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the farmer and the horse - nyc premiere

Posted: October 26 2010

Three young farmers share one crazy idea: To learn to farm with giant draft horses instead of tractors… in New Jersey.


The Farmer and the Horse makes its New York City debut at The Tank on November 13 at 9:30 p.m. (354 W. 45th St.). Tickets can be purchased for $10 at the door or through thefarmerandthehorse.com.  A discussion with the filmmaker and young organic farmers will follow the film.

From award-winning journalist Jared Flesher comes The Farmer and the Horse, a new film that digs into difficult questions about sustainability, self-sufficiency, and why we do the work we do. Flesher’s film goes beyond the usual platitudes of smiling organic farmers talking about the good life. Farming is grueling work and it’s hard to make a living — especially if you don’t use a tractor.

In The Farmer and the Horse, you’ll meet Tom Paduano, an idealistic 28-year-old from the suburbs of Jersey. "The centralization of power over everything — over seeds, over oil, over markets — it's frustrating,” Tom says. “What we're doing, I think it's a small step toward breaking away from that. We are fighting against the big business in agriculture."

You’ll meet Aubrey Yarbrough, an intellectual 26-year-old from Southern California getting her hands dirty for the first time. “I think more people need to take this risk,” she says “for the health of our environment, and our communities, and better food.”

And you’ll meet Matt Schofield, a 23-year-old from Upstate New York who isn’t going to let anything — including the fact that he’s broke — keep him from his agrarian dreams. “"I have the ability to live pretty cheap," he says. “I can live in a tent. I don't care what people think."

It’s a new generation of farmers — tractors optional. Visit thefarmerandthehorse.com for more information.

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