this is what an e-blast looks like

posted August 16, 2009

a greenhorns e-blast, anyway. If you’d like to receive more, sign up for our newsletter!

all greenhorns –

It is August. It is hot. At Smithereen Farm,  our Greenhorns headquarters is full of peaches, yellow squashes+ rosy-cheeked visitors.
Yes, we got hit by the blight, but as I type the air is full of vinegar vapors from the green tomato pickle. This is a long email. If you are a young farmer, and do nothing else, please take the survey at the bottom of the page, ok?
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>news. Thrilling! We’ve officially won the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Grant in which we are partnered with Cornell Extention- this means we’ll be able to take the Greenhorns film and parade of educational/ celebrational programming to schools across the Northeast, and we can comission + distribute new graphic posters for classrooms!  Yes, thats Farmbill money!
> film. We’ve got an extended trailer up on the zippy website. Ben Fundis, greenhorns editor, is working away feverishly on the final cut, musician Paul Curreri is currently composing our music score- timeline for completion is November. Count-down has begun.
>events. As you know, The Greenhorns is a non-profit organization working to support, promote and recruit young farmers. We’ve found that one of our best skills is hosting events. Mixers. Seed swaps. Grilled meat+ beer.

“watermelon moonshine”- a campout, farmover, work party! w/ rude mechanical orchestra performance saturday night. Sunday: farm breakfast, workshops on seed saving, spinning, marketing, beekeeping, salvemaking, bike badge making, ricotta cheese making and farm workday. sliding scale.
Saturday+ Sunday, August 29+30th
11 am-overnight at Smithereen Farm Nevis, NY

“seed balls+ bike safety badges”- a craft booth
Saturday, September 12th
All day:Heritage Harvest Festival Monticello Charlottesville, VA

“young farmer mixer”
Saturday, September 12th
evening, Charlottesville, VA RSVP required (tucker@tuckerschwarz.com)

“roving fleet”
Weekend, September 25
all day, Common Ground Country Faire, Unity, ME

“farm bike tour and bonfire”- cyclists welcome!
Friday, October 2
8 pm, Train Depot La Plata, Missouri

“HOMEGROWN urban country fair”
Saturday, October 3rd
10 am- 2:30pm Tower Park Farmers Market, St. Louis, Missouri

“HOMEGROWN Village at Farm Aid”Tentative!
Sunday, October 4th
4pm-evening, Verizon Wireless Stadium St. Louis, MO

“Young Farmers Panel”
December 3rd & 4th
Young Farmers Conference, Stone Barns Center, Tarrytown NY

“Smithereen Farmstand”
Every Saturday
9am-1pm Millerton Farmers Market Millerton, NY

>gear. We always need cash. Please buy our fantastically authentic posters, stickers, tee shirts, bike flags: Etsy!
or make a tax-deductable donation online. Donations larger than $50 get a tax letter in the mail. Tell the foundations we are good.
>survey. In making the case for young farmers, we’ve noticed how important it is to have cold, hard facts. With that in mind, we’ve updated our site http://www.serveyourcountryfood.net. And made it easier for you to add yourself to the map of young farmers. This is a visual tool that helps us show our presence on the landscape. Below this text is an “in email survey” that collects information for Greenhorns, Farmlasts and the Center for Rural Studies. Right now, we’re trying to get better data about land-access.
>blog. The Irresistible fleet officially hit the 600-hit per day average. If you’ve never been on the blog before, you should: young farmer relevant news+ events, land listings, job listings, video ephemera, institutional standouts, grants, riffs, letters from young farmers. And dare we say, fabulously textured and resonat visual content. Steal our art for your own use!
> wiki+ radio. For young farmers by young farmers, the radio show is now 2pm EST every Thursday live on air. Always available on the archive.  We’re really excited because the foryoungfarmers wiki is migrating over to our partners at Growfood.net- its still in beta, a social networking/ apprenticeship-finder website, very glossy and 2.0– and a fine new home for our wiki. More about that later.
>personel. We’ve got enough! applicants for residential intern. All we really need is a dedicated, occasional techy. And a few more graphic designers for occasional projects. And a letter press technician. And a carpenter. And a rockstar patron. And if you know a  young farmer that we should know about ( for press, radio, panels, alliance) please nominate them!
Thank you all for your continued presence in our network. We look forward to meeting more of you as we travel around with the film next spring to as many schools, festivals, tiny and grand cinemas as we can muster.
Sincerely, and quite sunburnt
Severine von Tscharner Fleming,
director