a resurgence of young farmers in America (or at least I will be when I get back to America!) Sometimes you have to go half way around the world to figure out that what you wanted all along was in the ground you grew up on.

Greg Reed (Apprentice, Persephone Farm, Indianola, Washington) - Oct, 2010
"It’s hard to say exactly what community events looked like more than one hundred years ago, when America’s Grange movement was in full swing and small farmers across the country gathered in grange halls to organize. But Vashon’s wood-trimmed grange was a fitting setting for young farmers of Washington gathered in pursuit of their dreams; a chance to participate in shifting our industrialized food system towards one that lives, breathes, and brings health to our land and to our people...While stepping out of the nest and into the world, it is good to know that we are doing it in the company of friends and others with similar goals and needs."

Chad (A Greenhorn) - Nov 2010
I cried the first time I saw the serveyourcountryfood.net map. It wasn't even as full as it is now but it overwhelmed me .... gave me a little more hope & a little more faith. Thank you for that.
I am a farm manager and in 2 or 3 years I will have my own farm. I am still a bit young, still have some energy (most days) and still find inspiration in those who do.
If I can ever be of service let me know. Thanks for doing what you're doing. Remain inspiring!

Leah Atwood (Program Manager, MESA Inc.) - Nov 2010
I recently saw your fabulous film at CAFF's film festival in Emeryville, CA! Thank you for making such an important and beautifully done film featuring so many young small-scale growers sharing their sweat and passions with the world.

I work with a not-for-profit organization called Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA). We facilitate an annual international training program for young ecological farmers and agrarians, mostly from developing countries, on behalf of promoting a greener food system. Our mission is to advance a new generation of agrarian leaders, linking global traditions with current innovations in sustainable agriculture to promote land stewardship, localized economies and cultural awareness.

In two weeks, we are are meeting with all 32 of our global farmers hailing from Ecuador, Peru, Thailand, Ghana and Kenya for their exit-seminar before they depart to their home countries. We would be thrilled to show them the Greenhorns film (or a preview) during our seminar! I think the film would have a big impact, as most of them are under 30 years old and community leaders in the sustainable farming youth movement. Is there any way to purchase an early copy or borrow one just for the day of Wednesday, November 17th?
Thank you for your important work!

Kattaya G. (Orlando, FL) - Oct, 18
I've been following your progress for quite a while now and you inspire me to want to be a farmer. the only thing that stops Husband and I from having a farm is the difficulty of selling our home for a fair price. The market's stinky in our area.
But we have a potential farming site in mind but don't really know how to aproach the owners. our farming experience rates at .01 and there are no aprenticeships in or near our town.
Where can we find a good model to follow? We believe a "suburban" farm managed by young people will be welcome. We just need guidance."

Laura Ridenour (Food & Farming Program Manager, Sustainable Connections) - Oct, 2010
"Nine of us carpooled to the WA Greenhorns mixer last week, and were amazed to see about 250 people at the Vashon Grange for the pig roast, potluck, and square dancing. I’d guess that about 200 of those were beginning or young farmers, from all over the NW WA. We had a great time.

As a result of the huge turnout and an interest in being connected, the Vashon farmers created a new regional young farmers’ listserve and are working directly with the National Young Farmer Coalition and the Greenhorns resources showing the growth of the population of young farmers (for example, a self mapping project  of all young farmers and associated service groups across the country)."

Tim Quinn (Lost World Farm, Boulder County, CO) - July 15, 2010

“Your group has been a large part of my inspiration, so I must of course say thank you all for your efforts in helping to jump start our efforts. I really believe that we as a collective will make this right, at the very least I am going to die trying. Our field is 14 miles each direction from my home and at least 1 day a week I ride my bicycle to do my field work. It makes for a long day, but being tired in that way is so, so satisfying. Again, it has been and will continue to be a pleasure fighting the good fight. This is our first year operating a small CSA in Boulder County, Colorado. So far our experience has been incredible. We are 2 young farmers aged 35 and 38, both of us have been gardening in and around our city for years, and we felt it was time to step up our game.

"Last summer we rolled the dice and placed a message on a land share message board. We were contacted in the autumn by an incredibly generous and helpful local land owner. Her only interest is in the land being farmed lovingly, so she gave us the green light. We were given a total of ½ acre spread over 3 fields. The soil has been farmed organically since 1990 and we are continuing the tradition.

"Our commitment this year is 25 shares and we are now heading into our 7th week of distribution. This season we have distributed 8 different varieties of lettuce heads, carrots, broccoli, kale, radish, spinach and cauliflower.
It has been a beautiful experience, going from a simple message on a message board, to selling shares to our wonderful friends, onto preparing the fields and finally vegetable production and distribution. The feedback has been great and if we are able to procure more space, we have people waiting in the wings to snatch up the produce. We want our friends, family and community to be healthy and productive and this is our contribution. As with most young farmers this is a labor of love. We plan on transitioning full time into food production for next season. Our goal is 100 shares."

Lisa (Northern California) - June 1, 2010
“Hi! Was hoping you could shed some light and encouragement for me. First, let me start by saying you are a true inspiration and the work you are doing is admirable. Thank you for your hard work. Can't wait to see the film!

“My husband and I are in our mid-30's, the parents of two small children, living in Northern California. My husband is a science teacher, and I am an elementary/K-12 art teacher, currently on hiatus, taking care of our boys, 3 and 1 1/2. Our dream is to start an organic farm…Mainly we are wondering about the economic feasibility of our endeavor. Can you make a profit from a CSA? Could we live on it if our land was paid off and all we had to pay was taxes on it? We really want this. Any advice or good reading/resources you could direct us toward? Again, thank you for your stellar work! You are an inspiration!”

Sophie Green (Friends of the Earth, Adelaide, Australia)
- May, 2010
“Hey there! We here in Australia are very excited about your Greenhorns film! From the
trailer it looks exceptional...And being a young person myself who wants
to become a farmer, it really speaks to me! So cool that you have a whole national network too.”

Sara Worden (Apprentice, Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, Peekskill NY) - Apr, 2010
“Hello Severine: My first exposure to the young farmer movement was my second day as an apprentice at Stone Barns. I was completely overwhelmed and mesmerized by the force of powerful and excited youth that made up the Young Farmers Conference. Five months into my apprenticeship, I am managing the 1/2 acre, bio intensive greenhouse and even more committed to a life of working with plants and people in a way that inspires ecological and social health.

The quality of my studies has significantly deepened since I discovered your awesome radio show. I’ve downloaded all the episodes and am starting at the very beginning and working my way through the whole series as I harvest and weed. The voices of yourself and other young farmers are informational and inspiring company for some of the more tedious aspects of farming. Incorporating your work and new media into my farming practice has given me good fodder for personal goal articulation and helped contextualize my place within a broader movement. So, just wanted to send you a note to say THANKS!”

