Summer Camp Film Series: MOVIE NIGHTS! at Reversing Hall, August 21 to 24

posted August 14, 2019

Craving a summer evening filled with fantastic, award-winning film on food, farming and the future? Join Greenhorns for our Summer Camp Film Series, featuring inspiring films about the quests of farmers engaging with the food system for a brighter, more biodiverse, more just future.

Screenings will take place at Reversing Hall, 4 Leighton Point Rd. Pembroke, ME. Attendance is free, though donations greatly appreciated. RSVP to Movie Nights on our Facebook event. And for lodging / camping needs, RSVP to office@greenhorns.org. We cannot wait to enjoy these films in your good company. Come through!

Migrant Dreams
Wednesday August 21, 8:20 PM
at Reversing Hall, 4 Leighton Point Rd. Pembroke, ME

A powerful feature documentary by multiple award-winning director Min Sook Lee, Migrant Dreams tells the undertold story of migrant agricultural workers struggling against Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program that treats foreign workers as modern-day indentured labourers. Migrant Dreams exposes the underbelly of Canadian policy that has built a system designed exploit, dehumanize and deceive migrant workers who have virtually no access to support or information in their own language. Migrant workers who deserve basic labour and human rights. Watch the trailer, here!

Honeyland
Thursday August 22, 8:20 PM at Reversing Hall

HONEYLAND, the most awarded film from this year’s Sundance Film Festival, features Hatidze, a lone beekeeper in Macedonia. She’s the last in a long line of wild beekeepers, eking out a living farming honey in small batches sold in the closest city – a mere four hours’ walk away. When new neighbors arrive that threaten to destroy her traditional way of life, a breach in the natural order provokes a conflict with Hatidze that exposes the fundamental tension between nature and humanity, harmony and discord, exploitation and sustainability. While the family provides a much-needed respite from Hatidze’s isolation and loneliness, her means of survival are threatened. She must protect her relationship with the fragile ecosystem she depends on. Watch the trailer, here!

The Permaculture Orchard: Beyond Organic
Friday August 23, 9 PM at Reversing Hall

The Permaculture Orchard : Beyond Organic is a feature-length educational film that will teach you how to set up your own permaculture orchard at any scale. Recognizing the limitations of the organic model as a substitute to conventional fruit growing, this film proposes a more holistic, regenerative approach based on permaculture principles. Based on 20 years of applied theory and trial and error, biologist and educator Stefan Sobkowiak shares his experience transforming a conventional apple orchard into an abundance of biodiversity that virtually takes care of itself. The concepts, techniques and tips presented in this film will help you with your own project, whether it is just a few fruit trees in your urban backyard, or a full-scale multi-acre commercial orchard. Watch the trailer, here!

Planet Local Short Films
Saturday August 24, 8:20 PM

The Planet Local short film series on food and farming share the stories of a new generation of farmers with a focus on human and planetary wellbeing. Topics include The New Local Food Movement, Diverse Farming Systems, Local Food Webs — Exploring Systems of Distribution, Local Food Processors, AKA Making Delicious Food, Ecovillages and Networks for New Farmers. Check out the film list, here!


Commons Based DIY Farm Tool Production, ‘AutoConstruction’

posted July 27, 2019

Spearheading the movement for cooperative, user-led tool production in Quebec’s farming community is CAPÉ, la Cooperatif pour Agriculture de Proximité biologique et Écologique. “AutoConstruction” in French, collective, DIY tool production allows farmers to save money by working together and buying materials in bulk. These projects allow participants to enjoy a dynamic workspace and the expertise of an entire group, in addition to manufacturing unique tools that do not exist on the market yet allow for better farming practices.

Farmer, researcher, traveler and writer Samuel Oslund published this beautiful photo essay while researching L’Atelier Paysan in 2016. According to Samuel, “Whether in France, Quebec, the US, or Italy, I have observed that a common theme of this movement is inclusion and participation. Rather than creating uncomfortable, exclusive or intimidating spaces, the hackathons and builds I’ve observed and participated in are always filled with a mix of ages, genders, and people from different experience.”

