The Greenhorns
The Greenhorns
The Greenhorns
The Greenhorns

The Greenhorns

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  • Directed by: Severine Von Tscharner Fleming
  • Produced by: Severine Von Tscharner Fleming

Released: 2011
Running Time: 50 min
Subjects: Agriculture StudiesEnvironmental Studies

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. Re-orienting 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, 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.


  • Best Documentary, Rural Routes Film Festival
  • Official Selection, San Francisco Documentary Film Festival


"I loved your film! It was so well done, so inspiring. I have been feeling down about the state of the world, and your film filled me with hope. And it was fun to watch." 
– Claire Cummings, Environmental Lawyer, Author of Uncertain Peril: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Seeds.
"Fleming’s story telling ability is top notch, and her inclusion of a wide variety of greenhorns — men, women, black, white, younger, older, urban, rural — reveals that the urge to cultivate and create in concert with nature is in our natures, just waiting to be born."
– Lindsay Curren, Transition Voice