Brooke Appler - Mar, 2010
“Hello greenhorns! I just want to say thank you soooo much for the services you provide. You post the most amazing links. You piqued my interest last year with your documentary. I was in the midst of my corporate career and didn't want out but i was fascinated. Now, a year later, I want out of my current career and into 'something' involving farming/gardening/non-profit work. I'm getting my permaculture design certificate and will leave my job in the next few months to take classes and internships in gardening and farming. I follow your blog as much as I can and I just want to say thank you thank you! I don't know what I'd do without it.”

Annie Warmke (Blue Rock Station, Philo, OH) - Mar, 2010
“Dear Greenhorns: The website is so terrific! We have been offering free apprenticeships for four years now because we saw this movement coming. This year our program is maxed out and we could have taken 20 more interns but we don't have room. It's clear that the wave of greenhorns is happening right now. Thank you for putting all of this together…It's an amazing inspiration to us to have this opportunity with so many awesome young people.”

Jared Pickard (Athens, GA) - March 22, 2010 
“I just wanted to say thanks for the time we spent together at Riverview Farms. Meeting you opened my eyes to the larger community of beginning farmers that are all on similar pages as myself. It’s a powerful thing to all of a sudden be a part of something not because I wanted to, or chose to, but because it’s what I’m doing. What I believe. Hopefully you will film my unborn farm for Greenhorns the sequel. "

Nathan Ballantine, aka "Man in Overalls" (Tallahassee Food Gardens, FL) - Nov, 2009
"Back in July while visiting my good friend Jane Shuput, I attended the Greenhorns benefit at the Farmacy in Brooklyn.  She spoke highly of the film in progress and the folks behind its production.  I remember y’all had some fun stickers.  The folks at the door to the upstairs let us sneak past in order to take a quick look at the roof-top gardens. More recently, my friend shared stories from the Georgia Organics conference several months back and spoke highly of someone there who was tied up with greenhorns. When two of my friends – both great workers in the food movement – recommend an effort – a group of people, an organization –, I make a point to investigate.  So, that’s what occurs to me...

"The other part is that for Thanksgiving I’ve had two dear friends, Geoffrey and Martha visit me.  Geoffrey, a friend from Warren Wilson College and Martha, his fiancee intend to marry and farm in Wisconsin where Geoffrey is from.  They shared their dreams of a 50 to 100 member vegetable CSA with additional enterprises springing up around the edges such as might include goats and homemade soaps and knitted washclothes and mini-dexter cattle and draft traction.  As I listen to their visions, I am swept up in a sense of beauty that only arises when I consider life-courses that blend creativity with communal contribution and landed-genius.  They are greenhorns… at least in some ways, though their experience is considerable.  It is the conversation we shared tonight… and countless others like it that inspire my interest in greenhorns...

"More with each passing day, I gain this sense that I am privy to a tidal shift– demographical, geographical, occupational– in that I am privileged to get to listen to stories and dreams of the re-agriculturation of American - of global– society.  Greenhorns means others will gain access to this very fun, dynamic and ever-re-creating transition...

"Ah, a man in overalls’ feeble attempt to express his sense of awe at things beautiful and wonderful."

Dana Gentile (Awesome Farm, Tivoli NY) - June, 2009
“I attended the young farmers panel discussion at the Brooklyn Food Conference that you were part of and I follow your blog daily. I am from Brooklyn and over the past year I have been transitioning to becoming a livestock farmer full time. I quit my desk job in May and moved up to Tivoli on the 1st of June to intern at a farm.
Okay here is why I am writing to you today: I would like to start a livestock operation that focuses on meat goats and chickens…Do have a list of young farmers in the Hudson Valley and what they are producing? Do you know any young farmers who are raising goats for meat or dairy? I am open to work on multi-species livestock farms too. Please let me know if you have any information that could help me find another internship/apprenticeship.”

Neysa King (Ryder Farm Apprentice) - June, 2009
“I really appreciate your site and have just made a profile. This summer I am working at Ryder Farm in Brewster, New York, which sells at the Greenmarket in New York City. I left a PhD program in Boston to come farm here in Brewster, and I hope to continue farming with my fiancé in the future. I am documenting our journey on a blog, www.dissertationtodirt.com. I thought I would share this with you, for anyone who may find it interesting. Thank you very much for your site.”

Nora Saks (Program Intern, Poughkeepsie Farm Project) - May, 2009
“I have to say, I think you're doing really great stuff for new and young farmers, and every time I read or hear something about the Greenhorns, it makes me quite thrilled to be one.”

Jennifer McCharen (Apprentice, Hope Roots/Guerilla Grown Farms, Westminster, VT) - May, 2009
“I've been following your blog for the past several months, as I finished one farm apprenticeship and started another. I had been meaning to send a note to you about the farm in Jacksonville where I spent most of the past year, but never got around to it…I've blogged and pondered and ranted about the strangeness of the economic system that created the northeast Florida food desert…It can't be long until someone else in the area hears the call and heads out to the fields. It wouldn't take more than another couple of farmers to make a vibrant agricultural community out there, and there's demand to spare at this point…
Thanks so very much for your blog. It brings me such wonderful news from the world of young people following this mission. It's edifying and exciting. Especially while I was in Jacksonville, it helped keep me from feeling alone.”

Encarnacion Gloria Benavides (San Benito TX) - Mar, 2009
“My name is Encarnacion Gloria Benavides. I am a 17 year-old self-taught grower who resides in San Benito, Texas. I became interested in plants a year ago with the discovery of hydroponics. And I coincidentally ran upon an article containing info about the greenhorns. And low and behold! This is exactly what I have been looking for! For the past year and a half I have been entertaining the idea of holding ones own. Or, in other words, growing my own food for me and my family. In short, I love what you guys are doing and would love any opportunity to be a part. I love what you guys are pushing because that has been my dream. Best of luck for all those involved! God Bless!”

Nic Koontz (Native Hill Farm, Ft. Collins, CO) - Feb, 2009
“My name is Nic Koontz and I am working towards starting a small farm of my own in the northern Colorado front range area, near Ft. Collins. I have been a follower of yours since I heard about your project from a friend whom farms in Georgia (Serenbee Farms). I think what you are doing is great and energizing and I read it whenever I can just to convince myself that I am not the only young person crazy enough to do this."

A Los Angeles Greenhorn - Feb, 2009
“Dear Greenhorns: Thanks! I just found you guys online a few days ago and am getting addicted to the excitement and joy that I have found to know that I am definitely not alone in my desire to jump into the life of a farmer.

“I grew up in Los Angeles, a suburb kid who mocked the ag-department at my high school because I didn't know what agriculture was…Somehow over the years a love of fresh produce has been slowly growing, and an interest in becoming a part of it has been cultivated in me. I'm in love with mama earth and want to live in this place well.