“This model gives communities direct access to tools created specifically for their needs, and at the core of the designs is the knowledge that they will be hacked, tweaked, and rethought by each user. This has the added benefit of prompting quicker innovation in future and diverse iterations of the tools as they are adapted to suit different needs.”

When evaluating the success of these projects there are many variables to take into consideration from labor, coordination and design, to development and prototyping. With a hackathon it can be difficult to quantify some of these values, because the events are aimed at actively building skills and knowledge through hands-on practice. In the cold and somewhat isolating months of the Quebec winter, these workshops also serve as an excuse to gather together old and new friends from across the province.

Follow CAPÉ’s AutoConstruction Facebook page to learn more, watch inspiring build videos, and get invoved in the movement!


TAKE ACTION: Student Loan Forgiveness for Young Farmers

posted July 22, 2019

Exciting news, folks, from the National Young Farmers Coalition: last week, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) introduced the Student Loan Forgiveness for Farmers and Ranchers Act (S.2168). The July 18 press release from NYFC can be found here.

In the House, HR 3232 would add farmers to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. In the Senate, the Student Loan Forgiveness for Farmers and Ranchers Act (S.2168), would create the Agricultural Loan Forgiveness Program, a loan forgiveness program specifically for farmers and ranchers that would provide a pathway out of student loan debt, bolster the nation’s agricultural economy and provide security to its food supply. 

Take action today to support and help move forward this crucial legislature!! Text “student loans” to 40649 and *click hereto ask your Members of Congress to co-sponsor the Student Loan Forgiveness for Farmers and Ranchers Act because #farmingispublicservice!

Farming is a capital-intensive occupation and student loan debt is often prohibitive for young people in getting the credit needed to start their own farms and contribute to their local economies. These bills would help make farming a viable career choice for young people as our nation’s average age of farmers creeps higher and higher. They would allow the nation to invest in retaining more young farmers who are highly educated, experienced, and pursuing successful agricultural careers, but struggling under the burden of student loan debt. 

Thank you, National Young Farmers Coalition.


LOCAL IS OUR FUTURE

posted July 9, 2019

New book from Helena Norberg-Hodge outlines the steps needed to enable ‘economies of happiness’ to spread and flourish, globally.

“There is no more important task than re-localizing our economies, and this book will tell you how it’s done.” Bill McKibben

Poverty, climate change, the erosion of democracy, an epidemic of depression – these and many other social, economic, ecological, and spiritual crises are connected, and one of their primary causes is our global economic system. Local is Our Future, a new book by Helena Norberg-Hodge, draws out these connections and describes how simple steps towards the local can lead to a sustainable and fulfilling future for both planet and people.

In Helena’s words, “For our species to have a future, it must be local. The good news is that the path to such a future is already being forged. Away from the screens of the mainstream media, the crude ‘bigger is better’ narrative that has dominated economic thinking for centuries is being challenged by a perspective that places human and ecological wellbeing front and centre. People are coming to recognise that connection, both to others and to Nature herself, is the wellspring of human happiness. And every day new, inspiring initiatives are springing up that offer the potential for genuine prosperity.”

While humans thrive on connection, Local is Our Future explains how the global economy systematically severs our connections to the natural world and to community – separating us ever further from each other and from nature. Building local economies, the book argues, can allow those ties to be regenerated, while providing profound economic, social, environmental and psychological benefits.

Taking inspiration from a worldwide movement that is already emerging beneath the radar of the mainstream media, Local is Our Future outlines the steps needed to build a world of interlinked and decentralised economies. On every continent, people are coming together to claw back control over their own livelihoods, and in doing so are healing fractured communities, repairing damaged environments, and building a brighter future.

Helena Norberg-Hodge, the book’s author, has been promoting an economics of personal, social, and ecological wellbeing for four decades across the global North and South. Author of the book Ancient Futures, producer of the award-winning documentary The Economics of Happiness, and founder of the non-profit organisation Local Futures, she was honoured with the Right Livelihood Award (often called the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’) for her groundbreaking work in Ladakh, India, and received the 2012 Goi Peace Prize for contributing to “the revitalisation of cultural and biological diversity, and the strengthening of local communities and economies worldwide.”

