ACORN presents To Make A Farm fundraiser on March 30

Sackville Tribune - - COMMUNITY -

- The At­lantic Cana­dian Or­ganic Re­gional Net­work (ACORN) is get­ting set to present the New Brunswick pre­miere of To Make A Farm, a fundrais­ing event for ACORN’S Grow A Farmer Pro­gram, and launch ACORN’S Pol­i­tics of Food Forum, which will take place the fol­low­ing af­ter­noon on March 31.

To Make A Farm, named one of the 10 most pop­u­lar Cana­dian films at the Van­cou­ver In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val in 2011, asks: “What might the fu­ture of lo­cal food and farm­ing look like?”

Film­maker Steve Suderman ex­am­ines his own fam­ily his­tory in farm­ing while dis­cov­er­ing a vi­brant com­mu­nity of new farm­ers with ur­ban back­grounds. The doc­u­men­tary de­picts the strug­gles and tri­umphs of a sea­son on a fledg­ling farm through the eyes of five young peo­ple who have de­cided to be­come smallscale farm­ers, de­spite hav­ing no back­grounds in this de­mand­ing pro­fes­sion.

Hon­est and per­sonal, To Make A Farm has been called “ex­cep­tion­ally hopeful” by the Van­cou­ver In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, where the film had its world pre­miere in 2011 and was held over for an ad­di­tional screen­ing af­ter re­ceiv­ing sell-out crowds. Since then, the film has con­tin­ued to play at fes­ti­vals across Canada. This month it made its US pre­miere at Big Sky Doc­u­men­tary Fes­ti­val in Mon­tana, and the En­vi­ron­men­tal Film Fes­ti­val in Washington DC, one of the world’s largest en­vi­ron­men­tal film fes­ti­vals.

Any­one who is in­ter­ested in learn­ing more about agri­cul­ture is urged to come on out to cel­e­brate the wis­dom and knowl­edge of lo­cal or­ganic farm­ers. Fol­low­ing the film screen­ing, a panel dis­cus­sion of Mar­itime farm­ers will ex­plain their start-up and show­case the im­por­tance the farmer-to-farmer train­ing and avail­able re­sources from ACORN.

The screen­ing will take place at the Wu Cen­tre, RM 113, Sir James Dunn build­ing, Mount Al­li­son Univer­sity, on March 30 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. A por­tion of the pro­ceeds will go to sup­port ACORN’S Grow a Farmer Pro­gram-a de­vel­op­ing ap­pren­tice­ship and men­tor­ship pro­gram for those pur­su­ing ed­u­ca­tion and skill de­vel­op­ment in or­ganic agri­cul­ture. Tick­ets are avail­able at the door.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, con­tact ACORN’S Grow A Farmer Pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor Lu­cia Stephen at lu­cia(at)acornor­ganic.org, 1-866322-2676 (toll-free) or visit www.acornor­ganic.org/www.tomakea­farm.ca.

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