"Young Farmers" a talk by Severine von Tscharner Fleming

Community Happenings
Belfast Free Library
106 High Street, Belfast, ME
Camden Conference
Jan 21, 2014
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Severine von Tscharner Fleming, Director of Greenhorns, will speak on the status of the young farmers’ movement, Tuesday, January 21, 6:30-8:00 pm, at the Belfast Free Library. This event is free and open to all.

400 million acres of land will change hands as the 70% of farmland owned by those 65 and older passes to new ownership. Will it pass into the hands of sustainable farmers and ranchers running local and regional businesses? Or into the hands of speculators, investors and management groups subcontracting that land to community production for export? Included in her talk will be an open discussion about how this land transition plays out in a Maine context.

Severine is a farmer, activist, and organizer based in the Hudson Valley of New York. She is the director of The Greenhorns, a documentary film and grassroots organization working to “recruit, promote and support” the growing tribe of new agrarians. Greenhorns runs a weekly radio show on Heritage Radio Network, a popular blog, young farmer publications, podcasts and many dozens of mixers, Seed Circus and educational events for young farmers, aspiring farmers and families all around the country.

Now in its 6th year, The Greenhorns is best known for our documentary film, “The Greenhorns” cut from 380 hours of footage. Both in making the film, and travelling to screen it, Severine has delighted in connecting with hundreds of young farmers in this movement, learning about innovations, collaboration and challenges faced by this next generation of entrepreneurial farmers. Greenhorns actively works to provide venues for networking, bon fires, beer and online communication within a large and growing network.

Severine attended Pomona College and University of California at Berkeley, where she graduated with a B.S. in Conservation/AgroEcology. She co- founded the Pomona Organic Farm, founded UC Berkeley’s Society for Agriculture and Food Ecology, and is a proud co-founder of the National Young Farmers Coalition.

  • Speaker: Severine von Tscharner Fleming
  • Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 2014
  • Belfast Free Library
  • 6:30-8:00PM
  • Free

This presentation is hosted by the Belfast Free Library and offered as a free community event in in anticipation of the 27th Annual Camden Conference: The Global Politics of Food and Water, February 21-23, 2014.

The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world affairs through year-round community events, public and student engagement, and an annual weekend conference. For more information, visitwww.camdenconference.org, email info@camdenconference.org, or call 207-236-1034.