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Greenhorns Radio

Greenhorns Radio is radio for young farmers, by young farmers. Hosted by acclaimed activist, farmer and film-maker Severine von Tscharner Fleming, Greenhorns Radio is a weekly phone interview with next generation farmers and ranchers, surveying the issues critical to their success. We hold no punches. Greenhorns is a six year old grassroots cultural organization with a mission to recruit, promote and support young farmers in America by producing media, events and stunts that connect and and inspire.

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Episode 291: Locky Catron, Oggun Tractor

Locky Catron graduated from Iowa State University with an Agricultural Business degree and joined the three-person Cleber, LLC, team in Alabama. Her experiences working both in Big Ag and on organic farms led her to have a passion for regional food systems and a more diversified agriculture. Cleber's business model is one that encourages local/regional manufacturing by using an open system design approach. Their first piece of equipment is the Oggun Tractor - a simple, versatile tractor inspired by the Allis Chalmers G and made using off-the-shelf components. The focus is appropriateness of scale and affordability.


28 Feb 2017

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Episode 283: Dorn Cox, Tuckaway Farm

Dorn Cox, PhD, is an agriculturist, and farmer working his 250-acre diversified organic family farm in Lee, New Hampshire. He is a co-founder of the FarmOS software platform, a founding member of the Farm Hack community, and is active in the national soil health movement to develop systems that improve global agricultural knowledge exchange and local regenerative production capacity. He has a PhD from the University of New Hampshire.


20 Dec 2016

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Episode 112: Stacey Murphy of BKFarmyards

Stacey is the founder of BKFarmyards, a coalition of experienced urban farmers dedicated to expanding food justice through agricultural production & education in Brooklyn. They manage 2 acres of farmyards spread across several farm sites and consult on new urban farm development. In addition to agricultural production, their educational agenda includes something for all ages: training programs, apprenticeships, free workshops, farm visits, and volunteer days! Stacey is leading efforts to build BK Farmyards capacity to grow lots of food and flowers in Brooklyn through the development of new urban farms and organization of community resources. As a real food advocate, she speaks to audiences of all ages about food, farming, and culture. Stacey also runs a backyard farm CSA with a Backyard Farmer Training Program. This program has been brought to you by The Heritage Meat Shop. “In all of our training programs we really talk about community issues surrounding the land, historical issues surrounding land access, and what people can do to start partnering.” — Stacey Murphy on Greenhorn Radio


3 Jul 2012

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Episode 139: Sean Dembrosky of Edible Acres

Sean Dembrosky, 32, owns and operates the ‘Edible Acres’ project just north of Trumansburg NY (www.edibleacres.org). Formally educated in the fine arts, but focused on agriculture for the last decade, Sean has developed a farming system based on permaculture principles and forest farming. Very low tech / no tech approaches to plant propagation, polyculture development, and a focus on long term perennial food and medicine crops has enabled Sean to begin the work of developing a resilient, high calorie out for calorie in food system that requires no external sources of electricity or fuel to function. This episode has been sponsored by Hearst Ranch. “If you’re 27 years old or younger, you’ve never experienced a colder-than-average month.” [14:30] — Sean Dembrosky on Greenhorn Radio


5 Feb 2013

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Episode 278: Jonny Price, Kiva

Jonny leads Kiva's work to reach financially excluded and socially impactful small business owners, artisans and farmers in the United States with 0% interest loans. He first came to Kiva in 2009 as a volunteer, and joined full-time in 2011 to lead the Kiva U.S. team. Jonny graduated with a degree in History from the University of Cambridge. He is married to Ali, who he met at Kiva, and a few weeks ago he became the proud father of Felicity Grace Price!


15 Nov 2016

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Episode 101: Michael Meier & Brooklyn Grange

On this episode of Greenhorn Radio, Severine interviews Michael Meier from the Brooklyn Grange Farm in Long Island City, Queens. Michael is a south Florida citrus country native who was introduced to farming as a youngster spending summers at his grandparents’ farmstead in the North Carolina Smokies. He moved to New York City in 2005 and quickly became a part of the local food scene there. He spent a few years working in the ad industry and honing urban homesteading techniques to grow food on the side, before taking an apprenticeship position in 2011 at Brooklyn Grange, a one-acre rooftop farm in NYC. As farm manager with Brooklyn Grange this season, Michael is learning what it takes to run a quickly expanding farm business and is working towards a lifetime career in agriculture, whether on city rooftops or in the country like normal folks. Tune in to hear Michael talk about the Grange’s role in the urban farming landscape, and how it serves as a model for a for-profit farm that can help feed the city. Hear about some of the factors that make Brooklyn Grange different from a traditional rural agricultural farm. This episode was brought to you by Hearst Ranch. “The point of our farm isn’t to try to provide every last vegetable or leafy green people need in the city, but to help create a business model for a sustainable urban agriculture that works and can generate jobs and revenue… Looking at the environmental benefits and the educational and social impact that we have, it’s a constellation of things, but we are a farm and our main priority is producing food… We’re hoping that by constantly testing, working, and spurring innovation in this space that we’ll help grow an industry.” —Michael Meier on Greenhorn Radio


