Pay close enough attention, and the signs are all around us: the Dayton brothers’ rooftop garden at Bachelor Farmer, the Twin Cities’ top young chefs focusing his or her menu around locally sourced products, the faces at farmers’ market stands growing younger and younger. Farming is hot right now, and doesn’t The Greenhorns project know it.
The Greenhorns is a grassroots non-profit organization made up of young farmers and collaborators. Severine von Tscharner Fleming began the project in Berkeley in 2007, first just filming young farmers at work, then partnering with soil enthusiasts, fellow filmmakers (Fleming is friends with the folks behind the 2007 documentary King Corn), artists, cartographers—anyone and everyone interested in changing the face of farming in America. The project has continued to grow, blossoming from a documentary into a community for aspiring farmers.
The Greenhorns organizes events and workshops; maintains a blog and online networking database; launched “Serve Your Country Food,” a map of young farmers in the United States, in 2008; and allows communities to purchase and show its documentary to spread the word. Minneapolis’s Land Stewardship Project, a non-profit organization that supports sustainable agriculture, will be hosting a viewing of The Greenhorns tonight at Bryant-Lake Bowl. Come, enjoy a pint of locally brewed beer, and get in on the biggest trend of the moment, all in the name of good food.