August 2, 2012 by
TO MAKE A FARM
This documentary is coming to the Princess Cinema on August 22nd and 23rd !
It features stories from nearby Ontario farmers and was inspiring to watch. Don’t miss it!
Five young people without farming backgrounds embark on making their farming dreams a reality. Starting from scratch, they meet risks and challenges of this demanding profession with imagination, passion, and sacrifice. Intimate and beautifully photographed, this documentary offers a hopeful look at small-scale food production in an age of industrialized agriculture.
“Exceptionally hopeful, giving us a close-range view of humanity along with a detailed portrayal of the nuts and bolts of agriculture.” – VIFF
The story... re-printed with permission http://tomakeafarm.ca/
Leslie and Jeff met at a farmer training program and discovered that
they had more than just a love for farming in common. Six years
later, they’ve just bought their own land. Their farm is breathtakingly
beautiful, but it won’t be profitable for several years yet. They face an
uphill battle getting to know their land and their community. While
they discover a deficiency in their soil, Leslie struggles with a sense
of isolation as exhaustion takes its toll.
Tarrah and Nathan were brought to farming by their environmental
concerns. But like the other farmers in this film, they also find their
work to be intensely personal. The couple pasture-raises sheep, pigs,
and chickens on a 50-acre farm, as well as growing vegetables.
They've been working towards making the farm self-sufficient for
several years, and this year, they're taking on more than ever. It
seems that with every challenge, they re-double their efforts, taking
on what Tarrah describes as an almost spiritual dedication to the land
Wes couldn’t wait to leave the small town where he grew up on the
Canadian prairies. He took to the road on his 18th birthday and didn’t
look back for 10 years. Now 28, Wes is searching for a home and
something he can believe in. With almost no farming experience, and
living in a tent beside his newly broken field, Wes is guided by a
dream and the hope of grounding his life.
The three stories are woven together by filmmaker Steve Suderman,
who traces his own roots in large-scale industrialized farming. With
his own family having farmed and lost, he constructs a portrait of a
farmers’ new wave.
Movie times: http://www.princesscinemas.com/calendar/?id=1
~ Laurie Malleau does project work for Foodlink. She likes to spend her leisure time in the company of foodie farming friends, sharing and learning about living sustainably with a focus on local food. ~