17 Apr 2012

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Episode 137: Adam Huggins

Adam Huggins is a collectivist, (im)permaculturalist, herbalist, musician, and analog filmmaker living in the Bay Area, a sweater of the salt of the Great Ocean and a busybody garlic-peeling hand-processing dumpster-diving propagator of plants and emulsions. You can explore his work at http://sunfishmoonlight.wordpress.com. This program has been sponsored by Tabard Inn. “Why feed the world? The world can feed itself, if given the chance to.” [21:40] — Adam Huggins on Greenhorn Radio


22 Jan 2013

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Episode 219: Jared Zystro

Jared Zystro is Organic Seed Alliance’s research and education assistant director. He has a master’s degree in plant breeding and plant genetics from the University of Wisconsin. Jared has worked in the organic seed industry for over 10 years, managing seed production at two farms and conducting research and education projects with OSA. In his work at OSA, he manages OSA’s regional development, conducts participatory breeding projects and variety trials, and teaches farmers about seed production and plant breeding through publication and at workshops, conferences and field days. Jared lives in the coastal town of Arcata, CA with his wife Lisa and son Toby. This program was brought to you by Heritage Foods USA. “The word heirloom often makes you think it’s something that gets passed down from generation to generation. The reality is that seed and heirloom varieties do change – they are part of our global ecosystem.” [11:00] –Jared Zystro on Greenhorns Radio


20 Jan 2015

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Episode 3: Lisa Hamilton

Severine talks with Lisa Hamilton, author of “Deeply Rooted,” a survey of unconventional American farmers, due out in May.


23 Apr 2009

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Episode 287: Michael Bologna, Green Lion Partners

Mike Bologna, CEO of Green Lion Partners, is a decisive and personable leader with a comprehensive background in supply chain technology consulting, process analysis, and operational strategy. Using this experience, Mike focuses on ensuring organizational success by improving efficiencies, minimizing waste, and bringing socially conscious processes to the forefront. Green Lion Partners is a Denver, CO based business strategy firm focused on early stage development in the regulated cannabis industry.


31 Jan 2017

Rank #10

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Episode 107: Darina Allen of Ballymaloe Cookery School

Owner of the Ballymaloe Cookery School in Shanagarry, Co Cork, Ireland, Darina Allen is a teacher, food writer, newspaper columnist, cookbook author and television presenter. The Ballymaloe Cookery School is situated on her family’s organically run farm, and they believe that good food, good health and good farming practices are an inseparable part of the same process. Darina was the founder of some of the first farmers markets in Ireland, is a tireless advocate for artisan producers, and is involved on an ongoing basis in helping set up new markets. The winner of countless awards for her leadership in slow food and sustainability, she is currently chair of the Middleton Farmers Market, is a councillor for Ireland in the Slow Food Movement and President of the East Cork Convivium of Slow Food. This program has been brought to you by Fairway Market. “We have to shock people out of thinking that food is something that comes wrapped in plastic off a supermarket shelf.” — Darina Allen on Greenhorn Radio


29 May 2012

Rank #11

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Episode 20: Ambika Conroy

On this week’s Greenhorn Radio, Severine interviews Ambika Conroy, Australian crocheter and rabbit farmer, about creating Sports Illustrated cover bikinis, raising rabbits in upstate New York, and the future of fur co-ops.


24 Aug 2009

Rank #12

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Episode 149: Greenhorn Radio

Once again, we’re digging into the Greenhorn archives, and revisiting the 2012 Farm Bill. Annette Higby, from the New England Farm Union, discusses Federal Farm Bill the various titles and programs, and the the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity act which is supported by the National Young Farmers Coalition. The National Farmer’s Union is one of the oldest and best Farm advocacy groups in the country, with a strong family farmer focus. They are critics of the way farm policies have subsidized certain parts of our farm economy over other more sensible choices. Public investment in agriculture isn’t going away, but we can shift the direction it points us, our food and our landscape. Tune in to learn how – and check out the New England Farmers Union, NEFU.org. This program has been brought to you by Hearst Ranch.


