Our Team

The Greenhorns team is geographically widespread and volunteer-driven. Our core team consists of a few part-time staff who coordinate projects with a rotating crew of contributors and seasonal collaborators. Most of us have at least a couple hands or feet in farming, and with the others we coordinate media, events, and civic engagement.
We believe in grassroots community organizing, and in highlighting the voices of farmers in mainstream media. By bundling and broadcasting our down-to-earth messages, we hope to interpret the professional opportunities in agriculture for new entrants, welcome them to our evolving agricultural community, and build cultural solidarity for this new farmers movement.

GREENHORNS TEAM

Severine von Tscharner Fleming

Severine von Tscharner Fleming

Director

Severine is a farmer, activist, and organizer based in Downeast Maine. She runs Smithereen Farm, a MOFGA certified organic wild blueberry, seaweed, and orchard operation. Looking out on Cobscook Bay, Smithereen farm hosts summer camps, camping, and educational workshops. She is a founder and board president of Agrarian Trust and current director of the Greenhorns, a 14 year old grassroots organization whose mission is to recruit, promote, and support the incoming generation of farmers in America. Greenhorns produce media and publications for and about the young farmers movement from documentary films to almanacs, anthologies, mix-tapes, posters, guidebooks, and digital maps. They are best known for The New Farmer’s Almanac—heading into its sixth edition—their documentary film, “The Greenhorns,” and the raucous young farmer mixers they’ve thrown in 37 states and 14 grange halls. Severine is co-founder and board secretary of Farm Hack, an online, open-source platform for appropriate and affordable farm tools and technologies. She also serves on the board of the Schumacher Center for New Economics, The Merwin Conservancy and on the advisory board of Savanna Institute, and as an Edmund Hillary Fellow. Severine attended Pomona College and the University of California at Berkeley, where she graduated with a B.S. from the college of Natural resources with a degree in Conservation/Agroecology.

Briana Olson

Briana Olson

Almanac Editor Emeritus, Advisor and Special Projects

Briana is a writer, editor, teacher, and backyard gardener based in the desert town of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is editor emeritus of the New Farmer’s Almanac, co-editor of edible New Mexico, and a regular contributor to Southwest Contemporary. She’s also project editor for Agrarian Trust’s FaithLands initiative, promoting equitable, restorative, and sustainable agricultural land access and stewardship.

Alli Maloney

Alli Maloney

Managing Editor, The New Farmer's Almanac

Alli Maloney is an editor, photographer and writer growing food in Appalachia. She has collaborated with Greenhorns as an editor and contributor on two editions of The New Farmer’s Almanac and currently serves as managing editor for the sixth, expected in 2023. She has previously worked with organizations such as UNICEF, Greenpeace and Agrarian Trust, as a United Nations Foundation Press Fellow, and written for outlets like Pacific Standard and Quartz on issues including plastic pollution, the climate refugee crisis, and racism within police departments. She launched and managed Teen Vogue’s news and politics vertical, producing award-winning columns and editorial packages as senior politics editor. Her most recent published work can be found in No Planet B: A Teen Vogue Guide to the Climate Crisis.

Renee Rhodes

Renee Rhodes

Outreach/Commissioning Editor of the New Farmer's Almanac

Renée is an artist, writer, gardener, and cultural worker living in San Francisco, California — 2 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Her past work has seen her developing and supporting creative programming for arts-based organizations like San Francisco Art Institute, Root Division, and Creativity Explored; while also engaging in land-based work at community farms and ecological restoration sites like Alemany Farm and Literacy for Environmental Justice. She holds an MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute, as well as hands-on certifications in ecological restoration, farming, and gardening from various Bay Area environmental organizations. She is passionate about the intersection of art, writing, and ecology and believes that artists are important thought partners in the development of our collective ecological literacy. Currently, she is planting a successional grassland on an old sand dune with native California grasses she grew at home from seed.

