fork to fork

posted May 27, 2016

11th June sees the second year of the Franklin Fork to Fork Festival, a celebration of food, drink, music and the buzz of a strong, engaged and active community!   There will be food from Kitty Fisher’s, the River Café, etc etc etc…..

The aim is to raise funds for the Open Air Classroom project at Ark Franklin Primary Academy where we are building an inspirational garden space that will be open to both the school and the local community.  The aim of the garden is to provide an enriching, exciting and educational space for children to learn the fundamental elements of healthy nutrition alongside mathematics, English, science and the wider curriculum, bringing their learning to life.  A place where pupils and the wider community can experience the joy of discovery, solve problems, be creative, develop self-confidence and mature both socially and emotionally.

Our plans include a pond, raised beds, an outdoor kitchen, space for productions and a weather station, affording our children daily opportunities to physically engage with their environment.  We hope the garden can help reverse the trend that currently sees children in the UK spending less time in green spaces than the population of our prisons.  Our garden will give children access to the outdoors, reversing trends in obesity and childhood depression and giving our children space to reflect and grow.  To visit this website and watch the video, click here!


the greenhorns in the news

posted March 11, 2008

We’re quite excited to see our ideas illuminating the blogosphere this week — thanks to Kat at Eating Liberally who wrote an eloquent and hopeful post about us called “The Greenhorns: A New Breed of American Idol?,” you can find news about The Greenhorns on The Huffington Post.

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It shows how our work — uniting young people, farmers, and foodies in the agrarian revival that so many young farmers and artisan foodmakers have already started— is an idea the mainstream media is attracted to. It’s no surprise to us, of course, because the movement we’re broadcasting is good– it tastes good and it feels good.

Bonnie at The Ethicurean, a California-based food blog, also shared some kind words about the promise of the film.

“Have you ever encountered an idealistic young person with such presence that you thought, Whoa — this one might actually succeed in changing the world!?” —- The Ethicurean about The Greenhorns

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We hope that this news will reach those who might consider donating to the film. We’re trying to raise a few thousand dollars now to enter a short into the Bologna Slow Food Film Festival, but it takes much more than that to make a feature film!

We believe in the power of what we are doing to inspire a generation of hopeful agrarians. When people watch our trailer, they are inspired by the lives of greenhorns — young people working hard, experiencing the gratification of good work, reaping the generosity of the soil and feeding their neighbors with it. They are serving their country; they are embedded in the land; they can keep us safe and self-sufficient; and they re-constitute threadbare communities.

Our job as film-makers, cheerleaders, and champions is to show the lives of these valourous agriculturalists and to entice others into the sector. Imagine the power a film can have to draw young people into such fulfilling livelihoods or lifestyles.

Imagine more farms, more farmers, more good food.

Imagine land literacy.

Imagine community food security.

These are our hopes for the agrarian revival.

If you would like more information about donating to this cause, please contact us at farmer@thgreenhorns.net.