A History of Thirst

“….You take good care of the soil, the soil will take care of you”

Video from Kristian Melom:

Poli Yerena is a husband, a grandfather and the son of Mexican-American strawberry farmer. With the current California drought looming on the horizon, Poli reflects on his love for mother nature and the life his farm provides.

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“We are empowering women through food security…”

Sparking Change: Empowering Women Through Sustainable Agriculture

Video from Global Fund for Women:

A mighty movement can grow from a single seed. That’s what we’re seeing in Kenya, Uganda, and Burkina Faso, where Global Fund for Women supported women’s groups to train rural women to grow food for themselves and their communities more sustainably.

Learn more at chargedup.globalfundforwomen.org/connectivity.

To learn more about Global Fund for Women, visit: chargedup.globalfundforwomen.org

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All in the Farm

“I always loved the farm work and helping my family…”

The story of a third generation dairy farmer.

Film courtesy of Macy DiRienzo

Learn more at: macydirienzo.com

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MAGIC: “A high-tech way of natural breeding”

A MAGIC approach to improved wheat quality

Video from CSIRO

CSIRO shares news about an innovative technique to increase speed and efficiency of wheat breeding. Because MAGIC (Multi-Parent Advanced Generation Inter Cross) includes wheats from around the world, its application is not limited to Australia.

To learn more visit: csiro.au
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“When it’s sorghum season, nothing else matters”

A short story about Muddy Pond Sorghum in Tennessee

Film courtesy of the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi.

For more SFA films, visit www.southernfoodways.org.

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Growing Veterans Mission: Grow food, communities & each other

Video courtesy of K. ADO Films

 

Interview with Growing Veterans Founder Christopher Brown


 

AH:Please tell us about the primary activities of Growing Veterans.

CB:Growing Veterans exists to empower veterans to grow food, communities and each other. Through combining veteran reintegration with sustainable agriculture, we are able to fight veteran isolation, the root cause of suicide as well as integrate with the broader community and strengthen the sustainable agriculture movement.

AH: What is the greatest value it brings to Veterans?

CB:Veterans report that one of their favorites parts of being involved with GV is that it allows them to be part of something larger than themselves again. It also gives them an opportunity to experience camaraderie and experience sustainable agriculture food systems.


AH:Please tell us about the primary activities of Growing Veterans.

CB:Our website is in the process of being updated, so this isn’t entirely accurate, but it does a good job providing a snapshot: growingveterans.org/programs We also grow food and distribute it at VA Hospitals in the Puget Sound region of Washington state, allowing us to provide tasty, nutritious produce to our fellow veterans and care providers.

 

AH:What are some challenges unique to Veterans wishing to get into farming and how does Growing Veterans help them?

CB:Some primary challenges are access to information or experience, access to resources, and individual barriers that exist due to negative residual effects of military service. We address these by providing opportunities for veterans to experience their local food system through our activities, learn about how to access information and training through our partnerships, connect them to resource support through the Farmer Veteran Coalition, and we specialize in providing peer-support to help veterans address their own barriers that might be stopping them from having a full transition home.

 

AH:How do you intend to scale and what lies ahead in the coming year for Growing Veterans?

CB:In our 3-5 year plan our goal is to refine the current regional model that we have and build a retreat/training center that will allow us to invite veterans and stakeholders from around the country to come and learn from us. Once that is built and we are regularly training folks in our model, we’d like to see Outposts popping up in other areas of the country. For this year, we will focus on simultaneous and mutually supportive development of our fundraising efforts, VA Markets, Outposts and our Peer-Support structure- as well as looking at promising sites with acreage and infrastructure that can serve as our permanent retreat/training site with the goal to be able to transition into the new “HQ” in time for full scale operations there during the 2016 growing season.


To learn more about Growing Veterans visit: growingveterans.org
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Stand Up

“Showing them that they can make life out of planting vegetables”

Video created by theperennialplate.com

This is the story of Phakamani, a young farmer teaching rural South African youth to grow their own food as part of the Thanda after school program.

For more information visit thanda.org
film created by theperennialplate.com
in partnership with intrepidtravel.com/food
music by theappleseedcollective.com/

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“Each oyster drinks 40 gallons of water a day”

Cultivating Oysters with Smokey McKeen

Video from NOAA Fisheries

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The High Desert Farming Initiative

“A hands on learning laboratory in agribusiness systems”

A film by greatbasingrown.com

This is a brief introduction of the High Desert Farming Initiative in Reno, Nevada. Jennifer Ott, HDFI manager discusses the initiative in this video.

To learn more visit: greatbasingrown.com

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The Lonely Planet Omelette Shop

A film by: Charlie White & Stewart Allan
Edited by: Hiran Balasuriya
Location: Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India.

From the filmmakers:

A lighthearted portrait of the infamous Lonely Planet Omelette Shop in Jodhpur, India. This film takes look at a 36 year old father-son business, encapsulating the energetic free market spirit of India. Over 1,000 eggs are sold daily, to locals & travelers alike.

Guide Books can have an unintentional yet life changing effect on entrepreneurs in developing countries. This is the first, but not the only Omelette shop in Jodhpur.

To learn more visit: crux films.co.uk

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