Celebrating Young Farmers on the Big Screen

posted May 30, 2019

Reading young farmers’ stories and poems in The New Farmer’s Almanac is one way to discover the expansive terrain of farming today. Seeing it in real life takes it to the next level. And because most of us live in cities, getting out to see the landscape of crop rotations, new born chicks and apricot trees can be a difficult task. Fortunately, there is an ever growing collection of documentary films that showcase the farmers of our future.

One of these films is The Biggest Little Farm, which chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature’s conflicts, the Chesters uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination. Featuring breathtaking cinematography, captivating animals, and an urgent message to heed Mother Nature’s call, The Biggest Little Farm provides us all a vital blueprint for better living and a healthier planet. Opened in theaters May 10th. Marion Nestle of “Food Politics” writes an intriguing review on the film on her blog.

If you can swing it, come on up and join Greenhorns at Reversing Hall in Pembroke, Maine this August for our Summer Camp Film Festival Series!! On top of the amazing workshops throughout the summer, Movie Nights will feature inspiring and eye opening films about the journeys of young farmer activists engaging with the food system for a more biodiverse future. Come for the high quality film, stay for the cozy velvet sofas and seaweed sprinkled popcorn. Stay tuned for more details and the full line up of films!

posted December 11, 2016

Disillusioned by a cultural story of consumption and alienation, a newly married couple are called to action. Carrying with them their unborn child, they embark on a year-long journey around the UK, searching for the seeds of an alternative culture and with it hope for the future.

we the uncivilized: A Life Story resonates deeply with our sick and nagging sensation that our world of strip malls, fossil fuels, and convenience is not nourishing– in any sense of the word– to the people who live in it. The film is a “grassroots documentary project” that speaks to and with activists, artists, permaculturalists, and others seeking alternative ways of living with each other and within nature.

The film has just wrapped up a year-long tour, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t have a chance to see it! Organize a screening in your own community. We’d LOVE to see this come to the US.