CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS! The New Farmer’s Almanac, Vol V, the FARMERS NEW DEAL

posted December 10, 2019

The New Farmer’s Almanac is a place for public thinking and proactive literary inquiry into the future we share on the land and at the table. Shifting practices is a team sport, and with its original artwork, stories, poetry, and old-time manifestos, this is just the compendium to inspire your own part in the mix.

Submissions for Volume V will be accepted between December 1, 2019 and March 1, 2020. If you miss that deadline, query anyway—we may still be seeking just what you have to share! 

Submission Guidelines: 

Query before submitting at almanac@greenhorns.org. Include a brief description of the work you’d like to submit, and a word or two on your connection to the land. You can pitch completed work, work-in-progress, or ideas on work-to-be.

Written Submissions

We will consider essays, interviews, recipes, ruminations, reading lists, rants, star charts, stories, instructions, jokes, thoughts, dreams, or other curious textual things. For prose, 700 words (give or take) is our preferred length. (We’ve been known to be flexible, but it’s not often that we publish works longer than eight pages). If you’re submitting poems, give us up to three to consider. If your work defies such categories, aim for one page, or two, or three (but no more than that unless we ask).

Visual Arts Submissions

We will consider photographs, original art, illustrations, picture essays, flowcharts, diagrams, maps, doodles, or natural world paraphernalia. Whatever your medium, materials should be submitted as 300 dpi grayscale images, formatted as .tiff, .png, or .jpg files. With each piece, please specify artist name, name of work, and medium.

Volume V, THE FARMERS NEW DEAL

What emphasis is still missing from the Green New Deal that we read so much about?

We think: Land use! Adaptive, resourceful, responsive re-use is the theme song of the next Almanac.

Imagine the tremendous potential for climate mitigation and resilience if we reconsider habits and conventions of land use that contaminate water, degrade soil, and make our cities dysfunctional despoilers of their ecosystem.

You who are accustomed to making lists of land tasks… let’s look beyond the boundaries of the farms we manage and talk publicly about the changes we could make. All the land around us needs better care, restoration, and refurbishment. 

What do you see? What ideas do you have for WHAT CAN BE DONE on the land? Please take a look around and put your thoughts down on paper, share with us your wild notions and practical thinking for a Farmer’s New Deal.

Didn’t catch the last iteration of the Almanac? Order one now!


staple bedside reading material

posted March 3, 2017

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“Women in Agriculture” by Filipino activist painter Federico (‘Boy’) Dominguez

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 the 44th edition free here.

Next, we would like to give a shout out to our very own publication: the 3 Volume of The New Farmers Almanac. We’re pretty proud of this compendium of agrarian life, which focuses on the commons and features writings, illustrations, thoughts and musings from 120 farming and ranching contributors.

You can order your very own here.


Greenhorns 2016 Impact Report

posted December 21, 2016

 

On this winter’s solstice, along with traditions of stoking the hearth and nestling fireside, we thought to drop a line on the past season.

In 2016 our Greenhorns network surpassed 62,000 – a community within reach of our media projects, news and inspiration. We are continuously working to broaden and diversify our network of new agrarians, to bring the voices, testimony and success stories of today’s new agrarians to ever more aspirants and students. Please take a moment to review our 2016 impact report for all the clever details.

Thanks to your support, we continue to grow stronger.

Happy Winter, The Greenhorns’ Team

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time to submit to the new farmers almanac, volume 3!

posted January 14, 2016

Time to submit to the NEW FARMER’S ALMANAC vol. III
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Agrarians and stewards of all types, young and old, seasoned and greenhorn, we want to hear from you! We’ve begun the process of compiling submissions to the New Farmer’s Almanac: vol III. Awash in fascinating content, we want more!
The upcoming Almanac will explore the theme of The Commons, drawing from folklore, mathematical projections, empirical, emotional and geographical observations of theory and praxis. As farmers we hold space in many interwoven commons, and possibilities for our shared future would seem to rest on how these intersecting commons are governed, particularly at the juncture of humanity and ecology where we make our workplace.
We face a dystopian future, with guaranteed-unpredictable weather, the impending collapse of the fossil fuel economy, endlessly consolidating monopolies, and a country that is, for the first time in our history, majority urban. For these reasons the Almanac is a utopian publication oriented toward the foundational concepts of an agrarian democracy, but also a publication which rejects the self-propelling logic of techno-utopia—dependent upon extraction economies and the enclosure of common resources. We align ourselves with the words of Ursula Le Guin, who reminds us that our intent in utopian thinking should not be “reactionary, nor even conservative, but simply subversive.”

 

We want to hear from you on your engagements with the Commons and all its intricacies—marine and terrestrial, tragic and elemental, constantly under assault and yet inexorable in the persistence of its promise. Send us astronomical data, exercises in cooperation, reading lists, games, poems, rants, historical accounts, animal handling instructions, illustrations, guides to any and all aspects of farming and stewardship, recipes, health suggestions, thoughts, dreams, plans, schematics, even computer code if you’ve got some that’s applicable. We’re open to everything!

Text submissions should be around 700 words. Visual materials should be submitted as 600 dpi grayscale images, formatted as .tiff, .psd, or .jpg files.

If you’ve got ideas and want to run them by us beforehand, please do so by Jan. 10, 2016. Submissions are due by Feb. 1, 2016!

Send submissions to almanac@thegreenhorns.net
Questions or further information needs? Email us at the above address.

 

Onward!