In keeping with the book’s message about the importance of connection, Helena would like to encourage readers to join with their community to read Local is Our Future together, as part of a book club or other community group. Local Futures is offering members of these groups a 30% discount on the book – anyone interested should send an email to seankeller@localfutures.org.


Sardine Camp, coming right up!

posted July 6, 2019

The end of the month at Smithereen Farms comes with a full serving of sardines — smoked, pickled, sauced — you name it. Join us for a dreamy and adventure-filled day on and off the water this July 31, SARDINE CAMP! For all yous out there craving an immersive, hands-on, salty summer escapade. Along with an in-depth look at the local history, ecological significance, and cultural importance of sardines and the Downeast Maine fishery.

For more information and RSVP, email office@greenhorns.org. Full day on a sliding scale to $80 includes boat ride, fishing, presentations with local experts and pickling/smoking workshop with James Beard award-winning chef Michael Wiles of Eventide restaurant. Delicious farm fresh & smoked sardine lunch at Reversing Hall, $20. Visit here for the line up of events and special guests and full details on the day.

Come for the sardines…stay for the blueberries!

Greenhorns Sardine Camp Flyer

School of Adaptive Agriculture, applications due June 1!

posted May 30, 2019

Start Farming Now! Learn how at The School of Adaptive Agriculture:

“Now that spring is in full effect having the ability to grow your own food definitely comes to mind. Here at the School of Adaptive Agriculture we have been busy preparing the next generation of farmers. Our Practicum Program is for adults who have decided to enter the sustainable food system. If you want to be among the million new farmers and leaders the US needs in order to transform agriculture, please join us for a 13 week residency program. Our campus is located on a historic 5,000 acre working ranch in Willits, Northern California.

We offer a combination of experiential learning, practicing and working alongside farmers, which we find essential for pursuing new creative, profitable and sustainable ways to grow food. Classroom education is designed to set students up with a specific vocabulary, skill set, and theoretical understanding of small scale agriculture. Weekly field trips bring a unique learning experience, providing students with a diverse preview and a network to help launch them into a new career.”

The Summer Program starts on July 22nd, 2019 and ends on October 18, 2019. Applications are due Saturday, June 1st, 2019.

To learn more about the program please visit: www.adaptiveagriculture.org or send an email to office@adaptiveagriculture.org.

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

The School of Adaptive Agriculture is looking for a special kind of student. Someone who:

  •       Interested in practicing stewardship and being a part of positive change
  •       Asks thoughtful questions
  •       Is innovative, creative, driven, active and collaborative
  •       Is excited about living rustically and rurally
  •       Is 18 years or older (no upper limit!)
  •       Does not necessarily have previous experience in agriculture     

Celebrating Young Farmers on the Big Screen

posted May 30, 2019

Reading young farmers’ stories and poems in The New Farmer’s Almanac is one way to discover the expansive terrain of farming today. Seeing it in real life takes it to the next level. And because most of us live in cities, getting out to see the landscape of crop rotations, new born chicks and apricot trees can be a difficult task. Fortunately, there is an ever growing collection of documentary films that showcase the farmers of our future.

One of these films is The Biggest Little Farm, which chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature’s conflicts, the Chesters uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination. Featuring breathtaking cinematography, captivating animals, and an urgent message to heed Mother Nature’s call, The Biggest Little Farm provides us all a vital blueprint for better living and a healthier planet. Opened in theaters May 10th. Marion Nestle of “Food Politics” writes an intriguing review on the film on her blog.

If you can swing it, come on up and join Greenhorns at Reversing Hall in Pembroke, Maine this August for our Summer Camp Film Festival Series!! On top of the amazing workshops throughout the summer, Movie Nights will feature inspiring and eye opening films about the journeys of young farmer activists engaging with the food system for a more biodiverse future. Come for the high quality film, stay for the cozy velvet sofas and seaweed sprinkled popcorn. Stay tuned for more details and the full line up of films!


