VIDEO: Don’t farm alone… Start a crop mob!

We believe cooperation beats competition, any day. From barn raisings to crop mobs, having each other’s back is the basis of a strong farming community. Leslie Touzeau of the Missouri Young Farmers Coalition says it best, “Farming is hard…if we’re going to be successful, we have to learn to work together. “ WATCH our short film with Leslie on Crop Mobs and learn how to build the movement in your region. Read More  Read More

New film highlights Importance of land preservation for the next generation

We wrote a few weeks ago about NYFC’s report on how current farmland conservation practices are failing working farmers.  The report was based on a survey of over 200 land trusts on how they work with beginning farmers.  What we saw was land going fallow as non-farmers push prices up to astronomical levels and farmers being pushed further and further from urban markets in the search for affordable land. This isn’t just an intellectual... Read More

URBAN FARMING TO THE BIG SCREEN, GROWING CITIES PREMIERS AT THE PORTLAND FILM FESTIVAL

Our friends Dan Susman and Andrew Monbouquette of Growing Cities are premiering their film, three years in the making, at the Portland Film Festival this Sunday, September 1st (8pm) at The Fields Park, NW 10th and Overton. We first covered their process filming the urban agriculture revolution last April on the blog, and have excitedly anticipated this release ever since. The film follows the two young filmmakers as they travel cross-country visiting... Read More

Filmmaker Dan Susman on Filming the Urban Agriculture Revolution

I’m from farm country. Well, sort of. I grew up outside of Omaha, Nebraska in a little town called Elkhorn. We had a big yellow house with two towering maples out front, an old barn, and a couple acres of land. Don’t get me wrong, we weren’t farmers—although my parents showed me at a very early age the importance of growing my own food. Every year I planted pumpkins with names like “Big Max,” “Atlantic Giant,” and “King Jack,”... Read More