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posted February 10, 2014

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FINAL REMINDER – ALMANAC
The New Farmers Almanac returns for 2015, with a diverse and delightful set of submissions already in hand. If you have promised us a piece of writing, please push it to us as well-polished and quickly as you can. Spend your morning time on it please! Focus, the season will swirl you away once again before you can share what insights a season of thinking has yielded. 

Reminder also to Artists, Amateur Archivists of Ephemera:
You too can send in your contributions!
Almanac images: due date February 15th
300 dpi minimum to almanac@thegreenhorns.net

FYI: If you take a picture with a smartphone, in good light we can usually clean it up and use it.

EVENTS

Please mark your calendars, this one is big.

Our Land: A Symposium on Land Access
April 26, 2014
Brower Center
Berkeley, California

A daylong symposium on land access, transition and reform.
With a line-up of elders opening up an inter-generational conversation on opportunity, continuity, and the political economy of sustainable agriculture.

Wes Jackson, Land Institute
Elizabeth Henderson, Agricultural Justice Project
Sjored Wartena, Terre De Liens
Gary Nabhan, Native Seed Search
Joel Salatin, Polyface Farm
Anuradha Mittal, Oakland Institute

and a few more as well…

Presented by Agrarian Trust, a project of theSchumacher Center for New Economics, in collaboration with Roots of ChangeChelsea Green Publishing,  California Farmlink, and the Berkeley Food Institute.

Info and tickets to come @ agrariantrust.org/symposium

This event will also be recorded for podcast. To receive notification of release please join the Agrarian Trustemail list (fill out the box, top right).

Map Launch:

Our participatory mapping project Serve Your Country Food has finally found its form, a drupal site that welcomes visitors to add their own farms, organizational resources, amtrak stations, waldorf schools, revived grange halls… Over the years we’ve struggled with buggy, cobbled hacks– finally it is good.

ServeYourCountryFood.net is live and getting better every day!

Thanks to the patience and professionalism of Pete Land of Tamerack Media and Ines Chapela, tireless tidier of datasets.

Publications:

You can still buy our 50 Dispatches from the New Farmers Movement, and the 2013/2014 New Farmers Almanac!

Happy to announce the release of:

Greenhorns Guide to Cooperative Farm Purchase
by Faith Gilbert, illustrated by Brooke Budner
made possible by NE SARE.

Affording OUR LAND: A Financial Literacy Guide for Young Farmers
by Kristen Loria, Severine Fleming, Kendra Johnson
made possible by the Swift Foundation

Both imminently available in the new Guidebooks section of our site.

Sev Talks:
Grange Future
March 7, SHED: A Modern Grange
Healdsburg, California

Grange Future is a community history project undertaken by Greenhorns Severine Fleming and Jen Griffith, with illustrations by Christin Ripley.
We have been researching the history of the grange movement and interviewing current grangers about the revivals taking place across the country. Grange Future is a project of discovering the syllabus of appropriate community actions: social kinship, economic cooperation, and resistance against monopoly.  We are still in the muddy middle of building the archive and website.
You can start your own grange research with books+ articles from Library Thing.

Campus + Community Release
Up Up Farm

The Greenhorns is thrilled announce Up Up! Farm, a new series of films that continue the conversation about new entrants in American agriculture.

The films featured in Up Up! Farm are all indie documentaries and shorts that explore questions of farmland access, agricultural careers and rural dynamics. They feature entering farmers from across the US and beyond.

Available for purchase in mid-February 2014, the complete film festival package includes a DVD set, screening rights, promotional materials (posters! flyers! stickers!), as well as a screening guide and resources that empower independent organizers to build and host an inspired, and successful film festival.

Our film line up includes: Tune for the BloodAmerican MeatBrookford AlmanacThe Greenhorns,Our LandSourlandsRural Routes ShortsFarm Hack ShortsFuture Farmers in the SpotlightSmall Farm Rising, and Pig Business (among others).

Please watch for our website launch in early February, where you can see a detailed list of films and trailers, view and update our interactive map of screening sites, and purchase the Up Up! Farm film collection.

For updates, questions, or to bring this film festival to a venue near you, please e-mailupupfarm@gmail.com.

Greenhorns AND
Farm Hack @ NOFA VT Winter Conference again this year.
February 15-17
Burlington, VT

The whole team! If you wanted to meet, chat, get involved – this would be a good place to do it.

You can also meet up with the Adabio Auto-construction’s Joseph and Julian, who will be visiting the Northeast after their training in Quebec. They are around from the 10th of February on – please emailfarmer@greenhorns.org if you want to join for lunch one day to meet them, or invite them to your farm.

PASA ConferenceFeb 5-8

OEFFA Conference, Feb 15-16

And save the date!
MOSES New Farmer Summit, April 4-5
w/ Agrarian Trust partnership

Hoping for rain out west.

Severine + GH Team