Get your goat fix! Tomorrow, rain or shine, a block party takes place in Carroll Gardens to benefit the Greenhorns, a Hudson Valley-based non-profit that promotes and recruits young farmers. This event is just too packed with stuff to really fit on a poster, or a proper blog post. But there will be a screening of the trailer for the documentary about young farmers by Greenhorns founder Severine von Tscharner Fleming, also called The Greenhorns, a performance by Reverend Billy, an urban gardening workshop led by Ben and Annie of the Eagle Street Rooftop Farm, an auction, farming and animal raising demos, and a bike-powered spit rotating baby goats for savory sandwiches. The organizers promise a few more surprises. I’ll be there, too, helping to feed the masses.
When asked why we’re rotating whole goats on a spit instead of, say, a pig, Severine explained that while America may have developed an obsession with goat’s milk and cheese, its meat hasn’t been as embraced as in other cultures. Plus, male goats exist, too! So they’re bringing three baby goats from a small farm in New Jersey to roast, with an array of flavors. The team of cooks are talking about doing one up with dry-rubbed Caribbean spices, going Mediterranean-style for another with olive oil, garlic and rosemary, making a simply seasoned one for real game-lovers, and serving some cucumber raita on the side.
Aside from goat sandwiches, there should be plenty to eat. If goat’s still not your game, grass-fed hamburgers are in store, as well as salads and a host of treats from several local farms and purveyors (check out this post on the Greenhorns’ blog for more food and details).
For more background on the nonprofit, the film and the fundraiser, I was able to bug Severine for a few more questions, below. Hope to see you at the party!
What is a greenhorn?
Tell me a little more about why you decided to make this film?
SVTF: Why more young farmers? Well, certainly not because its easy. Becoming a young farmer in America today means overcoming some quite profound structural obstacles. Those who succeed in starting, running and keeping their farm business are brave, hard-working, stubborn and mostly somewhat lucky individuals. We celebrate their work. Many more young farmers, and aspiring farmers are trying to get a toehold, find some land, raise the capital, gain the skills and education, convince themselves, their partners or their parents. Social mobility for those exiting school with a burden of debt is sadly diminshed. The infrastructure for local food processing, local food marketing, medium scale agriculture and diversified, sensibly sized farm operations has been destroyed by sequential farm crises–caused by the agribusiness lobby, consolidation, global trade and a Farm Bill designed by greedy beneficiaries.
Hosted by the Greenhorns, a benefit
Saturday, June 20th, 2009
2 – 10pm
513 Henry Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215