Severing is a farmer, activist, and organizer based in the Champlain Valley of New York. She is co-founder of the National Young Farmers Coalition and director of Greenhorns, a grassroots organization that recruits, promotes and supports the growing tribe of new agrarians. As director of Greenhorns, Severine has spent the last seven years learning, connecting and collaborating with hundreds of young entrepreneurial farmers throughout the country—producing a documentary film The Greenhorns in 2011, and a series of web-films Our Land in 2012-present. Greenhorns also runs a weekly radio show on Heritage Radio Network, a popular blog, a guidebook series, young farmers mixers, Seed Circuses and educational events for young+ aspiring farmers all around the country. Severine also co-founded Farm Hack, an online, open-source platform for farm technology design and documentation, where she is chief events organizer, and board secretary. Severine is co-founder and managing director for Agrarian Trust.
Severine attended Pomona College and University of California at Berkeley, where she graduated with a B.S. in Conservation/Agroecology. She co-founded the Pomona Organic Farm, and founded UC Berkeley’s Society for Agriculture and Food Ecology. Farming since 2006, since moving to the Champlain Valley she co founded the Grange Co-Packers to process local vegetables into salsas, pickles and other condiments, and coordinating logistics for the Vermont Sail Freight Project, which delivered those pickles down to Manhattan, 330 miles by boat. Sad not to be farming in the 2014 season, Severine will be working for friends harvesting seaweed in Maine and supporting the annual cattle roundup out west. She hopes to rejoin the ranks of active farmers in the coming years.