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The Greenhorns – documentary film that explores the lives of America’s young farming community

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The Greenhorns

With help from Patrick Kiley.

“The Greenhorns” is a documentary film that explores the lives of America’s young farming community — its spirit, practices, and needs. It is the filmmakers’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 film will be completed by June, with a release campaign across the country later this year and into 2011. A quarter to a third of the farmers in the film operate in an urban setting. Examples: Louella Hill (the Baltimore cheese maker) and Brooke Budner (San Francisco gardener) and Allemany Farm in California.

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March 7, 2010   1 Comment

Perspectives: Down on the urban farm

Fightwar together

Reclaiming our agrarian heritage

By K. Rashid Nuri
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 5, 2010

In his State of the Union address, President Obama enumerated ongoing problems requiring his attention: health care, the economy, job creation, environmental issues and lack of renewable fuels. In doing so, he suggested that increasing agricultural exports would help solve some of these problems.

While export agriculture might indeed help some corporations, it is unlikely to resolve issues directly affecting the public. One thing that would, however, is urban agriculture. While not a panacea, urban agriculture can allay many of the concerns mentioned by the president, and it can do so in several critical ways.

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