September 28, 2011
Screening of The Greenhorns
The Woodstock Farm Festival & Woodstock Land Conservancy
sponsor a screening of “The Greenhorns”
Q&A with filmmaker Severine von Tscharner Fleming and local young farmers to follow
Woodstock, NY – The Greenhorns, a national grassroots nonprofit organization of young farmers, will premiere their much-anticipated documentary film, “The Greenhorns,” at the Colony Café in Woodstock on Tuesday October 4th, 2011 at 7pm. The screening will be followed by a discussion with filmmaker Severine von Tscharner Fleming and local farmers.
"The Greenhorns" documents the reemergence of a key cultural and economic force--the young American farmer. Despite a longstanding trend of farmer attrition and aging (the average age of a farmer in America is 57), and the continued rapid loss of farmland to development, this film shows how communities are experiencing a resurgence of activity among young, new and aspiring farmers.
“The Greenhorns” reveals how a new generation of young agrarians is working to reverse these trends by rebuilding local and regional foodsheds, revitalizing rural economies, and providing healthy food for all --one farm at a time. Although they face many hurdles, including access to land and costs, official mandates calling for the increase and successful resettlement of young farmers while farmland remains abundant is an encouraging sign. Now we need policies to back up that goal. With over 400 million acres of farmland poised to change hands over the next twenty years, the time for action is NOW. The 2012 Farm Bill package of legislation is already in the pipeline. “The Greenhorns” provides context, reveals the issues, and introduces the viewer to a savvy, enterprising group of young farmers who are rolling up their sleeves and getting into the business of fixing America--one farmer at a time.
Co-sponsored by the Woodstock Farm Festival and the Woodstock Land Conservancy, this film continues their joint efforts to foster discussion about sustainable agriculture and the importance of supporting local food and farmers.
Directed by farmer/ activist Severine von Tscharner Fleming, produced in dozens of states over three years, “The Greenhorns” runs a fast 50 minutes. Part of the proceeds will go to "http://www.help-the-farm.org/" RSK Farm, a local farm in Prattsville devastated by hurricane Irene. Tickets will be available at the door, Colony Café 22 Rock City Road, Woodstock. Donation is suggested.
About the Greenhorns:
The Greenhorns national non-profit organization recruits, supports and promotes young farmers in America. Using radio, blogs, film, new media, original resources and live events, the Greenhorns build agrarian culture by connecting young farmers with land, resources and each other. We are based on a farm in the Hudson Valley of New York State.
About the Woodstock Farm Festival:
The Woodstock Farm Festival is a weekly farmers’ market that features twenty local vendors/farmers selling a wide variety locally grown produce, meats, grains, wines, dairy & cheeses, etc. In addition, the festival features a unique outdoor dining area with free live music and performances where vendors provide ready to eat meals that have been prepared using local meats and produce to market shoppers. Now in its 4th season, the Woodstock Farm Festival operates on Wednesdays 3:30 pm – dusk from June 1st – Oct. 26th. If it’s Wednesday, it’s Woodstock!
About the Woodstock Land Conservancy:
The Woodstock Land Conservancy's mission is to protect and preserve the open lands, forests, wetlands, scenic areas and historic sites in Woodstock and the surrounding area. For over 20 years, WLC works to realize this mission by collaborating with partner organizations, and by using a multi-faceted outreach approach to engage diverse segments of the community.
Megan Reynolds, Woodstock Farm Festival/Woodstock Land Conservancy
Patrick Kiley, Greenhorns