Ditching the Cubicle For the Pasture

Our friend Edith Zimmerman, who wrote this piece about the young farmers who call themselves the Greenhorns, just told us about a new Greenhorns’ Web documentary. What is it like, to ditch the city and figure out how to be a farmer?

It is hard work, and it takes years to make sense of it all, and nobody’s making Silicon Valley wages, but my god what a beautiful place. And look at these healthy young adults, able to move around of their own accord, outside in the pasture, surrounded by green hills and ramshackle barns.

There are more of these episodes on the Greenhorns website, and my favorite is this next one, from South Carolina:

And here you get some seed politics, from these independent seed growers in the Pacific Northwest:

What is the goal of all this propaganda? To show the path to another way, for those contemplating such things. Or, in their words:

Greenhorns is a five year old grassroots organization that works to support new farmers in America. . . . 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.

Go to the Greenhorns’ site to learn more about what they’re doing.