Hickory Hill Farm is now Hiring!

posted March 21, 2019

COMPANY DESCRIPTION

Garry and Susan Shaw own Hickory Hill Farm along with their daughter and son in law Jennifer and Josh Johns.  Hickory Hill Farm is a generational family farm and Josh and Jennifer are the sixth generation to farm the land. The farm is a 204-acre tract of land located in Oglethorpe County in North East Georgia in Glade community just north of Lexington, GA.  The land, now known as Hickory Hill Farm, was given to Susan’s family as a land grant by the State of Georgia in 1852.

In 2009, the family made the decision to move the farm into an organic, sustainable, four season, intensive vegetable operation and at that time Hickory Hill Farm was established. It has been a lot of work but worth every minute of it. It is definitely a lifestyle and we love it.

Hickory Hill currently has eight acres under USDA Organic Certification and is growing fruit and vegetables year-round for the Freedom Farmers’ Market at the Carter Center in Atlanta and Athens Farmers Market Bishop Park and Creature Comforts in Athens, as well as, Collective Harvest CSA and local restaurants.

Garry, Susan, Josh, and Jennifer are attempting to recover a way of life for their family and save their generational heritage in farming. Garry and Susan are most excited to introduce their grandchildren to sustainable farming and land management. Josh and Jennifer now have three children, and their hope is to pass healthy, viable land on to them one day to own and manage their own farming endeavors.

We believe deeply in healthy local organic food, being a good steward of the land, educating consumers about their food, as well as, creating change in the “Food Movement” in our country.  
 

“The land is important to us and how we treat it is what will determine if it can produce healthy food for generations to come.”

JOB DESCRIPTIONS

Hickory Hill is currently looking to hire a full-time crew member to join our team beginning immediately.  We are searching for a dedicated individual who desires to learn the ins and outs of organic vegetable farming.  The right person has the potential to join our team year-round.

Hours are Monday through Friday 8 to 5, 7 to 4 in the heat of the summer. Possibility of occasional Saturday work. Sunday’s off. We work in the heat and cold.  

You will work side by side with farm owners and other farm workers.

You will be responsible for the following:
 

  • Field work including planting, cultivating, weeding, harvesting, stringing tomatoes, pest control and monitoring drip irrigation.
  • Cleaning up fields for cover crops or other plantings.
  • Taking down and putting up portable caterpillar tunnels.
  • Working in hoop houses managing crops and weeds.
  • Processing vegetables if needed, which includes washing, sorting, and packaging produce.
  • May include working with cattle, sheep, pigs, and chickens.

Compensation, depends on experience, $10 to $12/hr
And great organic veggies for your fridge!

Hickory Hill Farm is also looking for a Packaging Coordinator.  We package produce for Retail Markets, CSAs and Restaurants Monday thru Friday.  We grow a wide range of produce and have specific guidelines for packaging.  You would need to be able to handle several tasks at once.  Harvesters are bringing in produce that will need to be weighed in and logged into a harvest record and then packaged and recorded for various Markets, CSAs and Restaurants. 

This job requires:

  • Organizational Skills
  • Inventory Record Keeping
  • Understanding of Weights and Measurements
  • Maintain Quality Controls
  • Ability to Handle Multiple Tasks at One Time
  • A Self-Motivated Personality
  • Ability to Work Well with Others and Different Cultures of People
  • Ability to Take Direction and Move from Task to Task with Ease
  • Ability to Lift up to 40lbs
  • Ability to Work on Your Feet for 8 Hours a Day
  • Cross Trained in Light Field Work

COMPENSATION this position is PAID: hourly $12 per hr W-2 employee 40 hours per week

HOW TO APPLY Email hickoryhillfarmga@gmail.com

Please email Farm Position, tell us why you are interested in our farm and organic sustainable farming and anything else you think we’d like to know or any questions you may have.  Please give us a brief job history.  We will send you an application if we decide to interview you.