“I'm a 24 year old Peace Corps Volunteer living and working with a small vegetable farmers' cooperative in western Jamaica. I was uber fortunate to get this assignment because in the past (almost) two years I've decided to pursue agriculture. I'm heading back to the States in about seven or eight months and am hoping to land an internship on an Organic Vegetable farm to learn and (hopefully) master all that I have not absorbed out here in Jamaica and within a couple years jump into my own CSA supported agriculture venture. I'm stoked. I'm scared. But I'm hopeful and stubborn. This should be quite an exciting adventure.”

Adam Huggins

This is Adam coming to you from the confluence of the Salmon and Klammath Rivers in the Marble Mountains, Northern CA - the center of the universe, indeed.  Shortly after we chatted on the radio, I ventured up here to work at Rolling River Nursery, a family homestead and organic mail-order nursery propagating a diversity of tree crops, edible landscaping plants, and herbs.  Definitely a place to check out, if you're ever out this way, because almost no one else is doing organic nurserywork of this diversity on this scale.  Pretty amazing!

Mulch love from out west.  I've really been enjoying the podcast out here on the farm.

Ed Garabedian

Hi Severine (and fabulous crew),

Had to reach out and say great job, love the show! The GreenHorns is my most favorite media channel right now. I have been ripping through all the episodes via TuneIn Radio on my iphone. Got the farmer dream bug bad and came across your program researching how to get going.  The energy of the whole Farm 2.0 movement is infectious. Not sure how I can make the jump from cubedom as a 40 something with a family but soaking up all the info you passionately share.

Thanks and Happy Festivus!!

Ed Garabedian

Franklin, MA

Glynis Cordelia (September 18th, 2013)

What greenhorns did to really catch my attention was really draw together something unified and national and something that farmers and non-farmers alike could feel apart of. Like the greenhorn almanac, it's something every small farm should have and yet no one in Canada has heard about it! And the best part is it's cool and intelligent and not hammed up like every other network and organization. It isn't overly official, it isn't business, it's fun! It's something I could see university students and city folk having in their apartments, where as a FarmStart brochure, not so much. But the back is full of crucial businesses, the articles full of crucial names. Canada could so easily have a mini-almanac with all the small seed producers listed, etc.
I suppose what I'm getting at is greenhorns culminated a CULTURE. They're taking a culture that already exists and giving a face to it - and it's a culture that is attractive. A culture young people will want to drink up even if they know little of farming.

Stephanie Mills, May 2013 - This is entirely to cheer you on. I visited the Greenhorns website and was utterly wowed. If culture has its basis in agriculture- and all but hunter-gathererers, I guess, do-- then you and your cohort are projecting a sane, welcoming, savvy and realistic vision, rich in possibilities, cognizant of history. What I see you up to is so heartening..

 

Justin Renfro (Kiva Loan) - Justin Renfro here, I hope all is well.  Just wanted to extend a big thank you for the Greenhorns investment in Kiva Zip.  I've been so happy and proud to showcase you as one of our partners and it's been huge to reference you within the agricultural space.  The entrepreneurs you've brought to us have been inspiring and a real value-add to our community.  I hope we can continue the momentum into 2014 and keep things going.

Our team has really focused on supporting more agricultural businesses throughout the country over the past couple months.  We've got a strong partnership with CCOF, non-GMO project, and loads of grocery stores, farmers markets, restaurants, incubators, and farming networks that have joined us in the past couple weeks.
The Greenhorn's endorsement of Kiva Zip in the early days has been instrumental to our success and we are so appreciative of the time and energy you've put into this.  Here's to a solid end of the year and beyond.
Best,
Justin
Tom Giessel - 

Severine,

Thanks for the DVD. Your many gifts and talents are a bounty, much like the fruit of the land. Thank you for sharing. You have renewed my faith in the future. You, and your friends, are the re-birth of the family farms I grew up with.

Tom

 

Raúl Niño

Dear Severine,

Thank you for responding, it's kind of a thrill since I hear your voice on the podcasts so often. I myself am not a young farmer, I'm a writer of poetry working in a university library, I'm especially not young. That said I do try and follow what is going on with agriculture today by reading your website regularly, and it has pointed me in many worthwhile directions; for example the documentary films that you sometimes feature I have turned around and gotten our library to purchase for our collections; such as Symphony for the Soil, I also went to the premier screening of this film in Chicago last summer and met the director (I love that film!). Anyway, I do try and bury my hands in soil when I can, in fact I just found out that my community garden plot will be four times larger than the one I had last year!! I am thrilled! 100 sq. feet!! I plan on growing enough to be able to can some food, and donate to a local food bank. This is as close to 'farming' as I get, but I do enjoy reading about it via your website, some magazines and journals, and a few books that pass by my desk for cataloging here at Northwestern.

Thanks again for taking the time to write to me, and keep up the astonishing work that you & your staff do, I for one really appreciate it, it's a big part of my continuing education.

Sincerely,

Raul

Deann Horack

Hi - I hope this is an email where I can directly contact Severine or Jen. The link in the email was not loading. Anyways, probably about 5 years ago I saw a picture of Severine in an in-flight magazine on Midwest Express. She was so happy holding a goose and eating an apple. The accompanying story was really inspiring and something about that picture struck me and I knew that I wanted to feel that way about the life I was living. I tore the picture out of the magazine and kept it with me - something of an unwritten mission statement. I went back to my life as a tv editor in NYC  and kept at it until I found my farm - its in the Driftless region of Wisconsin and it made for the best 35th birthday gift I could have ever bought myself. On a Friday last May I walked out of our offices on Wall St. and on Monday, just after lunch the Uhaul was in the driveway of the farm. We call it East Branch Heirlooms. We grow organic vegetables for the Viroqua Food Coop and 2 restaurants. I only wish I had done it sooner.

As much as I thought I was done with tv, I'm not. There are too many great young farmers here!  I bought a camera, started shooting myself and am putting together the stories of the farmers and foodmakers in this region. The momentum and financial support for these projects is gradually picking up. I've always admired the mission of the Greenhorns and their methods for making a difference. If there's an opportunity to collaborate by sharing farmer profiles or if you need editing work in the future, call me up. As a new farmer with more than 15 years experience putting together shows for major cable networks, I could be useful. Shovel sharpened and software updated!
In closing, keep up the great work. The Greenhorns continue to inspire beginning farmers everywhere.
Many thanks! Deann Horack

Julia Dashe

Hi!

