5.20.2014

Farmland Documentary

If you have read my blog for any length of time you may have noticed my passion and appreciation for agriculture, farming and ranching.
There are so many people who do not understand where the food they eat comes from, why it costs what it does, and what it takes to get that food to their grocery stores and on their tables.
Farming has been an integral part of both mine and my husband's families for numerous generations.
Farming is a labor of love, and it takes perseverance, knowledge, wisdom and courage to run a farming/ranching operation.

I was absolutely delighted that on April 7th, Brandon and I were invited by our friends at Georgia Farm Bureau to attend a private screening of a new documentary called Farmland.
Farmland is a film by Academy Award-winning director, James Moll, and takes an intimate look at the lives of six young farmers and ranchers in their 20s as they take responsibility for the operation of their businesses.
The film was released nationally on May 1st. 
"In Farmland, audiences will hear thoughts and opinions about agriculture, but not from me, and not from a narrator," Moll says about his film. "they're from the mouths of the farmers and ranchers themselves."
 
One of the six young farmers just happens to be from Middle Georgia. Leighton Cooley is a fourth generation poultry farmer who operates four farms in Roberta, Georgia with his father. In addition to chickens, he also has a cow-calf operation and grows hay.
"It's important to me to share the story of agriculture with consumers and share where their food comes from. That's why I participated in this film," Cooley says of participating in the documentary.

The other farmers include: 
-David Loberg, a fifth generation corn and soybean farmer in Nebraska who runs a family farm with his mother (his story made me cry more than once)
-Margaret Schlass, a community supported agriculture vegetable farmer in Pennsylvania
-Brad Bellah, a sixth generation cattle rancher who runs beef cattle operations in Texas and Colorado, including a natural beef herd (love Brad-you get to see him welcome his twins into the world)
-Sutton Morgan, a fourth generation organic farmer in California
-Ryan Veldhuizen, a fourth generation hog farmer in Minnesota


Brandon and me before we left for the screening.
The private screening was held at the Douglass Theatre in downtown Macon.
 I'm also a little obsessed with that mural...
Upon our arrival I was greeted and presented with a media kit/packet and permission to share the details of this film with y'all on my blog!
We enjoyed catered Chick-fil-A before the screening and popcorn and cokes (none for me) during the screening.
The theatre is just beautiful and a great piece of history.
Our Georgia Farm Bureau friend, Jennifer Whitaker was a doll to invite us and share this picture she took of us.
Jennifer-thank you, again! We had a wonderful time!
This film was truly a work of art.
It was real and there was nothing "Hollywood" about it.
I had tears rolling down my cheeks more than once as I watched the stories of each of these young farmers-how they shared their hearts and struggles.
 Please support this film-it is very educational for those who know nothing about farming, and for those who do-well, you'll probably be quite emotional like I was as you relate.

As always, please support your local farmers and ranchers! Support agriculture!
For more information, visit www.farmlandfilm.com and learn about how food is grown and raised at the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance.
*The first 7 photos are all from the www.farmlandfilm.com site.

3 comments:

  1. You are amazing! Can't wait to watch it!!!!

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  2. How can I watch this??????????????????????

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  3. I have heard nothing but good things about this movie (at least from those who have an understanding of this industry). It saddens me that people are so far removed from understanding where their food comes from. I'm anxious to see the movie myself.....I'm also so happy to have discovered your blog. It's fabulous :)!

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