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Business World Refugees

We Greenhorns welcome these new refugees to farming & soil. Business World Refugees in the Nonprofit Sector by Nathaniel Whittemore. Published January 15, 2009 @ 08:11AM PST Nothing like hiring freezes at Fortune 500 companies to send MBAs running the way of the nonprofit sector, or so it seems according to two recent articles that […]

Posted: January 26 2009
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Visionary Virginian Greenhorn

A beautiful piece of writing from a Virginian greenhorn. UVA Garden Initiative Introduction "Agriculture is a science of the first order...It counts among its handmaids the most respected sciences, such as Chemistry, Natural History, Botany. In every College and University, a professorship of agriculture, and the class of its students, might be honored as first." […]

Posted: January 20 2009
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Wes Jackson & Wendell Berry in the New York Times

This is worth a re-post! OP-ED CONTRIBUTORS A 50-Year Farm Bill By WES JACKSON and WENDELL BERRY Published: January 4, 2009 THE extraordinary rainstorms last June caused catastrophic soil erosion in the grain lands of Iowa, where there were gullies 200 feet wide. But even worse damage is done over the long term under […]

Posted: January 9 2009
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Must Read: The Quest to be an Organic Farmer

Check out this great post on Civil Eats... it documents the journey (so far) of Naomi Starkman, as she seeks to be an organic farmer. From WWOOF to Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, several sustainable agriculture organizations and the Slow Food Nation Victory Garden, and on to whatever comes next. Here's an excerpt: […]

Posted: December 16 2008
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Note from Andy Glaser

Here, Andy Glaser gives us what he calls his "late night rant."  Let's hope for a strong '09 season for Andy and the "student" garden club at Rutgers.  Cheers, Andy.

Posted: November 20 2008
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Reflections on farming from a potential young farmer

For a fun, inspirational read, here's an email that greenhorns' friend Rebekah Guss sent out after visiting some new Tennessee Farmers...

Posted: November 17 2008
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A Farmer's To-DO List

Lists are fun, so we thought we'd post a recent note and to-do list from farmer/writer/greenhorns ally Zoe Bradbury: Well, here's the thing: I'm leaving in 36 hours for a 3.5 week honeymoon with my new hubby. In that 36 hours I have to: -pull off my last harvest day -deliver the harvest -finish building […]

Posted: November 17 2008
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Secretary of Agriculture - let's have a say

Yes We Can influence Obama's choices for Ag Secretary, and other appointments in the USDA! In the last week there has been much exciting talk of potential people Obama could or should choose for Secretary of Agriculture. So how do we take action? Chrys Ostrander of Chrysalis Farm at Tolstoy compiled an amazing list of […]

Posted: November 13 2008
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Diary of a young farmer

Today the letter from a young farmer is written by me, Severine, director and chief logistician of The Greenhorns. After six months on the east coast, I have adopted fully the terretorial totems of my river valley. I adore going 'upriver' to the new digs- and 'down the hudson' into the city. There is only […]

Posted: October 12 2008
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Pregnant Ponies on the Road! Chapters from a young farmer...

Hello Friends,  So I am down to my last weeks here in Maine-- it has become an amazing autumn, clear light, beautiful leaves. I just wanted to let you all know what I am up to next, and what I have been working on here. I have bought two Fjord horses, a seven year old […]

Posted: October 3 2008
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letters from young farmers: dearest Patagonia

Dear Patagonia and Kim, I'm writing to request Patagonia reflective tape for use in a bicycle based action to take place in San Francisco during Slow Food Nation and the critical mass. The reflective tape will be used to sew onto bike-flags which poke into the air behind the back wheel of a bike. The reflective ribbon is for […]

Posted: August 13 2008
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a note from our friend Simon

Hi Everyone, I run a web service for small farms that provides websites and ecommerce to farms across the country (see link below). The basic way it works is that each farmer has their own login and password and they can develop and update their site themselves without needing any technical skills. They choose and […]

Posted: August 4 2008
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smoke on the mountain

from Paula Somoza Manalo, Mendocino Organics CSA The early morning of Saturday, June 22, a thunderstorm crashed through Northern California. My partner Adam and I were awakened by the shaking thunder and lightning right above us in Redwood Valley. My first thought was, "Great, we'll get a little water!" The storm did not last long, but […]

Posted: July 3 2008
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letters from young farmers: Drew McCoy

i'm interested in helping! from 82 to 2000 i was a dairy farm kid on Wotokahan Farm in Ohio and then in 01 i was attending Drake in Iowa working on a graphic design/advertising degree i dropped out ($) from 02 to 05 i attended BraincoMSA in Minnesota which is an advertising portfolio shcool i […]

Posted: June 5 2008
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letters from young farmers: our task

from Louella Hill, Cheesemaker, Narragansett Creamery Sev! You are kind to call to consult me the consultant. What a little dilemma you have... But also... not really. My instant gut reaction was simple and strong: Your task right now is to make this film. Your task is not to overthink yourself. It is not to judge […]

Posted: May 19 2008
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letters from young farmers: Nicole

Cheers to our new series: letters from young farmers.  Of late, our inbox has been blessed with moving missives from those either currently farming or investigating the fruits of life on the land.  Our goal is to inspire another generation of optimistic agrarians, so when we receive these inspiring letters that inspire our work we can't help but want […]

Posted: April 11 2008
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Resources: recommended reading, viewing, listening and more

One of our goals is to provide young farmers, apprentices, and others with the resources necessary to begin farming or to expand their practice. We think that the knowledge of other Greenhorns will provide ballast and an ideal platform from which to share information. We aim to facilitate this information exchange through establishing a website […]

Posted: December 8 2007
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