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.
In this new book--a companion to the documentary film The Greenhorns--editors and movement leaders Zoe Ida Bradbury, Severine von Tscharner Fleming, and Paula Manalo have assembled a wide range of stories that instruct as they inspire. With topics including financing, family, logistics, machinery, community building, and social change,
Greenhorns helps young and aspiring farmers navigate career paths, build skills, connect with each other while growing self-sufficient enterprises with conviction, vision, and respect for the earth. Filled with advice, anecdotes, and stories of life lessons learned, Greenhorns is a must-read not only for new farmers, but also for self-reliance enthusiasts and anyone interested in organic, locally grown food.
About the Author
Severine von Tscharner Fleming farms in the Hudson Valley of New York. She is founder and director of Greenhorns, as well as a cofounder of the National Young Farmers' Coalition and director of the documentary film The Greenhorns.
Zoe Ida Bradbury runs a farm in southern Oregon, using a team of draft horses to cultivate over 100 different crops for local restaurants, food banks, and a community-supported agriculture program. She is a Food & Policy Fellow and has written extensively about agricultural issues for magazines and newspapers.
Paula Manalo co-manages Mendocino Organics, a biodynamic farm in northern California. She is a founding member of Greenhorns and is on the board of directors of the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association.