Farming for the Future: Enduring Traditions – Innovative Practices

2014 Films

Washington D.C. Premiere

Farming for the Future: Enduring Traditions – Innovative Practices

Aditi Desai

7:00 PM

Directed by: various

Venue: American University, School of Communications, Center for Environmental Filmmaking

Farming for the Future: Enduring Traditions – Innovative Practices

Reception precedes screening.

This session will illustrate how farmers are expanding their farming traditions and practices to meet the demand for sustainable, locally grown food while ensuring that farming remains a profitable career.

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

SPEAKING UP FOR THE PIEDMONT (USA, 2012, 7 min.) For the past 40 years, the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) has been working to promote and protect the Virginia Piedmont’s rural economy, natural resources, history and beauty. Learn from the farmers, teachers, parents and conservationists who are actively involved in the PEC’s invaluable work. Produced by The Downstream Project.

FARM TO FORK: APPALACHIA STAR FARM AND TAVOLA (USA, 2011, 4 min.) Meet the Bertoni Family, who purchased the Appalachia Star Farm a few years ago. The farm purveys freshly picked food— vegetables, eggs, berries—to restaurants in Charlottesville, Va., including Tavola, an Italian restaurant. Tavola’s chef-owner is convinced that this locally-grown produce makes for a better tasting meal. Produced by Katherine Vance, Piedmont Environmental Council.

FARMERS TO THE BAY – WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER (USA, 2012, 9 min.) Shenandoah Valley farmers travel to remote Tangier Island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay on trips sponsored by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to learn how they can work with the islanders to make a difference. The trips feature hands-on Bay exploration, education and discovery, but the real focus is on meeting and engaging Tangier watermen, the islanders whose livelihoods depend upon clean water and a productive Chesapeake Bay. Produced by The Downstream Project.


Shown as part of Our Cities, Our Planet

Washington, D.C. Premiere Brooklyn Grange, a group of urban farmers, face unique challenges as they endeavor to run a commercially viable farm in New York City. This is a portrait of hardworking and ambitious urban agrarians who are committed to transforming the city’s relationship to fresh, healthy, locally produced food, despite considerable challenges and setbacks. Directed by Michael Tyburski. Produced by Burke Cherrie and Ben Nabors. 

Panel discussion follows screening. Host and moderator: Chris Palmer, Director, Center for Environmental Filmmaking, American University. Panelists: Aditi Desai, Director, Farming for the Future; Robinne Gray, Managing Director, Future Harvest – A Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture; Bill Howard, Executive Director, The Downstream Project; Chris Miller, President, Piedmont Environmental Council; Kristin Pauly, Managing Director, Prince Charitable Trusts and Michael Peterson, Founder, Heritage Hollow Farms.

Ticket/Reservation Info:

FREE. No reservations required.

American University

Forman Theater

201 McKinley Building,

4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW

(Metro: Tenleytown-AU. Shuttle bus service to AU)

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