Alex Plowden

Alex Plowden

Office Manager

Alex is a communicator, organizer, and nonprofit fundraiser living on occupied Wabanaki land in Lubec, Maine. He holds a Master’s in Public Policy and a Bachelor’s in Informed Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. An ardent anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist, Alex has worked to support the cooperative movement with the Local Enterprise Assistance Fund (LEAF), for racial and working class equality on the Poor People’s Campaign, and for demilitarization with Mass. Peace Action. While not on the farm, Alex enjoys amateur archeology, reading revolutionary theory, and enjoying a beer at Lubec Brewing Co.

Elena Bird

Elena Bird

Seaweed Commons Program Manager & Greenhorns Project Manager

Elena is a temporarily retired farmer, a student of corvids, and a generally awe-struck individual in the world. People, their creativity, and their capacity for finding joy are a source of inspiration. With that as a guide, Elena dedicates much of their time to creating space for the genius and joy of humans to come together and manifest more equitable and life-centered visions for the world. Sometimes that means hosting too many potlucks and other times, scheduling Zoom calls. Elena is currently living on land known as Dejope to the Ho-Chunk Nation. They are working towards their M.S. in Agroecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, noodling their way into the lives and work of local food growers and land stewards, and coordinating the Seaweed Commons and other Greenhorns’ projects.

Colin Sullivan-Stevens

Colin Sullivan-Stevens

Art Director

Colin is an artist, designer and restless creative living a stone’s skip from Casco bay in Portland, Maine. His work includes public murals, festival events, graphic design communication projects, and independent studio art. He has worked with organizations including The Maine Arts Commission, Camden International Film Festival, Space Gallery, Center for Maine Contemporary Art and Freeport Climate Action Now. Anchorpak, a design investigation in low impact carrier-bag design was funded by The Maine Technology Institute. Colin holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. He spent the better part of summer 2021 soaking in the oceanic backwaters with us and serves in the ongoing role of ‘ smithereen art director'. Up next, graphics for Pembroke Clean Water campaign, a wayfinding map of the cultural geography, civic architecture and eco-destinations of Cobscook Bay, and other adventures in interpretive signage. Reach Colin directly(www.anchorpak.com)

Eli Utne

Eli Utne

Lead Blog Writer

Eli Utne is an educator & musician with a background in farm-scale regenerative agriculture, community organizing, and the arts. Eli is worker/owner at Learning By Hand, an educational cooperative focused on practical skillbuilding. He lives in Huchiun, Occupied Ohlone Territory (Bay Area) and works with schools, restaurants, homeowners, and individuals to deepen their relationship with and understanding of ecological systems. Eli is a passionate advocate for collective liberation, creative placemaking, land-based reparations, and the magic of human interaction. When he's not doing all that, Eli makes music, surfs or wanders.

CURRENT & FORMER COLLABORATORS

Hannah Aitken • Devin Balkind • Audrey Berman • Ethan Bien • Zoe Ida Bradbury Chandler Briggs • Brooke Budner • Holli Cedarholm • Claire Cekander • Inés Chapela Hallie Chen • Tyler Christie • Laura Fong Cline • Anne Dailey 
Molly Danielsson • Amy FranceschiniTaylor Gentry • Faith Gilbert • Eliza Greenman • Jen Griffith • Daniel Grover Laura Hanna • Will Harron • Louella Hill • Anya Kamenskaya • Christopher Lee Kennedy • Tianna Kennedy 
Rosy Keyser • Patrick Kiley • Jordan Kinley • Eva King •Nicole Lavelle • Kristen Loria • Charlie Macquarie • Ginny Maki Paula Manalo • Lulu McClellan • Elise McMahon • Derrick Mead • James Most • Dan Paluska • Eric Phillips-Horst • Nanette Phillips 
Bonnie Powell • Megan Shaw Prelinger • Rick Prelinger • Michelle Rehme • Alanna Rose 
Laura Schoorl • Cara Sipprelle • Naomi Starkman • Connor Stedman • Jessica Suda • Henry Tarmy • Sarah Tautin 
Cleo Ulatowski  • Brooke Werley • Tusha Yakovleva