I tried to access your podcast to listen to more worksongs-but couldn't find it.
Please advise- thanks!  Your work ROCKS!
~Julia

 

Bob Washo

hey there severine,

hope you had a nice trip back through the hills.

it was way nice to have you visit our part of the world even for such a short stint.

maybe you can stick around next time eh?

anyway, really enjoyed your talk and take on things.

always nice to be reminded how important our mutual work is.

great to have such an inspired advocate beating the drum.
while i have been a Csa grower for 22 years, my background and training is in medicinal herbs. very much interested in what you learn in aroostick county.
socialized alternative economies are right up my alley.
i am interested in hearing more about your new land and wheat trials.
sounds pretty exciting.
be well and stay in touch
bob

Ariel

hi Severine,

my name is Ariel; I became familiar with you and your work through friends of mine (Eliza Greenman, Trace Ramsey) and the general robust Greenhorns presence on the web. I'm a "farmer by trade," having worked for others for the last 7 years beginning at age 16, from farmhand to kitchen gardener to corporate culinary farmer to livestock manager for a tech entrepreneur.

my husband Josh (a green-thumbed tech guy) and I recently moved to the SF bay area from NC. at present, I'm taking a break from farming for others while we scout for land of our own and I develop some writing.

like you, I'm concerned about land access for farmers, and have referenced some of your interviews and articles to help better comprehend the writing on the wall re: farmland in flux.

Dan Chamberlain

Hello Severine,

It was a pleasure meeting you at Harvard this past Monday and hearing more about the Greenhorns. I am continually looking for ways to further engage my students in agriculture, and having an organization like yours to both source resources from and provide as an example of the community that exists amongst farmers and their allies is beyond helpful. Thanks for coming to Boston! I hope to keep in touch and support your work as best I can.

Best regards,

Dan C.

Becky Clawson, October 5th, 2014

Thank you thank you thank you for inviting me to dinner with your family and friends on Monday. I had a blast meeting you and them and talking about all sorts of things that truly matter. I left with an overflowing heart and a renewed excitement for all that's ahead in my new PASA gig and beyond.

Rachel Donkersloot, October 26th, 2014

I LOVE your presentations and stories. We HAVE to get you to Alaska. We will get a good group of fishermen and farmers together and make something happen up there
Rachel Donkersloot, PhD
Working Waterfronts Program Director
Alaska Marine Conservation Council
www.akmarine.org
Harry Newman, October 3oth, 2014
Hello, Severine,
I was at Cooper Union yesterday and wanted to say how much I valued your overview of the Renaissance in small farming in the US. Not much makes me hopeful these days, but that did. I thought you more than held your own between the great Vandana Shiva and Winona LaDuke. You did it your own low key but still forceful way. You're doing some of the most important work there is. I hope most of the upcoming Louisiana Purchase's worth of land you mentioned goes into the hands of people like you.
I could go on but I'm shy about gushing in cyberspace. The only downside is I now have to spend more time on the computer learning about your various projects and organizations.
Thank you for your presentation.
Sincerely,
Harry Newman
Veronique Bernard, October 26th 2014
Hi Severine,
I did make it to your session on "Not Globalization, Localization" and loved your presentation (along with a few other impressive speakers on that panel)! As I mentioned, I am working on a few relevant projects, one project in particular about small local farming out of Australia, the reason I attended the talk. I may want to speak with you about it if the funding comes through. Watch this space. In the meantime, glad to see your spirit is alive and thriving. Congrats on all the very important work you're doing.
All my best,
Veronique
Joel Bleifuss, October 30th, 2014
Severine,
Great meeting you too. I found your talks at Bioneers inspirational. In the past couple years, rural activism and healthy agricultural communities have become passions of mine.
In the New Year, In These Times is planning to debut a new blog, Rural American In These Times. It would be an integral part of our website InTheseTimes.com, which in the past year received 2.7 million unique visitors. There is nothing like what we are envision currently on the web—an independent news site that covers rural America, and that serves and links people in both rural and urban communities.
Attached is our proposal, which is a work in progress, a living document. I would love your feedback on it as a concept. Are their areas of coverage that we are missing? I see thegreenhorns.netyoungfarmers.orgfarmhack.net and agrrariantrust.org, as providing a plethora of potential story ideas, and I think your advice could be invaluable as we move forward.
This document is in track changes, so feel free to interrogate it and mark it up.
I'll you down for a complimentary subscription to In These Times, if you send me your mailing address.
In cahoots,
Joel
John Ikerd, November 24th, 2014
The Greenhorns, and several other groups (including as the E. F. Schumacher Foundation) have developed a comprehensive initiative to make farmland accessible to “next generation” farmers. They call their project the Agrarian Trust:http://agrariantrust.org/ .  You and Galen indicated that you need information concerning legal options for land transfer and tenure that would ensure donated farmland stays in agriculture, and in your case in used for local production. You indicated also that the tenure system needs to allow new generation farmers to build up equity in return for their efforts to create a successful farming enterprise. I know the Agrarian Trust folks were dealing with the same general challenges when I met with them in California.
I know also that Severine’s group has access to excellent legal advise regarding land tenure issues. I am confident they would be willing to share whatever information they have developed with other groups such as yours who share their desire to make land available to new sustainable farmers. I will leave it to the two of you to share your common interests as needed to explore opportunities to collaborate in this important mission.
I was glad we were able to visit about your project, and if I think of anything else that might be of help I will pass it along.
In the meantime, I wish you the very best,
John I.
Justin Renfro December 23rd, 2014
Severine,
Great seeing you last Wednesday.  You are very inspirational - a true leader and teacher.  I wish I had more people challenging my outlook on stuff.  Your anti-capitalist approach struck a cord in me.  Thanks.
-Justin
Qayyum February 7th, 2015
Please express my immense gratitude to all of the hard-working beings who made this happen... and all who make all the wonderful Greenhorns-related events, knowledge, social scene, seed swaps, good times, hard-earned knowledge, visioning, thoughtful framing and generous contribution to the greater good. I am really impressed.
Wishing you all the rest & encouragement you deserve. Thank you for doing all you do. It inspires me to try to pay it forward as well.
With warmth in winter,
Qayyum
Steve Sprinkel February 11th, 2015
​Hello
I love your new Almanac of course but not because I am in it. It always helps though.
I am certain this is a special publication event and I am going to do my part to publicize the arrival of this important book​.
Please send 15 more copies to The Farmer and The Cook, 339 West El Roblar Drive, Ojai, CA 93023 and bill the Farmer and The Cook by separate cover at that address. Check will come.
I also am compiling a list of recipients who should get this as well. I can send the whole list and you can send them off one by one from your end and thereby obtain those contacts for further use or I can do it from here. You can bulk bill me for the total if you do it.
Congratulations
Steve
Anonymous February, 2015
I am sure that you are incredibly busy but any advice or information will be incredibly appreciated. Thank you so much for sharing your strong voice at EcoFarm. You are doing an excellent job of speaking for this movement and in creating continuity, inspiration, and... fun!
Mary Moody February 25th, 2015
Dear Severine,
I have floated into your part of the universe subject to a great magnetic force of your wisdom and call to action.
Thank you for placing the issues of great collective import before me and many others.
I'm grateful for the hope that is coming to life in the seeds you are sowing.
What luck that you were in Luck last weekend.  Please visit New Hope Farm sometime.
Peace and very best wishes,
Mary
Elizabeth Henderson December, 2014
Dear Greenhorns,

