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. Along with her husband Terran, she runs Smithereen Farm, a MOFGA certified organic diverse agroforestry operation and fruit orchard that includes wild blueberries, cranberries, vegetables, mushrooms, herbs, farmed and wild seaweeds and a small oyster lease. Looking out on Cobscook Bay, Smithereen farm hosts summer campers and educational workshops as well as a shared-use commercial kitchen/ agricultural processing hub and farm-store. She is a founder and director of the Greenhorns, a 15 year old grassroots organization whose mission is to recruit, promote, and support the incoming generation of organic farmers in America. Greenhorns are best known for The New Farmer’s Almanac a literary journal heading into its sixth edition—and their documentary film, “The Greenhorns,” along with super diverse media projects: anthologies, digital maps, oral histories, exhibits, trade stunts, a large agrarian library and artist in residency program etc. Current projects include: Seaweed Commons, an international learning and advocacy network for conservation minded seaweed farmers, wild harvesters, marine biologists and researchers, and 'Maine myco-buoy project' developing ecological gear for small scale sea-farming. Earthlife.tv a digital curricula about our home landscape, Civic halls project, supporting revitalization and adaptive re-use of community architecture in Maine and the CCC project, participatory mapping in rural townships aimed at reducing climate impacts and increasing resilience through small scale ecological restorations. Greenhorns believe in lively and diverse approaches to the cultural life of ecological farming. Come visit us on our beautiful campus in seaside Maine! Severine is board president of Agrarian Trust, a land commoning organization 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, 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. in Conservation/ Agroecology from the College of Natural Resources.

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.

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