We’ll be showing two agriculture-related documentaries in The Homestead’s private theater, complimentary with every registration.
Help us choose which films to feature!
Read the descriptions below, and then cast your vote at the bottom.
FRESH: released in 2009, celebrates farmers, researchers, and activists who are reinventing the food system by developing innovative methods to grow food sustainably. By using unconventional farming practices, these agricultural pioneers hope to address food contamination, environmental pollution, natural resource depletion, and the growing obesity problem. Profiled characters include Will Allen, who converted acres of industrial wasteland into productive farmland in Milwaukee, and David Ball, who started a cooperative of local farmers in Kansas City to provide an alternative to the traditional supermarket.
Food Chains: “Food Chains,” produced by actress Eva Longoria and Fast Food Nation author Eric Schlosser, reveals the plight of farmworkers, the foundation of our food industry. Filmmakers follow a group of Florida tomato pickers in their quest for a more dignified work life through the Fair Food Program. The program brings growers and retailers together to improve farmworker working conditions. “The goal is to address human rights and labor rights that exist in the fields. The creation of the program comes directly from the participation of the workers in the program and the ideas of our community. That’s what we call worker-led social responsibility,” says farmworker and organizer Gerardo Chavez.
Good Things Await: Director Phie Ambo’s “Good Things Await” follows Danish farmer Niels Stokholm through his battle against government bureaucrats to keep his farm, Thorshøjgaard, and preserve the Danish Red dairy cattle. Stokholm practices biodynamic farming, which is an ecological, ethical, and sustainable approach to farming and supplies some of the country’s most well-known restaurants. Unfortunately, agricultural authorities unversed in biodynamic principles threaten the very survival of Thorshøjgaard and its unique way of farming.
Polyfaces: a joyful film about connecting to the land. It follows the Salatin’s, a 4 generation farming family who do everything different than everyone else, 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. Set amidst the stunning Shenandoah Valley in northern Virginia, Polyface Farm uses no chemicals and feeds over 6,000 families, restaurants and cafes within a 3 hour foodshed of their farm.
Polyface Farm’s Joel Salatin was called “the world’s most innovative farmer” by Time Magazine.
What’s on your plate?: A witty and provocative documentary about kids and food politics. Over the course of one year, the film follows two eleven-year-old multiracial city kids as they explore their place in the food chain. Sadie and Safiyah talk to food activists, farmers, and storekeepers, as they address questions regarding the origin of food they eat, how it’s cultivated, and how many miles it travels.
A Will for the Woods: What if our last act could be a gift to the planet? Determined that his final resting place will benefit the earth, musician, psychiatrist, and folk dancer Clark Wang prepares for his own green burial while battling lymphoma. The spirited Clark and his partner Jane, boldly facing his mortality, embrace the planning of a spiritually meaningful funeral and join with a compassionate local cemetarian to use green burial to save a North Carolina woods from being clear-cut.
With poignancy and unexpected humor, A Will for the Woods portrays the last days of a multifaceted advocate – and one community’s role in the genesis of a revolutionary movement. As the film follows Clark’s dream of leaving a legacy in harmony with timeless cycles, environmentalism takes on a profound intimacy.
Queen of the Sun: This beautiful, spellbinding film takes the viewer on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of honeybees and the mysterious world of the beehive by following the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world.