Environment: Making it better wherever you are
My faith in the young generation soared after learning about Greenhorns, an organization of young farmers, land-lovers, and social activists based in the Champlain Valley of upstate New York. This exemplary group of Millennials is working hard to restore our ecosystem. If we leave the land in the hands of these “Greenhorns”, we can look forward to a healthier life. I enjoyed looking over their website which covers a wide spectrum of tools and resources that promote and describe their work. Here is a sample of what you’ll find:
Our mission is to promote, support and recruit young farmers in America.
Our method is the production of film, radio, new media, publications, workshops and events that support young farmers. Our programs and projects address the practical concerns of those in their first years farming, but also the social needs of new entrants into the agricultural community. We emphasize sustainable farming, innovation and entrepreneurship– traits that characterize the network we serve.
Our grassroots project is succeeding. The finished film, The Greenhorns, has been screened more than 700 times in schools, churches, main street cinemas, farms and conferences in America and abroad.
You can request a screening here.
Severine von Tscharner Fleming is the director of Greenhorns. She is co-founder and board secretary of Farm Hack, an online, open-source platform for appropriate and affordable farm tools and technologies , as well as National Young Farmers Coalition which now boasts 23 state and regional coalitions. She serves on the board of the Schumacher Center for New Economics, which hosts Agrarian Trust, her latest startup, focused on land access for beginning farmers, and permanent protection of affordable organic farmland. Severine attended Pomona College and University of California at Berkeley, where she graduated with a B.S. in Conservation/ Agroecology.
You can learn about the extensive and competent team that makes up the community of Greenhorns here.
Here’s how you can help and a short list of what they need.