Greenhorns: the Movie ~ Saturday, Country Store at 7:00p

The Winter 2012 Movie Series will begin this weekend in Floyd, so make plans to attend The Greenhorns, a movie three years in the making:

“The Greenhorns documentary film, completed after almost 3 years in production, 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.”

Come learn about what is happening in Floyd to make it easier to proudly say “I’m a farmer making a living and making living better where I live.” Farmers should be our heroes, not sports stars or dysfunctional actresses or singers. Come see how some young people, locally and across the planet, are putting their boots and hands where their hearts are–in the good soil of Planet Earth.

This film series is sponsored by SustainFloyd.  Created in 2009, SustainFloyd is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that assists the community of Floyd County, Virginia in sustainable, local growth. Its vision is a mix of the past and the future — working to develop new ideas that will support the next generation of this rural community, while preserving our local traditions and history.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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