A talk with the authors of "GreenHorns"
A community of spirited young farmers and activist, the Greenhorns are leading the charge for a new generation of foodies, locavores, and environmentalists - all of whom are committed to food grown with conviction, vision, and respect for the earth. With a network 5,000 members strong, a blog that gets nearly 1,000 hits a day, a documentary film that's been the darling of dozens of film festivals, and advisers who range from Michael Pollan to Alice Waters, the Greenhorns are today's guides to self-sufficiency. Edited by three of the group's leading members, Greenhorns includes 50 original essays by visionaries who eschewed the comforts of universities and desk jobs to dig deep in the soil. Collectively, the writers explore farming from a vast range of angles, both practical and inspirational. Topics include financing, family, logistics, machinery, community building, and social change. This book is a celebration of taking risks and following one's convictions to a place where nothing comes easy, yet every day is filled with meaning and purpose. Presented with honest appeal, Greenhorns will inspire and inform gardeners, cooks, locavores, or anyone who longs to be more self-reliant. Zoë Ida Bradbury runs a farm in southern Oregon with her mother and sister, where they use a team of draft horses to cultivate over 100 different crops for local restaurants, food banks, and a community-supported agriculture program. She is a Food & Society Policy Fellow and has written extensively about agricultural issues for magazines and newspapers. Paula Manalo comanages Mendocino Organics, a biodynamic farm in northern California. She is a founding member of Greenhorns and is on the board of directors of the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association. After working as a natural resources economist, Manalo found her true calling: to grow food, steward the land, and motivate other young people to farm.