March is almost here.

The weather certainly is wobbly this season -- "lash down the hoophouse matey!"

I'm starting to wonder who in the world isn't getting their precipitation--or if there is just generally more water moving around our little planet. Sixty inches of snow in New Hampshire, in January. Yikes.

Good weather source: Accuweather has a farmer option, with estimated soil temp and moisture. Blog is even more bumpin than usual these days, PLENTY of super duper farm jobs up there.

Some big bad news out of the USDA in recent weeks too, right during the middle of Egyptian Riots one GMO after another approved for commerical planting without regulation and without precautionary testing. Read up here:

The empire may be striking back, but our daikon forces can penetrate the hardpan, our rippling forearms lift and tip yet more cartloads of manure. One farm at a time: this land is our land.



Call OBAMA to tell him you support the Fair Livestock Competition Rule
that helps independent farmers and ranchers get a fair price for their hard work. (It’s also called the “GIPSA rule”.)

Read up here:
Make a phone call here:



BOOK PROJECT update: last call!


Zoe Bradbury, Paula Manalo and Severine vT Fleming have been hunkered here in rainy coastal Oregon at Valley Flora Farm working on the stack of essays sent in over the past month. In case you've been snoozing, greenhorns is publishing an anthology of beginning farmer essays + expanded guidebook with Storey Publishing.

There are a lot of wonderful, pithy, irreverant, humble and philosophical ones. There are essays about zen farming, painful slaughter regulations, about restoring historical farm equipment, land drama, draft oxen, small town politics, toxic soil, the joy of electronetting.

You know. The real stuff. The stuff facing new entrants, new agricultural ambition-- the logistical everyday spun into a fairytale format of lessons and little jokes.

Mostly. There are also quite a few sappy essays that we have to mark up with red ink. We've discovered a new genre of melodrama. I blame it on drinking too much milk and reading too much Wendell Berry, eating too many herbs with those salads. Golly Moses.

Here is a list of topics that we don't quite have covered:

***If you know others who are writers. Forward this to them!***


Lots coming up on the ole schedule. Especially in April, a lot of events in Southeast and Northeast in April.

Then May+June we start to hunker down on the farm, and focus more on outreach/screening schedule than events, still a few big parties.

And more specifically about FARM HACK:

+++ Event Title: Farmhack@MIT +++
Date(s): April 5, 2011
Time: 9:00-5:00pm (Design); 6:00-9:00pm "Ignite" Pitches and social
Location: Microsoft NERD Center, Cambridge Mass.
Event Description: Farmers and engineers tackling hands-on design challenges faced by New England small-scale farmers across the production cycle. Join us for a day of discussion, design, and socializing as we think about ways to work with New England farms as laboratories for innovation.




Thanks to Laura Hanna our movie is magic. Yes. You can book a screening.  You cannot yet buy a DVD.

There are screening kits and sponsorship kits. Patrick is in charge of those. Email him at




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"Get Dusty" with Brooke Budner drawings arranged in traditional American format, including barns and coffee grinders. Very popular in Portland, Oregon. See our ETSY page. New Guidebooks and stickers are in too!


In case you forgot, Greenhorn Radio can be downloaded for FREE over iTunes.


Here is some Literature for your Winter Routines!

Putting In Seed

You come to fetch me from my work to-night
When supper's on the table, and we'll see
If I can leave off burying the white
Soft petals fallen from the apple tree
(Soft petals, yes, but not so barren quite,
Mingled with these, smooth bean and wrinkled pea);
And go along with you ere you lose sight
Of what you came for and become like me,
Slave to a Springtime passion for the earth.
How Love burns through the Putting in the Seed
On through the watching for that early birth
When, just as the soil tarnishes with weed,
The sturdy seedling with arched body comes
Shouldering its way and shedding the earth crumbs.

-Robert Frost


germination MAKES IT HAPPEN. See you on the next swing.


Severine + crew


Laura Cline, graphic design

Laura Hanna, editor

Brooke Budner, graphics

Hannah Bernhardt, project management, policy, radio, USDA

Saundra Ball, research, statistics, development

Olivia Sargeant,  Seed Circus Connecticut

Louella Hill, Seed Circus Oakland

Anna Morton, ETSY

Ines Chapela, logistics

Paula Manalo, wiki, guidebook

Anne Dailey, blog+profiles

Anya Kamenskya, West Coast organizer/ photo

Patrick Kiley, outreach/ screenings coordinaton

Hallie Chen, Farmhack


P.S. Projects on deck

Seed Circus ) ongoing

Almanac )

Webisodes )

Farmhack )


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