Farming for the Future: Enduring Traditions, Innovative Practices

This program of short films and panel discussion will illustrate how farmers and communities are expanding their farming traditions and practices and preserving farmland to meet the demands for sustainable, locally grown food while ensuring that farming remains a profitable career.

FARMING FOR THE FUTURE (USA, 2013, 7 min.)В Cliff Miller of Mount Vernon Farm in the Virginia Piedmont is trying innovative management techniques to sustain his farm for future generations. Cliffв’s story is that of many farmers seeking new ways to be economically and environmentally sustainable. Directed by Aditi Desai in conjunction with AUв’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking and the Prince Charitable Trusts.

50 YEARS OF FARMING: FOR LOVE & VEGETABLES (USA, 2014, 10 min.)В The story of Potomac Vegetable Farms, an organic farm in Virginia. Directed by Aditi Desai. Produced by Vanina Harel, in conjunction with AUв’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking and the Prince Charitable Trusts.

GROWING LEGACY (USA, 2014, 6 min.)В The most successful farm protection effort in the country is just 20 miles from the White House. This film profiles the challenges of growing food and cities in harmony. Directed by Mark Leisher and Caroline Taylor. Produced by Pat Ratkowski and Montgomery Countryside Alliance.

SOIL CARBON COWBOY (USA, 2013, 12 min.) Washington, D.C. Premiere Meet Allen Williams, Gabe Brown and Neil Dennis – heroes and innovators! These ranchers now know how to regenerate their soils while making their animals healthier and their operations more profitable. They are turning ON their soils, enabling rainwater to sink into the earth rather than run off. And these turned ON soils retain that water, so the ranches are much more resilient in drought. Directed and produced by Peter Byck.

Panel discussion follows screenings. Host and Moderator: Chris Palmer, Director of the Center for Environmental Filmmaking, School of Communication, American University. Panelists: Film and Multimedia Producer Aditi Desai; filmmaker Vanina Harel; Bill Howard, Executive Director, Downstream Project; Chris Miller, President, Piedmont Environmental Council; Hana & Hiu Newcomb and Ellen Polishuk, Co-Owners, Potomac Vegetable Farms; Kristin Pauly, Managing Director, Prince Charitable Trusts; Caroline Taylor, Executive Director, Montgomery Countryside Alliance and filmmaker Peter Byck.

Saturday, March 28, 7:00 p.m. Reception at 6:00 p.m.

FREE. No reservations required.

American University, Doyle/Forman Theater, School of Communication, Center for Enivronmental Filmmaking, 201 McKinley Building, 4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW (Metro: Tenleytown-AU, Shuttle bus service to AU.)

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