On Tuesday, July 19 we’re showing The Greenhorns, a documentary film that explores the lives of America’s young farming community – its spirit, practices, and needs. It is the filmmaker’s hope that by broadcasting the stories and voices of these young farmers, we can build the case for those considering a career in agriculture – to embolden them, to entice them, and to recruit them into farming. The showing is the latest in the Local Motion Film Series, put on by Transition Staunton Augusta, in partnership with Staunton Green 2020 and Mary Baldwin College.
Tuesday, July 19 / 7:00pm
The Mockingbird Restaurant and Roots Music Hall
123 W. Beverley Street, Staunton
Pay what you will ($5 suggested donation)
Q&A with experts after the film — Michelle Rehme and Mockingbird owner Wade Luhn
Come early and enjoy a dinner in the Roots Music Hall, featuring menus highlighting the bounty of our local farms. Call 540.213.8777 for dinner reservations.
The Greenhorns is a grassroots non-profit organization made up of young farmers and many collaborators. Its mission is to recruit, promote and support the new generation of young farmers in this ample and able 21st century America.
“As both a film and an organization, ‘The Greenhorns’ is documenting a shift in agriculture that goes deeper than demographics.” — Edible Brookyln
About the evening’s speakers:
- Michelle Rehme was one of the co-founders and student manager of the UVA Community garden. She pursued her interest in sustainable agriculture education in the summer of 2009, when she began working with Severine von Tscharner Fleming and the Greenhorns at Smithereen Farm in the Hudson Valley, NY. Michelle continues to help coordinate Greenhorns events held up and down the east coast, and also manages the popular Greenhorns blog. Michelle currently lives and works on a 3,000 acre property owned by UVA, Morven Farm, where she has reclaimed a 1-acre educational garden + CSA program for the students of UVA and greater Charlottesville community.
- In addition to being a farm-to-table restaurateur, Wade Luhn, co-owner of Mockingbird, has extensive experience in sustainable agriculture. His six years of farming experience include working on several organic farms and managing a 225 member CSA Farm in the Berkshire Mountains of New England. He has been involved, both as a farmer and trainee, in several programs designed to encourage and train young farmers. Luhn’s personal experience in agriculture has helped to shape and inspire his vision of Mockingbird. Although he enjoys his current vocation, Luhn hopes someday to return to a more hands-on involvement with sustainable agriculture.