30 Apr 2013

Rank #13

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Episode 217: Rich Lee, Co

Today’s featured farmer: Rich Lee, Co – owner, Tender Soles Farm, Dresden, ME. Tender Soles Farm is a horse-powered, MOFGA certified organic, mixed vegetable, herb, and flower farm in Dresden, ME. Kate Del Vecchio and Rich Lee own and run the farm business on a leased farm and are currently in the process of closing on the purchase of a farm of their own in the neighboring town of Richmond where they plan to continue to sell through a farm stand, two farmers markets, a local buying club and coop, and several wholesale accounts. In addition to growing crops, they enjoy making their own hay loose, collecting eggs, and logging in the winter with their three draft horses Jess, Tony, and Molly. This program was brought to you by Heritage Foods USA. “We’re just keeping out eyes on the prize. We know [owning land] is what we want to do.” [09:00] “There’s definitely room for more value added products. People are excited to try different things – they are really opening up their palates” [12:00] “I think there’s certainly a romantic side to working with horses – that’s definitely what threw me into it.” [17:00] –Rich Lee on Greenhorns Radio


6 Jan 2015

Rank #14

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Episode 7: Ken Greene

Severine talks with seed scientist Ken Greene, co-founder of the Hudson Valley Seed Library


28 May 2009

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Episode 6: Nik Bertulis

Severine interviews Nik Bertulis, an Oakland-based scientist and farmer researching and engineering ways to make use of urine in agricultural systems.


12 May 2009

Rank #16

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Episode 4: Jacob Cowgill

Severine interviews Jacob Cowgill, innovative dryland vegetable grower and new farm owner!


30 Apr 2009

Rank #17

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Episode 225: Mary Mood y

Mary Moody is an organic grower and an organizer and activist around local food, food equity, and sustainable land use. She is a founder of Hope House where hospitality is offered to people who need shelter and communal meals are shared by the hungry and lonely. She is also a founding member of the Dubuque Food Co-op, the Driftless Farm Crawl and Farm to Table Dinners, and serves on the Local Food Systems Working Group and Farm To School Committee for Dubuque County. She lives at New Hope Farm near Dubuque, Iowa which she and her husband founded in 2000 to promote communal living and integrated learning through living on the land. This program was brought to you by Heritage Foods USA.


17 Mar 2015

Rank #18

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Episode 104: Reba Epler

Reba Epler grew up on her family’s ranches and farm in Tie Siding and Hillsdale, Wyoming. They raise commercial cattle, sheep, hay, beans and sunflowers. She has always loved agriculture and aspires to continue to build upon what her family has worked for so many generations to build. She is also a lawyer specializing in agriculture issues and conflicts, estate planning, business planning and water law. Reba specializes in implementing succession plans for family farms and ranches to help older generations pass their land on to the people they choose and advocates for honesty and open lines of communication between farming generations. This program has been brought to you by Hearst Ranch. “I encourage farm and ranch kids to go to law school. It opens up a lot of opportunities for people; it’s incredible what doors it can open.” — Reba Epler on Greenhorn Radio


8 May 2012

Rank #19

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Episode 218: Alice Melendez

Today’s featured farmer: Alice Melendez. Alice has found in Plowshares for Appalachia the chance to tie together threads from her life– learning and teaching, love of the earth, farming heritage, and practical interest in the social structures and cultural tendencies that have set us on a course to destroy so much of what is precious. She has returned to her rural Kentucky roots and the management of the family farm after a 10-year odyssey which took her through extended stays in and study of Central America, Dartmouth College and the “Ivy League” experience, tense times in Philadelphia at the height of the recession, and five years in the “PetroMetro” Houston, Texas where she worked both with established community development and refugee resettlement organizations and with post-Occupy activist groups- particularly focused on anti-extraction work. Today, her two small kids, Ana and Severo, and her husband, Emilio are all happy to be living with wild space and gardens, gone country again. And Alice now has the chance to join her mother, Laura and the other partners in the farm, on the project of making the family farm work– economically, ecologically, and socially. This program was brought to you by Heritage Foods USA. “To get value out of the land, it takes more people on the land.” [13:00] –Alice Melendez on Greenhorns Radio


13 Jan 2015

Rank #20