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The Greenhorns

Runtime: 50m 5s
Release date: 2010

Monoculture, monopoly, cheap food and poor diets - these are the consequences of an agricultural system gone awry, driven by policy and corporate control. Here we are, unhealthy.

Reorienting our food system is a project worth tackling, and these young farmers have chosen to become a part of the solution, addressing the crisis they see by learning the skills needed, and starting the kinds of businesses that, one by one, can replace complicated, entrenched systems.

Today's young farmers are dynamic entrepreneurs, stewards of place. They are involved in local politics, partnering with others, inventing new social institutions, working with mentors, starting their careers as apprentices, borrowing money from the bank, putting in long hours, taking risks, innovating, and experimenting. Farming with horses, with hacked tractors, with forgotten urban lots and Appalachian coal country. These young farmers have vision: a prosperous, satisfying, sustainable food system. It is ambitious, it will take work, but it won't be boring.

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Dena Martinez | 4 months, 1 week ago
Nice positive docu. I come from a long line of farmers yet none of the children went in that direction. I was a city girl wanting to go in that direction however it was frowned upon by my family. Farm life seemed to be looked down on then. I"m happy to see young people trying to go back that way. Good luck to all who are adventures. We really need to be growing our own food here in the US and less out of the country. The more diversity we have, the more productive we as a nation will become. Thankyou to all who have dirt under their fingernails.
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Courtney Dunn | 11 months, 2 weeks ago
I really enjoyed this documentary and although I am unlikely to be able to farm myself, I will lovingly tend to my vege patch and support my local farms!
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Ivory David | FMTV | 11 months, 2 weeks ago
Wonderful to hear that Courtney, I'm glad we are on the same path ~ Ivory :)
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Jackie Roberts | 2 years ago
Well done and inspiring documentary. I grew up in a rural area where people helped each other. Farmers have my greatest respect! Wishing these farmers the very best.
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Jackie Roberts | 2 years ago | Edited 2 years ago
Well done and inspiring documentary. I grew up in a rural area where people helped each other. Farmers have my greatest respect! Wishing these farmers the very best.
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Jackie Roberts | 2 years ago
Well done and inspiring documentary. I grew up in a rural area where people helped each other. Farmers have my greatest respect! Wishing these farmers the very best.
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Beky Crisler | 2 years, 4 months ago
This is amazing and inspiring and I hope to be more like these young people
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Colleen Belliveau | 2 years, 6 months ago
very inspiring and uplifting!
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April Himmelright | 2 years, 12 months ago
Very inspiring and I have to say I had no idea there were so many young people interested in working this hard for something so worthwhile - God Bless you all for all you are doing to bring this country back to its roots!
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Pauline Balidiong | FMTV | 2 years, 12 months ago
Thank you for this feedback, April! Glad to know this has inspired you :) ~ Pauline
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