ACORN presents To Make A Farm fundraiser on March 30
- 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.