“Growing Local points to both the vibrancy and the growing pains of the local food movement in Maine, and the uncertain fate of the farmers and farmland that keep it alive. The films are a collaboration between Maine Farmland Trust and Seedlight Pictures and debuted at the 2014 Camden International Film Festival.” – Maine Farmland Trust.
Growing Local is a film in three parts that explores the growing pains of the local food movement and the uncertain fate of the farmers and farmland that keep it alive. Father and son organic dairy farmers struggle with the realities of producing a commodity food product to keep their farm going. An artisanal butcher shows how healthy, thoughtful meat production can be supported and sustained. A young farm couple, on risky sweat-equity, revitalize a fertile piece of farmland into a thriving community food hub. While “buying local” is on the rise, these poignant vignettes make clear that small farms and access to locally produced food are not a sure thing. (NR, 46 minutes.)
Olivia Fountain, Anne Lunder Leland Curatorial Fellow at the Colby College Museum of Art, will provide the opening remarks, and Ellen Sabina, outreach and communications director at Maine Farmland Trust, will lead a post-film discussion and Q&A. This screening is presented in conjunction with the SEED-O-MATIC installation currently located in Cotter Union, Colby College. It will be on view through May 8, 2020. This screening is free and open to all.
The Museum, in collaboration with Railroad Square Cinema, presents this series of films related to current exhibitions and collections.