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 the foodsystem is a project worth tackling, and the one chosen by the subjects of this film, The Greenhorns. They are young farmers who have chosen to become a part of the solution, addressing the crisis we 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 such as CROP MOB, working with mentors, starting their careers as apprentices, borrowing money from the bank, putting in long ours, 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.