The Greenhorns

The Greenhorns is a non-traditional grassroots non-profit organization made up of young farmers and a diversity of collaborators. Our mission is to recruit, promote and support the new generation of young farmers. We do this by producing avant-garde programming, video, audio, web content, publications, events, and art projects that increase the odds for success and enhance the profile and social lives of America’s young farmers.

The news is in from urban, suburban and rural districts alike: America needs more young farmers and more young farmers want a piece of America. It will take millions of rough and ready protagonists of place to care for our ecosystems and serve our country healthy food in the years to come. The Greenhorns enable this critical meeting of minds, bodies, and land by helping young and aspiring farmers to navigate career paths, build skills, and connect with each other. Our multifaceted approach includes on-the-ground organizing of events and workshops, media production, and online coalition building.

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Open Shop Tools

Stage: Ready to Build
Tool type:
"Smart Farm" tools
# of Topics: 70
Last Tool Wiki Update 09/03/2015
# of Wiki Edits: 24
Stage: Concept
Tool type:
Universal farm infrastructure/farm shop, "Smart Farm" tools
# of Topics: 5
Last Tool Wiki Update 07/08/2015
# of Wiki Edits: 34
Stage: Concept
Tool type:
"Smart Farm" tools, Universal farm infrastructure/farm shop
# of Topics: 1
Last Tool Wiki Update 05/02/2015
# of Wiki Edits: 8
Stage: Concept
Tool type:
Harvesting, "Smart Farm" tools
# of Topics: 1
Last Tool Wiki Update 04/21/2015
# of Wiki Edits: 8
Stage: Concept
Tool type:
Universal farm infrastructure/farm shop, Harvesting
# of Topics: 1
Last Tool Wiki Update 02/26/2015
# of Wiki Edits: 4
Stage: Prototype
Tool type:
Universal farm infrastructure/farm shop
# of Topics: 4
Last Tool Wiki Update 03/21/2014
# of Wiki Edits: 17
Stage: Concept
Tool type:
"Smart Farm" tools
# of Topics: 2
Last Tool Wiki Update 07/03/2013
# of Wiki Edits: 17
Stage: Concept
Tool type:
Fencing and livestock management, Harvesting, Water, Post Harvest
# of Topics: 0
Last Tool Wiki Update 12/27/2012
# of Wiki Edits: 4
Stage: Concept
Tool type:
# of Topics: 4
Last Tool Wiki Update 03/16/2012
# of Wiki Edits: 1

Events Hosted

Forum Topics from Organization's members

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Start-Up Projects

Open Food Hub (OFH) is software to run a stand-alone food hub (of any scale). It enables you to manage online ordering, multiple suppliers and products, and a range of distribution points. It is designed to facilitate the viability of ethical and sustainable food enterprises. It exists and is useable. It will get better.

Forum Comments from Organization's members

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OPEN source notes from notes from Ag Kawamura at American Farmland Trust

World Agriculture has never been more abundant, safe and diverse
Food is a privilege, not a right.
Look at the past to realize how lucky we are now..\ crop failures..
Sacrifice a lovely maiden/
Norman Borlaug!
Dust spores...Epidemic, pathonogenic crop failure
That is why Norman Borlaug's generation saw that they could predict and anticipate and prevent such catastrophes .
Saving millions of lives..
These are the kinds of things we have to look at
the kinds of tools we have in from t of us. these are the toolsets we have to work with currently
70,000 acres taken out of production because of the drought in Caliornia

Will we have the capacity to provide for everyone.
We have to have land and the capacity to continue..and the logistics
we will.

hurricanes in California, "the fact that it happened before means it will happen again"
embrace new concepts, ideas, technologies
The challenge of getting a consistent crop off, we are looking for more tools, seeds…
because of the retooling, he can keep planting even when its so wet
looking for more property where you can bring that land in production
desserts are among the most predictable
I think these folks with little home gardens, roof gardens ( dismissive) think that we don't' need other kinds of farming, by which he means mega scale..

Franchise the hydroponics all over the plant
we have plenty of water on the planet, we just have a salt problem and a logistics problem
lets put cisterns under our homes
atmospheric water harvesters, a new small house of the future
DARPA FUNDING for swap coolers
have its own energy and water systems, with very nice ' turnkey kinds of situations'
collecting fresh water from boats off-shore, put it on a barge, into a reservoir, freshwater balloons

precision agriculture helps us meet the criticism about wastefulness
Agriculture is not broken, its getting more dynamic every day

the more bulletproof we are, and resistant to failure
the public has to stand up
we need a whole army of young farmers, not young farmers, but new farmers.
folks that understand it, patient , smart, tolerant, but getting it wrong is not an option
we are here to work on systems of abundance
humility of farming is understanding what is out of your control.