Thank You!
Susan


Greenhorns presents: Down East summer camp series!

posted March 20, 2019

Join us this Summer in Down East Maine for our annual summer camp and workshop series! This summer we will be sharing space with some amazing guest teachers and speakers to engage with our local communities- both in the natural world and human. We will be celebrating our New Farmer’s Almanac, re-wilding nutrient cycles, healing land through poetry, touring civic architecture, discussing seaweed (and everything about it), learning and singing work songs (while picking blueberries), exploring insect life, plant life, and library craft. We will be hosting only the dreamiest camps where we learn to can, smoke, and pickle fish in Sardine camp, engage with feral apples, Down East apple cider, and the commoning of it all in Cider camp, or spend two weeks learning how to build a family sized yurt in yurt camp. The whole month of August is dedicated to blueberries- and celebrating the last sweet bits of Down East summer on Smithereen Farm and at our HQ Reversing Hall where we will partake in conversations, movies, workshops, fried clams, U-Pick blueberries, local beer, and world class kayaking. BYOT (bring your own tent), stay in a Tipi, or book a place. Come solo or bring the whole family along.

Check out www.discoverboldcoast.com for more activities suggestions, hotels, campsites, restaurants, and cultural offerings.

Head to our events calendar to get more details and learn about our special teachers and guest speakers. Spaces are limited, so book your spot now. Contact office@greenhorns.org to RSVP and for more info!


Temple Wilton Community Farm seeks Dairy Assistant and apprentices!

posted March 13, 2019

Temple-Wilton Community Farm is one of the first community farms in the country and helped shape the “CSA” concept which has spread around the world. Our work is directed towards developing an entirely new culture founded on the cultivation of individual freedomequal rights, and a conscious meeting of economic needs. Towards that end we apply biodynamic practices to create a wholistic farm organism and strive to develop new economic structures directly informed by the realities of working with nature.

JOB DESCRIPTIONS

Temple-Wilton Community Farm is seeking both a Dairy Assistant and seasonal Apprentices in vegetables, livestock, and cheesemaking for the 2019 growing season, running from the beginning of April through the end of October. If interested, there are also possibilities to stay on longer. Inquire for more information.

Dairy Assistant
This individual could either have enough experience to step into this role at the onset, or be prepared and willing to grow into the responsibilities. Apart from the dairy, with up to 15 milking cows, the job would also include the care and maintenance of ~200 layer chickens as well as work related to the pastures and haying. We are seeking someone who will find themselves supported and inspired by the work we are doing with the land, the wider cultural life of our community, and the collegial atmosphere among the farmers. This is uniquely articulated in the farm’s original Aims and Intentions (https://www.twcfarm.com/history-of-the-farm). If you resonate with these intentions and strive to bring them into practice with dairy cows, please contact us. To support this work you will be provided with a private bedroom in a beautiful apartment, access to all foods produced by the farm, WiFi, and a base stipend of $750-$1,250/month depending on experience. 

Farm Apprenticeships
Apprenticeships tend to focus on one area of work, however there is flexibility to accommodate those interested in more than one aspect of the farm.Vegetable work includes all facets of planting, cultivating, and harvesting over 40 different vegetables and herbs for our community farm members, as well as regular applications of the biodynamic preparations. Livestock work includes all aspects of milking and caring for an approximately 15 cow dairy herd, and attending to a flock of laying hens. Cheese-making work includes all aspects of making and marketing a great variety of hard and soft cheeses, as well as yogurt.

Throughout the first two weeks of April we will take time to hone our observational skills and develop our understanding of biodynamic agriculture which we will practice and carry through the ongoing season. During the main season, the rhythm of the work is determined entirely by the needs of the farm, so our schedules must be very flexible. However, you can anticipate having at least one day off per week. To support this work you will be provided with a private bedroom in a beautiful apartment, access to all foods produced by the farm, WiFi, and a base stipend of $400-$750/month depending on experience.

If you are interested in working with us in the vegetable fields or with the livestock please contact Jacob Holubeck at jaholubeck@gmail.com, or call him at 603-831-1213.

If you are interested in making cheese with our small and diverse creamery, please contact our friendly cheesemaker Benjamin at bjonas.meier@gmail.com.

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For more information about our farm, please visit twcfarm.com