 

Greetings!  I have been following the development of your materials and advice for new farmers with great interest.  As an old farmer on the retiring end of my career, I care a lot about making it easier for others to get started.  I am a member of the board of NOFA-NY, an organization that puts a lot of energy into assisting young farmers. This year, the interstate NOFAs got a planning grant to coordinate our activities and to replicate the programs that are most successful – the NOFA-VT support for interns and the MOFGA journeyman project.  Attached is the application for a full grant with a summary of the project.  I would hope that, at the least, you could include the NOFAs and MOFGA in your lists of resources.  The MOFGA newspaper and NOFA’s The Natural Farmer are two of the best publications for organic farmers in the country, along with MOSES The Organic Broadcaster.
I would also like to suggest a few more resources:
The NOFAs supported the publication of a series of manuals that include Whole Farm Planning, Seeds, Soil, Weeds, Compost, Chickens – these are brief, but full of farmer tested information.
The best book I have found on soils – Building Soils for Better Crops: Sustainable Soil Management, by Fred Magdoff and Harold Van Es, SARE 2009
Another fine seed co – Turtletree Seeds in NY – specializes in biodynamic seed and has great, well-tested varieties for the north
It would give me great pleasure if you would include Robyn Van En and my book on CSA – Sharing the Harvest: A Citizen’s Guide to CSA, Chelsea Green 2007. Another useful book on CSAs is Local Harvest:  A Multifarm CSA Handbook by Scott Franzblau and Jill Perry, SARE – can be downloaded from the NESARE website.
The best resource on farm finances I have found is Richard Wiswall’s The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook: A Complete Guide to Managing Finances, Crops, and Staff – and Making a Profit, Chelsea Green, 2009
A recent development in the marketplace is domestic fair trade.  You might want to reference the Domestic Fair Trade Association – www.thedfta.org.  The members include organic farming organizations, coops, farmworker associations, and some businesses like Equal Exchange and Organic Valley.
I have been NOFA’s representative to the steering committee for the Agricultural Justice Project (AJP) which has created standards for domestic fair trade.  We offer both certification and a pledge version for a Food Justice label.  www.agriculturaljusticeproject.org – there will be a new design of the website very soon. The group writing our standards included farmworkers and farmers and was reviewed by farm interns.  The standards for farms with interns require a “Learning Contract” between the farm and the intern to ensure that it is truly a learning experience in which the intern has a say in what he/she learns.    AJP also offers workshops in fair labor policies for farmers and a tool-kit with model language that a farmer can adapt, and background information on getting a fair contract with buyers. I have attached an article I wrote for a new publication - The Fair World Project - on fair trade and its relation to organic agriculture.

 

I thank you for adding some quotes from women to your guidebook!  A big improvement!
Best wishes to you all for the new year!
Elizabeth

Pamela Bateman January 28th, 2015

Severine and Cleo and the Greenhorns,

We are so pleased that you brought the Grange Future Tour to Guinda.  It was so nice to meet all of you and the presentation was inspirational.  These are very exciting times for new farmers in California.  Marian and I were afraid there was not going to be another generation to take up the torch of the Western Yolo Grange.  We think your presentation made clear to the young farmers attending the event how the California Granges are ready to welcome them with open arms.  The Capay Valley has such beautiful and fertile farmland and is located within driving distance of important metropolitan areas that there is ample opportunity for young farmers.  With the help of your organization and the Western Yolo Grange I foresee a very bright future for young people that are hoping to make farming their life.
Please let's stay in touch.  If you have any ideas about how we can help you with the Agrarian Trust, perhaps with a Spring presentation here in the valley, we would be interested in talking to you about the subject.
Our 100th Anniversary of the Almond Queen Pageant and the Almond Festival takes place in February of this year. The Almond Queen Pageant and dinner is on February 15th and the Almond Festival is on February 22nd.  We are all busy as bees planning for these events. We know you have a very busy schedule but we would love to see some of you at these events.
Thank you again for taking the time to come to Guinda.

Tyler March 5th, 2015

This is Tyler, from MOSES last weekend. It was certainly a magical weekend in many respects.

Anyways, I'm on my phone and don't wanna burden you through email too much. You mentioned inputting me with content/editing, etc. I'll be rereading Conors article again to up my literary flow. Just friended Eliza on the Book. YES~!!!

 

Magdaleno Rose-Avila March 8th, 2015

Hermana
I appreciated your presentation the other night and all your passion…. And it was even more fun connecting with you over dinner.. I will be in Ashland until Friday morning if you and Karen drive through ..
I just might want to change your last name from Fleming to Flaming.. you are on fire and too hot for the opposition to handle..
I look forward to spending more time with you and learning more of your work and dreams..
My best Jalapenos for you
leno

 

Ashley Basta March 17th, 2015

Hi Ann Marie and Severine,

We met a couple of weekends ago at the PIELC in Eugene. Severine, I so enjoyed your key note. Thank you for injecting the Conference with some crucial information and adorable humor. Ann Marie, we met at the Agrarian Trust table the day after Severine's key note. I am a 2nd year law student in Denver who really wants to work on sustainable food systems, particularly by working with farmers in rural Colorado. The work you all are doing with the Trust is hugely inspiring. Ann Marie, thank you SO much for your candid and quick advice about setting up a law practice in Colorado to work with farmworkers. I am determined to put this fancy sheet of paper I'll be earning to good work, and your validation that I can and should just dive in and do it came at the perfect time. I'd be so grateful to stay in touch as that vision develops, particularly closer to graduation next year.

In the meantime, please let me know if you all are working with any inspiring lawyers or farmers or community advocates in Colorado. Also, as I mentioned in passing to Severine (although you probably met a billion and one people that evening), I will be in Boston this summer. I'd love to see the boat tour as it passes through! Hope to stay in contact with you all. Thanks for what you do! Terre de liens, here we come!

Smiles for your Tuesday,

Ashley

 

Audra Lewicki June 27th, 2015

Hi Greenhorns!

I was reading your newsletter and saw that you're in the Lake Champlain area.  Do you have visitors to your farm there?  If so, would July 26 or 27 be a good time to visit? I will be in the area sometime around then. I've been a huge fan of The Greenhorns for a few years now and am always inspired by the organization's/individuals' creativity, spunk, and knowledge.

Thanks!

Audra Lewicki, Dirt Doll

David Edwards July 15th, 2015

Severine and Crew;

You are a bright shining light, you give this cynical elder wonder and hope and many, many thanks for all you are doing. I will help when I can.

David Edwards
Banner Grange

Blake Erwin July 16th, 2015

Hey Sev. This is rad. So glad you're doing this again. If there's ever events in California you need help or volunteers at please let me know!! I'd love to help. I'll be at bioneers again and if I don't see you before then, maybe I'll see you there.

