Home > What Could Possibly Go Right? Interview Series > Episode 18: Severine von Tscharner Fleming: Healing the Land for Our Collective Good

October 13, 2020

Severine von Tscharner Fleming is a farmer, activist, and organizer based in Downeast Maine. She runs Smithereen Farm, a MOFGA certified organic wild blueberry, seaweed, and orchard operation which hosts summer camps, camping, and educational workshops. 

She is a founder and board member of Agrarian Trust and current director of the Greenhorns, a 13 year old grassroots organization whose mission is to recruit, promote, and support the incoming generation of farmers in America. 

Severine brings her influences and analogies from the agricultural space to “What Could Possibly Go Right?”, including:

  • The “desire of humans to move geographically”, including a current fleeing and resettling driven by climate, ambition, hopes, and fears.
  • The concepts of land commons and ocean commons, including for other cultures who care for crops and benefit collectively without private ownership.
  • The need to transition stewardship of land owned by older generations to young farmers, and how to pass this on through purchase, gifting or passing on estates.
  • That the word subsistence and its connotations may distract from the “shiny, glistening abundance”.
  • That those willing to do the reparations and healing of the land for our collective good should earn an enduring right to subsistence.

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About Severine von Tscharner Fleming

Severine is a farmer, activist, and organizer based in Downeast Maine. She runs Smithereen Farm, a MOFGA certified organic wild blueberry, seaweed, and orchard operation which hosts summer camps, camping, and educational workshops.

She is a founder and board member of Agrarian Trust and current director of the Greenhorns, a 13 year old grassroots organization whose mission is to recruit, promote, and support the incoming generation of farmers in America. Greenhorns produce media and publications for and about the young farmers movement from documentary films to almanacs, anthologies, mix-tapes, posters, guidebooks, and digital maps. They are best known for The New Farmer’s Almanac, now in its fourth edition, their documentary film, “The Greenhorns,” and the raucous young farmer mixers they’ve thrown in 37 states and 14 grange halls. Most recently, Greenhorns has produced a multimedia webisode series, EarthLife, in lieu of the 2020 summer workshops.

Severine is co-founder and board secretary of Farm Hack, an online, open-source platform for appropriate and affordable farm tools and technologies, as well as a founder of the National Young Farmers Coalition, which now boasts 23 state and regional coalitions. She serves on the board of the Schumacher Center for New Economics, and on the advisory board of Savanna Institute. Severine attended Pomona College and the University of California at Berkeley, where she graduated with a B.S. in Conservation/Agroecology.

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