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greenhorn expeditions: Georgia and East Tennessee

Tennessee ----------- Sandor Katz is a fermentation fetishist. Sandor is a film advisor and elfin-mentor to the project. He lives in a cob cubby set into a hill in rural Tennessee, on a mountain sanctuary of lovely, lively back to the land freaks--almost all of whom relish, covet and evangelize about his three year old […]

Posted: March 10 2008
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greenhorn expeditions: Iowa

The next three posts are Severine’s travel journals from a swoop she just made visiting farms in the midwest, seeking out young farmers and sleeping in their greenhouses in Tennessee, and attending a conference in Georgia, among many other agrarian investigations and pursuits. Iowa --------------------------------- I arrived in Iowa just after a little snow, and […]

Posted: March 8 2008
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more on greenwashing and effecting corporate change

I wrote a blog entry a few days ago inspired by Michael Specter's New Yorker article about consumerism, carbon consciousness, and carbon trading. In the post, I advocated the power of the consumer to demand greener practices from huge companies. But I left out some important players and aspects of the game, which Severine has […]

Posted: March 7 2008
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NYC greenmarket job opportunities

I got my first whiff of spring this weekend at the Greenmarket in Union Square. For a few moments the sun diffused the biting air, and I drank a cold ginger cider from Breezy Hill Orchard and admired dandelion greens and broccoli sprouts and bought 10 pounds of ground sirloin pork from Flying Pigs Farm […]

Posted: March 4 2008
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churches, carbon footprints, and corporate greenwashing

This week's New Yorker includes an article by Michael Specter about consumer pressure forcing large companies to adopt greener practices. Specter claims that "having a large carbon footprint is the modern equivalent of wearing a scarlet letter." It's not just a moral shift in the corporate world, Specter argues, but "the need to placate customers" […]

Posted: February 29 2008
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report from MOSES Organic Farming Conference in Wisconsin

Severine reports in from Wisconsin. I'm at the MOSES Organic Farming conference in downtown Lacrosse, Wisconsin. A wonderful small town in the "riftless" region on the state border with Minnesota and the beginning of the Mississippi river. This region is characterized by glorious limestone bedrock that has eroded into river valleys and lovely forested hills […]

Posted: February 24 2008
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eating high on the (whey-fed) hog

This week a covey of Brooklyn-based Greenhorns contributors sat down together at Marlow and Sons in South Williamsburg. We were there to hear Mateo of Jasper Hill Farm talk about his farming ethos and experience setting up a large-scale affinage operation in Greensboro, Vermont. [ See video Jasper Hill 101 on Diner Journal blog and […]

Posted: February 8 2008
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relic ecologies / a note from Severine from Point Reyes Station

A visit to my fairy godmother's perch in Pt. Reyes Station. Barbara is a lepidopterist, a xercian butterfly gardener, a naturalist, a thinker. She reminds me about the integrity of ecosytems, and the butterflies about the peace of wild things. "The Peace of Wild Things" by Wendell Berry When despair for the world grows in […]

Posted: January 30 2008
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irresistible bling for the fleet: strida and xtracycle

We're not that into product endorsement. But this Strida collapsible bike is pretty cool, and we do claim to be an articulated mass of cyclists. Areaware just started distributing them in the US, and the best part about it is that you can fold up the Strida bike and put it in the back of […]

Posted: January 29 2008
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Dear Dolly, with regards, from Severine.

A letter to a cloned sheep, pig, broiler or dairy-creature. (Beware: this is satire.) Dear Dolly, Well. It seems that the US Food and Drug Administration, in all its wisdom, has decided that American citizens will be safe eating cloned animal products. Yes Dolly, that means ewe, your lambies, and even your immaculate lactation. Move […]

Posted: January 25 2008
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Letter from Sledge in Mississippi

Read about our visit to Sledge's cotton gin. Dear Severine, I had a wonderful time talking to you and McKay today. I am really encouraged to see young people like you take such an interest in agriculture. The country will be facing major lifestyle changes in the near future as we learn to cope with […]

Posted: January 16 2008
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Ag road trip in the Mississippi Delta

After Christmas Severine came down to my family’s home in Mississippi to do some research on the history and contemporary realities of Southern agriculture. As would befit any visit to the Delta, we ate shrimp & grits, slept in a room over a blues club, and were invited to Sunday lunch at a newly-made friend’s […]

Posted: January 16 2008
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found food / dirt diving

Once you start looking, food is all around you, much of it as daily annoyances: blackberries, dandelions, pigeons and possum, deer, elk and porcupine. The Bear Deluxe Magazine, published by ORLO, an Oregon den of art + enviro-ethos, calls for your found recipes. "What about the fresh, free range and seasonably produced food sources that […]

Posted: January 16 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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conspicuous carnivores

In this week's New Yorker, Bill Buford delivers, with his usual finger-licking enthusiasm, a digest of three new books about meat. Though varying in tones of hopeful agrarianism, tongue-in-cheek indulgence, and gritty slaughterhouse realism, these authors (each in his early 40s) all nod to a Greenhorns ethos: you and your butcher should be on a […]

Posted: November 30 2007
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Shooting with the King Corn boys

California: North, Bay and a bit of inland. October 28 - November 5, 2007 This is an account of my first major shoot for The Greenhorns. Really the schedule was a narrative diatribe in the form of an itinerary. Oh, and the sweet spots of great light: 8 am and 5.20pm- when we could get […]

Posted: November 27 2007
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Welcome to The Fleet

The Irresistible Fleet of Bicycles is the blog for The Greenhorns, a documentary film about young farmers in America. The purpose it to keep you updated on the progress of the film, to introduce you to the farmers, and to allow the filmmakers to share rants and raves on various happenings in the worlds of […]

Posted: November 21 2007
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