Essays & Articles
How regenerative farming can serve as a tool for global sustainable development Author John Mccrone recently wrote an article concerning New Zealand’s prospects for regenerative farming in Stuff, a New Zealand news and media site. In it, he situates regenerative farming within the framework of New Zealand’s farming future. Mccrone highlights global challenges and trends: […]
In February 2016, Greenhorns hosted a group of innovators in small-scale grains projects at Paicines Ranch, California for a first-of-its-kind convening. We brought together these 40 farmers, millers, bakers and food activists for the purpose of discerning the trends and needs of the local grain movement. Our aim was to support relationship-building and networking amongst […]
There is a growing recognition in both the faith and farming communities, of the opportunities for both to work together. Greenhorns recognized this and partnered with members from a diverse range of faith communities to hold our Faith Lands conference in California this coming March. We have connected with farmers and faith leaders from all […]
Howdy! Cody Hopkins, here. I’m thrilled to be guest blogging for the Greenhorns on behalf of Grass Roots Farmers’ Cooperative. We’re a group of pasture-based livestock farmers operating under a single set of animal husbandry standards and selling our meats under the same brand. Of the many exciting endeavors our cooperative has set out to […]
The Edmund Hillary Fellowship just published this great article about Severine! There is a question we need to ask when talking about food production. The question is, “Who is telling what story, and on whose behalf?” Is it a story that goes with dinner? Or does it perhaps focus on the “We feed the world” […]
The following article was submitted to the Greenhorns by Freya Yost. Freya is Director of Operations at Cloudburst Foundation, an Italian-based non-profit working closely with the Commonwealth to address climate change and meet the UN SDGs. Her background is in information science, specializing in areas of government information and policy, open source technologies, and digital rights […]
You have have read about our upcoming Faith Lands conference in our newsletter during the week. The purpose of the gathering is to connect landowning faith groups with landless young farmers. We want to help create a network that will help nativiate some of the complex issues that can arise in these situations. We are […]
The NY Times published an interesting article recently about Kimbal Musk's (brother of Elon) foray into farming. Mr. Musk is promoting a philosophy he calls “real food,” which nourishes the body, the farmer and the planet. It doesn’t sound much different than what writers like Michael Pollan and everyone who has ever helped start a […]
Berkeley Food Institute Community Engagement and Leadership Fellow and Sociology PhD student Carmen Brick, writes about her experience with workforce development programs for the BFI blog. From the outset, Carmen was aware of the perceived issues with workforce development programmes which are often criticized on the basis that they teach soft rather than hard skills […]
Elise Wach from the Indie Farmer wrote an article published last week that explores the necessary trajectory of the future of farming. At a time when industrial agricultural systems are depleting our soil and placing quantity of produce and profit before quality and ecological health, this discussion is crucial. She also addresses the myths and […]
In a recent article about the 1917 February and subsequent October Revolutions, Jacobin magazine discuss how, as in so many other revolutions, boiling point was reached in the fields and among the peasant class. The peasants were discounted by many at the time, on the right and left alike as ignorant and unimportant, or in […]
Chris Newman is a farmer in Charlottesville working towards a sustainable, healthy and organic future for his family and community. Yet despite this, Chris, as a black man faces racial profiling and discrimination on a regular basis. He has been attracting a lot of attention lately due to his recent facebook post that called out […]
watch: national young farmers coalition lindsey lusher shute's fantastic statement before the senate.
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bGiCRNkjpk?ecver=2] We are so proud of Lindsey Luscher Shute after her outstanding performance before the senate committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. She did a fantastic job of representing the struggles facing young farmers, from land access and affordability, student loan debt, health care affordability to the bias against women and people of color […]
John Ikerd, August 3rd, 2017, In These Times "The sense of impotence and dread in rural America is a consequence of decades of economic extraction and exploitation carried out in the guise of rural economic development. Rural areas are suffering the consequences of prolonged “economic colonization”—a term typically used in reference to neoliberal economic development […]
The Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition has just announced that the deadlines for both the Christine Wilson Award and the Thomas Marchione Award have been extended until July 28th. Eligible candidates do not need to be either an anthropologist or a member of SAFN to apply. The Thomas Marchione award is presented […]
Dave Champan from Keep the Soil in Organics discusses the movement and the latest developments at the Nation Organic Standards Board.
Even after the lamb comes, the ewe continues to strain. Sticky with afterbirth, the ram lamb calls to his mother in quavering tenor, but though she lifts her head in his direction and lets out a low moan of response, her heaving sides won’t let her rise and go to him. In the compounded darkness […]
An interesting wind powered sailing initiative that is documenting different low-tech solutions from around the world.
Supporting agrarian knowledge one over-sized journal at a time.
A journey through the underworld of life and capitalism to find inspiration in precarious places.
In the Age of Trump, it's important to never forget who you are. Write your biography!
A great read on open source in agroecology-- its history, potential, and-- ultimately-- its utter necessity.
Move over Lamb Chop: a market for mutton could be a huge boon for New England farmers.
Why are California farms struggling with a labor shortage?
"...why the things are what they are, how the things would be if they were as they should be, and how a path can be made from the things as they are to the things as they should be." These are the words of Peter Maurin who, along with Dorothy Day, cofounded the Catholic Worker […]
In this feature on the Brooklyn Grange, one of the premier urban farms in the country, we ask: are there ways that rural and urban farms can work together to reform the food system?
A great initiative coming out of Amsterdam, that brings a community, professionals, and artists together to solve a food waste challenge
Author and activist David Bollier makes a case for commons based economics.
Stay vigilant: "Save the Rainforest" is not a past decade's issue.
Greenhorns, we want to point you in the direction of two texts on contemporary farm life! The first is The Journal if Peasant Studies, a publication that focuses rural politics and development. If you're a farmer, researcher, activist, or just plain curious about the breadth of the agrarian perspectives this is a great starting point! You can download […]
New research demonstrates bees pack more smarts into their tiny little brains than we thought.
California may be climbing out of its drought, but much of West Africa is struggling with the effects 0f climate change.
I met Kevin Morin in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, a town on the outskirts of Montreal, and home to some of the last vestiges of agricultural land on the island metropolis. At the time Kevin was working for the Cooperative farm Tournesol. Recently Keven and Nikaela Lange both won the Beingessner Award for Excellence in Writing for essays outlining hopes for the new […]
The Four Horsemen of the Good Food Movement: identifying weaknesses to make the movement stronger!
Liza Bemis grows veggies on her great-great grandfather's farm and spoke with us about how to create and maintain resilient farms in an ever-changing world.
Tech companies and the digital economy don't have to be all bad!
In a time of heated rhetoric and disillusion how do we find ways to participate and join in with the communities and rural populations that we are moving to?
There's a bottleneck problem in sustainable meat: increasingly more producers and consumers and fewer slaughterhouses equipped to get meat from one to the other.
Seed saving and small scale cacao farming in Costa Rica.
The latest post in our ongoing discussion about the inclusion of hydroponics in the National Organic Production standards comes from Helen Lee, a sustainability specialist, consulting and promoting local and sustainable businesses who currently works as a brand ambassador for a maple water company and holds a Master of Science degree in Sustainable Food Systems from Green Mountain College in […]