Six ecological agriculture-related films will be shown throughtout the conference, including: Unbroken Ground, Out Here: A Documentary about the Hearts and Hard Work of Queer Farmers in the U.S., SEED: The Untold Story, Finding Common Ground: The Marin Livestock & Wildlife Protection Program, Polyfaces, and a sneak peak of Evolution of Organic.
Produced by Patagonia Provisions
Thursday, January 26, 12:15
Unbroken Ground explains the critical role food will play in the next frontier of our efforts to solve the world’s environmental crisis. It explores four areas of agriculture that aim to be be a part of the solution – by growing, harvesting and producing food in ways that restore our land, water and wildlife. The film tells the story of pioneers in the fields of regenerative agriculture, regenerative grazing, diversified crop development and restorative fishing.
➡Q&A with film maker Chris Malloy and Producer Monika MacClure after the show!
Out Here: A Documentary about the Hearts and Hard Work of Queer Farmers in the U.S.
Produced by the Queer Farmer Film Project
Thursday, January 26, 5:30 pm
Completed after 4 years in production, this full-length documentary film looks at the experiences of queer farmers across the country and asks – what does it mean to be a queer farmer, is agriculture a safe space for queer people, and what are the relationships between food production and queerness? It is the filmmaker’s dream that this project will give voice and visibility to queer people in agriculture and inspire a flagrant national discussion about gender and sexuality as they are related to our food system. Join the conversation in the preceding Discussion Group for queer farmers at 3:30 pm.
SEED: The Untold Story
Thursday, January 26, 7 pm
Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. But in the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds.
Finding Common Ground: The Marin Livestock & Wildlife Protection Program
Produced by Project Coyote
Friday, January 27, 12:30
This short documentary exposes the public controversy over the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services predator control program, while demonstrating that effective alternative models can be developed to traditional lethal predator management that are ecologically, ethically and economically effective. The film traces the history of the controversy and the process by which common ground was found between ranchers, conservationists and other involved stakeholders.
➡Continue the conversation in the workshop Beavers, Birds and Coyotes: Farming and Ranching with Wild Nature (Session E, 1:30 pm).
Sneak Peak: Evolution of Organic
Friday, January 27, 5:30 pm
Come see this exclusive screening of a new film in the works about the organic agriculture movement in California! Evolution of Organic brings us the story of organic agriculture, told by those who built the movement. A motley crew of back-to-the-landers, spiritual seekers and farmers’ sons and daughters rejected chemical industrial farming and set out to explore organic alternatives. It’s a heartfelt journey of change – from a small band of rebels to a cultural transformation in the way we grow and eat food.
➡Q&A with film maker Mark Kitchell after the show!
Friday, January 27, 7 pm
This joyful film was produced over 4 years following the Salatin’s, a 4th generation farming family as they produce food in a way that works with nature, not against it. Using the symbiotic relationships of animals and their natural functions, they produce high quality, nutrient-dense products. The movie shows how they regenerate their landscapes, communities, local economies, customer’s health and most importantly their soils. This model is being replicated throughout our global village, proving that we can provide quality food without depleting our planet.