People We Love: Severine Von Tscharner Fleming

Supporting young farmers and working for agricultural reform.
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Farmer, filmmaker, and organizer Severine von Tscharner Fleming was a college student who thought films on food and agriculture focused more on problems than solutions. She set out to make a documentary about young farmers who embodied hope for the future, and in the process became one herself.

As von Tscharner Fleming and her film crew traveled around the country to make The Greenhorns, they began organizing a national community of young farmers. Von Tscharner Fleming co-founded the National Young Farmers Coalition to promote progressive farming policy, and founded the Greenhorns organization to connect people new to farming through events (37 last year) and a website that offers networking and advice.

Between conference calls, von Tscharner Fleming continues to work with young farmers—on 100 acres in New York’s Hudson Valley.

  • The Greenhorns documentary follows young farmers who are digging their way to an agricultural revolution.

  • In spite of the daily discouraging environmental, political, and economic news, coaxing living things to grow somehow seems to make folks optimistic.