Stay passionate and keep living in aberration of the norm

Blake Ordie Irwin

 

Lance and Arista, November 25th, 2015

Subject: Mainifesta

Severine!

Had the Mani for breakfast with Penobscot Bay in the foreground . Thanks vastly. Wanted to note half a dozen specifics but I'm already out of time this morning.

But the links to international are splendid, the gret good fortune of ending up with Ernestina seem like spreading oil on troubled waters, Thanks and the same to patrick.I know a bit of the time and concentration which goes into pasting up a piece like this.

Finest,

Lance and Arista

Elizabeth Herendeen December 3rd, 2015

Dear Severine,

[] as a former resident of Ithaca, NY where I worked on regional food issues and food security, I sincerely appreciate your tireless efforts to support and protect our nation’s farming heritage.  Your work gives me hope for the future.

....

Thanks in advance for your time (I know that you are SO very busy!) and for anything that you might be willing to share.

With gratitude,

Elizabeth

Colin McMullin January 10th, 2016

Dear Severine,

p.s. read a good quote that made me think of greenhorns this morning... "Strong, healthy, weather-beaten, hard as nails, they worked through all but the very worst weathers and declared that they would go 'stark staring mad' if they had to be shut up in a house all day." -Flora Thompson (about women farm workers)

Heather Grove January 20th, 2016

....I've been wanting to reach out for far too long. I first wanted to let you know how grateful I am for you all and the Greenhorns' Farmer's Almanac. I started everyday last year by reading it, and in the urban sprawl of Orlando, it was just the inspiration I needed to kept me going....

Michael Pilarski February 2nd, 2016

Someone gifted me a copy of the Greenhorns New Farmers Almanac the other day and I read quite a bit of it.  Very impressive work!
Congratulations.
-Michael "Skeeter" Pilarski
Permaculture - Wildcrafting - Medicinal Herbs & Seeds

 Dylan Jones February 5th, 2016

Hey there Severine;
It's Dylan with the spurs and the goat cheese. It was wonderful to meet you and your friend this morning, and once again, thank you for your support and I hope you enjoy the chevre! I thought I'd make the connection and give you my contact info before I forget. I have briefly looked into your website and work, and have been blown away by what I have seen thus far, and though we met by chance, I believe you are a valuable acquaintance that I needed to make. I hope you have a wonderful trip up the coast today and I look forward to further correspondence!

Best of wishes and regards,

Dylan Jones
Green Goat Farmstead

 

Jenn Whitmore Oct 2nd, 2016

Where oh where is your amazing cooperative handbook? I used to have it on a different computer... Need it...love it. Thanks

Jenn

 

Alexandra Hudson November 8th 2016

Severine,

Thank you for hosting our convo on your radio show today! What an honor.
I saw you in a vision the other night - you were dressed in your FULL queen regalia, orchestrating the wizardry of the radio waves, representing hope and regeneration and meaningful action, and bringing the GOOD NEWS to your people. Thank you for all you do.. You inspire me to be more vocal (among other things) and for this I am grateful!
I'd love to treat you to lunch when you are next in the bay. Lmk!
Big oxo
Lexi

Will Szal November 12th 2016

Greenhorns!
I wish I could be with you in New Mexico right now, but it didn’t work out for me this time.

I’m sorry to hear that your funding has been drying up. That’s seems to be happening to a lot of people right now, me included! Maybe we’re entering a era more defined by decomposition than creation? I’m part of a collaborative [the Imaginals] that often references the metamorphosis story: butterflies emerge from caterpillar goo.
That said, I’m also excited and curious about the possibilities of a re-visioning. I’ve been deeply inspired by the Greenhorns family of organisms [Farm Hack, Agrarian Trust, Sail Freight, et cetera]. I met Severine for my first time during your emergence, while I was deeply immersed in my first serious farming and homesteading experience at the Farm School in Athol, MA. Interestingly enough, one of my friends in that program is just closing down her farm that she’s run for the past seven years since.
One of the things I’ve loved about the Greenhorns is your scope. You get that everything is interrelated. And you’re strategic about which aspects of the web you want to further develop. Instead of a monolithic organization, I get this feeling of a decentralized community that pursues a common set of values in a variety of complimentary ways. Frankly, I’ve been impressed by how much you’ve done!
I hope to engage more with you in your thinking on what’s next,
Will

Adam, Juniper Hill Farm, Sept 10th 2016

severine,

can't wait to see you if you ever come this side of the country again. i can't tell you how much we have expanded. wait till u see all the new stuff. I don't think there is much of a chance of me going because we are pickign and shipping today. WE ARE CRUSHING IT THIS SEASON!

adam

Juniper Hill Farm

Certified Organic Vegetables and Fruits

CSA, Wholesale, and Farmers Markets

 

Letters from Ag Leaders, Authors, and Filmmakers

Les Blank (filmmaker, Burden of Dreams, In Heaven There Is No Beer?) - Dec, 2011
"Author/fllmmaker/young farmer, Severine Fleming has always delighted me with wonderful bounty she finds in her constant search and support for farmers across the country practicing organic, sustainable farming. Incredible heirloom squash, fresh-picked greens, freshly dressed rabbits. I'm always happily surprised and amazed. When cooked, I have some of the best meals ever. Her collection of young farmers' stories in this edition is once again a cornucopia of gifts from the earth. When read, I learn with pleasure about a group of people who are  turning the world into a much better place."

Sandor Katz (author, Wild Fermentation, The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved) - Dec, 2011
"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. "

Michael Pollan (author, The Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food) -  Oct, 2011
"Finally got to watch Greenhorns. It's terrific in many ways. First, I didnt know most of those characters, which is great-- none of the usual suspects (except me and Eric)-- you found some exciting new faces and voices. Second, you were inspiring without being sentimental or romantic, and hard headed about the challenges. Third, it was beautifully shot. Four, you were a wonderful presence/voice on screen, not too pungent but not bland, and up.  Really great job. Best of luck with it."

Tim Van Wagner (Living Lands Agrarian Network) - June, 2010
"It's a great feeling, knowing other young farmers around the country and actually feeling an (increasingly strong) sense of support and connection amongst so many of them. I feel like the greenhorns project has been great to this end - connecting so many people to eacho ther through all the workshops, presentations, interviews, filming, etc etc you and your team have been doing. Keep up the good work."

Dave Murphy (Founding Director, Food Democracy Now) - May, 2009
“Just wanted to let you know that I think you have a great project under way and we'll be glad to help in any way that we can.”

Tom Stearns (President, High Mowing Seeds) - Feb, 2010
"The Greenhorns and the creative events that they sponsor not only attract young farmers and their supporters, they inspire them. More than any other group, The Greenhorns are making a new generation of farmers realize how much they are needed, valued and supported. And when they need more support, The Greenhorns are the single best resource for finding out how to roast a whole goat, fix a tractor, or apply for a loan. A new movement of young farmers is a foot, and The Greenhorns are connecting dots all over the country that are dying to be connected.”

