Our Book
Greenhorns: 50 Dispatches from the New Farmers' Movement

50 original essays by new farmers who write about their experiences in the field from a wide range of angles, both practical and inspirational. Funny, sad, serious, and light-hearted, these essays touch on everything from financing and machinery to family, community building, and social change.

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Highlighted Guidebook
Affording OURLAND: Greenhorns Guide to Financial Literacy

Access to farmland persists as the top challenge faced by new farmers in this country. The purpose of this little book is to interpret the landscape of options available to young and beginning farmers who wish to access land and credit for starting or growing farm businesses.

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Highlighted Guidebook
Cooperative Farming: Frameworks for Farming Together

The Greenhorns presents Cooperative Farming, an in-depth resource for forming collaborative businesses. Compiled from 42 interviews with farmers and professionals, this is a how-to handbook on structuring and operating a group venture.

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Almanac
The New Farmer's Almanac

This issue’s theme is Agrarian Technology, and holds a civil, lived testimony from people whose work, lifeworld and behaviour patterns beamingly contradict normative values of the macro economy called America.

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Maine Sail Freight
Mainifesta

This is a story about a group of young farmers staging a pageant-like protest about the terms of trade in our agricultural economy, and the nature of transportation and exchange within that model.

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Latest Blog Posts
first draft of the next farm bill just released
April, 13 2018


Yesterday, the House Ag Committee released their first draft of the next farm bill, which when passed will be in place until 2023.  The process required for the farm bill to pass is as follows: 1. The House Ag Committee releases their draft. 2. The committee meets for “markup,” when they suggest and vote on amendments […]

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plant matter art show in portland maine april 13th
March, 30 2018


Rachel Alexandrou has been a regular contributor to Greenhorns New Farmers Almanac over the years. Her stunning work will be shown in a solo art show on April 13th in Portland Maine at Oxbow Brewery’s Gallery 49. Rachel’s current work focuses on concepts of decay, plant matter and herbarium specimens. 20% of the proceeds of the show […]

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maine governor blames land trusts for states rising property taxes
March, 8 2018


This message is sent on behalf of Tim Glidden, President at Maine Coast Heritage Trust.  Dear Maine Land Trusts, Last night, Governor LePage delivered his final State of the State address. As we expected, right out of the gate he blamed land trusts for Maine’s rising property taxes. He relied upon many statistics to make […]

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mofga seeks new executive director!
March, 3 2018


The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) -fiscal sponsor of the Greenhorns – has launched a search for its next Executive Director. MOFGA’s Board of Directors seeks a dynamic leader and proven manager who shares the organization’s passion for organic agriculture, local food production, a healthy environment, and thriving Maine communities. Background and Overview […]

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DVD
The Greenhorns Documentary

The Greenhorns documentary film, completed after almost 3 years in production, explores the lives of America’s young farming community – its spirit, practices, and needs. It is the filmmaker’s hope that by broadcasting the stories and voices of these young farmers, we can build the case for those considering a career in agriculture – to embolden them, to entice them, and to recruit them into farming. The production of The Greenhorns is part of our grassroots nonprofit’s larger campaign for agricultural reform. We are an activist organization that does much else besides. Please take a look around the website.

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Ourland
A Webseries From the Greenhorns

We have created this series of films to celebrate and interpret intervention, undertaken by individuals and communities, to shift our food and farm economy. These episodes each address a major systemic failure of the old food economy: toxicity, monoculture, monopoly, inequity, exploitation, drought, vulnerability to climate change etc. Each of these characteristics of our current system makes it inadequate to our needs, but our critique counts for nothing if we do not act. Each film introduces us to the people who have identified a point of intervention, and have put their shoulder to the task. It will likely take a generation-long commitment, to rebuild a healthy, regional farm economy.

This is OUR LAND, and our future, its an opportunity: lets fight for it.

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Up Up! Farm
Cooperative Film Festival

The Greenhorns are thrilled to be working in cooperation with many wonderful filmmakers to bring you the Up Up! Farm Film Fesitval, celebrating the work of young agrarians. This collection of indie films and shorts explores questions facing the new farmers movement, and the critical work of building a sustainable, regional food system. We hope you can use these films as an organizing tool that brings your community together and as a launchpad for conversations on the future of food. Host an event in your town this summer!

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About Us

Greenhorns is an eight year old grassroots organization that works to support new farmers in America. Our work is unconventional and various, we focus on event organizing, in person-networking, mixers, celebrations and workshops as well as the production of traditional and new media: radio, documentary film, blog, a book of essays, guidebooks, web-based tools. Our goal over the next generation is to retrofit the food system and to build a thriving agricultural economy, for healthy regions, healthy watersheds, and a healthy farm culture. We believe our movement can succeed with strong communication, solid business skills, sustainable farm practices and importantly, teamwork. We hope you will join the network.