Savitri D (Producer, Reverend Billy & The Church of Stop Shopping) - Feb, 2010
“Greenhorns events connect us to agricultural land use in the form of revelatory fun. Whether you are a farmer, a gardener, a scientist, a baker, an artist, or just a lover of the earth's great bounty, they will provide you with enough knowledge, creativity, resources and skills to link a less than perfect history to a most hopeful destiny, the imperative of sustainable land practices and ethical food production.”

Melissa Ennen (Director, The Commons, Brooklyn, NY) - Aug, 2010
"I just read the guide for beginning farmers, which I picked up at a garden during the USSF in Detroit. It's wonderful. Thank you for putting it together and getting it out. I'm in Brooklyn, NY. I run a community center called The Commons. We offer classes, workshops and talks. I would love to offer a talk or discussion, a panel would be great, on this topic of greenhorns. I know there are quite a few New Yorkers doing this and more contemplating it. Can you give me any leads of who I can contact to invite to speak? Thanks."

Bob Scowcroft (Former Director, OFRF) - February 19, 2011
A new wave of organic farmers is moving forward to the land.
The Greenhorns Organization has combined incredible imagination with long term dedication to lead this movement. I have confidence in these young farmers and their organizational skills. They have what is needed to bring the next generation of young farmers into the fold. Let's help them plant firm roots now.

Steve Larson (Assistant Director of Organizing, Center for Rural Affairs) - Nov 2012
"Big Ag is using, dare I say exploiting, women as a means to their public relations ends. The good work of Food Inc, Omnivore's Dilemma, the Greenhorns and others who have shone the light on industrial food could be undone by some shiny expensive marketing campaigns."

Michael Christiano (Curator of Education, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art) - Apr, 2011
"I want to express my deepest gratitude and appreciation for all that you each did to make last night so amazing! i was so thrilled to see so many new faces at secca and to see so many folks from all over taking the time to talk with one another. it was definitely a benchmark moment for us and hopefully one that will continue to help galvanize the art and agricultural communities.
The film is fantastic and i really appreciate you sharing it with us. best of luck with all of the future screenings and events.
Oh, and i want to share all of the apiary materials that chris kennedy provided. they are awesome and i am going to make peace with my highly allergic little friends by providing a comfort apiary."

 

Eliza Greenman - September 27th, 2012 "I just got back from a post-weed dating wilderness canoe trip and now that I've checked my email, people all around me are asking for a photo or some visual proof that it actually happened. The newspaper in Portland wants to write a quick follow-up piece and I'd like to submit a progress report to MOFGA so we can be in good standing for next year's fair! I'm unsure of how to go about getting such photos so I thought I'd write.

All in all, good things are coming out of this weed dating event. Chatter about it was all over facebook and I've heard of 3 people who plan to go on dates with fellow weed daters (one of them is me and he's super cute). I've also had people stop me randomly on the street (because they can associate my name with my face but that's about it) and ask me how it went/told me they meant to be there but something came up. Above all, however, a woman from Boston came up to me and said: "Being a part of this event makes me want to be a farmer in Maine. Seeing everyone talk as if they'll be lifetime friends or mates shows the awesome network of young farmers in Maine. As soon as I pay off my grad school bills, I'm going to be here. Hooray!"

Ali Palm - 

CT NOFA winter conference, February or March of 2009, there was a workshop for young farmers, courtesy of the Greenhorns and a young farmer from CT. I, being on the hunt for friends and, y'know, a boyfriend, thought it might not be a bad idea to go. So I go, and the room is full of middle-aged women (who assert that they are young at farming, which is why they came), a couple grad students there simply because they needed to attend something regarding agriculture for whatever class they were in, and this ripped young guy sitting on the other side of the room whose family runs a nursery. The workshop itself, and hearing about the Greenhorns, made me happy, because it was good to hear that there ARE other young people out there farming. I didn't end up talking to the guy across the room, for whatever reason... I forget whether he split right after the workshop, or if I wasn't sure if I had the guts, or what. I went and found my mother, we bought a huge bag of apples, and I was holding the giant bag of apples and waiting for my mother and the guy comes along, and we talk about goats - he was thinking about getting goats, and I'd said I had goats... and he ended up with my contact info because my family was hoping to find someone to goat-sit at some point the next summer... (Of course he tells me later that goats were really just an excuse to talk to me, but hey, why not? He did eventually get goats... years later!)
We ended up dating the entire summer, then breaking up over religious differences, and becoming friends. Best friends. "You're like a third cousin" friends. Despite me moving 7 hours away.

And then this past summer (here's the part not relevant to the grants or whatever) he found a girl and got married to her three months later. And didn't invite me to the wedding, or let her know that I existed until I questioned his marrying her considering he told me she didn't want me at the wedding because she was afraid I'd try to 'steal him back'. Which, of course, she hadn't said. But, y'know, not every relationship ends happily, and not everybody's emotionally brilliant.

So, long story short - a big thank-you to the Greenhorns! Fpr existing, and bringing people together, both intentionally and unintentionally. And also for putting energy into events like the weed dating at the fair - it's SOOOO needed.

Keep up the good work!
Ali Palm

Caroline Woolard - Thanks for organizing such a generous and beautiful event yesterday!
I heard a lot of impressed people talking about what ya'll helped make happen... :)
I've been MIA and "surviving the present" lately, but I want you to know that I hope to slow down and be more available.
I also recognize that you all put everything you can into this work, and it shows! You are strong.
Lastly, If you have the recording of what I said, I'd love to put it up on OurGoods.org and link to Farm Hack.
Please send it my way if you can...
Caroline
Sallie Calhoun - 

I thoroughly enjoyed the time that I spent with the group.  I learned a tremendous amount, some of which is already informing my work, and met some amazing people.  I do hope to stay involved in some way with the effort as it moves forward.

My feedback, given in the spirit of very much wanting to replicate similar events in the future, would be:
1. We definitely suffered from a lack of facilitation/moderation.  It worked out, but next time we should remedy that.
2. I am incredibly impressed with the group that you so thoughtfully gathered together.  Joel Solomon and Carol Newell from Vancouver had told me when we talked about convening that if you paid for people to come, put them up, and made it fun, they would do it, and that they would come back.  They proved to be correct, and you did a wonderful job of finding the right people and contacting them persuasively.
3. The layout of the meeting, goals, etc. were well articulated, and though it sometimes felt wobbly, you and a core group held to the goals and really accomplished what you set out to do.  I was open-minded about the exact outcomes, but I think that having something like the pitch and the idea of a fund served the gathering well.  This way, it is not just about interesting people sitting around talking to each other.
4. I honestly felt like I could watch you and some of the others figuring it out and growing through the experience.

Overall, I want to thank you for making this first meeting so successful that I am super motivated to do it again.  I am glad that I approached you that day at Quivira, and proud of what we have managed to accomplish together so far.  It has been a real pleasure to get a chance to work with you.  If carbon is next, I am in, and would look forward to working with Byron on the project  .It is another area where I feel some urgency.   I applaud your recognition that it will take time and effort to get the New Agrarian Trust going, and you do seem like the perfect person for that.

Thanks for the amazing experience and for wanting to do it again,
Sallie

 Adaptive Seeds say...

We just wanted to let you know that we rcv'd our almanac the other day & we LOVE it! Congrats on a job well done!

Definitely add us to your list of sponsors for 2014 again & we'd love to be able to offer it for sale to our customers in the future as well. The catch is that we'd need them in hand by mid-January as that's when our sales onslaught begins. As with most seed companies, 65% of our sales are Jan-March so we've already missed the opportunity for the 2013 Almanac. I have a feeling we could move a fair amount of them with the right promo as folks would probably just toss one in with their seed orders - why not, right?

Anyway...keep us in mind once you start on all things 2014 & again, Congratulations to all of you!

Cheers,
Jo, Sarah & Andrew

Angela Gardner 

Awesome Almanac!  Love the contents, contex and concept! I am circulating the extra copy I ordered around to my team members of the Whole Foods Market Produce Team and Central Arkansas New Agarian Society in Little Rock, Ar.
Great job everyone, be proud of your hard work and solidarity of the rooted soils!
Angela

 

Josef Beery Graphic Design, Inc.

Dear Francesca,

Thank you so much for including me in the inaugural edition of the Greenhorns Almanac.
It is fabulous! I know you have invented a journal which is going to begin a long and glorious career supporting the movement of new, young farmers. It will find a good home in dining rooms, at bedsides, and even in bathrooms around the country.
Congratulations!
If I can help you in any way on future issues please just let me know.
All the best to you and my regards to Severine,
Josef

Joel Salatin, Polyface Farm

Hi Severine--

You are a persistent young lady--and that is a compliment, not a reprimand.
Yes, I'd be willing to give some feedback on these items.  You can email them
to me and then we could set up a phone conversation.  It's too early to set
something up now, so let's wait until you send them to me, then I'll know how
long they are, how much I need to digest, and we can set up a time.
You are right--Africa especially is seeing all sorts of upheaval.  Every society
is different, including ethics and views toward food and property.  I can't promise
to know a lot of things, but I'd be honored to help you if I can.
Best regards,
Joel Salatin

Zam Baring, KEO films Ltd.

Severeeeeen,

Once again loving your work…

Your agrarian trust logo is a beautiful seedy lolloping hare. Your picture of an envelope looks  like a pair of deconstructed y-fronts…

Zx

 

August 28th 2015, Christopher Richmond

Severine,
It was great seeing you yesterday.  The energy level and excitement of the occasion were certainly evident.  I was very happy to have a small part in this very public event.  Hopefully your unloading in Boston will go as smoothly as the loading did in Portland.  The weather looks to be spectacular for the day.
Please let me know if we can work together again.  I enjoy working with grassroots organizations and have a fondness for small farms.
  I look forward to following your next event!
Best Regards,
Chris

September 21st 2015, Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins

Severine,

Good to meet you. Enjoyed your presentation. I'm the legislator from Sitka.

Farm people and fish people unite,

-j

October 2nd 2015

Hey Severine,

I've been meaning to reach out and connect with you! I was so impressed how well aspects of history, economics, environment, culture were tied into the gathering and presentation. Not to mention the fantastic energy you bring to the table. I hope to stay connected and am always happy to promote Greenhorns and Young Agrarians events, so please feel free to pass things along.

Hope you had a great Alaska trip. Talk soon.

March 6th 2016, Monica Spiller, Whole Grain Connection 

Dear Kasey, Doug and Severine,
These last three days spent at Paicines Ranch have been extraordinary. I had no expectation that we could be treated so royally, with such beautiful accommodation and good food. The company was indeed exceptional and the value of West meeting East and the Plains in between was immeasurable.

The wonder for me is that I heard enthusiasm from just one and then a few more for the Whole Grain Connection seed project, which immediately gave me the vision for the next step. Without that voiced enthusiasm for regional chapters, I could not  move forward. This has been the most important outcome for me.

Even without this possibility for advancing the Whole Grain Connection seed program, I would have come away with a greater optimism that there are farmers who are grasping the concept of organic farming as a soil building system. This in turn allows the monetary value of crops to be various and the whole farm income to be increased as the soil fertility improves.

But to return to the value of the farmer being the producer of wheat seed in particular, the vision that I have is that farmers can produce grain for food and seed at the same time, and will then be only a small stone mill away from fresh 100% whole wheat flour, for themselves and for their local community.

Thank you for all your work to make this such a success, and thank you very much for including me.
Monica

 

 Joanna Green, Cornell Small Farms Program

Hi Severine. I just took a quick look at your guidebook - this is WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!

The Guide to Farming in NYS is online at:
www.smallfarms.cornell.edu/pages/resources/businessmanage/guide.cfm

I am wondering....would you be willing to let me use your book in a one-credit class I teach here at Cornell called "Exploring the Small Farm Dream?" I could ask students to provide feedback to you if that would be helpful.

BTW I am copying this message (and your book pdf) to my colleagues at the Cornell Small Farm Program. Erica Frenay was just telling us about meeting you at the Young Farmers conference last week and we were really excited to learn about The Greenhorns.

Thanks for your GREAT work!!

Joanna

 

Marion Nestle, Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University

“This Farmer’s Almanac has all of the best features of the classic versions—wonderful drawings and charts—along with a potpourri of modern philosophical musings on agrarian values. It’s a browser’s delight!”

 

 

Young farmer comment solicitation form.

Background:

We have made a documentary film about young farmers, and have already started on our next film project, OurLand, a webseries exploring discrete issues of the industrial food system which are steadily being overcome by inventive and brave young farmers. But the larger goal of these film projects is to invite young farmers themselves to articulate which issues are important, and which avenues (political, economic) we ought to explore in the future.

Green, or inexperienced, we may be, but I doubt any of you would consider yourselves meek, and it becomes ever clearer that we will be the inheritors of the sustainable food movement.

Which solutions do you see emerging in the context of your local food economy? Have you heard of innovative land-tenure arrangements that you’d like to hold up as examples, can you imagine useful legislation that we might craft to support the entry of new-optimists/ecologists into the small farm sector?  How can we entice more folks into a productive, rural livelihood?

Click here to download a PDF containing a few ‘trigger questions’ to inspire your comments, but please don’t limit your insights to the questions, or even to this page. If you feel moved, please begin a protracted brainstorm about “who we are” as a young farming demographic, “what we can promise” society at large, and “how the public can support us.”  Like John Jeavons says: First, “grow food” then “grow soil” then “grow people who do both.”

Please email comments to: thegreenhorns@gmail.com